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Rio de Janeiro • Brazil

Try: Pinga at Bar do Gomez

Head to Rio’s old colonial town for an artisanal pinga – Brazil’s national drink, better known as cachaça – served by a friendly bunch who have been doing precisely that for years at Bar do Gomez. For 100 years, in fact, give or take a few…

Santa Teresa is one of the last bastions of old-world Rio. Amid beautiful, crumbling architecture, Gomez is the perfect spot for a considered nip of Brazil’s oldest drink, pinga, aka cachaça. The fiery warmth is also the perfect antidote to the ice-cold bottles of Original beer being served by the dozen.

Founded in 1919, the inimitable Bar do Gomez began life as a Spanish migrant’s grocery store (hence its other name, Armazem São Thiago) and retains its idiosyncratic charms to this day, with jars of ancient-looking olives and tinned foods still lining the shelves above the bar.

Gomez has run the bar for years (though presumably not since 1919), making it a dependable local staple attracting toothless characters, dogs chasing cars at the crossroads and a gaggle of locals in various stages of inebriation. Deep-fried bolinhos (cod balls) and pasteis (shrimp pies) come highly recommended, washed down with a great chope (cold draft beer) and more than 60 types of cachaça. Emitting an authentic rough-and-ready charm, this is the essential Santa Teresa experience.
 Doug Gray, editor, Time Out Rio de Janeiro

Rua Áurea 26, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. +55 21 2232 0822

Discover Rio’s best bars and classic botecos

Rio de Janeiro • Brazil

Try: Pinga at Bar do Gomez

Head to Rio’s old colonial town for an artisanal pinga – Brazil’s national drink, better known as cachaça – served by a friendly bunch who have been doing precisely that for years at Bar do Gomez. For 100 years, in fact, give or take a few…

Santa Teresa is one of the last bastions of old-world Rio. Amid beautiful, crumbling architecture, Gomez is the perfect spot for a considered nip of Brazil’s oldest drink, pinga, aka cachaça. The fiery warmth is also the perfect antidote to the ice-cold bottles of Original beer being served by the dozen.

Founded in 1919, the inimitable Bar do Gomez began life as a Spanish migrant’s grocery store (hence its other name, Armazem São Thiago) and retains its idiosyncratic charms to this day, with jars of ancient-looking olives and tinned foods still lining the shelves above the bar.

Gomez has run the bar for years (though presumably not since 1919), making it a dependable local staple attracting toothless characters, dogs chasing cars at the crossroads and a gaggle of locals in various stages of inebriation. Deep-fried bolinhos (cod balls) and pasteis (shrimp pies) come highly recommended, washed down with a great chope (cold draft beer) and more than 60 types of cachaça. Emitting an authentic rough-and-ready charm, this is the essential Santa Teresa experience.
 Doug Gray, editor, Time Out Rio de Janeiro

Rua Áurea 26, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. +55 21 2232 0822

Discover Rio’s best bars and classic botecos

São Paulo • Brazil

Try: Caipirinhas at Veloso

Join born-and-bred paulistanos kerbside, for creative caipirinhas at this low-key local favourite. Bar Veloso is where locals come for classic Brazilian snacks fuel long, laid-back nights of drinking, grazing and chatting.

Less than 50 feet from one of the traffic-choked arteries that keep São Paulo’s seven-million-strong fleet of cars slowly circulating, you’ll find a quiet residential street. Rua Conceição Veloso is home to one of the city’s best-loved botecos – the low-key bars at the heart of our democratic food and drink culture. In the not-quite-sleepy suburb of Vila Mariana, Veloso is no secret: the bar’s dozen or so tables squeezed into its compact, brightly lit interior are always packed, so expect to wait for a seat, or else join the throng – a casually attired crowd of all ages and all social strata – standing, chatting and grazing on the pavement outside. Waiters in white shirts and bow ties glide through the crowds with carefully balanced trays of chope – small glasses of ice-cold draft beer.

The real draw, though, is Veloso’s caipirinhas. The classic Brazilian concoction of cachaça, sugar, lime and ice is given an injection of São Paulo’s creative spirit with weird and wonderful fruit combinations, such as cashew fruit and lime; star fruit and basil; lime with ginger; and our favorite, tangerine with chilli. To eat? The bolinho de camarão cremoso – a big, juicy prawn, covered in creamy Catupiry cheese and manioc mash, and deep-fried – will complete your São Paulo sensory induction. Catherine Balston, deputy editor, Time Out São Paulo

Bar Veloso Rua Conceição Veloso 56, Vila Mariana, São Paulo, Brazil. +55 11 5572 0254.

Discover São Paulo’s best bars and classic botecos

Rio de Janeiro • Brazil

Try: Pinga at Bar do Gomez

Head to Rio’s old colonial town for an artisanal pinga – Brazil’s national drink, better known as cachaça – served by a friendly bunch who have been doing precisely that for years at Bar do Gomez. For 100 years, in fact, give or take a few…

Santa Teresa is one of the last bastions of old-world Rio. Amid beautiful, crumbling architecture, Gomez is the perfect spot for a considered nip of Brazil’s oldest drink, pinga, aka cachaça. The fiery warmth is also the perfect antidote to the ice-cold bottles of Original beer being served by the dozen.

Founded in 1919, the inimitable Bar do Gomez began life as a Spanish migrant’s grocery store (hence its other name, Armazem São Thiago) and retains its idiosyncratic charms to this day, with jars of ancient-looking olives and tinned foods still lining the shelves above the bar.

Gomez has run the bar for years (though presumably not since 1919), making it a dependable local staple attracting toothless characters, dogs chasing cars at the crossroads and a gaggle of locals in various stages of inebriation. Deep-fried bolinhos (cod balls) and pasteis (shrimp pies) come highly recommended, washed down with a great chope (cold draft beer) and more than 60 types of cachaça. Emitting an authentic rough-and-ready charm, this is the essential Santa Teresa experience.
 Doug Gray, editor, Time Out Rio de Janeiro

Rua Áurea 26, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. +55 21 2232 0822

Discover Rio’s best bars and classic botecos


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