Few things represent better the Carioca spirit and enchant visitors than drink outdoors. Standing on the street? Even better! At the beginning of every night, the bars of the city are crowded with people from all tribes. Cariocas enjoying the happy hour and tourists from all over the world enjoying the happy mood of Rio. Here is a list of the most bohemian places in Rio that you won’t pay anything to enjoy.

Baixo Gávea

It’s the face of the Carioca informality. From Monday to Monday, cariocas of birth and cariocas of heart meet in the bars of the BG (that’s how they call it) around the Santos Dumont Square to talk and meet new people. Drinking standing here is almost law. But the tantrum has a time to end: at 1 am o’clock, because of the law of silence. On Thursdays, it’s worth stretching the night at the Phalaphitas party, right there at the Jockey Club of Gávea, with lots of house, hip hop, pop, funk and reggaeton music.


It’s the most famous and diverse redoubt of Rio’s nightlife. Drinking in Lapa is practically an anthropological experience: people that like all kinds of music like samba, punk, funk, rock and alternative meet in the streets around the famous Arcos da Lapa. The place has a lot of bars and some nightclubs, but most people prefer to buy beers and caipirinhas with the street vendors on the street. You’ll certainly get out of there with some stories to tell.

Praça São Salvador

“It’s strange to think that the neighborhood of Laranjeiras satisfied smiles.” This verse of a famous Brazilian song it’s super true: if you make a splash in San Salvador Square, you’ll certainly not be surprised by the smiles. Already during the day, handicraft fairs and troubadours singing in the bandstand move the bucolic square. But it’s at night that place takes on another face. It receives many young university students, mainly between Wednesday and Saturday. As the bars are always full, the tip is to buy your beer and drink and chat with the crowd in the middle of the square.

Pedra do Sal

Pedra do Sal congregates a multitude of people in order to enjoy the most authentic and traditional samba of the city. Every Monday and Friday, it’s one of the best places to enjoy samba in the heart of the Historical side of Rio. The most important tip is to arrive early in the afternoon and guarantee to enjoy a first class samba. However, that’s not problem at all in arrive late because the crowd enjoys the music sitting on the rock or standing – impossible to be more bohemian than that.

Mureta da Urca

You’re hardly going to have a cold beer with a scenario like that. With the Guanabara Bay and Christ the Redeemer in the background, enjoying the sunset at Urca is unforgettable. All you have to do is buy a beer, cross the street and perch on the wall. Tip: the beginning of the neighborhood received the nicknamed “Pobreta da Urca”. It’s a place with equally spectacular views and more informal setting. Young people usually fill it, especially in the summer, because of the great price of beers and appetizers.

Drinking at the hostel is always an amazing thing…