Drinking & Nightlife

  • Explorer Bar Imaginative cocktails in a beautiful Santa Teresa setting.
  • Palaphita Kitch Amazonian-tinged cocktails and serene lakeside views.
  • Canastra A friendly French-run neighborhood bar with great food and drinks.
  • Bar dos Descasados Romantic outdoor lounge with hilltop views.
  • Comuna Creative gathering space for art, music and microbrews.
  • WineHouse Rio's most atmospheric wine bar.



  • Palaphita Gávea A fun, wildly decorated space, with an adjoining dance club that opens weekends.
  • Fosfobox Long-running downstairs dance club in Copacabana.
  • Barzin The go-to spot for big nights out, especially on Tuesday.
  • Bar Bukowski A party house in Botafogo with a dance floor, an upstairs stage and a games room.
  • Leviano Bar Outdoor tables on Lapa's wildest street and dancing upstairs.


Beer Selection

Gay Clubs & Bars

  • Week One of the best Saturday-night party spots in Rio.
  • Buraco da Lacraia A trashy good time for adventure seekers in Lapa.
  • Tô Nem Aí Buzzing bar on Ipanema's most gay-friendly street.
  • TV Bar A good-time crowd against a backdrop of TV screens and DJs.
  • Galeria Café A staple of the Ipanema scene.


  • Bar Léo Raise a glass over the cobblestones of Rio's oldest neighborhood.
  • Baretto-Londra Very swanky party space inside Ipanema's Hotel Fasano.
  • Bar do Zé Atmospheric and well-hidden bar tucked away in Glória.
  • Bar Astor Luscious cocktails and a great location across from Ipanema Beach.
  • Bar Urca Drinking in the open air with views over the bay.