This is another classic Rio boteco (a bar that does food). Bar do Gomes is in the heart of Santa Teresa, arguably Rio’s most interesting neighbourhood, and somehow manages to preserve lots of original features at the same time as being comfortable, relaxed and popular. The customers tend to be mostly locals and the atmosphere is always friendly. Everyone comes here to drink some freezy-cold beer, sip a cachaça or two (they have a good selection – ask for envelhecida, i.e. aged) and snack on tasty bar food. What’s not to like?

On the subject of the food, Bar do Gomes is all about its Petiscos (bar snacks to share, a bit like tapas). The list is huge (you can browse the menu on their website) including all kinds of bolinhos (crispy fried croquettes) and a huge variety of meats, hams, cheeses and seafood. The sandwiches are also pretty impressive! Bar do Gomes regularly ranks highly in the annual Comida di Buteco competition and when you taste their food you understand why. On weekends there is often a Baiana lady just outside serving up freshly made Acarajé – you should definitely try it!

Pros: A friendly local crowd, lovely, interesting interior, totally yummy bar food.

Cons: Can get busy on weekends.

Expensive: 2/5

Address: Rua Áurea, 26 – Santa Teresa

Telephone: +55 (21) 2232-0822