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Best bars in Rio de Janeiro

Music Venue
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“Rio Scenarium is the largest and most famous Samba Dance Club in Rio de Janeiro and perhaps the world. Set in a large, ancient converted warehouse, the club has 3 floors and is filled with antique furniture, lamps, couches,and tables. The band plays on the ground floor in the center of the building which is open to viewing from the upper floors.”
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Bar
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“Bar Urca serves excellent Pestiscos (appetizers) and Pastels. Pastel de Camarao (Shrimp turnover), fried Sardines, and Bolinho de bacalhau (deep fried cod balls) are among the favorites. Dinner entrees include typical Brazilian fare, as well as seafood dishes. Try the "Bacalhau a Portuguesa" (Codfish Portuguese style).”
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Dive Bar
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“It doesn’t get more carioca than this place. Located in a charming street near the beach, it serves great local food combined with great atmosphere. Definitely recommend!”
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Bar
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“An order of pataniscas de bacalhau is a necessity. Pavão Azul’s pataniscas are made without potatoes, which is a recipe not as readily found around Rio. Other must-eats include the escondidinho—a sort-of deep dish shepherd's pie, stocked with either shrimp or carne seca, a dried beef—and a selection of pasteis, the fried, filled half-moon pockets of cheese, meat, or shrimp. At night, Pavão Azul is bursting with crowds in between its two outposts, which are located directly across the street from each other.”
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Brazilian Restaurant
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“This is the botequim where Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes wrote their most famous song "The Girl from Ipanema", for which the botequim is now named. Legend has it that a "..tall and tan and young and lovely girl from Ipanema went walking.." by this bar on her way to the beach.”
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Nightclub
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“A young, vibrant nightclub with a bar & pool tables, plus a dance floor with live samba & sertanejo. lapa40graus.com.br”
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Brewery
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“A primeira fábrica de cerveja Boêmia foi em Petrópolis que está aberto ao público, tem restaurante para degustação. ”
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Nightclub
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“Um dos melhores clubes do Brasil, tocando o que há de tendência no mundo da música. One of the best night clubs in Brazil, playing the best of Deep House.”
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Sandwich Place
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“Cervantes is often called a Copacabana "institution", which happens to be a very accurate description. Older male waiters wearing white coats and black bow ties serve large sandwiches to hungry, often intoxicated diners, from noon until 3-5am every day of the week.”
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Bar
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“Considered the best draft beer in town. Also have the best appetizers. A must go! ”
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Cocktail Bar
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“Late-night bar with excellent food in Ipanema, but close to Copacabana. Ideal for beginning or ending the night. Lively and modern.”
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Bar
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“Great restaurant in Santa Teresa. I strongly recommend the "pastel de feijão". It can get very crowded.”
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Bar
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“Gema means "egg yolk" in Brazilian Portuguese, and the Carioca or Rio native is hence the "yolk" of the Rio de Janeiro egg. Carioca da Gema is a smaller and more intimate club and was one of the first Samba Dance Clubs to open in Lapa.”
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Dive Bar
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“If you are looking for a nice place to have a beer, go to Belmonte in Leblon: very popular among young crowd, especially from Thursday to Friday. ”
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Bar
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“Burgers + Art+ Music It is one of my favorite places in rio, with a vibrant crowd, inside the Comuna and outside in the bars of Sorocaba street.”
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Bar
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“On the lagoa shore (Ipanema side), great for a sunset drink, or Palaphita kitch inside the Jockey Club to have a drink and bet on horses - www.palaphitakitch.com.br”
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