Famous meeting point for artists from the 70’s, the bar and restaurant brings together art, music and gastronomy in Porto da Barra
Famous for bringing together artists, journalists and various names linked to culture in Salvador, Berro has changed its address, but keeps the same language that has made it known.
Imagine enjoying the beach in Porto da Barra, watching that beautiful sunset, then stretching for a beer with friends at the bar and suddenly bumping into Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil. Or Vinicius De Moraes and Tom Jobim. Or the Hollywood actor Robert De Niro. This was the reality of the regulars at the legendary Berro D’Agua bar and restaurant, famous in the 1970s and 1980s for bringing together artists, journalists and various names linked to culture in Salvador.
Reopened in a new address, in Vila da Barra, this cultural effervescence point of the city keeps the bohemian soul passionate for the various artistic manifestations. Led by Charles Pereira, who was also one of the partners of the original Berro and today shares the command with the Portuguese Vitor Hipólito, the restaurant is formed by four environments: a balcony facing the sea, an air-conditioned space, the corridor of the large bar counter, ideal for a buzz between friends and a first floor lounge available for events.
In addition to preserving a passion for culture, the new Berro also follows the same gastronomic language as the old one. A classic of the house is the tasty (and famous among old and new customers) Filet à Berro D’Agua, accompanied by potatoes au gratin.
Among the news in the menu are the Polvo ao Berro, Polvo a Lagareiro and the Iberian cheese and cold cuts. The menu was all set up by former French partner Jacques Frappa and his wife Nika Frappa, who came to Brazil especially for the inauguration period.
In addition to the gastronomic delights, the decoration of Berro also catches the eye. If you look around the walls, you’ll see that they are full of black and white photos of big names in jazz and bossa nova, such as Billie Holiday, João Gilberto and Miles Davis. Davis is also portrayed both on the façade and on the sculpture that greets visitors at the entrance of the restaurant, both works signed by the artist Bel Borba. Bel Borba has also signed a huge mural of wine bottles in front of the bar counter.
The cultural schedule of the house features jazz, MPB and bossa nova shows, as well as drag queens performances. The cool thing is that Berro is in Vila do Pereira, a place of diverse public, with a nice movement of beautiful and lively people. It really seems like that 70s and 80s effervescence is back!
Berro D’Agua Bar and Restaurant
Address: Porto da Barra – Sete de Setembro Avenue, 3959 – Barra, Salvador – BA, 40140-080
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, from 6pm on
Phone #: (71) 3267-3027
Important: No Booking Required
Accessibility: Balcony and main lounge tables and chairs are standard height. Counter stools are tall for wheelchairs. On the ground floor there is good circulation for chairs but there is no ramp or elevator to the second floor.
Bar e Restaurante Berro D’Água. Porto da Barra. Salvador, Bahia. Foto: Amanda Oliveira.