Barra da Tijuca is one of the most lively neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro
with plenty of bars
, restaurants and clubs to keep guests and locals entertained throughout the week. Being a well-spaced out neighborhood, even the closest bars may require a taxi, so keep some change handy. We explore some of Barra da Tijuca’s best bars that tick the boxes for atmosphere, originality and fun.
Bar, Pub, Contemporary, Pub Grub, $$$
Starting off as a beer shop selling dozens of different types of beers, the owner made Beertaste
into a bar after having great success with beer-tasting events. From Monday to Thursday, the Happy Hour has promotions on Chopp Erdinger and sometimes on other brands; promotions are announced daily. It’s a small venue but offers an alternative night out for beer lovers who can spend a happy few hours trying countless types of beers, from national to imported brews.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Contemporary, $$$
With a simplistic style and a calm atmosphere, Bar Devassa
is the perfect spot for a catch up with friends over a cold beer, a light snack, or dinner. What makes this joint extra-special is the stunning view of the sea, making the ultimate backdrop for a Friday night out. Devassa also serves several types of different beers that appeal to all tastes from the light blonde to the heavier dark beers. The fun part is trying them all to suss out your favorite.
Bar, Contemporary, European
transports guests into a typical European pub with beer on tap, a dart board, and a pool table; the perfect pub atmosphere. Referring to itself as a sports bar, this venue shows sports on the TV so football or UFC fans won’t miss their favorite games. With good hearty food available and various drinking promotions, it’s a good way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Bar, Restaurant, Contemporary, Spanish, Tapas, $$$
This venue oozes fun and is the perfect place to start the weekend. It’s common to see birthday celebrations in this joint as the uplifting atmosphere combines well with celebratory cheer. Expect waiters to get on stage and start singing randomly to shake things up a bit. Bar-goers that fancy a song themselves can head to Eclético
on a Wednesday night to join in with the karaoke that is accompanied with a live band.
Bar, Pub, Contemporary, Brazilian, Pub Grub, $$$
A simple yet charming bar with a fountain in the garden and TV screens showing football or UFC, Rosa Chopp
is a great place to watch a game and enjoy a cold drink. It serves typical Brazilian foods
at a reasonable price. This place is ideal as a meeting point to have a few drinks before hitting a club, or a place to spend a few casual hours with friends on a more relaxed weekend night.
Academia da Cachaça
Bar, Contemporary, Brazilian, Dessert, $$$
, a strong spirit made from sugar cane, is Brazil’s national drink. The cheapest cachaças are pretty grim, but there are some delicious ones available that can be enjoyed on-the-rocks, and that is exactly what this bar is all about. Academia da Cachaça
also offers a menu of delicious food that often have cachaça (or ‘pinga’ as it is sometimes known) as a key ingredient. Lively and modern, this joint offers a fun alternative to beer with its cachaça-theme.
Bar, Contemporary, Mexican, $$$
is, as the name suggests, a Mexican-style bar. It’s a great choice for a casual dining experience and to drink some strong tequila or fruity cocktails. The menu includes typical Mexican dishes
such as burritos, nachos and tacos that are tasty and reasonably priced. The venue has music playing all night with live bands adding extra entertainment on some nights.
Bar, Contemporary, Pub Grub, Brazilian
This venue is a hot-spot for the locals and always gets crowded, so be sure to arrive early to get a seat. The uplifting atmosphere is contagious and gets the crowd in a party mood. With plenty of drinks available, the mojitos
come highly recommended. The upbeat music plays all night long, only stopping when football matches are on in the early evening. Seu Bar
serves delicious snacks to keep energy levels up with the meat skewers being a huge hit.