As if Rio de Janeiro didn’t already have enough natural beauty with its impeccable coastline and exotic forests, it also has a small yet stunning lake known as Lagoa in the south zone of the city. Lagoa is the perfect place to take a meditative break from city life, and with several good drinking spots nearby, there’s no better way to enjoy it than with a cold caipirinha or two.
This German bar overlooks the lake, offering great views for those sitting on the bar’s open terrace. The bar used to be known as Bar Berlin yet the name was swiftly changed after a series of anti-war demonstrations during the 1930s. Its name being the only thing that has changed since then is part of its charm — with the light pink walls and bar decor the same as it was nearly 90 years ago, Bar Lagoa stays true to its roots. The white wurst makes an excellent snack to accompany a cold draft beer.
This bar is all about its mellow vibe and incredible lakeside view. Just pull up a cushion and sit down at one of the candlelit tables and enjoy the peaceful surroundings mixed with the lively banter of fellow bar guests. The caipirinhas here are flawless and come in several varieties, with strawberry or passionfruit being delicious alternatives to the traditional lime flavor. Palaphita Kitch is perfectly located to catch the best views of the sunset and with a comfy outdoor setting, it’s harder to imagine a better place to do so.
Small with only space to sit outside, it would be easy to walk past this bar and not give it a second look. However, it would be a shame to miss out on Bar Rebouças, a place where you feel like you’re a guest in someone’s home, enjoying a relaxed air over drinks and bites to eat. For an icy cold beer and a strong caipirinha, you can’t go wrong at Bar Rebouças — it’s a great starting point for a longer night out or as a place to enjoy a couple of cold ones after a long day.
Painted lime green on the outside, the inside of this bar resembles a knickknack store with various quirky and colorful decorations on show. This bar hosts a fun and almost childlike feel, yet the drinks are definitely for adults only. A must try drink would be the caipirinhas, which come with an ice-lolly in them, making everything even more delicious and sweet.