Rio de Janeiro State drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Wine Bar in Ipanema & Leblon

Canastra

Run by a trio of Frenchmen, Canastra has become one of the top nightlife destinations in Ipanema. Most nights, the crowd spills out onto the streets, and plenty of socializing cariocas never even make it inside. Thi…
Top Choice Lounge in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Palaphita Kitch

A great spot for a sundowner, Palaphita Kitch is an open-air, thatched-roof wonderland with rustic bamboo furniture, flickering tiki torches and a peaceful setting on the edge of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. It's a pop…
Cocktail Bar in Botafogo & Urca

Bar 1928

Tucked away on an otherwise quiet backstreet, Bar 1928 specializes in cocktails and superior bar food. The street-side veranda gets packed early on weekends but more seating is available in a side alley and dining r…
Cocktail Bar in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Explorer Bar

A gorgeous multilevel garden with fairy lights is the centerpiece of this charming cocktail bar. Beautifully conceived cocktails (around R$30) showcase exotic flavors in elixirs like TLV, with orange, tamarind, ging…
Bar in Botafogo & Urca

CoLAB

CoLAB is one of Botafogo’s increasing number of lively bar/restaurants attracting a predominantly young crowd with a combination of international cuisine, cocktails and craft beers. The menu features curries (both I…
Cafe in Flamengo & Around

Café Secreto

This excellent little coffee shop, hidden down an alleyway off bustling Largo do Machado, is well worth searching out. The expert staff – including a veteran from São Paulo’s legendary Coffee Lab – offers a range of…
Bar in Ipanema & Leblon

Brewteco

A pillar of Rio's growing microbrew-loving community, Brewteco has nearly two dozen taps featuring unique craft beers – nearly all of which are from Rio. Among the rotating selections, you'll find plenty of variety:…
Lounge in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Bar dos Descasados

This stylish bar with outdoor seating has lovely views over the city (looking north). You can enjoy decadent cocktails (including a caipirinha made with tangerines grown on the property) and savory snacks, such as s…
Bar in Ipanema & Leblon

Bar Astor

Not visiting São Paulo? No problem. One of Sampa's best bars has now become a mainstay of post-beach revelry on prime real estate along the Ipanema shorefront. This gorgeous art deco bar does meticulously prepared c…
Cocktail Bar in Ipanema & Leblon

Nosso

Located in the heart of Ipanema, this supremely stylish cocktail bar and restaurant, complete with swanky rooftop terrace, feels like it has been plucked directly from downtown Manhattan. The meticulously crafted co…