Brazil’s beloved national liquor, cachaça, is on every restaurant and bar menu. But being selective with your cachaça intake is worth it to enjoy this drink without regretting it the next day. Check out our top five locations in Salvador to imbibe the best cachaça.
O Cravinho Bar
Bar, Brazilian, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
At the top of the list is O Cravinho Bar, the Salvador staple that has been serving up cachaça for nearly 40 years. The bar is located in the historic Pelourinho district, making a great stop after a day of sightseeing. With four different spaces all dedicated to enjoying a good drink, O Cravinho Bar is definitely not to be missed. While there, try their signature infusion of cachaça, clove, honey and lemon.
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Check out D’venetta for a delicious variety of aged cachaças that won’t disappoint. The 12-year aged Vale Verde is a particular favorite, but there are plenty of options for every palette. This location is also great for checking out artisanal beers and even catching a cultural event like an acoustic concert. It’s housed in a multi-cultural event space, making it perfect for getting to know more about Salvador and its people.
Salvador’s Centro area is home to a Mocambinho, a bar that stands out among a dozen or so other watering holes in the area. Mocambinho has two distinct areas for imbibing – indoor seating and an outdoor patio to enjoy Salvador’s climate. The food menu is good for Brazilian basics like beans and rice, but the real stars are the cachaças. With more than 150 types to try, you might walk out of here a little shaky but you’ll definitely find a drink that suits your taste.
This little bar packs some big surprises. It has a kitchen that specializes in regional dishes for you to get your fill of food before indulging in the different drinks available. Check out the Cachaça de Erva Doce for a new taste of Brazil’s favorite liquor. Enjoy the simple ambience of a locals’ bar in Salvador and strike up a conversation with your neighbors about their favorite cachaça.
So this is technically a cachaça store but it’s definitely a place to check in Salvador’s cachaça scene. It has the greatest number of cachaças around and you will be getting expert advice from Brazilians passionate about their product. It’s a newcomer to the area, having opened in 2016, but the store is already seeing success thanks to its broad variety. Try a fruit flavored cachaça if you have a sweet tooth, or a pepper-infused version to spice things up.