When it comes to bars in Rio de Janeiro you have almost a limitless number of options all over the city. The cheapest options being beer sold from the trunk of a car or the local cornerbar, to the exclusive lounge bars in Leblon that are a lot more expensive. The traditional bar (or boteco in Portuguese) in Rio is crowded, has no music and conversations are loud; A big variety of snack food is available, people drink ice cold draught beer (chope) or caipirinhas. In the simpler establishments you share big bottles of beer with your friends. I have written two articles on this topic, the first is Rio’s Waterholes – The Boteco and the Botequim. The second is Rio’s Waterholes – The Pé-sujo. Just click the links. Now to what’s out there, if some of these bars have closed do apologize, if you could inform me which it would be great. I have listed a selection of bars in Rio below, for your convenience they are sorted by neighbourhoods.

List of Bars in Rio de Janeiro

(With GLS i mean Gay & Lesbian Scene)

Ipanema | Leblon/Gávea | Jardim Botánico/Lagoa | Copacabana/Leme | Botafogo/Humaitá/Urca | Laranjeiras/Flamengo | Catete/Gloria | Santa Teresa | Centro/Lapa




Ipanema

 

Lord Jim´s Pub
Open: Mon-Thu 18h/2h Fri, sat 18h/4h Sun 18h/2h
Comments: The oldest pub in Rio de Janeiro. Live music, happy hour Mon-Fri 18h/20h. Shows international sport on big screen.
Food: Pub food
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 40R$-80R$
Address: R. Paul Redfern 44, Ipanema map
Phone: 2249-4881
Site: Lord Jim’s

Belmonte
Open: Everyday 10h/3h
Comments: Located at the square General Osório, a typical boteco, not so much atmosphere.
Food: Brazilian
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 40R$-80R$
Address: R. Teixeira de Melo 53, Ipanema map
Phone: 2267-9909

Fasano Hotel/Londra
Open: Mon-Thu 19h/2h Fri-Sat 19h/3h
Comments: This is the lobby lounge of the luxury hotel Fasano. It´s located on the beach avenue in Ipanema. DJ and live jazz. Perfect if you want to have a bit of the good life. Higher entrance for guys than girls.
Food: International
Dresscode: Smart Casual
How much money to bring?: A lot.
Address: Av. Vieira Souto 80, Ipanema map
Phone: 3202-4000
Site: Fasano Hotels

Empório
Open: Everyday from 20h
Comments: Rockbar with DJ and small dancefloor, big crowd on weekends. This place have been popular a long time and probably will continue to be, open until late on weekends when you also have some working girls there (because of the high gringo rate?). One of the more famous bars in Rio de Janeiro.
Food: Snack food
Dresscode: No
How much money to bring?: 30R$-100R$
Address: R. Maria Quitéria 37, Ipanema map
Phone: 3813-2526

Bar Lagoa
Open: Mon 18h/2h Tue-Sun 12h/2h
Comments: Art Deco designed bar who opened it´s doors in the 1930´s, heavy German food is the speciality. Located on the lake, perfect for some sausage and potato salad in the early evening.
Food: German
Dresscode: Pants and Shoes
How much money to bring?: 40R$-70R$
Address: Av. Epitácio Pessoa 1674, Ipanema map
Phone: 2287-1112/2523-1468
Site: Bar Lagoa

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub
Open: Mon-Fri 18h/2h Sat, Sun 16h/3h
Comments: Irish pub, pooltable, darts, football games. One of the oldest meeting spots for gringos in town. Entrance.
Food: Pub food
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 40R$-100R$
Address: R. Visconde de Pirajá 112, Ipanema map
Phone: 2267-5860
Site: Shenanigan´s

Bar 48
Open: Until late everyday
Comments: Something so unusual as a modern bar with international atmosphere in Rio. Brazilian-French owners. Good music, modern, cool. The crowd is as mixed as the music and the menu. Theme-nights.
Food: International
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 50R$-100R$
Address: R. Rua Teixeira de Melo 48, Ipanema map
Phone: 97956-3151
Site: Bar 48 on Facebook




Leblon/Gávea

 

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Botequim Informal
Open: Tue-Sat 12h/2h Sun 12h/1h Mon 12h/00h
Comments: A typical boteco.
Food: Brazilian
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 40R$-80R$
Address: R. Conde de Bernadotte 26, Leblon map
Phone: 2540-5504
Site: Informal

Bar Veloso
Open: Tue-Fri 17:30h/0:30h, Sat 12:30h/0:30h, Domingo 16h/22:30h
Comments: A tip from one of my Carioca visitors. One of the more popular hangouts in Leblon. It has an angle towards the early Bossanova music and its greatest artists.
Food: Brazilian Bar/Restaurant Style
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 30R$-70R$
Address: R. Aristides Espínola 44, Leblon map
Phone: 2274-9966
Site: Bar Veloso

Bar d´Hotel
Open: Sun-Wed 18h/1h, Thu-Sat 18h/2h
Comments: A typical hotel bar located in Hotel Marina All Suítes. Posh. Of all the bars in Rio de Janeiro this one probably has the highest celebrity rate.
Food: Contemporary snack food
Dresscode: Smart Casual
How much money to bring?: 60R$-140R$
Address: Av. Delfim Moreira 696, Leblon map
Phone: 2540-4990

Bar da Praia
Open: Everyday from 17h
Comments: A beach styled bar where the rich young bohemia wannabes hang out. Modern music.
Food: Contemporary snack food
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 60R$-140R$
Address: R. João Lira 5, Leblon map
Phone: 2540-5212

Bracarense
Open: Mon-Sat 8h/00h Sun 10h/22h
Comments: Famous small boteco with reputedly good shrimp pastries, good for the afternoon after a sunny day. Good bars in Rio are like this, cold beer, loud conversations and good snack food.
Food: Brazilian snack food
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 20R$-50R$
Address: R. José Linhares 85, Leblon map
Phone: 2294-3549
Site: Bracarense

Bar Bracarense

Bar Bracarense

 

Jobi
Open: Fri-Sat 9h/5h, Sun-Thu 9h/4h
Comments: A popular hang out for after beach or late nights. Close to Pizzaria Guanabara.
Food: Brazilian snack food
Dresscode: Smart Casual
How much money to bring?: 40R$-100R$
Address: Av. Ataulfo de Paiva 1166, Leblon map
Phone: 2274-0547

Academia da Cachaça
Open: Everyday from 10h until late
Comments: Bar specialized in the local booze cachaça and the different fruit drinks caipifrutas and caipirinhas.
Food: Snackfood
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 40R$-80R$
Address: R. Conde Bernadotte 26, Leblon map
Phone: 2239-1542
Site: Academia da Cachaça

Academia de Cachaça, one of many bars in Rio de Janeiro.

Academia de Cachaça

 

Pizzaria Guanabara
Open: Everyday 24 hours
Comments: A meeting spot for the wealthier young Cariocas after clubbing.
Food: Pizza
Dresscode: No
How much money to bring?: 30R$-50R$
Address: Av. Ataulfo de Paiva 1228, Leblon map
Phone: 2294-0797
Site: Pizzaria Guanabara

Cobal de Leblon
Open:
Comments: A number of bars and restaurant where you in an open atmosphere can mingle around. Many of the bars in Rio de Janeiro are clustered together like this.
Food:<
Dresscode: Casual/Smart Casual
How much money to bring?: 30R$-60R$
Address: R. Gilberto Cardoso, Leblon map

Hipódromo
Open: Mon, Thu, Sun 9h/1h Fri, Sat 9h/3h. Varies a lot, not much during university breaks.
Comments: The street party Baixo da Gávea circles around this place. Frequented mostly by university students.
Food: Snackfood
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 20R$-40R$
Address: Praça Santos Dumont 108, Gávea map
Phone: 2274-9720




Jardim Botánico/Lagoa

 

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Caroline Café
Open: Mon-Sat from 16h
Comments: The most famous boteco in this neighbourhood.
Food: Brazilian
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 30R$-70R$
Address: R. J.J. Seabra 10, Jardim Botânico map
Phone: 2540-0705
Site: Caroline Café

Quiosques
Open: Everyday from midday
Comments: Around the lake there are various so called quiosques where you can eat and drink. Some of them have live music everyday, most are located in front of the jockey club and they all close around midnight. It´s a perfect choice for a slow evening. Bars in Rio de Janeiro have many profiles and these are the most laidback.
Food: Yes
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 30R$-70R$




Copacabana/Leme

 

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Adega Pérola
Open: Everyday from 11h until midnight
Comments: A very popular street bar. Good food, good drinks. Perfect place to mingle with people and chat with friends.
Food: Brazilian-Spanish
Dresscode: No
How much money to bring?: 30R$-50R$
Address: R. Siqueira Campos, 138, Copacabana map
Phone: 2255-9425

Cervantes
Open: Tue-Thu, Sun 12h/4h Fri, Sat 12h/5h30
Comments: The last stop on the way home from Lapa where you can quench your hunger with a heavy duty sandwich. Classic. The waiters look time warped from the thirties. My friend swears we saw Pete Townsend in there, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t him.
Food: Brazilian
Dresscode: No
How much money to bring?: 30R$-50R$
Address: Av. Prado Júnior 335, Copacabana map
Phone: 2275-6147

Belmonte
Open: Everyday 9h/3h
Comments: One of the better, if not the best, boteco in Copacabana. Nice atmosphere, located on the corner of Rua Bolivar. Of all the decent bars in Rio, few are located in Copacabana, so this is a hot tip if you live there.
Food: Brazilian
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 40R$-80R$
Address: R. Domingos Ferreira 242, Copacabana map
Phone: 2255-9696/2255-0785

Ponto da Bossa Nova
Open: Mon-Sat 18h/2h
Comments: Nice little bar right next to Informal on the corner of Barão da Ipanema. Sometimes live music.
Food: Brazilian
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 30R$-70R$
Address: R. Domingos Ferreira 215, Copacabana map
Phone: 2549-7597

Botequim Informal
Open: Everyday from 12h
Comments: A good boteco on the corner of Barão da Ipanema.
Food: Brazilian
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 40R$-80R$
Address: R. Domingos Ferreira 215A, Copacabana map
Phone: 3816-0909
Site: Informal

Roof Bar
Open: Tue-Sat 10h/00h Sun, Mon 11h/23h
Comments: The rooftop bar of Hotel Miramar, spectacular view.
Food:
Dresscode: Smart Casual
How much money to bring?: 50R$-100R$
Address: Av. Atlântica 3668, Copacabana map
Phone: 2525-0303

Xodó da Moça
Open: Everyday 7h/00h
Comments: A small simple but recommendable boteco.
Food: Brazilian
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 30R$-70R$
Address: R. Gustavo Sampaio 410, Leme map
Phone: 2295-0674




Botafogo/Humaitá/Urca

 

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O Plebeu
Open: Mon-Sat 8:30h/5h Sun 8:30/20h
Comments: Nice old boteco in a old two storey house.
Food: Brazilian
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 30R$-70R$
Address: R. Capitão Salomão 50, Humaitá map
Phone: 2286-0699

Bukowski
Open: Thu-Sat 22h/5h
Comments: Rock bar with dance floor and surrealistic theme. This is one of the few bars in Rio where you have an alternative crowd.
Food:
Dresscode: No
How much money to bring?: 30R$-70R$
Address: R. Álvaro Ramos 270, Botafogo map
Phone: 3239-1663/2244-7303

Botecotaco
Open: Mon,Tue 7h/00h, Wed 7h/4h, Thu-Sat 7h/6h
Comments: 6 pool tables, jukebox.
Food:
Dresscode: No
How much money to bring?: 20R$-40R$
Address: R. Humaitá 122, Humaitá map
Phone: 2539-5109
Site: Boteco Taco

Puebla Café
Open: Tue-Sat 11:30h/3h Sun 19:30h/00h
Comments: A bar/restaurant with a Mexican theme.
Food: Mexican
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 30R$-70R$
Address: R. Voluntários da Pátria 448, Humaitá map
Phone: 2286-5623

Bar e Restaurante Urca
Open: Mon-Sat 6h/23h Sun 6h/19
Comments: A nice bar/restaurant with a good view of Baía de Guanabara (Guanabara Bay). Too few bars in Rio take advantage of the beauty of this city like here. Many people hangout for the sunset in front, buying beer in bottles.
Food: Brazilian
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 30R$-70R$
Address: R. Cândido Gaffrée 205, Urca map
Phone: 2295-8744




Laranjeiras/Flamengo

 

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Severyna
Open: Everyday 11:30h/2h
Comments: A restaurant with a meny from the Northeast and likewise decorated, some nights live music.
Food: Brazilian
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 30R$-70R$
Address: R. Ipiranga 54, Laranjeiras map
Phone: 2556-9398
Site: Severyna

Belmonte
Open: Everyday 6h/3h
Comments: This classic small boteco is the first of the Belmontes, crowded. This place became kind of a role model and copied by many other bars in Rio.
Food: Brazilian
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 40R$-80R$
Address: R. do Flamengo 300, Flamengo map
Phone: 2552-3349



Catete/Glória

 




Santa Teresa

 

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Bar do Mineiro
Open: Tue-Sat from 11h Sun 11h/20h
Comments: The classic hangout for the bohemians of Santa Teresa. Located close to Praça de Guimares. There are bars in Rio de Janeiro where you can feel the atmosphere, this is one of them.
Food: Brazilian
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 50R$-100R$
Address: R. Paschoal Carlos Magno 99 map
Phone: 2221-9227
Site: Bar do Mineiro

Bar do Arnaudo
Open: Mon 12h/18h Tue-Fri 12h/23h Sat, Sun, holidays 12h/20:30h
Comments: More a restaurant than a bar, really good food from the Northeast, try the Carne de Sol com Aipim, large selection of Cachaça. In one of the many older houses in this neighbourhood.
Food: Brazilian
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 50R$-100R$
Address: R. Almirante Alexandrino 316 map
Phone: 2210-0817




Centro/Lapa

 

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Bar Luiz
Open: Mon 11h/16h,Tue-Fri 11h/20h, Sat 11h/16h
Comments: Perfect for a lunch in the city center, boosts with being one of the the oldest bars in Rio de Janeiro and where the tradition of drinking draft beer started in Rio. Originally called Bar Adolf from its owner, but changed its name due to circumstances in Europe during the Second World War.
Food: German
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 30R$-70R$
Address: R. da Carioca 39, Centro map
Phone: 2262-6900
Site: Bar Luiz

Bars in Rio - Nar Luiz

Bar Luiz is one of the classic bars in Rio. Photo copyright Andreas Lönngren.

 

Bar do Ernesto
Open: Mon-Sat 11h/2h
Comments: One of the older restaurant/bars in Rio, has live Samba on Wed from 20h and on Fri from 22h.
Food: German-Brazilian
Dresscode: Casual
How much money to bring?: 40R$-80R$
Address: Largo da Lapa 41, Lapa map
Phone: 2509-6455
Site: Bar do Ernesto

Observe that there are many, many more bars in Lapa. It is not even useful to try to list them here and many times they are so full you can’t get in. If you want some info I recommend lanalapa.com.br, a site packed with info.

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