Brazil staycation

You don't have to journey to South America to feel the heat of the equator-some new Havaianas and a taste of Carnaval should do it.

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Williamsburg’s Miss Favela (57 South 5th St at Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-230-4040, missfavela.com) is an excellent place to shake it, especially on Saturday nights, when samba band Gato Morto plays. Manager Tino Vargas estimates that about 70 percent of the joint’s clientele is Brazilian, and they imbibe plenty of drinks—like caipirinha ($8), the quintessential cocktail containing sugar, lime and cachaa.

Brazil is known the world over for its epic Carnaval, the nearly weeklong hedonistic pre-Lenten celebration featuring costumed samba dancers and copious amounts of alcohol, held each year in Rio de Janeiro, Olinda, Recife and Salvador da Bahia. The Brasil Party, held every Wednesday at Nublu (62 Ave C between 4th and 5th Sts; 646-546-5206, nublu.net), can get just as packed and sweaty. Forro in the Dark plays rhythmic, percussive forr dance music live, and resident DJ Greg Caz spins classic Brazilian beats. Caz describes the hip-shaking, never-tiring crowd as “a good cross-section of twenty- and thirtysomething Brazilians and the non-Brazilians who love them.”

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Boleiro is a Brazilian term for someone who’s really good at playing soccer.

Become a Brazilian | Discover Brazilian culture
Eat Brazilian cuisine | Party with Brazilians

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