Rio de Janeiro bars range from super-chic posing palaces to uber-rustic hole in the wall drinking dens, and where you choose to drink in Rio will in some part be determined by your budget - you´ll need some serious spending money and some seriously stylish clothes if you intend to sip a caipirinha at some of the exclusive spots in the picturesque Zona Sul (South Zone). If your budget is more modest, the lively bars of Copacabana, Lapa and Santa Teresa offer fun times without alarming price tags.
Our number one pick of Rio de Janeiro´s abundant watering holes, Bar do Gomez in Santa Teresa, is a great place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon, while Bip Bip in Copacabana should be the first port of call for music lovers keen to hear seriously good jam sessions in a very informal atmosphere.
A very dressy crowd heads to Pergula, the poolside bar at the enduringly glamorous Copacabana Palace, and this is a wonderfully romantic spot for a special occasion.
For drinks with a unbeatable view, it´s hard to beat the sunset vista from Azul Marinho in Arpoador (the point at which Ipanema and Copacabana meet) although the beach kiosks of Ipanema and Copacabana have plenty of wow factor too.