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This unpretentious bar in the heart of Lapa is a lifeline for hungry party-goers. Open 18 hours a day, seven days a week, the 100-year-old bar serves wonderful bar snacks such as crispy bolinhos do bacalhau (codfish balls) as well as hearty main meals. The lamb with brocolli rice and garlic has been named best bar dish in Rio by the Brazilian guidebook Guia Quatro Rodas and makes a perfect stomach-filler before a night out in the clubs and bars of Lapa. Head here at the start of the night for a tasty dinner, then do as the locals do and pop back in again at 4a for a sunrise beer and snack before making your way home.
Known for its reasonably-priced drinks and large portions of home-cooked food, Bar do Mineiro is one of Santa Teresa's liveliest spots. The feijoada is the highlight of the menu, and the various pasteis are good, too. Drink options include beer and the ever-popular caipirinha.
The place offers simple service, but the atmosphere is pleasant and inviting. It opens for lunch, with a fixed buffet or a la carte, and also serves small and tasty snacks and savouries, and the sweets are not to be missed! It is charming in an ususual Belle Époque style.
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.
Meza Bar opened its doors in 2008 and has been popular ever since which is displayed by the queue waiting to be seated at this chic Humaita bar. The delish and creative dishes along with the equally innovative drinks have been the draw for locals to visit Meza again and again. Chances are that you might also be charmed by this affable place to come back for more.
Cachambeer is where you should head to, if you wish to spend a casual evening out in Rio. A brainchild of Marcelo Novaes, Cachambeer replaced a former eatery and has been entertaining guests since its establishment in 2002. Cachambeer has become renowned for its small plates accompaniment, with the highlight being the ribs. The menu also includes delicious meat, seafood and chicken preparations. This is an ideal place to relax with food, drinks and friends.
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.
It's a small, less-than-impressive neighborhood pavement bar - so what has made Bar Bracarense such a legend among Rio's many watering holes? Since its establishment, Braca, as it is affectionately known, has been attracting hordes of hungry and thirsty locals on their way to and from work or the beach. The perfectly chilled draft beer, the delicious salgadinhos (bar snacks) and the excellent service all add to bar's recipe for success, and its popularity with beachwear-clad Leblon lovelies has long been a draw for many a male drinker. But it's the relaxed ambiance, good mix of people, lively post-work happy hour, and plentiful pavement tables and chairs that really raise this bar above the competition.
Part deli, part bakery, and part coffee shop, Talho Cabixaba has been serving up superior sandwiches and delicious desserts for over 60 years. Sandwiches here are made to order - customers can take their pick from a mouthwatering array of ciabattas, croissants, focaccias and other specialist breads. Choices of fillings include smoked salmon, buffalo mozzarella, Parma ham, grilled eggplant, brie and more. Fresh salads are also popular options, while quiches and savory pastries are convenient orders to go. Desserts here are also excellent – try the tart of chocolate mousse and nuts for a real treat.
The prime location, relaxed ambiance and delicious bar snacks have combined to make Jobi one of the best-loved bars in Leblon. And you've no excuse not to visit the place – with opening hours that extend from 9am to 4am (5am at weekends), there's always a chance to fit in a drink here. The bar has been a favorite post-beach haunt since it opened in 1956, and its location in the lively nightlife strip of Baixo Leblon means Jobi remains packed right into the small hours. Many people rate the bar snacks here as the best in the city – don't miss the bolinhos do bacalhau (deep-fried cod and potato balls).