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.
R. República do Peru, 212 – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil, +55 21 2548 8061
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
A Mexican sports bar done right, expect to find ample flat screens TVs in this tastefully decorated and lively locale. Huge servings of all your favorite Mexican classics are served spicy enough to pack a punch, best washed down with a generous portion of beer or tequila.
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.