This lively samba club is housed in a beautiful old building that doubles as a storage warehouse for props and antiques used by the city's film industry. As a result, you will find yourself shaking a leg to a backdrop of mannequins, antique furniture and other relics from the past. Spread over three floors, revelers can chose to enjoy a meal from the restaurant, or just strut their stuff on the dance floor among bohemian locals and tourists alike. The club frequently hosts excellent live music, from samba to forro - check the website for listings. Always packed on weekends.
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.
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.
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).
The late starter of Rio clubs attracts a suitably devoted following of teenagers, students and music lovers into its unusual, welcoming walls. The shabby decoration and labyrinthine interior have been made into virtues, giving Casa Da Matriz the feel of a house party that has been going on for years. The main room and bar downstairs are invariably packed, while upstairs you will find a second dance floor, a chill out room complete with TV, and even a thrift shop if you feel the need to get a new-old T-Shirt or a memento of your night.
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).
This relaxed Leblon spot is a great example of what has come to be known as a pe limpo (clean foot) bar. The unusual name comes from the fact that unpretentious neighborhood bars are traditionally known as pe sujo (dirty foot), a reference to the working class and often shoeless types who once frequented them. Many newer Rio bars have taken this traditional approach and given it a moden makeover, resulting in relaxed drinking and dining spots with an altogether more illustrious clientele. Try to head here on a Saturday or Sunday for Desacato's famous feijoada, diners can eat their fill from an array of piping-hot meat and bean stews. Vast LCD television screens make Desacato a popular choice for sports fans hoping to catch a futebol game.
Heavy Duty Beer Club has the dubious honor of being voted the bar with the worst service in Rio, but that doesn't stop hordes of rock music fans packing the place up during weekends. The long queues that form at the bar become opportunities for socializing, and the rock and heavy metal music is much loved by the clientele. This is not the place for a sophisticated night out, but if you're ready to rock, this is your spot!
Located in Praça da Bandeira, an area of Centro known as a haven for fans of all things rock, Duck Walk Pub has quickly earned itself a loyal clientele thanks to its musical policy that is more about Pink Floyd than samba. The name is a homage to Chuck Berry, and everything from the decor to the choice of live bands pays tribute to the great and good of rock and roll. Alongside a rocky musical menu, there's a decent range of imported and national beers, drinks promotions, and some tasty sandwiches and bar snacks. This is not the place for a romantic first date, perhaps, but a fun spot for a rocking night out.
Botto Bar is the brainchild of award-winning brewer, Leonardo Botto. Inspired by the German, English, Belgian and North American brewing schools, it serves 20 tap beers. These include brands like Bottobier Zoontje, Hopsinjoor Carolus, Eisenbahn Pilsen and Thor. Gorge on delicious bar bites like roast beef croquettes. Since their list keeps on changing, check their blackboard for their taps. You will love the flavors of their brew. Their exposed brick walls, wooden accents and soft lighting gives this delightful bar a cozy look.
Aconchego Carioca is set in a townhouse and run by Kátia Barbosa and Rosa Ledo. This popular bar is renowned for its bolinho de feijoada. Its decorative hammocks on the ceiling, wall art and photo frames give it a cozy vibe. Apart from the tasty snacks like empanadas and the feijoada, it has an impressive list of beers. Beer enthusiasts will love their more than 200 varieties of Brazilian and foreign brew. Reservations are a must to get a seat at this busy watering hole.
This unassuming but welcoming barand restaurant is located in Praça da Bandeira, a neighborhood of Rio best known for its rock bars, but the food attracts patrons of all musical tastes. The menu is a good representation of traditional Brazilian food in all its hearty, satisfying glory. There are daily set plates, along with a la carte choices, with typical options including sun-dried beef served with potatoes, rice, farofa (seasoned manioc flour) and black beans. On Saturdays, this is a good place to try the national dish, feijoada, which is a feast of beans and various cuts of meat.