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This lively samba club is housed in a beautiful old building that doubles as a storage warehouse for props and antiques used by the city's film industry. As a result, you will find yourself shaking a leg to a backdrop of mannequins, antique furniture and other relics from the past. Spread over three floors, revelers can chose to enjoy a meal from the restaurant, or just strut their stuff on the dance floor among bohemian locals and tourists alike. The club frequently hosts excellent live music, from samba to forro - check the website for listings. Always packed on weekends.
Fans of champagne and other sparkling wines should head straight for this Botafogo establishment, which offers a wide range of cavas, proseccos and, of course, champagnes. You'll need to have deep pockets if you want to sip the real thing, but the national bubblies are more than affordable. The wines, many of which are available by the glass, go well with the light dishes served here, such as the unusual yet delicious sandwich of Parma ham, Canadian sausage, brie and apricot. The bar is a favorite post-work pit stop for Botafogo office workers, which makes for a lively atmosphere and explains the weekday-only opening hours.
An Irish watering hole in the heart of Copacabana, The Clover offers its patrons a break from the ubiquitous caipirinha. Sit down with a pint of Guinness and enjoy the fish and chips before moving on to the Irish stew and beef and Guinness pie. The menu isn't entirely Irish, though; you will also find nachos, chicken korma and burgers here.
At the Academia da Cachaca you'll learn how to eat, drink and be merry, just like the Brazilians. With over 500 concoctions to choose from, you'll never tire of visiting this elegant, yet casual place. Most drinks are made from the traditional Brazilian spirit of Cachaca. The food, which comprises of North East Brazilian cuisine, is also quite an attraction. Enjoy a Manioc Croquette with Cream Cheese while you sip on a Passion-Fruit Caiparinha (with real fruit floating inside).
This is the perfect pub to have English tea, and also to participate in darts championships. It is decorated just like a traditional English pub, especially with the red telephone booths by the door. Undoubtedly the best part about Lord Jim Pub is the vast array of beers on offer. The evening tea is superb, with traditional scones, muffins, mini-sandwiches and a variety of imported teas.
The name says it all. Eclético Gastronomia e Musica is all about having a good time. During the day it is a restaurant serving dishes that highlight the various regions of Brazil, while the nights transform it into a bar and entertainment zone where all the action lies. From live music, theme nights to DJs, karaoke and happy hours, there is definitely no dearth of fun here. Eclético is also open for private events and parties.