Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana
is a melting pot of holidaymakers and sun-seeking locals from all walks of life. Nevertheless, in the minutes before an important match, the beach quickly thins out as the masses make their way to a nearby bar to watch the action unfold. Here are the best spots to see the game in Copacabana.
Love it or hate it, Mud Bug is a certified Copacabana institution, packed out with rowdy punters almost every night of the week. Despite being a little on the pricey side, the food and drinks are on point, and the atmosphere is rarely lacking. Just don’t bother trying to watch a game on busier nights when socializing takes precedence over sports.
R. Rodolfo Dantas, 16 – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil, +55 21 2543 5052
Bar Bunda de Fora
Meaning ‘Butt Naked Bar’ in English, this rather crudely-named locale is a great place to sink some very reasonably priced beers on the sidewalk tables or perhaps grab a bite to eat with friends. Although sports isn’t really the focus here, there are plenty of screens scattered throughout the indoor section.
Os Imortais Bar
Bar, Brazilian, $$$
Os Imortais Bar
Chock full of character, this lively Brazillian-style bar packs out with customers who come to sample their incredible selection of craft and imported beers. Equally popular are the savory snacks, particularly the mouth-watering array of delicious seafood-infused pastries. Plenty of TVs can be found throughout, and the atmosphere is lively during important matches.
R. Ronald de Carvalho, 147 – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil, +55 21 3563 8959
Situated in the famous Beco das Garrafas, an alleyway regarded as the birthplace of Bossa Nova
, this happening two-storey bar is a great place to mingle with tourists and locals alike. Their fantastic food, drinks, and live music are the major drawcard, although all eyes become glued to the screens when a local team takes center stage.
Located on the corner of two bustling Copacabana streets, this happening bistro is famous for its fantastic Brazillian dishes and a superb selection of import and local craft beer. The decor is a modern take on a traditional European beer hall, featuring plenty of polished wood and a smattering of quirky ornaments. Much like its locale in Ipanema, games are regularly shown but tend to attract a more upmarket clientele.
Another favorite local watering hole, Ziza is a hit with those who come to indulge in large quantities of reasonably priced beer and some excellent Brazilian cuisine. The party spills out onto the street on busier nights, although everyone crams inside under the TV when a big game
is about to start.