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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.
Too few of Rio's eating and drinking spots make the most of the city's extraordinary natural beauty, but Bar e Restaurant Urca is one place that really utilizes its location's potential to the full. Meals and drinks are prepared inside the restaurant itself, while tables and chairs are situated across the road, right by the waves. Colorful bobbing fishing boats complete the scene, as drinkers and diners relax in this tranquil neighborhood. Urca serves good, traditional Brazilian meals (including a Saturday feijoada), and there's also a good range of bar snacks and light meals – the cod balls and the seafood soup are both delicious.
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.
In stark contrast to upscale Ipanema's fancy bars and restaurants, Bar Popeye is a relaxed establishment where the focus is only on drinks. No matter when you stop by, there is bound to be a large crowd enjoying chilled beers while cheering for their favorite football team. As for food, you'd do well not to make a crack about spinach, choosing instead to enjoy what they do offer, among which items the carne assada is one of the most popular.