The best of Rio's bars, pubs & botecos

Classic botecos

Bar Urca

Take advantage of the bay's cooling breeze

Bar do Mineiro

Unmissable homemade cachaças and ice-cold beer

Boteco Salvação

Laidback pub in the heart of Humaitá



Dragging Botafogo's bar scene into the 21st Century


Cocktails and Italian snackery, Leblon style

Estrelas Da Babilônia

Hidden bar with splendid views

Best for caipirinhas

Academia da Cachaça

Caipirinha kings with a cachaça shot for all tastes

Bar dos Descasados

Cocktail heaven on an elegant outdoor terrace


Wine, cocktails and deejays set the tone

Round ups

  • Late night drinking
    Late night drinking

    The concept of staying open 'until the last customer' might sound like a challenge being thrown down, but the scattering of genuine early-morning bars make for a great end to a night out

  • The Barhoppers' Guide: Lapa
    The Barhoppers' Guide: Lapa

    From the classics to the newcomers, Time Out brings you the barhoppers' guide to that essential weekend roadblock, Lapa

  • The Rio food and drink 50 - cocktails
    The Rio food and drink 50 - cocktails

    As part of the Rio food and drink 50, Time Out heads to the bar to pick the best cocktails on offer across the city

  • Cocktail hour
    Cocktail hour

    Mixologists are springing up all over town, with new bars having to get creative to keep up with some snazzy signature drinks that are leaving the humble caipirinha trailing in their wake

  • Copacabana kiosk culture
    Copacabana kiosk culture

    The neighbourhood's beach kiosks offer a unique location to grab lunch, a post-beach beer, or warm up for the night with a barmy cocktail

  • Rio's top sports bars
    Rio's top sports bars

    Football may take top billing as most bars' on-screen entertainment of choice, but there are plenty of places to catch everything from the NFL to Formula One if you know where to look

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