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A true highlight of northern Brazil, Olinda is known far and wide for its pastel-colored homes and distinct bohemian flair. And after a long day exploring the town’s numerous spectacular sights, there’s nothing better than enjoying an ice cold beer at a hip local watering hole. Here are the best in town.
Something of an Olinda institution, this strange little bar is also an eccentric general store packed full of everyday items amid paintings from renowned regional artists. Since only a few tables fit inside the tiny shop, revelers spill out onto the street on busy nights to swig ice-cold beer and cachaça (sugarcane liquor) or munch on their signature cheese platters.
A typical Pernambuco style watering hole, this popular corner bar features stock-standard seating and colorful local artwork adorning almost every square inch of the walls. Its central location sees it fill up with locals most afternoons and evenings of the week.
Those who happen to be in Olinda on a weekend, especially Sunday, should make their way to the Alto da Sé market for a sundown drink with a spectacular view. Plenty of locals pack out this happening spot to enjoy a few bevies and perhaps grab a bite to eat from one of the market’s many traditional food stalls. An impromptu street party may even form on busier nights.
For a more sophisticated evening out, try this elegant pizzeria built out of a beautiful pink colonial edifice. Plenty of patrons stick around for a few glasses of wine after their meal and it’s a great place to see some exhibits from budding local artists as well.
Featuring a large outdoor seating space and a huge variety of craft and industrial Brazilian beer, Sana Beer Pub is an excellent place to mingle with the local population after the sun has gone down. Be sure to try their delicious casual dinner menu, with the artisanal burgers being a tried and tested crowd favorite.
For a spot of live reggae, make your way to Virgulino Cachaçaria, one of Olinda’s most happening music venues. In this moody locale, expect the town’s local Rastafarian population to be out in droves to pay homage to Bob Marley and all his greatest hits. Dimly lit and packed full of quirky artwork, it’s a hit with Olinda’s thriving alternative scene.
Just after a quiet and classy spot for an evening tipple? Then head to Pub Bento Ferreira in the heart of the historical district which boasts a great selection of cocktails and plenty of delicious north Brazilian cuisine. The sunny outdoor patio is particularly pleasant in the late afternoon.