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, $$$
The interior of Beertaste | courtesy of Beertaste
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.
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.
Star Pub 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.
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.
The outdoor seating at Rosa Chopp | courtesy of Rosa Chopp
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.
Cachaça, 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.
Taco Tequila 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.
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.