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Established in 2010, Espaço Acústica is a popular nightspot in Lapa, with space for as many as 1000 people. The third floor, which is where the dance floor is located, is always packed, and the terrace, offering views of the city center is another favorite. Many popular DJs play here, and the two stages have played host to numerous live music performances.
Named after the famous German-American author, Bar Bukowski is a firm favorite with Rio's young bohemians. The converted colonial building regularly features live music on the top floor, while DJs spin indie and alternative tunes downstairs. The venue also features a large outdoor drinking area with comfy seating and a bar. Those who like narguiles (hookahs) can try out the different flavors offered here.
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.
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.
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).