Bars and pubs Covent Garden
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Halfway between Covent Garden and Holborn, Guanabara is a Brazilian-themed bar/nightclub serving drinks and cocktails with snacks, such as cassava chips and chicken wings, and mains of traditional feijoada (a hearty Brazilian stew with black beans, smoked pork and salt beef) or, perhaps, something from the grill.

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Guanabara says
With live entertainment on most night of the week, and set menus starting from £19.95 for two courses and a cocktail, this is the perfect party venue! We're launching new drink packages and birthday offer this month. Get in touch with Maria, our sales and event manager, for more information.
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Venue name: Guanabara
Address: New London Theatre
Parker Street
corner of Drury Lane
Transport: Tube: Holborn tube
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £60.
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Average User Rating

2.6 / 5

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its a real shame as this place could've have been better if the food had been of a better quality and most importantly they didn't try to rip us off... Don't expect cirque du soleil type of entertainment but what you do get is still nice to watch. The meal of Brazilian chicken with french fries I had was tasty enough but my poor mother's vegetarian meal was inedible.. seriously we had to send it back!   . Sadly, they didn't have any other veggie options other than chips so that was that.  They tried to do some shifty things with the service charge which we didn't let them get away with. I haven't been back and haven't recommended it as the cocktails weren't great either... ordered a chilli based one and all i tasted was chilli and sugar :( gutted... I guess all in all there are too many cons and not enough pros 


I went here for a hen do 2 weekends ago! What a night! The carnival theme is amazing! We danced the entire night - even on the tables!! I can recommend the fishbowls of cocktails! Lots to go around in a group! We will defiantly come back!!


I have had mixed experiences with Gunabara. I first came here for a work Christmas party and it was amazing! They entertainment was so 'carnival like' and they really got the whole crowd going! The food was also pretty good that evening.

It was the best Christmas party I've had to this date actually, but then I went back a second time with some girl friends. The cocktails really aren't that great so I'd recommend sticking to beers (if you can). It was a lot quieter, even though it was a Saturday night, but we still had an OK time. 

I then went back a third time with a different group of girls, two who LOVE forro, and it was practically empty! They ended up closing the place and we were asked to go somewhere else. So this was really disappointing. I was shocked to heard that they struggle getting a crowd most nights, and whilst this is a real shame, maybe they need to focus on their food and drink first! 


I could not disagree with the bad reviews anymore. This place is incredible. I took a friend yesterday (Wednesday 26th Aug 15) for an after work night out for the Circus Cabaret Circo Do Guanabara, Carnival Special. We arrived relatively early, so we got a chance to eat, drink and chat before the crowd swarmed in for the performances at 9.

The food is great, the selection on the menu along with the prices are Brilliantly Brazilian. We were lucky to catch happy hour 5-8 so got a few drinks. The pre-show performance was a really enthusiastic and energetic drummer, the crowd was clapping and cheering, such a great atmosphere.

When the acts finally came on at 9, I was blown away at the fact we did not have to pay any additional fee to watch. The performances were fun, colourful and talent was spilled across the dance floor for over an hour. We saw a selection of acts, a sexy burlesque performance, a Rio Street style dance, a circus act, a romantic rumba dance, a sensational hula hope act not forgetting the incredible traditional carnival samba dancers.

I could not fault this place one bit, so ignore those bad reviews and check it out. It's definitely underrated. Will I be back? Hell yeah!

If you want to view some videos of the night unfold, feel free to check out my Instagram.


Alex F

I was a bit dubious about coming to this venue although for me I didn't have a bad experience like a lot of the previous reviews state. The staff were friendly enough, drinks weren't too extortionately priced, the place was clean and the music wasn't too bad although for me it didn't have the wow factor where I'd want to spend all evening there but all in all an ok night

julia g

I disagree with the previous reviwers, Guanabara had not only the WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE I've ever seen in London, but IN MY ENTIRE LIFE; the same blonde girl Nashi B was complaining about made me feel not welcome at all and definitely had an attitude, in addition to that, an other bouncer (a tall, grumpy guy), while me and my friend were at the bar making up our mind about what to get and asking him for recommendations about cocktails, literally stopped us from asking and with annoyed demeanor made for us not the drinks we were asking him for, but others instead, more simple and quick to prepare. I'm working in customer service and I know how difficult could be sometimes serve a huge number of people during peak hours, but this was just out of my imagination. 
I would come back in this place not even if someone was paying me to.

Nashi B

Avoid like a plague. Agree with the previous reviewer that this place has the worst service in London. The bouncer (the blond shorty and probably polish) had a stinking attitude. Will not be going to this place ever again.


Got there before my girlfriend and all of her mates on a Saturday night, with 2 mates, only for the bouncer to say mixed groups only with a smile on his face. When I explained I was on the guest list and my girlfriend with 12 mates (all girls) were due any minute, I was reluctantly let in, with 1 mate following. However, my other mate was refused entry and when asked why, all 3 bouncers, including the manager (supposedly) all just said "we reserve the right to refuse entry", with no further explanation. My mate was not drunk and had done nothing wrong. It was extremely frustrating that no explanation was offered and it ruined the night as the 2 had to go home. On a previous night out there my girlfriend had forgot to pick up her (expensive) coat from the cloakroom. I went there after work on the Monday after calling them to pick it up and was told its in a locked room, come back tomorrow. When I arrived the next day the coat had mysteriously disappeared, despite the fact we had spoken to someone who said they had it in front of them the previous day. Avoid at all costs - bouncers like that are out to ruin a few people's night with the hope of some 'action'. Once inside it wasn't much better, boring music, too busy and expensive drinks.


My friend and I made the mistake of going for the dish on the menu that claimed to be a speciality - and Brazil's national dish - it wasnt very warm, there was very little meat and for £15 it didnt meet our expectations....However, the passion fruit mousse was superb, next time I'm just having dessert! 5 stars for pudding, entertainment, cocktails and atmosphere but the main courses let it down...


The worst service I have ever experienced eating in London. Having read the reviews I thought I would give it the benefit of a doubt and try. First impressions: a dark sweatbox with a terrible tinny sound system! The music is really loud and my group were shouting at each other across the table. People were leaving they're coats/drinks on our table and walking off. The dancefloor spilled into the eating area and we had several dancing bums in our faces whilst sitting down. After 45 minutes the food came. They gave our food to the table next to us which they began to pick at... the staff then realised they had given someone else our food and took it off their table and brought it to us. Unbelievable and very unprofessional!! Told them to take it away because we wanted fresh food. They came back with reheated crap within 5 mins and rudely lied to us saying it was fresh!!!! Left without paying for a thing and thank god I had a plan b for my birthday otherwise my night would have been completely spoiled! Monkeys could run this joint better.

Agata S Kaluza

The food was really tasty! I was surprised how huge the portions were! I was very impressed with the staff, friendly and attentive. Very good service! Capoira guys who did the show were brilliant!!! Music was ok, I would expect bit more Brazilian though. It was in the beginning but then it changed to commercial/ chart music which is not my favourite one. Overall it was really good experience! We would visit again! Thanks!


I booked a Saturday night dinner with my boyfriend as he had a groupon to spend, we chose from the caipirinha menu, the food was great, especially the stake we ask, and dessert chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream also came with a caipirinha and a starter of chorizo. very good food for the price we pay best part was that they let us keep the table as our booking was made after 8:30 pm, drink prices are reasonable, considering that is close to Covent Garden. the night went very well, there was exhibition of capoeira, Samba, live music, many people dancing. I hope to return soon!


It was a great experience, the drinks, atmosphere and music were fantastic and we all felt we had a good time although I must say the food was not as good as the other aspects I have mentioned and is something allot of people say by word of mouth however the overall experience overshadowed this and I'm sure my colleagues and I will be coming back.


I had a great time at Guanabara for my friend's hen night. The living music was a delight, playing samba beat into the night and in the early hours of the morning the commercial tunes kicked in. Great. There are only two things wrong with this venue. The drinks are horrendously overpriced and the long tables reserved for diners took up half the dance space. Another small matter was the fee (£10) which the manager promised would be wavered as my friend managed to negotiate earlier in the week. When we arrived we had to haggle with the bouncer to let us in for free. But nevertheless the live music and the guys are worth it!

Special Offers

50% Off Your Food Only

When ordering a minimum of 2 courses from the a la carte menu.

Offer valid until Nov 25 2016

2 courses & cocktail: £19.95

From a set menu.

Offer valid until Nov 25 2016