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Things we love:

Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world! Christo Redentor, watch us whilst we play

Literally everyone is hot

Doggy style: people dress up their pets in shoes, hats, bindis, visors and beach shorts

Uh, Carnival, obvs.

Fresh juice bars are everywhere, hello nutritional therapy hangover cure

Things we wish we’d known:

That it’s obligatory for every Brazilian man to wear grape smugglers… BarChick didn’t know where to look

That it would rain for the whole of Jan

No topless sunbathing allowed on beaches, you can actually be sent to jail for it

Thongs. Everywhere.

It ain’t cheap

Best bars in Rio de Janeiro
Best bars in Rio de Janeiro
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Academia da Cachaca
Academia da Cachaca

Get totally sloshed at Lapa’s finest cachaça bar with over 100 varieties to choose from. Small, odd looking place in the heart of Rio’s party town, it’s sparsely decorated with a few tables and chairs, some large windows and sh*t Read More

Adega Perola
Adega Perola

Founded in 1957 by a family from Madeira, Adega Perola is a landmark in Rio and was recently bought by two former customers. Situated opposite Siqueira Campos Metro, this small boteco/pub has so much charm it’s hard to leave. A small Read More

Alto Vidigal
Alto Vidigal

Only if you had died and gone to heaven would you get a view like the one you receive at sunrise in Alto Vidigal. This place is a favela party with a European twist. Unlike the ‘tour favela’ parties this Read More

Balcony
Balcony

Balcony is the only open air bar in Copacabana and is open 24/7, which can only mean one thing… P.A.R.T.Y, y’all. With beautiful sea views to your right and smoking hot ladies everywhere else, if it’s a bit of ‘bump Read More

Banana Jack
Banana Jack

Although this bar is right on the main square of Ipanema, the neon sign at the entrance reads ‘welcome to the jungle,” and baby, you better believe it. Obvs the theme is bananas and naturally that means monkeys too. It’s not Read More

Bar Astor
Bar Astor

Although this place calls itself a bar it’s actually a casual restaurant, serving excellent cocktails. French brasserie in style and naughty by nature, Bar Astor is situated at Impanema’s most prestigious crossroads, the corner of Vieira Souto and Rainha Elizabeth Read More

Bar Bracarense
Bar Bracarense

This tiny hangout is what in Brazil they call boteco, a sort of Brazilian pub. The staff have been here forever and we’re pretty sure some of the punters have never left, but they don’t have to, it’s open 7 Read More

Bar d'Hotel
Bar d'Hotel

Located on the second floor of the Marina Hotel, this ain’t your usual hotel bar. Tirelessly popular with the hot young things of Brazil, if you’re looking to parade your feathers at the weekend you’d better book, this is the Read More

Bar da Praia
Bar da Praia

Bar Da Praia or ‘The Beach Bar’ to us Brits, is an excellent post-beach kick back and is situated on the side of the swanky Marina Palace Hotel. Relaxed and easy-going simplicity is key here. Snack on sushi and hot-dogs Read More

Bar Do Horto
Bar Do Horto

Couples necking on tables for two lit by candlelight, in an antique-style colonial building with white and lime green outer walls. Sexy and sweet, this bar is about the romance. Previously known as Bar da Graca and happily sitting with the Read More

Bar do Lado
Bar do Lado

Translated literally Bar Do Lado means ‘The Side Bar,’ which is exactly what it is. Located on the side of the Cosmopolitan Marina All Suites Hotel, this place has a sweet Mediterranean feel to it. The large outside area is decorated Read More

Bar do Mineiro
Bar do Mineiro

Bustling and authentic Bar do Mineiro is nestled deep in the neighborhood of Santa Teresa. This place is very popular with backpackers and locals who drink beer till the early hours and don’t mind overflowing onto the street. The décor Read More

Bar dos Descasados
Bar dos Descasados

Nestled in the Santa Teresa Hills between broken down colonial buildings stands the Santa Teresa Hotel. It’s a beautiful 19th Century mansion whose old slave quarters have been converted into what has recently been voted Rio’s “most romantic bar” by the Read More

Baretto-Londra at Hotel Fasano
Baretto-Londra at Hotel Fasano

It’s hard not to miss the elegant Hotel Fasano, blinking on the shore of Ipanema Beach filled with the world’s swankiest visiting Rio. If you want a piece of the action but the rooms are a tad too spenny, then go Read More

Barzin
Barzin

To the untrained eye this place doesn’t look up to much, but don’t be fooled. Three floors of wonder await you. The bar/restaurant on the first veranda downstairs serves your local dishes and drinks, swing by here for a quick Read More

Bip Bip
Bip Bip

Samba, choro and bossa nova, that’s what Bip Bip is all about. This tiny bar with a big personality is rammed every night with samba lovers from all over. The bar barely fits the musicians in let alone the punters, so Read More

Bottega Del Vino
Bottega Del Vino

Welcome to one of Rio’s finer wine bars. It’s like little Italy in here, with its Italian style red brick and wooden floors plus they serve all sorts of homemade pastas and carpaccio. Brits might think it’s a little Pitcher Read More

Brigite's
Brigite's

Situated on Rua Dias Ferreira among some of the best bars and restaurants in Leblon is Brigite’s. This place looks like it’s been shipped straight from Manhattan. It’s super chic with plenty of decent photography on the walls and candles Read More

Carioca Da Gema
Carioca Da Gema

Since 2000, this samba club has been home to some of the best up-and-coming samba stars in Rio. Placed in-between a row of bars on the busy main road in Lapa (Avenida Mem de Sá), the old historic house stands Read More

Casa da Gávea
Casa da Gávea

One for the lads, BarChick’s Brazilian mates brought her here claiming it one of the best bars in Rio… it’s certainly the place to be, especially Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays. A boteco style restaurant with very minimal looking décor that’s rammed Read More

Devassa Armazem
Devassa Armazem

Started in 2002, this network of bars was named after the beer Devassa that was created in Rio de Janeiro state. Most nights punters get stuck into happy hour and spill out onto the alfresco seating and tables outside, creating Read More

Espirito Santa
Espirito Santa

This miniscule Bohemian chill bar and restaurant is perched on the edge of the Santa Teresa Hills. Opened in 2005 by chef Natacha Fink, this arty, rustic hideaway serves up delicious Amazonian influenced food coupled with South American wines… awesome. The Read More

Felice Caffe
Felice Caffe

A bit of an all-round performer, Felice is an Italian Café, an après beach bar and a gelataria in one. You won’t need a map to find this one, it’s situated one block from Ipanema beach, opposite the 24 hour Read More

Garota de Ipanema
Garota de Ipanema

The Girl from Ipanema, one of the most famous Bossa Nova songs of all time by Tom Jobim and Vinicius De Moraes in 1962, made this bar famous. It’s not much in the way of eye candy, a little Read More

Jobi
Jobi

Possibly one of the most popular bars in Rio, Jobi sits right in the heart of Leblon. Filled with pretty much anyone and everyone, the crowd spills out of the door and onto the street at an alarming rate come Read More

Juice Co
Juice Co

In Brazil it is all about juice bars, there’s one on every corner and Juice & Co. is the crème de la crème, or the juice de la juice so to speak. Honestly, this place sh*ts on Whole Foods with Read More

Meza Bar
Meza Bar

Modern décor, modern people and great booze and food, what’s not to love? The high ceiling, dark beams and hanging light bulbs give this place a cool, airy feel, even though it’s actually quite small. It fills up quickly so Read More

Palaphita Kitch
Palaphita Kitch

This bar is a little bit special. With an Indian style thatched roof and matching canopies, it’s an Amazonian jungle that sits on the shores of Lake Rio’s Lagoa. Completely open air, it’s the place to hit for stargazing and Read More

Paxeco
Paxeco

This old open-air Colonial house takes full advantage of the wonderful views which surround it. With Christo to one side and the Botanical Gardens to the other, it’s easy to see why so many people kick back and relax in Read More

Pool Bar at Hotel Pestana
Pool Bar at Hotel Pestana

The pool bar on the top of the 5 star Hotel Pestana overlooks Copacabana in all its glory. The large ice blue pool is situated in the middle with seating and day beds placed around the sides. The view is Read More

Rio Scenarium
Rio Scenarium

If you wanna dance until your feet fall off then head to Lapa. And if you are heading to Lapa you have to see Rio Scenarium in all its three floor epic 19th Century glory. Each floor plays host to a Read More

Shenanigans
Shenanigans

Alright kids, this is your Irish pub. Situated on the corner of Praca General Osorio near the metro, it’s a curious place. Make your way past the two burly bouncers on the door, they’re there because this place gets rammed. Read More

Stuzzi
Stuzzi

You’ll find Stuzzi located at the end of the infamous Dias Ferreira in Leblon. This place is pretty tiny, the bar takes up most of the room and a few tables and chairs are scattered out back. Chic décor, decent Read More

The Copacabana Palace
The Copacabana Palace

The legendary Copacabana Palace Hotel is grand, beautiful and oh so glam. Since 1923 this historic art deco hotel has been a playground for Rio’s rich and famous and dah-ling, we love it. Cavort in one of two bars, The Read More