Nothing says 'welcome to Rio', more than kicking back with a tangy caipirinha cocktail at a Rio de Janeiro beach bar.
The combination of crashing ocean waves, white floodlit sands and refreshing sea breezes make for an intoxicating combination and just a few sips of the national cocktail will really have your head in a spin.
Rio de Janeiro beach bars are as varied as they are plentiful - simply stroll along the sands at Ipanema or Copacabana and you'll be spoiled for choice. Both beaches are lined with bars that range from simple family-run kiosks with plastic tables and chairs to sophisticated bar-restaurants serving imported Champagne and elaborately-constructed cocktails.
And while drinking in these fashionable quarters of the city can be expensive, stiff competition among beachfront vendors means that prices are generally lower than in more formal bars.
Visitors looking for something a little more upmarket have plenty of choice, too. Just steps from the beaches lie some of the city's favorite A-lister hangouts, such as Baretto-Londra, and cool bar-restaurants such as Bar Astor.
You won't find our top pick at these legendary beaches, but Bar e Restaurante Urca is worth the diversion from the main tourist track. Grab a caipirinha and a bite to eat and join the locals propped up on the harbour wall to enjoy chilled al-fresco drinking with a gorgeous backdrop of boats, beach, mountains and the Christ Statue.
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