Whereas the likes of Copacabana and Ipanema in the south of the city embrace a cosmopolitan vibe, Centro clings onto its Brazilian past. Many of the bars were built in the first half of the 1900s and haven’t changed a whole lot since. Their loyalty to traditions provides a snapshot into a truly Brazilian experience and sets the scene for a great night out.
Angu do Gomes
Located near to Pedra do Sal, the square famous for hosting live samba music on Mondays and Fridays, Angu do Gomes is an ideal pit-stop for pre-drinks or simply to spend a pleasant night mingling. It is one of the most traditional botecos (Brazilian bars) in Centro and has long been associated with serving traditional food inspired by Brazilian street stalls. Highlights on the menu are the pastels which come with cheese, chicken, dried meat, or sausage fillings.
Angu do Gomes, R. Sacadura Cabral, 75 – Saúde, Rio de Janeiro, +55 (21) 2233 4561
Built in 1943, Galeto Liceu maintains a retro ambiance with aging tiled walls and a zig-zag counter. Here, it’s all about extra cold beers and traditional Brazilian food in a casual, simple setting. The most famous item on the menu is the spit-roasted chicken, yet there are other options including fish and meat choices. It is located near to the Municipal Theater and the National Museum of Fine Arts making it an ideal spot to eat and drink after an afternoon of cultural activities.
Galeto Liceu, Loja A, R. Sen. Dantas, 118 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro, +55 (21) 2220 6045
Imaculada Bar e Restaurante
Imaculada Bar e Restaurante is a hybrid venue of restaurant, bar, and art gallery. It is a relatively recent addition to Centro’s drinking scene having opened in 2010. The beers are served as chopps, which are small glasses of extra cold Brazilian beer and complement the typically Brazilian food on the menu, including the local speciality of chicken hearts. The venue regularly hosts entertainment evenings such as impromptu live samba acts and bi-monthly art exhibitions.
Imaculada Bar e Restaurante, Ladeira do João Homem, 7 – Saúde, Rio de Janeiro, +55 (21) 2253 3999
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