Santa Teresa is known as the bohemian heart of Rio - an artsy enclave of musicians, intellectuals and party people set high in the jungle-clad hills. The lively bar scene of this historic 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 visitors will find it easy to make friends with the party-loving locals. A world away from 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.