Clarion Hotel Itaipava
Estrada Uniao Industria,
Phone: (55) 24 22225155
Fax: (55) 24 22225155
Estrada Uniao Industria, 9153, Projecao 3.1, Itaipava, BR, 25730
- Phone: (55) 24 22225155
- Fax: (55) 24 22225155
Bars & Cafes
In a street lined up with many bars, Bonde Sucos is a refreshing stopover for quick bites and fresh juices. Named after the noisy trams that run along the aqueduct, you can get over a hangover with their hearty breakfasts which includes the likes of omelets, waffles and sandwiches. Take a sip of coffee or juices to boost your energy.
Arty types visiting Rio will love this bar in the city's downtown, where an on-site art gallery showcases diverse works from established and up-and-coming artists. Exhibitions change regularly, while the food, drink and atmosphere are further good reasons to pay a visit here. There are also regular live jazz and samba performances too, and the set lunches served on weekdays, are a good way to sample high quality traditional Brazilian dishes without blowing the travel budget.
The beautiful balcony at this off-the-beaten track boteco sits under the shade of an old almond tree, (the amondoeira, that gives the bar its name), and is the perfect spot to sip on chilled draught beer while snacking on simple but absolutely delicious traditional Brazilian meals and bar snacks. Among the most popular offerings is the carne seca - dried beef, which is served cubed, coated in flour and lightly fried. Another tasty option is the bolinho de carne moida (fried balls of ground beef). Don't be put off by the fact that locals have nicknamed the dish feio (ugly)! It might not win any culinary beauty contests, but Bar da Amendoeira scores highly on the tastiness front.
Cornmeal may not seem like the most appetizing foodstuff in the culinary world, but when it is combined with the seasoning and sauces that make the traditional Northeastern Brazilian dish angu, it's a delicious and unforgettable ingredient. Fans of angu will point any newcomers in the direction of Angu do Gomes, a relaxed bar and restaurant specializing in the sometimes spicy dish, which blends African and Brazilian culinary influences to tasty effect. This form of polenta is traditionally served with meat or chicken, but here there is a meat-free version too, made with vegetables.
The Week is the biggest and most sought after gay nightclub in Rio de Janeiro. The in-house DJs spin the most eclectic music to please the excited crowd and are frequently joined by guest DJs who add to the fun. Apart from music, the place also offers laser shows, gogo dancers and massages. Grab a drink and shake a leg while the DJs spin the latest chartbusters. You will surely have a memorable time here.
Film buffs will be in their element at this kooky addition to Rio's drinking and dining scene. The cozy botequim (casual bar-restaurant) is themed around the world of cinema, and the walls are decorated with images and memorabilia from famous movies through the ages. You can even keep an eye out for 'Mr. Stay-Puft', the demonic Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. Film students are invited to screen their works here too, making it a good place to see up and coming film-makers before they make it big. There's a good cocktail list too at Cine Botequim, and the menu ranges from light bar snacks to full meals.
Opened in 1972, this traditional Centro lunch spot is a great place to sample Brazilian cuisine with a few international touches. Of the staunchly Brazilian options, one of the best is the carne seca—sun-dried beef—with creamed pumpkin, white rice and traditional Brazilian black beans. Elsewhere, there are Arab and German touches, including lentilha garni, a hearty dish involving lentils with smoked meat, as well as German white sausage and bacon. Check the daily lunch specials for some good-value midday eats.
Nestled in a lovely 19th-century mansion, this restaurant and bar is what it is named as. Casual Retro is located at the heart of Rio's ‘Cultural Quarter,' close to museums and cultural centers such as the excellent Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, this laid-back spot is an ideal place to unwind with a drink and a plate of good food after a day indulging your arty side. ging your arty side. The pavement tables and chairs are great for people-watching, while the interior, which combines the relaxed ambiance of Rio's old school botecos with modern comforts such as air conditioning, is warm and welcoming. Live music, delish dishes and great drinks, makes Casual Retro a must visit on your Rio excursion.
A traditional bar at the heart of Rio's cultural quarter, Adega Timao is handily located behind the impressive cultural center, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil. And while the colonial building and nautical decor recall seafaring days of yore, the modern menu makes this bar one of a growing number of places to enjoy tapas in Rio. A decent selection of the Spanish-style small eats are on offer, of which the squid in garlic is a stand-out. The draft beer is good, and the pleasant location makes this a good option for a relaxing drink and a light meal after a day browsing the nearby galleries.
Located at the heart of downtown Rio's cultural corridor of museums and galleries, this unique cafe/second-hand store is a treasure trove of delights for anyone with an interest in vintage vinyl, books, film and photography. The cafe serves tasty Middle Eastern snacks and meals in a lively atmosphere. From Tuesday to Friday, the after-work happy hour at Al Farabi extends well into the evening, with a bohemian crowd gathering to eat, drink and generally make merry.
The Champion of Happy Hour Special Edition Eating & Drinking, Boteco Casual, is the right place to go for casual dining. Sink your teeth into the delicious buffalo ribs, fried potatoes and Portuguese beast pots for they are truly delicious. For desserts, try out the cookies, the cheese cake and the pastels. Complement your grand meal with a chilled drink or two. To avail the best Happy Hour meals and get value for your money, look no further than Boteco Casual!
Cachambeer is where you should head to, if you wish to spend a casual evening out in Rio. A brainchild of Marcelo Novaes, Cachambeer replaced a former eatery and has been entertaining guests since its establishment in 2002. Cachambeer has become renowned for its small plates accompaniment, with the highlight being the ribs. The menu also includes delicious meat, seafood and chicken preparations. This is an ideal place to relax with food, drinks and friends.