Pernambuco drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Olinda

Bodega de Véio

Also a small and very eclectic general store, this wonderful little bar serves ice-cold bottled beer, shots of cachaça (potent sugarcane liquor) and great charcuterie plates (R$10 per 100g), while doing its best to …
Bar in Fernando de Noronha

Bar Duda Rei

Noronha's only real beach barraca has a fabulous setting beneath a couple of palms, with Morro do Pico towering behind. It serves good food, too.
Boteco in Recife

Companhia do Chope

Swarming with interesting people since 1984, this rambunctious boteco (small open-air bar) fills a breezy open-air shopping plaza in Boa Viagem. Some of Recife's best shared bar food (just try to resist those coxinh…
Bar in Recife

Haus Lajetop & Beergarden

Tucked away in the back of the artsy Galeria Joana D'Arc, this boxy bar and beer garden gets the balance right: a smart, industrial-chic atmosphere marrying unfinished concrete walls with reclaimed wooden doors and …
Bar in Olinda


If drinking in historic places is your thing, head down to this bar on Praça João Alfredo, set in a lovely old building that is one of the best examples of Moorish architectural influences remaining in Olinda. It's …
Bar in Fernando de Noronha

Bar do Meio

The fanciest of Noronha's bars, Bar do Meio is set on the headland that divides Praia do Meio and Praia da Conceição. It adds a touch of Ibiza to the Northeast vibe and is a good place for a drink with a view of Mor…
Bar in Recife


The most happening of several bistros in this middle section of Boa Viagem, Alphaiate is a bit hectic for a meal but is a good place for a drink. It has an expansive air-conditioned interior but the best crowd-watch…
Gay in Recife


Recife’s best gay (and GLS – Gay, Lesbian and Sympathetics) club has multiple spaces, from its main DJ-ruled 'NY Street' dance area to an outdoor area with a swimming pool. There are frequent theme parties and live …
Bar in Fernando de Noronha

Bar do Cachorro

The famous open-air 'Dog Bar' is the hub – in fact the only locale – of Noronha nightlife. It's busy every night but really packed from Thursdays through Sundays. There’s music to dance to from around 10:30pm, inclu…
Bar in Olinda

Bento Ferreiro

During the week this bar/restaurant in an elegant older building with dark wood ceilings and a large balcony out the back just opens for lunch but the best time to visit is on weekends when it gets packed for live m…