The 10 Best Bars In Paraty, Brazil

Paraty | © Florian Höfer/WikiCommons
Sarah Brown

In the southern tip of the state of Rio de Janeiro is Paraty, one of the most striking reminders of the Portuguese colonization with its well-maintained colonial architecture and cobbled streets oozing charm and history. Paraty’s notable experiences are not pretentious bars, but cozy little pubs, live music and outdoor seating spilling over the pebbled alleyways or on the sandy shores.

1. Cervejaria Caborê

Bar, Brazilian

The streets of Paraty
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Paraty’s most delicious and varied home-made beer can be found at Cervejaria Cabore. The bar is a cozy venue with a large outdoor terrace, exposed brickwork and friendly staff. It has the wonderful unpretentious vibe of a village pub yet serves quality local beer and honest, good food such as home-made sausage in a cachaça sauce.

2. Geko Chill Beach Bar

Bar, Brazilian, Pub Grub

The convenience of the bar’s location will get guests through the door, yet the strong drinks and contagious atmosphere will keep them there. Right next to the beach with tables sprawling out onto the sand, this fun and causal kiosk plays music day and night with staff constantly filled with the holiday-vibe and caipirinhas made using Paraty’s locally-made cachaça.

3. BalacoBacco Beach Bar

Bar, Brazilian, Pub Grub

Balacobacco Beach Bar Paraty
© Balacobacco beach bar

Paraty’s close proximity to the coast affords wonderful opportunities for bars to make the most of the sandy shores, which is exactly what BalacoBacco Beach bar has done. Comfy, squidgy sofas spill out onto the beach providing calming views across the flat sea with an audio backdrop of samba notes filling the air. Casual yet charmingly superior for its hippie, beach vibe, this bar will keep you there the whole night.

5. Sarau

Bar, Restaurant, Brazilian

Sarau bar
© Sarau bar and restaurant

The historical architecture and low-key outdoor seating are the key to the appeal of Sarau. The tables on the cobbled streets are the highest in demand as they provide the colonial atmosphere and a prime position for casual people-watching. Live music and extra cold beers complete the idyllic setting.

6. Van Gogh Pub

Bar, Brazilian

A charmingly colonial structure on the outside and a lively bar with live music on the inside is the main set up of this popular pub. Its most hailed attractions are its homemade hamburgers; chunky, fresh meat with gooey cheese and fresh accompaniments with two just-baked roll halves either side. Wash it down with an icy cold beer in the summer or a warming cachaca on the rocks on cooler nights.

7. Casa do Fogo

Bar, Restaurant, Brazilian, Seafood

Soft lighting in a cozy setting brings an intimate, quiet atmosphere to Casa do Fogo. The bar makes the most of its prime location near the sea by serving up a menu filled with various seafood dishes that make excellent snacks or a main dish. An extensive wine menu complements the food with staff giving wonderful food-drink combination options.

8. Kiosque do Paulinho

Bar, Brazilian

Kiosque do Paulinhos beachside location
© Kiosque do Paulinho

This place combines the casual joy of being on the beach with the satisfaction of a good, cold beer while sat on basic yet charmingly appropriate plastic chairs and tables scattered across the sand. The what-you-see-is-what-you-get attitude of the kiosk is honestly familiar and the casualness is made special by a friendly, quick service. Cheap and cheerful, it’s the spot for drinks and chats with none of the frills.

9. Camoka Botequim Arte Cafe

Bar, Brazilian

Make an exception to have a late lunch here to enjoy the choice of freshly made and generously filled baguettes on the menu. Large glasses filled with local cachaca are the key to its tasty caipirinhas with a notable mention to the original lime version. Go early and enjoy a lazy night taking in the colonial vibe and cozy feel of this adorable little bar.

10. Varanda Espetinhos

Bar, Restaurant, Brazilian

Various types of grilled food threaded on skewers make up the menu of this popular bar, combining simple yet delicious snacks with its super cold beer options. The classic picanha steak and the grilled cheese are two notable skewers that are the most ordered from the menu. Outdoor seating adds to the charm and the lively atmosphere of happy people chatting completes the satisfying and warm setting.

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