Rio de Janeiro-City-Center

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May 11, 2018

Atop the hills of Rio de Janeiro, Bar do Mineiro is a fun and no-frills tavern that makes locals feel like tourists and tourists feel like locals.

In the heart of the bohemian Santa Teresa district of Rio de Janeiro lies local favorite Bar do Mineiro – the perfect accompaniment to the free-spirited and artistic nature of the neighborhood it resides in. Lying at the top of a steep hill, Santa Teresa is renowned for its colonial architecture and famous rickety old tram line, and in recent years, for being the home of Bar do Mineiro. Bar do Mineiro has become nearly as much a part of the neighborhood as anything else over the years, and it has become the go-to place for Rio residents and tourists-in-the-know for cold beer, fresh-shaken cachaca cocktails, and a down-to-earth atmosphere that feels straight off a television travel show. The first impressions of Bar do Mineiro are precisely what you would expect from a no-frills neighborhood bar, as white and baby-blue tiled walls adorned with old portraits, vintage images of Rio de Janeiro, and retro knick-knacks of all stripes dominate your first impression. You’ll also find plenty of images and miniatures of the trams that scale the hill to Santa Teresa, as they are downright iconic in these parts. As eclectic as the decor is, people come here for the atmosphere, which is welcoming and warm, and maintained by a staff that makes everyone feel at home. The caipirinhas are strong and the beer is cold, and the bar even has its own signature ginger and cachaca cocktail that is known for putting those who drink it in a mood for romance. If you get hungry, crispy Pastéis de Feijão are the highlight of the bar bites menu and on Saturdays, the bar is said to cook up one of the best bowls of feijoada in the entire city.