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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.
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.
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.
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).