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Botequim - a Carioca TraditionWe keep getting e-mail from all over the world with the very same question: where can I meet locals, and make new friends (or maybe start a romance)? A good bet is a botequim, the Brazilian term for a bar or café. A good thing is that they tend to be located in certain areas, so sometimes they overflow to the streets - with tables or standing patrons.
The original botequins have a counter with finger foods and snacks, and the drinks (mostly beer) was served to stanging customers. These are the famous pé-sujos (dirty feet) where you are welcome even in your flip-flops after the beach. Now there are sophisticated versions with tables, live music, the works! But if you run into a pé-sujo consider stopping by. A true Carioca would...

Ipanema and Baixo Leblon

Banana Jack is a popular cafe in IpanemaIpanema is our starting spot, and not without good reasons. It is one of the most afflluent areas in Rio, yet without losing its bohemian roots. Legendary bars like the Zeppelin (60's) and Bofetada (70's) have been followed by a diversity of venues. You can even drink draft Guinness in a pub, enjoy tapas or colorful drinks, try banana beer (it tastes better than it sounds) and make new friends.

Leblon is somewhat similar to Ipanema with about as many choices. Baixo Leblon surrounding Rua Dias Ferreira is still as popular as ever! The only difference is that now patrons prefer to go by taxi to avoid the zero-tolerance policy to drinking and driving in Rio.

Copacabana to Urca

Legendary Bip Bip Bar in CopacabanaIn Copacabana, there's Av. Atlantica itself, with a succession of cafés, restaurants, and nightclubs. There are many venues on cross-streets, too. Walk around and find gems like Cervantes in Lido (reputedly the best sandwiches in Rio), or Bip-Bip, with legendary jam sessions.

On our way to Urca we pass by Botafogo, that is also full of good choices - especially in the area around Humaitá. Lagoa also has excellent bars - including legendary Bar Lagoa. Jardim Botanico is another hub with sophisticated cafés and restaurants. Baixo Gávea, surrounding Praça Santos Dumont, is one of the best bets - especially on Thursday nights.

Lapa and Centro

View of Lapa at night with ArchesSome of the city's most traditional cafes and bars are in Centro. Go on a downtown historical tour, and later stop at world-famous Bar Luiz for a hearty German style meal. People love to get together in Cinelândia for a beer after work at either Café Amarelinho, or neighboring Verdinho.

Lapa is another traditional spot that concentrates a number of cool bars and cafés. It went through a revival in recent years with new bars with pocket shows, live music and dance floors.  The most popular sport is people-watching, and if you are broke you can do it sipping a beer on the street. This area can be very crowded on weekends. Be streetwise.

Bar Etiquette

View of Lapa at night with ArchesIf you are coming from a country with tight drinking regulations, note that the concept of brown-bagging is completely alien to Brazilians (and laughable, if you try to explain it). Even simple street bars, known as botequins or pés-sujos, are licensed - and you do not have to hide what you are drinking! Beer and shots of cachaça or caipirinha are available everywhere, even at the beach.

Use public transportation, as a zero tolerance for drinking and driving is enforced in Rio. Do not take drinks from strangers nor leave your drinks unattended. Do not take strangers back to your hotel room, especially if you are feeling dizzy. Use your common sense, be safe and have fun!


01. Astor Ipanema Av.Vieira Souto, 110
2523-0085
02. Banana Jack Ipanema Rua Jangadeiros, 6
2521-9055
03. Bar do Beto Ipanema Rua Farme de Amoedo, 51
2523-1443
04. Barril 1800 Ipanema Av. Vieira Souto, 110
2523-0085
05. Belmonte Ipanema Rua Teixeira de Melo,53 lj B
2267-9909
06. Conversa Fiada Ipanema Rua Maria Quiteria, 46
2522-1809
07. Delirium Cafe Ipanema R. Barao da Torre, 183
2502-0029
08. Devassa Ipanema Rua Prudente de Morais, 416
2522-0627
09. Emporio Ipanema Rua Maria Quiteria, 37
3813-2526
10. Garota de Ipanema Ipanema Rua Vinicius de Morais, 49A
2523-3787
11. Lord Jim Ipanema Rua Paul Redfern, 63
2259-3047
12. Manoel e Joaquim Ipanema Rua Barao da Torre, 162
2522-1863
13. Market Ipanema R.Visconde de Piraja, 499
3283-1438
14. Shenanigans Ipanema Rua Visconde de Piraja, 112 A
2267-5860
15. Sindicato do Chopp Ipanema R. Farme de Amoedo , 83
2247-1745
16. Terzetto Ipanema Rua Jangadeiros, 28
2247-6797
17. Venga Ipanema Rua Garcia Davila, 147
2247-0234
18. Via Sete Ipanema R. Garcia Davila, 125
2512-8100
19. Vinicius Piano Bar Ipanema Rua Vinicius de Morais, 39
2523-4757
20. Academia da Cachaca Leblon Rua Conde de Bernadotte, 26G
2239-1542
21. Bar dHotel Leblon Av. Delfim Moreira, 696
2540-4990
22. Bar da Praia Leblon Rua Joao Lira, 5
2540-5212
23. Bracarense Leblon Rua Jose Linhares, 85B
2294-3549
24. Chico e Alaide Leblon R. Dias Ferreira, 679
2512-0028
25. Clipper Leblon Rua Carlos Goes, 263 A
2259-0148
26. Devassa Leblon Av. General San Martin, 1.241
2540-6087
27. Diagonal Leblon Rua Aristides Espinola, 88
2259-0888
28. Esch Cafe Leblon Rua Dias Ferreira, 78 lj A
2512-5651
29. Foccacia Leblon R.Ataulfo de Paiva, 1228
2512-4488
30. Informal Leblon Rua Conde de Bernadote, 26
2540-7561
31. Jobi Leblon Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 1166
2274-0547
32. Pizza Park Leblon Rua Gilberto Cardoso, S/N
2512-1423
33. Pizzaria Guanabara Leblon A.Ataulfo de Paiva, 1228
2294-0797
34. Seu Martin Leblon Av. Gal. San Martin, 1.196
2274-0800
35. Universo Organico Leblon R.Conde de Bernadote, 26
3874-0186
36. Adega Perola Copacabana R. Siqueira Campos, 138
2255-9425
37. Bip-Bip Copacabana Rua Almirante Goncalves, 50
2267-9696
38. Cervantes Copacabana Rua Prado Junior, 335B
2275-6147
39. Da Bossa Nova Copacabana Rua Domingos Ferreira, 215
2235-4616
40. Pavao Azul Copacabana R. Hilario de Gouveia, 71
2236-2381
41. Bar Lagoa Lagoa Av. Epitacio Pessoa, 1674
2523-1135
42. Palaphita Kitch Lagoa Av. Epitacio Pessoa, box 20
7841-7843
43. 00 (Zero Zero) Gavea Av. Padre Leonel Franca, 240
2540-8041
44. Braseiro da Gavea Gavea Pca. Santos Dumont, 116
2239-7494
45. Garota da Gavea Gavea Pca. Santos Dumont, 148
2274-2347
46. Hipodromo Gavea Pca. Santos Dumont, 108
2274-9720
47. Belmonte J. Botanico Rua Jardim Botanico, 617
2239-1649
48. Caroline Cafe J. Botanico Rua J J Seabra, 10
2540-0705
49. Da Graca J. Botanico Rua Pacheco Leao, 780
2249-5484
50. Devassa J. Botanico Av. Lineu de Paula Machado, 696
2294-2915
51. Paxeco Bar J.Botanico R. Pacheco Leao ,724
3114-8710
52. Doiz Humaita R. Capitao Salomao, 55
2179-6620
53. Drink Cafe Humaita R. General Dionisio, 11
2527-2697
54. Entretapas Humaita R. Conde de Iraja, 115
2537-0673
55. Guacamole Humaita R. Jardim Botanico, 129
3178-3100
56. Meza Bar Humaita R. Capitao Salomao , 69
3239-1951
57. Ovelha Negra Botafogo R. Bambina, 120
2236-1064
58. Bar Urca Urca R Candido Gaffree, 205
2295-8744
59. Nova Republica Lapa Av. Mem de Sa, 194
2232-3285
60. Sacrilegio Lapa Av. Mem de Sa, 81
3970-1461
61. Bar Amarelinho Centro Praca Floriano, 55B
2240-8434
62. Bar Luiz Centro Rua da Carioca, 39
2220-8372
63. Bar do Mineiro Santa Teresa Rua Pascoal Carlos Magno, 99
2221-9227
64. Sobrenatural Santa Teresa R. Almirante Alexandrino, 432
2224-1003
65. Aconchego Carioca Praca da Bandeira R. Barao de Iguatemi, 379
2273-1035
66. Bar do Oswaldo Barra Estrada do Joa, 3.896
2493-1840
 
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