Coapacabana is an interesting neighbourhood in the sense that it feels like a cross-section of Brazil. It has everything: old, young, rich, poor, church-going and quite the opposite types. It has both quiet corners and the busiest streets in Rio. What better way to soak in the culture than by soaking up some drinks?
All these pub-crawls should start from Arpoador. In Copa´s case, you´ll be heading towards Leme. This selection of bars and botequins is arranged geographically, but not in any sort of ranking. So reverse, skip or repeat bars and you´ll be fine as long as you have a drink in your hand.
Adega do Cesare
Brazilians consider the lager served here “awe-fucking-some”. The Caldeirada Aperitivo is the best option to get your stomach started: mid-sized, award winning seafood stew.
Get some tapas and sangria in you, cause, it’s always good to mix.
Bar do aboim
The one thing they do phenomenally: Pastel de carne, (beef fried turn-overs), for only R$6 a pop! Only after 3pm.
Help yourself to a beer from the fridge, no food. Opens after 8pm.
Boteco da garrafa
Look for beer brands like Teresopolis, Eisenbahn or other Brazilian micro-brews.
Order pastel de camarao, an overly packed shrimp fried wonton and their empada de siri, a filling crab cake! Great Brahma beer too!
Their reknowned pataniscas de bacalhau (cod fritters) is worth the trip. Gets very packed, very friendly.
Manuel e Joaquim
Bolinho de bacalhau (cod cake) and a chopp.
An extremely traditional botequim, with rare portuguese bar foods and tapas. You’ll notice they are old school, as nothing is sugar-coated: squid and fish ceviche, anti-pasti and other weird preserves… a must visit! Closes early, at 11pm!
A great place to hang out, because of the varied, affordable dishes and busy location. Great chopp.
Check out their counter, as they have a great selection of tapas type food to choose from. Otherwise, their bolinho de aipim (cassava cake) is the best bet. Great escura from Brahma, the stout version.
Check out their spring-chicken dishes (galeto), as well as their portuguese fries (batata-frita portuguesa). Great chopp!
The mecca of sandwich bars in Rio! The Sanduíche de file com queijo e abacaxi, (cheese-pineapple-steak sandwich) their flagship offering is worth the sheik-shocking R$28. Also consider the lombinho de porco (pork chop), peito de peru (turkey breast) which are also great orders. Be sure to notice how fast they put the sandwich together! It´s part of the experience.
For a nice place to have the saideira (the last few beers) check out this spot.
A nice place to have the expulsadeira (the last of the last beers) for the night.
Of course, this pub crawl could be replaced with caipirinhas. One per pub and if you make it past Belmonte, call a coroner.
Cachaças to ask for: Magnifica, Salinas, Ferreira, Meia Lua, Boazinha, Vendaval, Germana.
Fruits to ask for are:
- Lime- Limão (regular)
- Cashew fruit – Caju
- Pineapple – Abacaxi
- Strawberry- Morango
- Passion Fruit – Maracujá
- Lychee- Lichia