When my baby smiles at me I go to Rio De Janeiro, and so can you!

Intrepid Travel tour leader Rodrigo Argon gave us the lowdown on where to party in Rio de Janeiro.


If you can’t decide what mood you’re, make your way to Bar Leviano – a bar, pub and disco in one. There are always great options for drinks here, says Argon, and the caipirinhas with cachaa, vodka, rum and sake are tasty.

Where: Av Mem de Sa 47, Lapa


At the end of a day sightseeing, spend an evening relaxing at Jobi. If there are no tables available, take your beer onto the footpath with friends. Jobi draws an attractive crowd, says Argon, plus: “It is almost official — they’ve got the best draught beer in Rio.”

Where: Av Ataulfo de Paiva, 1166, Leblon


This is a place to hang out after a swim at the beach and it’s a busy spot. Bracarense is an icon of the neighbourhood and crowds stand around this small bar keen for a beer or three.

Where: Rua Jose Linhares, 85, Leblon


Located on the fanciest avenue in Rio, this bar has a great selection of beverages. “They will make you fall in love and then there is no going back,” says Argon.

Where: Av Vieira Souto, 110, Ipanema


If you consider yourself a beer afficionado, you’ll be in hops heaven at Boteco da Garrafa. It’s a great place for appreciating beer, as there are more than 30 brands on offer, both national and international. There is also great Brazilian bar food.

Where: Rua Bolivar, 27, loja A, Copacabana


For sophistication, check out the champagne bar Ovelha Negra. This place is perfect for those keen to feel like a Hollywood star. “And you’d be surprised, it is not so expensive,” says Argon.

Where: Rua Bambina, 120, Botafogo