Nightlife

Top Choice Wine Bar in Ipanema & Leblon

Canastra

At first glance, Canastra looks like any other casual boteco on the back streets of Rio: sidewalk tables with a crowd milling about with drinks and snacks. But the food here is also outstanding, and the drink of cho…
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 the lake. This is a popular spot wit…
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 multi-level garden with fairy lights and lanterns is the centerpiece of this charming cocktail bar. An eclectic mix of international light bites are offered (mains from R$36), but the focus is on original…
Wine Bar in Botafogo & Urca

WineHouse

WineHouse is a stylish yet unpretentious wine bar – a welcome break from Rio’s traditionally expensive and starchy wine-drinking scene. A blackboard lists a dozen or so wines available by the glass and always includ…
Cafe in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Fazenda Paradiso Café

This excellent family-run cafe provides true ‘farm to cup’ service. Several kinds of coffee (all grown on the family farm in Minas Gerais) are roasted on-site and available to purchase. Choose from preparation metho…
Bar in Zona Norte

Noo Cachaçaria

This cozy little bar is one of the highlights of the growing oasis of drinking dens in the otherwise drab neighborhood of Praça da Bandeira. While the impressive list of cachaças will appeal to connoisseurs of Brazi…
Beer Hall in Zona Norte

Hop Lab

This beer-lover’s paradise offers 30 draft beers on rotation – more than any other bar in the city – many of which are locally brewed. The English-speaking waiters are certified beer sommeliers, ready to provide gui…
Bar in Botafogo & Urca

CoLAB

CoLAB is one of Botafogo’s increasing number of lively bar/restaurants which attract a predominantly young crowd with a combination of international cuisine, cocktails and craft beers. The menu boasts curries (both …
Bar in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Armazém Senado

This ancient, rough diamond of a bar is tucked away on a backstreet in Lapa. Although just a short walk from glitzy, tourist favorite Rio Scenarium, Senado offers a very different experience. Floor-to-ceiling shelve…