Rio de Janeiro

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Rio de Janeiro - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Academia da Cachaça

    Leblon | Bars/Pubs

    Not merely the place in Rio to try caipirinhas (made here with a variety of tropical fruits), Academia da Cachaça is a veritable temple to...Read More

  • 2. Bar do Gomez

    Santa Teresa | Bars/Pubs

    Officially Armazem São Thiago, this neighborhood institution is universally referred to by its nickname, Bar do Gomez, in honor of the late...Read More

  • 3. Bip Bip

    Copacabana | Bars/Pubs

    Here the roda de samba —where musicians sit and play instruments around a central table (in fact the only table in this tiny bar)—is legendary...Read More

  • 4. Carioca da Gema

    Lapa | Live Music

    A favorite among local sambistas (samba musicians) and a great spot to listen to live samba in a comfortable environment, Carioca da Gema...Read More

  • 5. Circo Voador

    Lapa | Live Music

    A great venue in an excellent location right by the Lapa arches, Circo Voador hosts club nights during the week, but it's the varied live shows...Read More

  • 6. Nosso

    Ipanema | Bars/Pubs

    This happening hang-out is set on one of Ipanema's prettiest squares. Spread over three floors, it combines a rum bar with a rooftop terrace...Read More

  • 7. Pedra do Sal

    São Cristóvão | Gathering Places

    For one of the most authentic samba experiences in town, head to Monday night's live roda de samba in Pedra do Sal. Located in a residential...Read More

  • 8. Rio Scenarium

    Lapa | Live Music

    Despite the hordes of samba-seeking tourists, Rio Scenarium somehow manages to retain its authenticity and magic. This is partly due to the...Read More

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  • 9. Assis Garrafaria

    Cosme Velho | Wine Bars

    Just a few minutes’ stroll from the station for the funicular railway that whisks tourists up to the Christ statue, this welcoming bar prides...Read More

  • 10. Bar do Mineiro

    Santa Teresa | Bars/Pubs

    The liveliest of Santa Teresa's many drinking dens and the hub of much social activity, this enduringly popular boteco anchors one end of...Read More

  • 11. Bracarense

    Leblon | Bars/Pubs

    A trip to Bracarense after a hard day on the beach is what Rio is all about. Crowds spill onto the streets while parked cars double as chairs...Read More

  • 12. Casa da Matriz

    Botafogo | Live Music

    With its multiroom layout, old-school arcade games, and small junk shop, this shabby-chic venue has the look and feel of a house party. The...Read More

  • 13. Casa Rosa

    Laranjeiras | Live Music

    A former brothel in a bright-pink mansion on the Laranjeiras hillside is now a hipster hot spot for live music and dancing. A young, casual...Read More

  • 14. Cobal do Humaitá

    Humaitá | Bars/Pubs

    Occupying a vast outdoor space under the gaze of Christ the Redeemer, this collection of bars, restaurant, and shops throngs with people after...Read More

  • 15. Fosfobox

    Copacabana | Live Music

    For the serious dance-music enthusiast, Fosfobox, in the heart of Copacabana, plays the best underground tunes, as well as rock and pop. Dancers...Read More

  • 16. Garota de Ipanema

    Ipanema | Bars/Pubs

    This is the original Garota (there are branches all over the city), where Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes penned the timeless song "The Girl...Read More

  • 17. Jobi Bar

    Leblon | Bars/Pubs

    Authentically carioca and a fine place to experience Rio spirit, the bar at down-to-earth Jobi stays open on weekends until the last customer...Read More

  • 18. Mangue Seco Cachaçaria

    Lapa | Bars/Pubs

    Specializing in some of Brazil's finest institutions—strong and fine-tasting cachaças (Brazilian rum), mouthwatering moquecas (stews), and...Read More

  • 19. 00 (Zero Zero)

    Gávea | Live Music

    Alongside the Gávea Planetarium, 00 is at once a buzzing nightclub, chic sushi restaurant, and open-air bar. Music at this enduringly popular...Read More

  • 20. Armazem Devassa

    Ipanema | Bars/Pubs

    Another cross-city bar chain, Devassa—the original and arguably the best branch—is notable for its house-brand beers, including delicious pale...Read More

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