Head to Lapa to Visit One Of The 10 Best Bars In The World

To party at one of the best live music bars in the world head to Lapa (which is famous for its historical monuments and nightlife)and experience Rio Scenarium.  When you first arrive the initial reaction is ‘wow this place sort of feels like New Orleans’ with lots of older large buildings screaming with different live music performances.  And no matter what time you arrive the line is enormous, stretching the length of crossing at least 3 avenues in NYC!

Once you make it through the line you are handed a drink card (one of the best policies in Brazil, is that you never put a credit card down at the bar or have to pay as you drink—- the bar tender simply checks off your drink card every time you order a drink, and you pay on the way out! Something NYC should seriously consider looking into!).

Rio Scenarium has taken over a 3 floor renovated warehouse, antique store turned bar with all levels decorated with various antique objects.  There is an old horse ‘n buggy on the 3rd floor which was my favorite (see below)

Known for its awesome Brazilian live music live bands perform on the 1st floor stage each night.  There are balconies on the 2nd and 3rd floors overlooking the stage where you will see tons of people samba dancing away! 

Get ready to samba and dance the night away—this place is a blast and if you come to Brazil I highly recommend it!

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Enjoy Drinks With A View at Bar dos Descasados

Whether you are heading to Santa Teresa for dinner or drinks, everyone you meet will tell you that you must go to Bar dos Descasados at the Santa Teresa Hotel.

The hotel occupies an old house that was once an old coffee plantation home…. and the bar area was actually once the slave quarters! Now, fully restored, the decor is extremely tasteful, using and abusing a lot of demolition wood and the beauty of Brazilian handicrafts. But the real reason people gravitate to this tucked away beautiful hotel is for the breathtaking view of Rio and the delicious drinks!

Spend an afternoon or evening (or both, once you get comfortable you may not want to leave) lounging in a big comfy chair,or plush cabana bed on the terrace. 

Order the ‘French Pink Mojito’ (champagne, rum, cranberry and mint) or the ‘Iced Teresa’ (Mojito with Mate) both are delicious while you enjoy the fabulous views of Rio de Janeiro. If you are hungry for a little snack I recommend the freshly made chips with alioli dip. Though I didn’t eat there, the food looked great and the desserts were to die for— might actually have to make a trip back specifically to try the desserts!  Tip:  This is a prime sunset spot so try to get there half an hour before so you get a comfy seat! 


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Jobi Is The Place to Be

Jobi has been a Leblon institution since it opened its doors in 1956 and is known for having the best ‘chopp’ (light, refreshing beer served with a creamy head in tall glass) in town.  Busy every day of the week, it is open from 9am to 4am (5am on weekends), there is always a crowd spilling out of the boteco and on to the pavement tables.

 Only two blocks in from the beach Jobi  is the sort of place you can go to in your bikini straight from the beach, or stop by for an after work/ have a pre-dinner drink or if you are having a great time (which you probably are) spend your night at.

It is packed with businessmen (the only people that wear suits) around lunch time.  The rumors you are true- in Brazil, people take 1-2 hour lunches no matter where they work!  The menu is huge, from sandwiches and salads to full meals; their kitchen also makes some of the best salgadinhos (salty snacks) in town- people always rave about it.  The meals are to share- something that I love about the restaurants in Rio, meaning if you order steak (as shown below) it is portioned for two people and comes with rice, beans, farofa and chips.  The ‘chips’ are incredible, fresh right out of the oven!

The prime location, relaxed ambiance and delicious bar snacks have combined to make Jobi one of the best-loved bars in Leblon.


Buzios: Surf’s up at Geriba Beach

Because of its wide-open face to the southeast, Geribá Beach has the best surf in Búzios! The beach itself is the widest and one of the longest beach in Búzios.

Whether you prefer a short board or a  long board in the center there is constant large surf. If you didn’t pack your own board, don’t worry, you can rent a board for R$30 a day (ie $18US), they even throw in a rash guard!  If you want lessons, this is the spot to learn, great foam and only R$36 for an hour + rash guard.

There is a great lunch spot right on the beach: Fishbone located on Geriba beach is also one of the hottest nightlife places to be seen. Talk about a restaurant with a view… facing the beach or just looking around at the people around you.. all you will see is beauty:) For lunch they have great sandwiches or traditional Brazilian fair and snacks; with the alcohol always flowing. Afternoons are a lively après beach scene. Evenings feature weekly bar events including dance parties and luau-like festivities that run till the wee-hours of the morning.

I can’t wait to go back—This place is not to be missed!



If you are trying to find a place to watch the NCAA tournament in Brazil, there is only ONE place to go: Shenanigans.  Walk up the narrow staircase immediately that ‘college bar smell’ hits you like a ton of bricks. 

With lots of beers to choose from, and a real ‘American bar’ food menu (ie wings, nachos, etc) you will feel right at home watching your favorite games here. Might be hard to see it on the menu (pic below), but the last item on the right is “Guido Carpaccio” hahah.  Funny also because no other item has a name like that to it;)

Not just a regular bar, there is a pool table in the middle of the room, a dart board (there are competitions) and on Saturday nights there is a live band singing your favorite college bar songs! There is also a balcony for those that need a little fresh air from time to time. 

 Keeping it ‘classy’, they ‘chilled’ my bottle of vino in the Heini bucket;)