Planning a Football Trip to Rio de Janeiro? How to get there, how to get to the stadiums, where to drink and what else to see and do in a free post to download
Football Trip to Rio de Janeiro – How to get there and How to get about.
Rio is a major tourist destination so numerous flights arrive there from Europe everyday. You can fly directly from London or via Lisbon, Madrid, Paris or Amsterdam among others.
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Directions from the Airport
Rio de Janeiro/Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport
The airport is located 20 km (12 mi) north of downtown Rio de Janeiro and is the main airport serving Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Premium Auto Ônibus operates executive bus 2018, that runs half-hourly between 05:30 and 23:30 hours, from the airport to the Central Bus Station, Rio de Janeiro downtown, Santos Dumont Airport, and the southern parts of the city along the shore, with final stop at Alvorada Bus Terminal in Barra da Tijuca. Bus 2918 follows a similar schedule to Alvorada Bus Terminal following a different and more direct route using via Amarela. Bus 2101 is an express link between Galeão and Santos Dumont airports and bus 2145 is a normal service to the Central Bus Station, downtown, and Santos Dumont Airport. It runs every 20 minutes between 05:30 and 22:30 hours.Ticket counters for these bus services are located at the arrivals area of both terminals.
Taxis from the Airport
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Taxis from/to the international airport (named Tom Jobim or previously Galeao) is a special situation as it is a long trip. Unfortunately, it is also a situation where some taxis try to take advantage of foreign tourists that are not familiar with the pricing and options of the local transportation. Typically, a trip (with normal traffic) from the airport to Zona Sul (Copacabana, Ipanema & Leblon) will cost approximately R$40 to R$50 on a yellow taxi meter. A trip to Barra da Tijuca will cost around R$60+ depending on the exact destination. In heavier traffic, this will go a bit higher. If you want to avoid being ripped off then it may be worthing taking a ‘radio-taxi’, particularly when arriving at the airport. Radio Taxis, such as Rio Airport Transfer and others are usually the blue, green, or white taxis and they do cost a little more than the typical yellow taxi. The advantage of a radio taxi is that you pay a fixed rate regardless of the time of day or if there’s heavy traffic etc. While many of these companies do have websites, they are generally in Portuguese and do not provide you with prices. One exception to this is Rio Airport Transfer
Santos Dumont Airport
The airport is located adjacent to downtown Rio de Janeiro.
Real Auto Ônibus operates executive bus 2018, that runs half-hourly from the airport to the Central Bus Station and Galeão International Airport in one direction, and in the opposite direction to the southern parts of the city along the shore, with its final stop at Alvorada Bus Terminal in Barra da Tijuca. Bus 2145 is an express link between Santos Dumont and Galeão Airports and bus 2101 stops at the Central Bus Station. They run every 20 minutes. All services are provided between 05:30 and 22:30 hours
Bus 016 is a circular service between Santos Dumont Airport and downtown area, particularly Cinelândia Subway station.
Some approximate Taxi costs – To the City Centre BRL 10/5 mins. To Copacabana: BRL 19-25 depending on time of day and traffic/10-20 mins. To Ipanema ~BRL 30/20 mins, Leblon BRL 31/22 mins, Gavea/Jardim Botanico BRL 34/27 mins, Sao Conrado BRL 41/29 mins, Barra BRL 63/32 mins, Catete/Flamengo BRL 13/13 mins, Centro/Lapa BRL 10/6 mins, Rodoviaria Novo Rio (bus station) BRL 16/20 mins, Cosme Velho/Laranjeiras (Corcovado Train station) BRL 17/20 mins, Maracana BRL 20/20 mins, Urca/Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf) BRL 21/10 mins & Santos Dumont Airport BRL 39/25 mins.
Single Journey (Unitário in Portuguese): This is the most popular option. When a commuter buys a ticket from the counter, they then can travel by metro from any station to any station of any line. Once the commuter leaves the station, they need another ticket for another trip. There is a flat single fare (Unitário) R$ 3.20 regardless of distance.
Prepaid Card (Cartão Pré-pago): a prepaid card, valid on the metro and on the buses run by the metro company (not valid on regular city buses) can be bought at any metro station. The card is free of charge, however a minimum prepayment of R$ 10 is required.
Buses run all over the city and are easy enough to take in the daytime at night I got taxi’s which were generally fine and not so expensive.
Football Trip to Rio de Janeiro – Getting to the Stadium
The Maracana is a well-connected, if not central, stadium that is accessible by metro, train, bus or taxi. Rio’s traffic can be heavy, so if travelling by road, leave plenty of time — taking the metro or train to the stations that are both conveniently named “Maracana” makes sense. About a 15-minute walk from the stadium is Na Brasa Columbia, on the corner of Rua Haddock Lobo and Rua Afonso Pena, where you can drink beer and devour their succulent spit-roasted chicken. The Maracana has it’s own subway station helpfully called Maracanã on Green Line 2 of the Metro.
From Zonal Sud such as Copacabana you would get Metro Line 1 from Siquiera Campos to Seans Pena and then change at Central to Green Line to Pavuna
Estádio Vasco da Gama
Estádio São Januário, owing to its location on a street of the same name, is the home ground of Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama. Its facade is listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage.
There is no metro station close so it may be worth considering arranging a taxi from your hotel especially to pick you up after the game. From Zonal Sud such as Copacabana you would get Metro Line 1 from Siquiera Campos to Seans Pena and then change at Central to Green Line to Pavuna, get off at Triagem which is the stop after the Maranana. From there it’s a short taxi ride of about 2.5km. The problem is after the game. We saw no taxis after the game and the area is not the safest in the city. There were of course a lot of people about and several bars you could wait at but I would be worried at a night game about getting away from the game if we didn’t have a taxi already booked to collect us.
Football Trip to Rio de Janeiro – The Stadium
There are few stadiums in the world that can rightly claim to be truly historic monuments as well as sporting arenas. But the Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, or the Maracana as it is popularly known, with its enormous expanse, huge seating capacity and majestic architecture, is definitely one of them.
Built in the heart of Río de Janeiro for the 1950 FIFA World Cup ™, the colossal stadium has witnessed some of the most unforgettable moments in Brazilian and world football.
The Maracana — infamously, so far as the home nation is concerned — hosted Brazil’s 2-1 defeat to South American rivals Uruguay in the final. The stadium — which during less regulated times was said to reach capacities of more than 200,000 The Final was played on 16 July 1950, in front of an official crowd of 174,000, although reliable sources put this figure much higher.
One of the most poignant and evocative chapters in the stadium’s history came on 20 January 1983, when Garrincha, one of the all-time greats of Brazilian football, passed away and his remains were brought to the stadium. Thousand of fans came to pay their respects and bid a final farewell to the idol.
Most famously, it was also the venue for Pele’s 1,000th career goal, for Santos against Vasco in 1969. Pele explains the significance of the stadium to Brazilain football: “The Maracana is a special place for all Brazilians, but especially for me. It was there that I scored my first goal for the Auriverde against Argentina, and also where I scored my 1000th professional goal years later. Some 1,700 people have played on that pitch and the aura of the place is extraordinary.”
Estádio São Januário
Because of its position it is often referred to as Estádio da Colina (Hill’s Stadium) which in turn has given Vasco the nickname of Gigante da Colina (Hill’s Giant). It is one of the few Association Football specific stadiums in the world which has both team benches and coaching areas behind the goal line at the same end of the field. The stadium had a capacity of 15,150 and it was inaugurated on April 27, 1927. The first event held in the stadium was a match between Vasco and Santos, which Santos won. São Januário was the biggest stadium in the New World until 1930 when Estadio Centenario of Montevideo was inaugurated for the first World Cup in 1930. It was the biggest in Brazil until 1940 when Pacaembu was built in São Paulo (Public Venue, still the biggest private venue in Brazil). It was the biggest in Rio de Janeiro when Maracanã was built for the World Cup and even today, 83 years afterwards, it still stands as the biggest private venue in the State of Rio de Janeiro
Football Trip to Rio de Janeiro – Tickets
Unfortunately Brazilian football games don’t sell out. On the plus side this means you will be able to buy a ticket for any game at the stadium on the day of the game.
Prices for the Maracana start at 60 Reals for behind the goals and were 130 Reals for the sides. Make sure you bring ID as you may be asked when buying tickets. Tickets for derby games, finals and other high profile games may be more expensive.
Vasco tickets for the game I went to were 20 Reals for the popular stands and 40 Reals for the seated stand. Again they may charge more for higher profile games.
This website is great for finding out what games are on while you are there: http://futebolnomaracana.blogspot.co.uk/
TV means that fixtures don’t get confirmed until a week or so before and games can kick-off as late as 10pm
Football Trip to Rio de Janeiro – Where to stay.
There are 4 main districts in Rio – Centro (Downtown), The South Zone, The North Zone, and Barra – each with its own, unique character. The South Zone is the area where I stayed, also the most touristy area, and this zone is home to many of Rio’s most beautiful beaches.
I stayed in both Centro and The South Zone and would recommend you do the same. It gives you a chance to experience both the great nightlife of Lapa and the beaches of the South Zone. North Zone and Barra are probably the more authentic areas but some places will be less safe and probably less fun that the tourist areas.
Ipanema and Copacabana are next to each other and it costs about 15 Reals in a taxi between them or its one stop on the metro when it is running so it doesn’t matter which one you stay in really as you can experience both areas quite easily. Ipanema is more expensive, classier and a little safer than Copacabana, but I didn’t feel a great deal of difference. You could also look at Leblon, Leblon is next to Ipanema, has excellent night life possibilities, first-rate shopping areas, restaurants, and all conveniences in a walking distance. Upper Leblon is a hilly residential area with mansions, and spacious apartments. The street along the beach is Av. Delfim Moreira.
Lapa and Santa Teresa – The lively Lapa district hugs the western bank of Avenida Rio Branco, just south of the centre. Samba musicians fill the area’s bohemian bars and spill out on to the narrow alleys for impromptu street parties. Climbing high over Lapa is the monumental Roman- style aqueduct Arcos da Lapa, rising to the leafy neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. Here, cobbled streets, 19th-century mansions and arty cafés cling to the hillside giving stupendous vistas. Designer hotels and chic bars add to the ambience. Lapa has a great nightlife but it also has an edge to it. You need to watch yourself a little as there are plenty of dodgy characters about. That said I had a couple of nights there out on my own with no problems.
Football Trip to Rio de Janeiro – What else to see & do.
Arpoador. The rocks at the Copacabana end of Ipanema beach. From here you can see Corcovado, the Sugar Loaf and much more. It is supposed to be the best place to watch the sunset from in Rio. Reputedly a bit dangerous so go there at weekends when there are lots of people and a few police around.
Beaches – Perhaps the best thing to do in Rio is nothing, while sitting on its glorious beaches. Of the two most famous,Copacabana and Ipanema, the former gets a bit more crowded (perhaps that will change now the Metro has been extended to Ipanema). Both have spectacular mountains to the side — Sugar Loaf to the east of Copacabana, and Dois Irmãos (“The Two Brothers”) to the west of Ipanema. Along Copacabana and Ipanema-Leblon there are ´´postos´´ (lifeguard watchtowers with toilets and changing facilities). Posto 6 is unaccountably missing, although it is generally considered to be opposite Rua Francisco Sá when Cariocas arrange to meet on the beach. Although beaches are often considered a plural, democratic space, there are still some informal (and not too strict) “social area” divisions. Avenida Atlantica is perhaps one of the most intriguing and funny walk of the World, 4 Kilometers of randomly dressed people drinking capirinha or coconut water, playing beach-volley or soccer on the beach, the perfect walk for a 100% immersion into the Brazilian culture of entertainment. Just walk from Leme to the end of copacabana beach and you’ll see how beautifil and charming it is
Arpoador is the point that people meet to see the sundown. During the day it is a great place as well. On the weekends the beach is packed. Also if you like surfing is the place to go. Arpoador is a very popular place for tourists and locals to walk. Arpoador lies at the end of a 6km walk from Leblon with a number of cafes located there to allow people to stop to look at the sea or watch the sun come down. The rock itself is open to the public, with a number of walkways in place to make it easier to scale the rocks
The iconic Maracanã stadium has reopened for guided tours after being closed for several years for the huge renovation project in preparation for the Confederations Cup and next year’s World Cup. Finally, visitors can once again experience what it feels like to walk through the players’ tunnel and step onto the sacred grass. Four months after its official opening, the guided tours around Rio’s beloved stadium take place from Monday to Saturday every hour between 9AM and 5PM. On match days, the last visit starts four hours before kick-off. More details of the tour – http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-travel/rios-maracana-stadium-reopens-for-tours/
National Geographic has a walking tour of all the main sights – http://travel.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/city-guides/rio-de-janeiro-walking-tour-1/
Also worth checking out when in Centro:
Theatro Municipal (Praca Marechal Floriano) – The Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro is located in Cinelândia in the city center of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Built in the beginning of the twentieth century, it is Considered to be one of the most beautiful and important theaters in the country
Igreja de São Francisco da Penitência (Largo da Carioca 5) – The church was completed in 1737, nearly four decades after construction began. Today it’s famed for its wooden sculptures and its rich gold-leaf interior. The nave contains a painting of St. Francis, the patron of the church—reportedly the first painting in Brazil done in perspective.
MUSEU CHÁCARA DO CÉU (Rua Murtinho Nobre 93,Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro). Included are originals by 20th-century masters Picasso, Braque, Dalí, Degas, Matisse, Modigliani, and Monet. The Brazilian holdings include priceless 17th- and 18th-century maps and works by leading modernists. The views of the aqueduct, Centro, and the bay are splendid from the museum’s grounds. Cost: R$5, free on Wed. open daily except Tuesdays
Centro Cultural Banco du Brasil (66 Rua Primeiro de Março) What was once the headquarters of Brazil’s oldest bank is now an enormous cultural space in downtown Rio. With areas designated for cinema screenings, expositions, music, educational programs, and theater, this is one of the city’s best rainy-day options. The 19th-century building, with its ornate domed roof, is impressive in itself, and it has excellent visiting art exhibitions.
Escadaria Selarón is a set of world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón who claimed it as “my tribute to the Brazilian people”. Running from Joaquim Silva street and Pinto Martins street, officially known as Manuel Carneiro street, the steps straddle both the Lapa and Santa Teresa neighbourhoods.
Museu do Arte Rio (Praça Mauá 5) The attention-grabbing museum structures—a colonial palace and a modernist former bus station, united visually by a wavelike postmodern form that floats on stilts above them—represent an impressive feat of architectural reimagination. The eight gallery spaces inside the buildings contain permanent collections of surrealist, modernist, and naif artworks, along with painted depictions of Rio.
Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM) (Av. Infante Dom Henrique 85) – A great place to take the pulse of the vibrant Brazilian fine-arts scene, the Museum of Modern Art occupies a striking concrete-and-glass modernist building. Augmenting the permanent collection of about 6,400 works by Brazilian and international artists is the slightly larger Gilberto Chateaubriand Collection of modern and contemporary Brazilian art. Costs 8BRL
Museu Histórico Nacional (Praça Marechal Ancora,Centro) – The building that houses the National History Museum dates from 1762, though some sections—such as the battlements—were erected as early as 1603. Tues.–Sat. R$6, Sun. free
Football Trip to Rio de Janeiro – Eating & Drinking
Mud Bug (Rua Paula de Freitas) in Copacabana nr 55. Main advantage here is that in the same street there are some more good, cheap(er) and typical Rio style bars that have terraces.
Clover Irish Pub (Av. Atlantica, 3056) The Clover looks out onto Copacabana Beach and is unusually decked out with dark woods and red brick walls. The menu reflects the variety of its patrons, offering snacks for those coming in after a day’s sunbathing or more traditional meals to accompany a glass of ‘Sink The Bismark’, one of the world’s strongest beers.
Bip Bip, Rua Almirante Gonçalves 50D – Copacabana, ☎ 021 2267-9696. 7PM-1AM. This unpretentious and thoroughly un-touristy hole-in-the-wall botequim has been a favorite hang-out of top local musicians for decades and hosts regular live choro, samba, and bossanova performances.
Bar Getúlio, Avenida Atlântica, 2334 – Copacabana, ☎ 2255-5272.
Clandestino, Rua Barata Ribeiro 111 – Copacabana. A European-style underground club: dark, dungeony and has a basement with a compact dance floor. What´s cool is that every Friday is Black Friday, which is when Brazilians and foreigners get down to hip-hop, Brazilian funk and other types of “black music”. A great place to meet people. International beers and mixed drinks. They´ve got rock n´roll parties called Benflogin and also electronic partiers like LBF and Partiers Angels.
Fosfobox, Rua Siqueira Campos 143 – Copacabana. “Fosfo” as it’s nicknamed by the goers has a strong Saturday rock-oriented party. Young, trendy crowd with djs playing mostly indie rock, discopunk and electro-rock. After 4AM it has a more electronic after-party. Different parties happen on Fridays, but it’s usually electronic, with favorite genres being electro, house and minimal. Other nights are usually more electronic also, but has had Rock parties also on Thursdays. On Tuesdays there’s a dub/reggaeton party.
Carretão, Rua Siqueiro Campos 23 – Copacabana. Good-value rodizio— all-you-can-eat salad and barbecue.
Marius Carnes, Avenida Atlântica, Leme. Arguably the best churrascaria in town. (Leme is at the far end of Copacabana Beach)
Kiosk 5 – Antonios and stands out for the reasonable pizzas (R$7) that are churned out to order, while the surrounding palm trees help create a little atmosphere all of its own. Passion fruit caipirinhas as well as the usual lime version (R$9) are on offer and while the chopp (R$5) isnt cheap, it does come served in a satisfyingly chunky glass tankard. The beach wi-fi connection was also at its fastest here.
Brahma kiosk (10) has a nice open terrace and serves a decent selection of beers including a half-litre glass (R$6.70) and the rich escuro(dark) draught chopp (R$6.50),
Braseiro – Small, simple, traditional restaurant – and packed! Eat tasty galeto with your fingers. Rua Domingos Ferreira, 197 – Copacabana – Rio de Janeiro.
Belmonte – The most popular café/bar/restaurant at night in Copacabana. Comprehensive menu of fingerfood and entrées.( Rua Domingos Ferreira, 242)
Faenza – All-you-can-eat pizza for R$17-22; US$8.50-11; €7-10, (men pay the higher price), Mon. – Thurs. Otherwise, R$25; US$12.50; €11 men or women on weekends, holidays and the night before holiday. Open 6:30 p.m. – midnight. Alternatively, ordering from the menu from R$38; US$19; €16 (large enough for two or three). Rua Siqueira Campos, 18-B – Copacabana – Rio de Janeiro.
Artaca (Rua Domingos Ferreira 41) This is one of many places in Rio to sample some exotic cuisine from the Amazon. Here you have the option of either eating in the restaurant or in the deli.
Aipo & Aipim – Brazilian BBQ style restaurant where you pay for what you eat by the Kilo
Alfaia (Rua Inhanga 30) – Nothing fancy here, plain wooden tables, open kitchen, established over 20 years and tucked away behind the Copacabana Palace hotel. Old style Portuguese fish restaurant serving mainly cod! cooked in many different ways and unbelievably large portions. A half portion is enough for 2 people.
BAR LUIZ* Location: In front of Copacabana Palace Hotel. Cuisine specialty: German. Capacity: 72 seats. Menu: Bock sausage, White sausage and French Fries. Drinks: Draft Beer (Chopp), caipirinha, mineral water and soft drinks. * Selected by Veja Rio Magazine 2008 for serving the best “Chopp” in Rio.
Cervantes (Rua Barata Ribeiro 7) The counter is bulging with huge beef fillets and legs of pork and ham, which the waiters hack off and stuff in to a roll with a slice of pineapple. Delicious with a chopp. Standing room only.
Ipanema / Leblon
Satyricon – This is a very attractive restaurant in Ipanema, well praised for excellent seafood. The neighborhood setting adds luster to the experience. Excellent dining in a restaurant that appeals to locals and tourists alike. (Rua Barao da Torre,192 | Ipanema,)
Irish pub Shenanigan’s (Rua Visconde de Pirajá nr 112.) in Ipanema. An Irish pub and a real gringo place thus suitable for a football match and football party during the World Cup. It’s one of the oldest bars for foreigners in Rio de Janeiro. Good food, pool table, darts and lots of football.
Churrascaria Carretao (Rua Visconde de Piraja 112) – Well ranked on Trip Advisor for Brazilian BBQ,
Delirio Tropical (Rua Garcia D’Avila 48) – Reasonable prices, delicious, healthy food, one block from Ipanema Beach. It works very similar to a buffet. You walk by different foods and ask the ladies from the restaurant to add portions on your dish.
Shenanigan’s (Rua Visconde de Pirajá) has a pool table, darts, and multiple TV screens tuned to local and international sporting events. (A great place to watch NFL football). The staff is fun and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. They offer Happy Hour specials all week where drinks are often discounted up to 50% off from 6 to 8pm. They also have great dinner specials on Monday and Tuesday nights.
Empório. (Rua Maria Quitéria nr 37 – Ipanema.) This gringo place keeps on going untill early morning. Any day of the week. This charming old building is quite until about 1AM, at which point it fills the streets until 5AM, not recommended for the faint-hearted.
Blue Agave (Rua Vinicius de Moraes, 68) is a great place to drop in for a post beach beer or a more substantial night out. “We get a very mixed clientele here, with both locals and expats, but it’s busy every night and we never close”.
Garota de Ipanema, Rua Vinicius de Moraes and Rua Prudente de Morais – Ipanema. There’s no better place in Rio, Brazil, or even the world to watch bathing beauties stroll by than this cafe-bar, named after the song which according to legend was written here in 1962.
Casa da Feijoada, Rua Prudente Morais 10 – Ipanema, ☎ 21 2247-2776, . Serves nothing but traditional, authentic Brazilian feijoada
Porcão, Rua Barão da Torre 218 – Ipanema, ☎ 21 3202–9150, . Churrasco restaurant with an attractive salad bar with sushi and prepared seafood dishes as well. R$54
Cobal, Leblon – Right opposite the Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, the home of Brazil’s biggest club (their fans will tell you the world’s), the Cobal do Leblon might normally lack the atmosphere of its cousin in Humaitá, but when the rubro-negro are playing it packs to the rafters with obsessive fans. A massive screen under the covered market area-cum-bar is the focus of the attentions, the food is simple but effective, and the beer flows freely. Rua Gilberto Cordoso, Leblon.
Popeye’s TV screens seem to show football matches 24-7, and the pavement fills up with passers by as soon as the level of shouting increases to hint at the action. 179 Rua Visconde de Pirajá, Ipanema.
Clipper bar (Rua Carlos Góis 263, Leblon) unites Flamengistas by the dozen, right in the heart of Leblon on the main road Ataulfo da Paiva it is simple, unpretentious and a straight up beer-and-nuts joint.
Acadamia da Cachaca (26 Rua Conde de Bernadotte Leblon) A laid-back yet up-market Leblon classic specialising in North East Brazilian food and great cocktails all built from the traditional Brazilian spirit of cachaca. There are at least 500 varieties of the potion to choose from – served up either straight, as traditional Caiparinhas, or as colourful fruity concoctions by barmen who are quite clearly pass masters.
Jobi (Rua Ataulfo de Paiva 1166) – Regarded as one of the best places in the city to knock back a ‘chopp’, Jobi is something of a Rio institution and has been around since the 1950s. As a result the place is always rammed, increasingly so on weekends. It’s a lively place and they like to cram them in – a memorable night is pretty much guaranteed. The kitchen makes some of the best empanadas in town – try the camarão (prawn) variety. On Saturday there’s a great feijoada, or for a snack the caldo de feijão (the tasty, salty broth skimmed off the top of the beans).
Waxy’s Bar (Rua Vinícius de Moraes, 49 – Ipanema) – Owned by a Londoner, with a sister branch already established in Dubai, Waxy’s is more stylish than the average Irish pub, with bottle green accents in a warm, welcoming room. The staff are friendly, the food hearty and warming, and they even do cocktails – very good ones, actually.
Azul Marinho (Avenida Francisco Bhering, Arpoador) bar-restaurant on Arpoador beach, an extension of Ipanema, one of the best places in Rio to watch the sun set. Sit at an outdoor table just a few feet from the beach and look along the sweeping stretch of Ipanema backed by the Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) mountains (pictured).
Bracarense (Rua José Linhares 85, Leblon) has legendary status among Rio drinkers. That’s probably because it gets just about everything right, from the zinc-topped bar and excellent service, to the cold beer, delicioussalgadinhos (bar snacks) and generous measures in the caiprinhas (the waiter almost filled my glass with cachaça from a gallon bottle).
Galani Restaurant , 23rd floor, Caesar Park Ipanema Hotel Rio de Janeiro , Avenida Vieira Souto 460, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, CEP 22420., Brazil. +55 21 2525 2525. Rooftop cafe with beach views. Sofitel.
Arco Iris da Lapa (Avenida Mem de Sa nr 72) – good locals bar. Location is close by the arches of Lapa.
Lapa Irish Pub (Rua Evaristo da Veiga, 147) maintains its traditional atmosphere but now offers happy hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as live music on the weekends.
Brazooka, part of the Matriz Group’s chain of pubs, bars and clubs spread across the city. All four floors have at least one television around which to huddle, and being bigger than your average bar (the capacity is over 300), the feeling of a genuine crowd roar is live and kicking for the bigger games. Avenida Mem de Sá 70, Lapa.
- Só Kana’s (Avenida Mem de Sá 81, 39701461)
- Bar Leviano (Avenida Mem de Sá 47, 2507 5779).
- Boteco da Garrafa (Avenida Mem de Sá 77, 2507 1976)
- Bar da Boa (Avenida Mem de Sá 69, 2221 2542)
- Carioca da Gema (Avenida Mem de Sá 79) is pretty much a one-stop-shop for all your Lapa needs, a classy little diamond in the rough where the quality of live samba and chorinho need not be called into question
- Antonios (Avenida Mem de Sá 88) – a never ending supply of cold draught beer and classic carioca bar snacks like the bolinhos de bacalhau and shrimp pasteis.
- Bar Brasil (Avenida Me de Sa 90) – An anglo-germanic menu hosts a lot of meat and beer, and the smoked pork and sausages are the house speciality. Lunch specials like steak and fries are cheap and quick and the smoked chicken is outstanding.
- MOFO (Avenida Mem de Sá 93, Lapa) is run by a dyed-in-the-wool Tricolor (Fluminense fan) and as well as showing midweek games downstairs in the bar, the ins and outs of the Laranjeiras outfit’s campaign is always up for in-depth discussion.
- Lapa Café(Avenida Gomes Freire 457, 3971 6812)
- Barzinho’s (Rua Lavradio 170, 2221 4709)
- Nova Capela (Avenida Mem de Sá 96) dates back to 1903. A famous house dish cabrito assado (roasted kid) served up by a late-running kitchen that fuels Lapa’s crowds into the early hours to make up for the uninspired decor and surly service.
Football trip to Rio de Janeiro – Useful links
Planning a Football Trip to Rio de Janeiro – Safety
- Before leaving for your trip, make copies of your passport, visas, ATM card, credit cards, birth certificate, driver’s license and other important documents or ID cards. Leave one copy at home with your family or a close friend, and take another to hide somewhere in your bag, away from the originals. This will save you much trouble if anything gets lost or stolen. Invest In Some Pickpocket-Proof Gear
- Don’t carry a bag – carry it in front of you if you really have to carry one. Don’t wear jewelry or watches (or only a cheap watch you can afford to lose).
- Carry a wallet with enough cash, but not too much. If, God forbid, you should get mugged, give that to the robber, with enough money to keep them happy. Don’t resist. Your life is worth more than the wallet.
- On the street, carry your credit cards (a minimal number, preferably not ATM/debit) separately, perhaps in a separate wallet hidden in your clothing. A zipped pocket is helpful.
- Keep your cell phone or camera in your pocket. Don’t use them on the street when you’re alone.
- Don’t stand on the sidewalk studying your city map. Look at it inside a restaurant or store.
- Travel in groups if possible. Or, move towards groups of people if you sense trouble in the air. Keep your eye out for gangs coming towards your, groups of kids for example. In Lapa (where there is much great music), Cinelândia, and Centro (Downtown Rio), the streets are especially dangerous at night. Have a taxi drop you at the club entrance, and flag a cab from there when you leave. Don’t wander around unless you’re in a big group.
- Don’t wear designer labels, plain clothing is better to blend in.
- When going to the beach, leave everything in the hotel safe except for a few Reais for beach food. R$20 – R$40 in small bills will get you soft drinks, beer, and snacks a plenty from a beach vendor. If you plan to buy a full meal or lots of cocktails, take more. Stay away from the beach at night.
- Don’t walk alone at night, especially if you have been drinking. I am referring here to couples as well. Larger groups are generally much safer. Use taxis to bar-hop at night, especially if you are going more than one or two blocks. If you want to dine in Ipanema but you are staying in Copacabana, take a taxi to and from the restaurant at night. Never walk in the tunnels that join Copacabana to Ipanema.