Famous for its picturesque white sandy beaches, fascinating historic architecture, and an abundance of Venice-like waterways, Recife is a must for travelers traversing the northern coast of Brazil. And after a long day exploring the city’s attractions, there’s no better way to unwind than with a cold caipirinha at a buzzing local watering hole. Here are the best in town.
Every sizeable international city has an attempt at an English pub, and in Recife the ever-popular UK Pub is about as good as it gets. It may be a bit dark to feel like an authentic British pub, but live indy bands plus plenty of portraits of the queen and her beefeaters help homesick travelers feel a little more at ease.
The Gentleman Loser Pub
Strange name, excellent bar. This small and unassuming black painted edifice a block back from the city’s best beach leads to a large and exciting drinking hole, ram packed full of locals and expats most nights of the week. There are no losers here, just an impressive array of craft beer, delicious burgers, and good looking patrons.
Underground Sports Bar
For a typical American style sports bar, this lively spot right on Boa Viagem is pretty hard to beat. Expect all your usual favorites such as burgers, wings, ribs and large pitchers of beer to be served in front of a multitude of huge flat screen TVs. Be aware that it gets rowdy and is popular with a youthful clientele.
Downtown Pub – A Casa do Rock
Rockers rejoice, for this massive, multistoried club and pub goes off most nights of the week. It gets seriously loud in the middle of the fray, but thankfully there is a pleasant outdoor patio that is the perfect respite and serves excellent pizza to boot.
Casa Dos Frios Wine Bar
Despite being located in a shopping mall, Casa Dos Frios Wine Bar is sophisticated spot to sample some excellent wines from within Brazil and throughout the world. All the standard vino related nibbles such as cheese and crackers are available to accompany your favorite red or white.
Bar do Tonhão
Perhaps more of a restaurant than a bar, this refreshingly unpretentious locale serves up huge plates of delicious local cuisine along with endless bottles of ice cold beer. You may be sitting on a plastic chair, but it’s cheap, cheerful, and always full of friendly locals.
Another strictly local affair, Real Botequim offers a vast open-air sitting space with occasional live music which is ideal for throwing back a few cold ones on a hot afternoon. Their seafood dishes are superb.
Pisco Lounge Bar
Missing Pisco from when you were in Peru? Then head to the upmarket Pisco Lounge Bar for some creative grape brandy infused cocktails in a trendy and modern ambiance. Be warned though; this place is seriously pricey.