Bars in Rio de Janeiro

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True Rio de Janeiro nightlife starts at midnight, and it’s well-known that Cariocas love to party well into the morning hours. The neighborhood of La... Read More

True Rio de Janeiro nightlife starts at midnight, and it’s well-known that Cariocas love to party well into the morning hours. The neighborhood of Lapa is full of small bars with live Brazilian music. But if you want more of a trendy spot in that neighborhood, head to Leviano for the wildest night you’ve ever seen in a colonial mansion—look out for special performances by acrobats. The hottest club in all of Rio is 00 (Zero Zero), where a sophisticated crowd pulses to different genres of dance music each night—only breaking for the award-winning cuisine in the dining room. For a more low-key experience, the Delirium Cafe offers Rio’s best beer selection, with brews from around the world. While the city’s nightlife offers many different takes on Brazil’s national drink, the caipirinha (including one with vodka instead of traditional cachaça), you’ll discover that one of the best bars in Brazil is known for a self-serve refrigerator of beer as their drinks menu: Bip Bip is all about the live music—samba on the weekends—and has the crowds to show it.

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  • Aconchego Carioca

    Visitors not impressed by the bright yellow walls dotted with tin beer signs and awards can slip out to the lush outdoor patio for a prettier environment. Read More

  • Bar Astor

    Directly in front of Ipanema beach and steps from the famous Fasano Hotel, the bar makes an unforgettable first impression—one made even better with the... Read More

  • Bar do Gomez

    Its convenient location near the nightlife hub of Lapa make it a perfect first stop in a long evening of clubbing: even more reason to tuck into their... Read More

  • Bar dos Descasados

    Once a refuge for men whose marriages were on the rocks—hence the name, Bar of the Divorcees—this hot spot has become a go-to for romantic dates and... Read More

  • Bar Teto Solar

    Delicious burgers and other pub food soak up the drinks in the dark, brick-lined space, decorated with vinyl records and a Volkswagen bug hanging from... Read More

  • Bar Urca

    Sample a wide variety of caipirinhas (passion fruit is a local favorite), grab some Brazilian bar food—notably pastel de camarão, fried dough stuffed... Read More

  • Baretto Londra

    Interiors feel far from beachy Brazil and more like an old gentlemen's club. The brick walls, clubby leather chairs, and enormous British flag over the... Read More

  • Bip Bip

    Though the decor's highlight is the haphazard gallery walls with framed photos of musicians, crowds continue to flock to the tiny hole-in-the-wall for... Read More

  • Champanharia Ovelha Negra

    Young executives flock to this happy hour hot-spot to indulge in a selection of over 40 different types of Champagne and Prosecco—plus, a number of... Read More

  • Delirium Cafe

    Sample the best brews from France, Russia, Belgium, and everywhere else at this pricey Ipanema hot spot. Don't miss the special brews offered at holiday... Read More

  • Jobi

    With its somewhat drab and unassuming exterior, you wouldn't know Jobi was anything special, but the crowds give it away. Fans come for what they say is... Read More

  • Leviano Bar

    Revelers arrive to the Lapa hot spot late and dance until dawn, snacking on an array of finger foods and top-notch cocktails—the corazón partido ... Read More

  • Meza Bar

    The menu features a variety of low-sugar cocktails as well as vegetarian entrees. (Regular drinks are offered as well, for those who aren't worried... Read More

  • Zero Zero

    In an unusual mix, there's a formal dining room with award-winning cuisine (sushi to risotto), as well as a lounge and dance floor. DJs spin at 1am... Read More

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