5 Cocktail Destinations To Visit Before Leaving the Rio Olympics

Merci Merci - picture by Paris Bar

Merci Merci - picture by Paris Bar

With the Olympic Games in Rio soon heading towards completion, visitors might find some time to check out many of Rio’s beautiful attractions after the competition wraps up.

With such a diverse bar scene, there's plenty to discover. Rio de Janeiro is experiencing a mixology renaissance of its own, fueled by a diverse group of young talents from a variety of backgrounds behind the sticks. Here are 5 must stop destinations worth checking out before heading home: 

5 - Bar dos Descasados, Santa Teresa

The Bar is located inside the exclusive Hotel Santa Teresa, located atop the hill that crowns the Santa Teresa neighborhood, often accessed by a charming trolley. The bar ingredients are many times sourced with fruit grown in the hotel grounds and it is common to see local celebrities enjoying caipirinhas while enjoying a view of the city.

The Drink: Allspice Cashew Fruit Caipirinha made with Aged Cachaça

4 - Bar d'Hotel, Leblon

The accolades keep coming for Tai Barbin, head 'mixologista' at the Marina All Suites Bar D'Hotel. More than a hotel bar keep, Tai taps into the most Brazilian of the ingredients to create a plethora of distinctive cocktail selections while carrying himself with a fashion forward style featuring perfect tailored suits and memorable bowties.  

The Drink: House Old Fashioned - Aged cachaça base, Amburana tincture (Amburana wood, found only in the forests of Latin America) and honey.

3 - Meza Bar, Botafogo

One of the first gastrobars in Rio, inspirational in many ways, a perfect spot to eat, drink and celebrate life.  Under the creativity of @peppe_cintura, the drink menu features simple recipes, executed to perfection - day in and day out, inviting patrons to stay for an extra round.

The Drink:  Penny Lane - Tanquaray gin, pear juice, coconut water, garnished with thyme. Served up in a sexy martini glass. 

2 - Sub Astor, Ipanema Beach

An import from Sao Paulo’s bar scene, the speakeasy type bar “hides” underground the less pretentious but equally tasteful Astor Bar. Fabio La Pietra heads the bar program, bringing classic influences into each of the menu’s creations. 

The Drink: Cobra Fang - Jamaican Rum, Citrus, Passion Fruit, Falernum, Absinthe Bitter

1 - Paris Bar, Flamengo Beach

Dubbed the best bar in Rio, and located inside the Artistic and Cultural Center Julieta Serpa, Paris Bar now features study Daniel Milao as the head bartender, succeeding the renowned Alex Mesquita. No other bar in Rio values the relationship with the clientele as much as Paris Bar does, welcoming suggestions to tailor each menu selection to the exact taste of each customer. 

The Drink: Merci Merci (photo) - Bombay Gin,  Aquavit, Dry Vermouth, sweetened with a house made Orange Oleo Saccharum. 

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