Belo Horizonte (Brazil) Nightlife Guide For Guys

The colonial towns were nice and pleasant but after ten days I was dying to flirt. I went to Belo Horizonte, the state capital. Even though you’ve probably never heard of it before, it’s a huge city with over 5 million people (the third largest in Brazil). While costs are cheaper than Rio, you’ll be spending that much more on taxis to get around if you plan on going out a lot at night.

Thursday Night:

I went alone to Arcadium Bar in the popular Savassi area. They played forro, which is the Brazilian version of salsa with more of a country twist. I think the music is a bit annoying personally, but I didn’t want to leave Brazil without trying it out once. (The New York Times recently wrote an article on forro.)

Turns out it’s exactly like salsa. The girls go there to dance first and kiss second, so you see all these guys who are great forro dancers have their go with a girl until she thanks him and returns back to her friends. There was a lot less hooking up here than I would have expected for a Brazilian nightclub, but on the bright side guys rarely got turned down to dance. It’s a safe place for men who are scared to approach.

I hung out with a group of three girls who taught me a few moves. One girl was into me but she was not very pretty. I talked to a couple others and while they were friendly, my reluctance to dance didn’t help my cause. Overall the quality was not very good, just like you’d expect at a salsa club.

Friday Night:

I met a German guy who had both game and a sense of humor (a first), and we took a 20 minute cab ride to Chalezinho, a club that was recommended by a girl I met the night before (another good club option would have been Swingers Club). We arrived early to try and beat the crowd (11:15), but it was already mobbed. The line for guys was more like a blob. It seemed very hopeless but then I saw a hostess working the girls line with a clipboard.

I said, “Esta é a fila para gringos?” (Is this the line for gringos?)

She looked at me and smiled. “Where are you from?”

“United States!”

“I lived in Salt Lake City for a year.”

Her English was nice, her face even better, and after some small talk I asked her what my German friend and I should do to get in.

“Just hang on I’ll help you out.”

Five minutes later she signaled us to follow her and took us right to the front of the line, bypassing at least 100 guys (“Que isso!” they groaned). I thanked her and she said she’d be inside later, but unfortunately I never saw her again.

The girls were incredibly gorgeous (better than Vitoria, better than Rio, better than Colombia, and better than Córdoba). It was almost a dream to be in the same building with so many beautiful women, the best I’ve ever seen anywhere in South America. I swear you could smell vagina. I was giddy with excitement and did a warm up approach that went fine until the girl asked me how long I was staying.

I find that if a Brazilian girl asks that before you’ve kissed her, and your answer isn’t “I live here,” she will disappear within two minutes about 80% of the time, like this girl did. I did another approach and talked to a 9, which by my standards is close to a 10, but she asked me the same question. Four more times I talked to girls who were digging me, touching me, but would all ditch when they found out I didn’t live in Belo Horizonte. My blonde haired, blue eyed German friend didn’t fair any better (blonde haired wingman in Brazil are like a canary in a coal mine for me—if they can’t pull then I’ll definitely have difficulties).

By 4am I gave up. Perhaps there was a slut in the room that would bang me same night, but after nearly ten tries I didn’t find her. I sat down on a bench and looked over to my right to see an average looking guy kissing what I’d say is my ideal type of girl. Six months of living in Brazil coalesed into that moment and I realized that I too can have that girl. All I had to do was permanently move to Brazil and learn Portuguese.

I’m not getting outpulled by Brazilian guys because they have better game or style than me (definitely not better style)—I’m getting outplayed because I don’t live in Brazil. God knows how many girls I’ve “lost out” on because of that. These guys I see getting with pretty girls simply wouldn’t be able to compete with a gringo who has the permanency, the language ability, and the hyperawareness to make fast game adjustments. By passing through a city for short stints, even staying for a couple months, it’s guaranteed I will not get the most that I’m capable of. This is a downside of travel that gringos must accept. While you can get better quality than back at home, which I did in Rio, it will still be less than if you stayed permanently.

That said, a club like Chalezinho is where dreams are made. Get there before 10:30, take a couple hundred reals, get your Portuguese warmed up as English isn’t too common, and have your brain rewired in a way that makes going to an American club something that sends you into terrible fits of depression. Even though I didn’t get anything, it was one of my most memorable nights in Brazil.

Saturday Night

I went out this night a little pessimistic. Everything would go fine until they asked me that question, and then things would end. My only hope at getting laid was to find a slut, so in order to do that I would have to approach a lot.

The German and I went to the La Cancha sports bar first. Oddly enough almost all the girls wore high heels (I’m not complaining), but they were sitting down in groups. I ran Swingers game on a hostess and told her to meet us at a club downtown. She said she had no friends, but that she would get off of work in ten minutes. The German and I waited outside, agreeing that we’d let her pick which one she wanted to hook up with.

At the club she picked the German. She was cute but nothing to cry over so I went to work on the girls there and by my third approach I found something better: an 18-year-old from Juiz de Fora, another Minas city that I hear has very good night action during the weekend. It took about ten minutes to get some kissy action from her, and then I looked over her to see the German making out with the hostess. All good right? Well unfortunately for me my girl’s brother was there, and he cockblocked me later as I was entering the groping stage of the seduction. I sort of understood.

We were at the club A Obra, which is the Belo Horizonte version of Casa da Matriz in Rio. There were a lot of tatooed freaks with stretched earlobes. I knew I was in the right place because girls were asking me if I was in a band and a fattie walked up to me and stroked my shaggy hair. I had a couple more bites after the cockblock, but ran into the “So how long are you staying here” wall that was beginning to drive me crazy.

It turns out that this was the last night in South America where I’d go all out to score. In Argentina I’ve been unable to conjure up the will that was always with me in Brazil.

Bottom Line:

They say the girls in Belo Horzonte are more traditional (i.e. harder), and while I can’t confirm that because of my short stay, don’t expect it to be easier than Rio. If you have several months to live in Brazil than I’d strongly consider staying here if you’re not crazy about the beach, though understand the city is ugly with nothing special to do. Speaking Portuguese is important because many girls have no English ability. If I come back to Brazil, I plan on spending a lot of time either here, Vitoria, or Porto Alegre. God bless Rio, but I wouldn’t be happiest there.

Belo Horizonte Nightlife Guides: NaBalada and Guia BH

Lodging: Chale Mineiro Hostel ($), Hotel Sao Bento ($$), Hotel Metropole ($$$), and Motel Papillon, an hourly motel for sex located at Rua Rio de Janeiro 639.

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Willy Wonka
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That sucks that the “how long are you in town for?” line is what ends it for the Brazilian women. That’s totally opposite from what I see in America, I’m more likely to pull an SNL here when I tell a girl I’m only in town for the weekend.

Crazy how the girls are so different only a continent away….

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The G Manifesto
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“I was giddy with excitement and did a warm up approach that went fine until the girl asked me how long I was staying.”

Roosh, come on, this the the basics of Travel Game.

Always tell a girl you are staying there for a long time or living there.

If you have a moral issue with lying (which I don’t), you can always give a extremely vague answer like “I am not sure, depends how I like it and what happens” , which is really the truth if you think about it.

The tricky part is when you have to break the news that you are catching a flight that morning after you swooped her.

But if you have kicked that International Playboy Game from the onset, having to catch a last minute “unexpected” flight, seems to flow.

For instance: “I completely forgot, I have a piece of a pony running in The Kentucky Derby on May 1st, and ringside seats that evening for Money VS Sugar Shane. I need to split back to the US today…I will be back soon”

– MPM

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That’s true, I’m surprised you didn’t straight up lie and tell them that you were living there. I know you have the game to get past that wall somehow.

craig | travelvice.com
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@The G Manifesto: I think a lot of the readers here are thinking the same thing — lie! — but there’s a big risk of backfiring. As Roosh knows, when the Latina knows there isn’t a time limit she might very well expect to drag things out. This is particularly true in Argentina, when multiple dates are often endured before the bang.

Revealing your limited time can either hinder or help. On one hand you eliminate the slow-to-go ‘time burglars’ but also the girls who don’t toss it away on a whim. Then again, you’re more likely to attract the impulsive no-strings types that don’t mind you have 4 hours or 4 days left in town (even better when they’re cheating on their regular man).

For Roosh, he’s always going to have to call an audible on the field and decide just what type of girl he’s dealing with and just how much he can get away with and how fast he can get away with it.

Remember fellas, Latina game is totally different than the lies you’re running in the States.

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brazil really sounds like it has a shitload to offer. my 2 cents: i get better results when I go to a reggaeton spot, but our looks are different and it might just work better for me there.

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Maybe you’d have got some easier last minute poon at a funk party.

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Good post man. I agree that BH is more traditional than Rio, and a bit harder to pull off. Swingers was awesome but unfortunately nobody speaks English.

Portuguese is a must unless the chick traveled to the US and likes Americans

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You mentioned addressing the “lying/staying for a while” issue in a future post which I am very happy to hear… I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve had trouble with that issue over the years.

And, yes, I can just reiterate what has already been said here – Telling a lie about how long one will be around just backfires because foreign girls usually take a few dates before you can get the lay.

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The G Manifesto
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“Telling a lie about how long one will be around just backfires because foreign girls usually take a few dates before you can get the lay.”

We all have different results.

My approach has worked for me Internationally since age 16.

– MPM

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Join the US diplomatic service, and you get to live in these countries and make serious bank without paying housing and getting an interesting job.

Then you no longer have the problem of “how long are you here for?”

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Great post.

To me, it just sounds like Roosh is coming up with excuses for not getting laid. You don’t want to come up like just another backpacking freakin gringo going through their shit town. If you meet a girl you really like, stay longer, fuck it. If there’s no way this can happen, then accept it, you’re fishing for sluts and say it straight up, “I couldn’t find any sluts that night”.

Then again, I’ve never been to brazil, but lied my ass off in argentina.

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@Roosh
“If the average time it takes to bang a Brazilian girls is 1-2 weeks, and I lie that I’m staying forever instead of leaving in the next 2 days, the lie won’t help me at all”

I’m a bit surprised by your ideas here. A girl is not a robot with an average programmed time until sex, even though she would not want to have sex before 1-2 weeks, does not mean that she won’t once you start and escalate the relationship.

I agree with the other guys that the best policy is to lie here. I personally always “live where I am” smile

In my opinion you’ll have a much better time (and chance for sex) this way than waiting for the drunk low quality slut that agrees to fuck a guy who’s leaving the next day…

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Nice post man smile reminds me of Rio, lovely chicks approaching and disapperating when I spoke english only…

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I second Roosh here; a while ago I used to go to Bulgaria every few months while living in the States – so, if I said I just lived there, girls would expect me to call them in a few days, take them out, wait a week or two… by which time I had to fly back. Saying things as they were created some feeling of urgency, so those girls who were game just could go for it. Of course, most of them wouldn’t, and in Brasil there may be even fewer who would.

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Great data sheet. One of your best, and it sums up the reality of Brazil nicely.

Michael:

Good effort with your suggestion, sincerely, but overall a bit misleading in terms of a practical solution to international living. “Just” joining the diplomatic core is incredibly difficult and competitive, and those jobs almost always take political connections to land.

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Thanks Roosh. My favorite word in this post is…

“Hyperawareness”

Having hyperawareness is gangster.

My favorite comment was “G”s…

“I am not sure, depends how I like it and what happens” , which is really the truth if you think about it.

That is some savvy word play right here. Thats lying by telling the truth. Thats deep.

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Great read! By the way Roosh I just bought your book Bang and I loved it. You are one of my inspirations (basically I have four gurus right now: you, Roissy, Mystery, and Style), and I thought your book was very accessible, laugh-out-loud funny at times, and just extremely well done. Roissy was right when he put your book in the top five of game resources.

I am just getting out of a long relationship, so I need all the game help I can get. Thanks for putting together such a kick-ass blog.

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Roosh – do you like sports? how can you be a real man and not even like sports. Thats why i couldnt live abroad.

Soccer is cool – do you follow it down there? I would think brazilians women would think you’re kind of a puss if you dont at all. do they?

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I listened to some samples of forro music online and didn’t care for it. I’m an excellent dancer and never had trouble at a Salsa club, except for the volume on the music – too damn loud to have a conversation. Two things I can tell you about dancing; one, it gives you a perfect opportunity to touch the woman and get close to her, and two, the best dancers are always, always the best lovers. That’s not to say that a woman who can’t dance makes a poor lover, which is not so. If a woman can dance well, she’ll be a ten in bed.

The thing is, you can’t be an amateur dancer and have my approach work for you.

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Solution is move to Brazil, the economy is going to be good through to the Olympics in 2016

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Interesting post. @Big Snot: No Brazilian girls have ever asked me anything about soccer (I’ve lived in Brazil for 8 months the past year) – they don’t seem to care, and they don’t expect a foreigner to know anything about their local soccer team.

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“Just” joining the diplomatic core is incredibly difficult and competitive, and those jobs almost always take political connections to land.

Well yeah it’s not easy to join, but it’s based on an exam and is completely merit based, no connections required http://www.state.gov.

I’m just saying that this is a good alternative to those who want the status of being a gringo in a foreign country but also want to avoid being pegged as just a traveller passing through.

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I would lie my mother fucking ass off… Apparently all they want to hear is you’re staying for more than two nights. So when you say you’re leaving soon, you are ultimately cock-blocking yourself. Game in Miami is kinda like in brazil, with the exception that the bitches’s out here want you to pass their, what I like to call “Can I see your pay stub test” and based on that. They give you their money maker… Gold digging is huge in the MIA…

David Black
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Great info, thanks for posting Roosh.

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Chalezinho, checked the link to this club, looked at the club photos and all I can say is wow…. I never saw that many hotties in the pics,, well, they may take only the best ones, but they just do it for me,, brazilian/latina chicks omg,, wow. Thanks for the info Roosh, I am gonna make it a future destination for me, maybe even long term…

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“But if you have kicked that International Playboy Game from the onset, having to catch a last minute “unexpected” flight, seems to flow.

For instance: “I completely forgot, I have a piece of a pony running in The Kentucky Derby on May 1st, and ringside seats that evening for Money VS Sugar Shane. I need to split back to the US today…I will be back soon”

This works best if you don’t live in favela

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Cliffs:

Thu.: went to salsa club Arcadium but nobody was interested in him

Fri.: went with a blond blu eyed humorous charming German to a club full of gorgeous girls. None were interested in him because he didn’t live there.

Set.: went to a club with the German, started hooking up with a chick but her brother cockblocked.

Bottom Line: Belo Horzonte is tough to get laid.

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“Lodging: motel for sex located at Rua Rio de Janeiro 639.”

Why? Did you hook up with the blue-eyed German?

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“These guys I see getting with pretty girls simply wouldn’t be able to compete with a gringo who has the permanency”

Don’t be so sure of that and don’t be so eager to jump through the girls’ hoops. Residency is just a first hurdle. Then they’ll ask you what part of town you live at and especially WHAT DO YOU DO FOR LIVING? You’ll be just as undesirable after answers to those questions as after “how long you stay here?” (and you couldn’t even bs your way out of that last easy one)

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The main problem with lying is that you are spoiling the pond for every other gringo that makes their way through there.

Once a woman is gilted by one or two transient lying gringoes, she will likely avoid every gringo from there on out.

Part of gaming in a foreign country is not pissing in the pool. Seriously, if you don’t respect the environment, then your just screwing your brothers. And if you don’t care about that, then you should probably fuck off.

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Chris
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ummm…to clarify, I wasn’t telling Roosh to fuck off. He wasn’t lying, anyway. But maybe I was too harsh. To each his own.

SomeDude
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These “hard to get into” clubs are ALWAYS the best places to go…if you can get in. It seems like it’s true for Brazil just like the US.

Roosh was lucky that he had some repoire with the doorkeeper in this case. Otherwise, he would have had to wait in line like all the other poor bastards (and maybe not gotten in at all).

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Dude, you just have to lie and say you are living in Belo Horizonte and you should give it at least 3 weeks since B-girls are a litle harder to get in the sack.

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Alright listen up fellas,

I’ve been in BH for about 2 months now, and to say the least, brazilian girls are amazing, but much more difficult than canadian girls, But even me, 18 years old was able to hook up with a fine chick at swingers, and she didn’t speak a word of english, you just gotta tell these brazilian chicks that there beautiful, and that you wanna kiss them, sure your gonna get shut down a couple times, but i mean your bound to find some one , brazilian girls love gringos, and i’ll tell ya they are by far the best girls in the world…

Oh and for all the peeps that will go to swingers, here is a tip, there is such thing as a happy ticket, you pay 150 reals, and you dont wait in any line, you get 150 to spend on frinks, which your gonna spend anyways, so i suggest going to the front of the line and asking for the happy ticket, best way to go really

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great story but belo horizonte is the place where you gonna find most of the finest looking girls in brazil but they are hard to get unless you are smart and speak some portuguese with an accent and then only then you will get better results. i live in BH for 3 yrs and i learned their custom of being a real brazilian mineiro, their food is fantastic, beer, dancing and women are the best combinations to make you feel that you belong there.

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Belo Horizonte is awesome city for the advanced Portuguese speaker as well as a person who knows brasilian culture really well. I must say the females there are hot! Really friendly as well. Food is good there, shopping is cheap, city a just a little dirty , but beautiful at the same time. Best bet is stay in the central of BH like around praca sete. There’s also a big park like 5 blocks away from that town square. Once again the women are my favorite because they are hot and literally everywhere in this city

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Not gonna lie, just based on the fotos from chalezinho, not that impressed, i’ve seen better here in the states, much better in puerto rico, and much better in colombia

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Loved the post. Brought back memories of travelling South America in 06/07. I went to Belo to stay with a brazilian friend I had met while doing a spanish course in Spain. Went out a couple of times with him and his friends. The women are incredible there. The brazilians told me the reason for the question “So how long are you staying here”. Its because of the ratio of girls to guys in Belo is very high, like 7:1 or something, so the girls are desperate to find a man to settle with cause it’ll be very hard to compete when they’re 26/27 against an 18/19 year old. We were to go to a place I think was called “singles network” or maybe it was “swingers” and that it was impossible NOT to score. All you had to do was to say that you were living or going to stay in Belo long term. beats fucking Luxembourg any day of the week anyway!
Also must agree with the comment “In Argentina I’ve been unable to conjure up the will that was always with me in Brazil.” Argentina was next as I travelled down through Puerto Iguazu, dunno what happened but def didn’t have the same confidence and brashness I had in Brazil. I think the girls in Brazil feel more like they want to just have lots of fun, BA they’re kinda pretentious and stuck up.(although I ended up going out with a girl from BA I met her back in Ireland).
Have you or anyone ever been to Crocadilias in Manaus? happy days