Take a stroll along the black and white promenade of Copacabana and its easy beauty will be evident. Yet the best way to truly appreciate it is from up high – ideally from a sun-dappled rooftop with a swimming pool in the middle and a classic Brazilian caipirinha in your hand. Here are the best rooftop bars in Copacabana that guarantee stunning views and a relaxing place to chill out.
Straddling the border of Ipanema and Copacabana, Casa Mosquito is an impressive mansion transformed into a seamless blend of guesthouse and boutique hotel. The interior design reflects a fifties theme with 1950s jacaranda furniture complemented by a mix of contemporary pieces and decorations from the flea markets around Rio de Janeiro, giving Casa Mosquito its own identity and a fresh, unique look. On top of this elegant mansion is the rooftop bar which is one of the few places in the city that has aerial views of both Copacabana and Ipanema complete with a swimming pool and delicious cocktails. Go there on the weekend to enjoy daytime pool parties.
Deck Lounge Bar by Pestana Hotel
Located in the heart of Copacabana, Deck Lounge Bar by the exclusive Pestana Hotel enjoys a privileged spot right in front of the iconic Copacabana Beach. The stylish bar is on the top of the open rooftop with sweeping views to either side of the beach and out over the sea. The Ibiza-style lounge area is centered around a swimming pool which is lit up by colored lights and edged by short, leafy palm trees. Live DJs play a mix of house and pop music to set the scene for a memorable night sipping cocktails to a stunning backdrop. The entrance to the bar is free and open to non-guests and guests alike.
Bar, Brazilian, Contemporary
The Moon Lounge is part of the JW Marriott Hotel and its rooftop bar is open to the public who can enjoy the swimming pool, the stunning views, and the delicious menu. The burgers are considered some of the best in the area and when eating them while overlooking Copacabana Beach, it’s not hard to see why. For drinks, the star on the menu is the jug of caipirinha which, while being on the pricey side, is perfect for sharing and is a fine representative of Brazil’s national cocktail.
Bar, Hotel Restaurant, Brazilian, Contemporary
This restaurant makes up part of the PortoBay Rio International Hotel and although not technically a rooftop, its wide views that stretch out over Copacabana certainly give the impression it could be. For its sophisticated environment and privileged location, the prices are reasonable and menu highlights include pasta with truffles and desserts that make the most of Brazil’s tropical fruits. For drinks, check the wine menu which has a varied selection of reds, rosés, and whites.
Walk on the Favela
Walk on the Favela is a hostel located in the Tabajaras favela in Copacabana and has a rooftop bar overlooking the community’s distinct architecture, with a view that stretches out to Copacabana Beach and the sea. The winding road that goes through the favela up to this hostel gives visitors a safe and authentic experience of life in these Brazilian communities and the rooftop is a great place to meet other travelers and enjoy some homemade caipirinhas while watching an unforgettable sunset.
The Emiliano Hotel in Copacabana – the same brand as the Emiliano in São Paulo – oozes exclusivity and excellence and its striking panel facade brings a modern edge to the otherwise traditional neighborhood. The sophisticated marble decor with wooden furnishings and the living wall of the restaurant are wonderful touches – yet wait until you see the view from the rooftop bar. With a central swimming pool, well-stocked bar, comfy sun loungers, and attentive staff, you will be well-pampered while sipping on your cocktails and taking in the gorgeous sights of Copacabana.
The Rooftop Bar
Bar, Contemporary, Brazilian
The aptly named Rooftop Bar sits on top of the prestigious Hilton Hotel that overlooks Copacabana Beach. You can always depend on the Hilton for a stylish setup and the rooftop here doesn’t disappoint – striking vistas over the beach and the sparkling ocean, talented bar staff that can serve up a mean caipirinha, and a swimming pool surrounded by comfortable sun loungers. For an idyllic backdrop and a well-stocked drinks menu, the Rooftop Bar by Hilton is not a bad bet.