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Best Cocktail Bars in Rio de Janeiro

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Armazém São Thiago

One of Rio's oldest bars, Armazém São Thiago is also one of the most popular. A favorite among locals as well as tourists for its cheap food, cheap drinks and lively ambiance, the bar is always buzzing with activity. Fried shrimp with tartar sauce and fried codfish balls are the perfect accompaniments to the draft beers and whiskeys available. You might just leave the place making some great friends.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Bar do Mineiro

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.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Leviano

Lapa is an area of Rio famed for its nightlife, and Leviano has quickly established itself as one of the most popular nightspots here. Brightly lit and with a large patio that spills out onto the street, Leviano is not easily missed. It's quite difficult to find place on the upstairs dance floor, where tourists and locals alike groove to the beats of Música Popular Brasileira (Brazilian Popular Music), funk and samba. Cocktails like the apple mojito are popular.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Meza Bar

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.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Sugarloaf Kiosk

Rio de Janeiro is known to be a place to party and have a good time. It also known to have some really good tropical cocktails. Keeping this in mind, how far or rather high, will you go to get a drink. The Sugarloaf Kiosk bar on the Sugarloaf mountain is 1296 feet (395 meters) high and overlooks all of Rio. There only two ways to have a drink at the bar, either do it the easy way by taking a 75 passenger cable car or you can climb to the top if you're feeling adventurous. Once on top, you can see why it was worth, the view from the bar is astounding! You can just sit back and enjoy the view with glass of Caipirinha, a popular Brazilian cocktail made of distilled sugar cane and a few other ingredients.

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Academia da Cachaca

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).

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Zuka

Zuka offers a smart but relaxed dining experience without pretension either in the restaurant itself, nor on the menu. The lunchtime menu changes regularly but the reassuringly ever-present burgers are some of the best you will find anywhere in Rio. By night as the mood changes and the lights dim, complimentary starters of soup shots' get this started nicely. Excellent seafood, pastas and risotto make Zuka an excellent destination on a street that isn't short on options.

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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Baretto-Londra

Hotel Fasano's more casual venue is the Baretto-Londra. In co-ordination with the retro theme of the hotel, the lounge has been tastefully done with leather upholstery and pictures of the stars of yesteryears decorate one of the walls. Two Union Jack flags depicting Italy's colors catche your attention as soon as you enter. Baretto/Londra has earned great popularity among the elite of Rio de Janeiro who frequent the lounge for casual evening outings. From live rock performances to DJ nights, you will thoroughly entertained here. Reservations are a must in this acclaimed chic bar.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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