Brazil's Best Bars

Football isn't the only thing the Brazilians do well...

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Our friends at Bar Chick share their favourite Brazilian haunts

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Barretto Londra @ Fasano

If the rooms at the elegant Fasano Hotel are too spendy, you can always just rock up for pre-party drinks at the bar, and if it is top class cocktails you’re after, you’re in the right place. Sip Apple Martinis as you lounge in leather sofas against a backdrop of Union Jack flags and bare bricks.

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Avenida Vieira Souto, 80, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

Bar Astor

Right on Ipanema’s most prestigious crossroads - the corner of Vieira Souto and Rainha Elizabeth avenues - Bar Astor is where the cool kids come to play. Get your rad on here – think mirrored columns, fluted ceiling lights, and floors of Portuguese tiles.

Avenida Vieira Souto, 110, Rio de Janeiro

Sao Paulo

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Drosophyla Bar

The walls of this peculiarly inviting bar are covered in memories and artefacts belonging to the eccentric owners – including retro underwear ads in the men’s loo. Set in an oriental style starlit garden, just off Rua Augusta in the center of the city, it’s the perfect place to kick back with a cocktail.

Rua Pedro Taques, 80, Consolação São Paulo

Skye Bar @ Hotel Unique

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Sitting slick atop the distinctive arch-shaped Hotel Unique, Skye Bar is the best place to soak up Sao Paulo’s sparkly skyline. Sampa’s elite flock here to down Wasabi Mojitos and drape themselves elegantly over day beds. Strut your stuff to the rooftop pool's underwater sound system and don’t be afraid to strip down to your lycraAvenida Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, São Paulo

Belo Horizonte

Dub Bar

This is the place to kickstart your night with tasty food and epic cocktails. High ceilings and trippy illustrations on the walls give it a futuristic feel, and if you're in a gang, head to the huge outdoor seating area, full of beautiful people

Rua Da Bahia, Ed Maletta, Belo Horizonte

Manaus

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Bar do Armando

In the heart of the action, and with epic views of Manaus’ famous Opera house, this place gets rammed early evening with both locals and tourists. One of the best in town for more than 40 years, they’re famous for having the coldest beer and the most delicious sandwiches.

Rua 10 de Julho, Centro, Manaus

Florianopolis

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Parador 12

Find this swishy beach club smack bang in the middle of Florianopolis’ nightlife strip. A cool crowd parties around the pool here and top DJs rock the decks day and night.

Servidao José Cardoso de Oliveira, Jurerê Internacional, Florianópolis

Salvador

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Galpão Cheio de Assunto

Near to Pelourinho, Salvador’s old town, this is first and foremost a music destination. Dance your sandals off to a mix of pop and samba here as lights play on the colourful walls. The likes of Seu Jorge and Manu Chau have performed here so you know the vibe will be bang on.

Rua Djalma Dutra, Salvador

Morro de Sao Paulo, Bahia

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Toca do morcego

If you are lucky enough to find yourself on the beautiful party island of Morro de Sao Paulo, Toca Do Morcego is a must for sunset cocktails. This chill out bar is right on the hill on the way up to the lighthouse and has epic views across the whole island. If you’re looking for more than just a cocktail or two, then head down late on a Friday when Toca do morcego transforms into a pumping club.

Caminho para o Farol e Tirolesa, Morro de Sao Paulo

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