Cafe in Centro & Cinelândia

Curto Cafe

Though it's tricky to find, and it has all the charm of a department store, Curto Cafe shouldn't be missed if you're a coffee fan. Staff prepares excellent espresso drinks, and there are plenty of snacks (pizza, bro…
Bar in Centro & Cinelândia

Bar Léo

A great place to retire after a day of exploring, Bar Léo serves ice-cold brews with just the right amount of froth. The setting on a pretty cobblestone lane makes for great people-watching, particularly in the even…
Boteco in Centro & Cinelândia


Easy to spot by its bright amarelo (yellow) awning, Amarelinho has a splendid setting on the Praça Floriano, with the Theatro Municipal in the background. Waiters serve plenty of chope (draft beer) here as they wand…
Bar in Centro & Cinelândia

Cine Botequim

Vintage film posters and the odd Star Wars figurine adorn the old stone walls at this atmospherically lit space in the north end of Centro. The after-work crowd comes for Rio craft beers, a big appetizer menu, and s…
Gay in Centro & Cinelândia


Rio's best gay dance club has a spacious dance floor, excellent DJs and lots of go-go dancers. Saturday nights are when the big parties are held. On other nights, there might not be anything on, so check online befo…
Bar in Centro & Cinelândia

Bar Mercadores

Hidden in a narrow lane leading off Praça XV (Quinze) de Novembro, this place is one of many popular open-sided drinking spots tucked into Rio's old colonial center. The narrow pedestrian lane is a popular meeting s…
Cafe in Centro & Cinelândia

Café do Bom Cachaça Da Boa

With a vaguely professorial air, this wood-lined cafe and bookshop is best known for its cachaça (sugarcane alcohol) menu, which includes more than 100 varieties. You can also order lunch specials (around R$29), san…
Cafe in Centro & Cinelândia

Grão Raro

Part of a new breed of coffeehouses sprouting up across Rio, Grão Raro (which means 'rare bean') has high-quality roasts, prepared to your liking (AeroPress, V60, French press, Chemex etc), and you can also order sa…
Boteco in Centro & Cinelândia

Bar Luiz

Inaugurated in 1887, this saloon and dining spot serves refreshing brews, with sausages and other filling snacks to match.
Lounge in Centro & Cinelândia

Jazz In

Set in a restored colonial building near Praça Mauá, Jazz In draws a buzzing crowd that mingles among the art-covered walls, sipping bubbly (champagne and prosecco) and nibbling on bruschetta, sashimi and other ligh…