Many Brazilians love heading out to local bars for a drink or two, and with the large number of unique and interesting bars around the country, who can blame them? Here are some of the must-see locations in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo that are sure to make any night memorable:


Rio de Janeiro

Bar Urca, Rua Cândido Gaffrée 205, Urca

This bar is a little off the beaten track but completely worth the detour. Overlooking the Guanabara Bay near the naval sea base, this laid-back bar is all about the view. With beers and little snacks to nibble on, have a seat on the wall opposite the sea and watch the fishermen return from a day’s catch.


Bar Brasil, Avenida Mem de Sá, 90, Lapa

This bar is a blast from Rio’s past. With its tall ceilings, white-washed walls, and waiters with bow ties; it looks the same as it did when it opened in 1907. Have a beer and a snapshot of when Rio used to be the capital of Brazil. It is also located near to the famed Samba club Rio Scenarium for when you feel like a bit of dancing!


Academia da Cachaça, Rua Conde Bernadotte 26, Ioja G.

This bar has over 2,000 premium examples of the Brazilian liquor Cachaça. Sit down and admire all of the bottles hanging behind the bar and try one of their unique takes on the Caipirinha, or just stick to the classic formula of Cachaça, sugar and lime.


São Paulo

Bar Veloso, Rua Conceição Veloso 54

The most talked about bar in town! If you don’t get there when it just opens, you better be ready to stand! This bar offers some of the best cocktails around, with their imaginative combinations that bring the humble caipirinhas to dazzling heights. It is not uncommon for the crowds at this bar to spill out onto the streets. They also offer delicious snacks, like their famous coxinhas — croquettes stuffed with cheese and chicken.


São Cristovão, Rua Aspicuelta 53

This Bar is the best football museum in town, second only to the actual football museum in Pacaembu Stadium. The walls are covered in memorabilia spanning all of Brazil’s football history. Come for the free history lesson, stay for the delicious beer and cocktails.


Empório Alto de Pinheiros, Rua Vupabussu 305

This bar is the beer center of Brazil with over 10 choices of local brews on tap, and a selection of over 400 bottled beers. If you want to experience all of Brazil’s beer in one place, this is the bar to go to! Best yet, pick out your own custom six pack from the coolers and take it wherever you want. There is no extra charge for take-away!