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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.
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.
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.
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.