Santa Teresa is widely acknowledged as Rio's bohemian heart, and the lively bar scene of this scenic hilltop neighborhood is one of the most appealing in the city. Cooled by mountain breezes, the atmosphere is ultra-relaxed, the dress-code is boho-chic and the artistic local set welcome visitors with open arms. Forget the chain bars of Centro and the Zona Sul, Santa Teresa is all about small, independent bars and a hipster crowd.
During the summer street parties are held at Largo do Guimaraes, the neighborhood´s main square, while nearby bars such as Bar do Mineiro, Simplesmente and Portello do a lively trade, with revellers spilling out onto the streets at weekends.
A short walk away, Armazem do Thiago (fondly known as Bar do Gomez) is one of the oldest and best-loved botecos in the city, and the mix of beer-swigging locals and long-stay ex pats make for a welcoming and lively atmosphere.
With the famous Santa Teresa currently out of service for repairs, cosy bars such as Bar do Bonde and Mike's Haus lie a little off the main tourist drag, but are worth a few minutes' walk to enjoy a reasonably-priced drink, chat with locals and soak up Santa Teresa´s wonderfully laid-back vibe.