Insider's Guide | Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro


Brazilians like nothing more than a ice cold beer, or a caipirinha at the end of the day.  The great selection of lively bars around the city, ensure its reputation as one of the best party cities on the planet.

Champanharia Ovelha Negra

A popular early evening haunt in Botafogo.  Monday’s see live bands, with a good selection of rock music.  The remainder of the week has DJ’s, which ensure there is a great deal of dancing (and flirting).  All the excitement is washed down with plenty of champagne and sparking wine.  The Italian Prosecco is a popular choice.  Light bites are available in the form of Cheese Boards, Parma Ham Bruschetta and Sandwiches.


A cross between a shop and a bar, this is a place where you can buy great clothing and a large selection of drinks.  There are no waiters, but you are encouraged to relax on the sofas and chairs and soak up the atmosphere.  There is a good selection of Craft Beers, Frozen Drinks and a small menu of snacks.  The secret is not to drink too much and come away with unwanted purchases!

Saloon 79

With a decor taking its theme from the bars found in old western films, this venue definitely has a rock theme.  There are frequent live bands (check the website for the updated schedule) and a lively atmosphere.  Popular drinks are Cuba Libre and Aperol Spritz.  You can also order dishes such as bacon and cheese fries to soak up the alcohol.

Teto Solar

Attached to the Solar Theatre in Botafogo, the brick walls, lined with steel and concrete, along with high ceilings, give an industrial look to the decor.  The large selection of beers and drinks are lovingly prepared by Mixologist Sandra Mendes.  These include a Brooklyn East India Pale Ale and Apple Jack Cocktails.  Light bites are available and the tasty Piedmontese Rice Cake is a favourite.

Bar do Manolo

A traditional pub, that has grown over time to now include a large veranda and streetside balcony.  There was a refurbishment in 2014 and customers can now enjoy an extensive menu.  Popular choices include pastries filled with chicken, shrimp, or cheese, a bean stew with dumplings and Provencal Octopus with Broccoli Rice.

The Boua Kitchen Bar

A popular Botafogo haunt, with tables on the sidewalk and a lively neighborhood crowd.  Beer is very much the focus, with seventeen on tap.  Chef Maria da Paz has created a modest, but flavoursom menu, including pastries filled with steak, gorgonzola or salmon, pork steak sandwiches and minced filet mignon flambeed in sugar cane brandy.  There is also a mezannine with snooker tables.


Specialising in gourmet burgers, this is also the home to an independent publisher and art gallery.  There is an eclectic calendar of events (check out the website).  Open from Tuesay to Sunday from 7pm.

Rua Nelson Mandela

This street is one of the must visit places in Botafogo.  A collection of excellent bars and a vibrant atmosphere.