The melancholy final days of Beco das Garrafas, a jewel of Rio's night where Elis debuted on stage

The melancholy final days of Beco das Garrafas, a jewel of Rio's night where Elis debuted on stage

Rio de Janeiro's main night address in the 1950s and 1960s, alleyways in Copacabana suffer to attract audiences

Sergio Mendes at Beco das Garrafas in 2017;local homes currently suffer to attract publicPersonal archiveIt was only five minutes before the start of the Little Club night performance at Copacabana's Beco das Garrafas, but there were still plenty of seats in the house.Since January, singer Sanny Alves has been sitting there on the skimpy stage next to guitarist Marlon Mouzer on Mondays for the show "Ela é carioca", which goes from samba-song to bossa nova classics.Between songs, she often lets audiences place orders, tell little stories about the place, and even engage in parallel conversations with one or the other customer.That Monday, Little received two foreign couples, another couple from Campinas, a group of women who, unlike the others, watched the silent presentation, and the BBC News Brasil report.As the two house staff spoke to the kitchen by the stage, the sound of their voices pulled faces from the audience toward the counter.According to the owners, the establishment can ...


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