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The Garota da Urca Bar (Av. Joao Luis Alves 56) is one of the few remaining locations of the original Garota de Ipanema (Girl from Ipanema) chain that dates all the way back to the early 60's and its namesake Veloso Bar in Ipanema. Urca is home to many of Brazil's music and media stars and Alves is the main street which weaves its way around the perimeter of the bay. Located across from the Praia da Urca, this 'off the beaten path' pub has a great after dark vibe, thanks to the local crowd and a stunning view of Rio's swanky Yacht Club and the towering Cristo Redentor atop Corcovado in the background. The menu delivers more than you’d expect as a passer-by: with a well-known reputation for great pizza and a variety of nocturnal noshes, like pasteis: flakey pastry pillows filled with cheeses, shrimp or meats. Not peckish? Try the Picanha for three, with tasty fries and other sides, Wash it down with an ice cold chopp (draft beer). This place also serves up a mightily persuasive caipirinha. Serious sippers can request from a very smooth 12 year cachaça section. The curbside appeal makes this great with friends, and while the service can be nothing to write home about, don’t worry… you’ll want to save that postcard for the memories you leave with.


Avenida João Luiz Alves, 56
Loja AB
Urca, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro 22291-090

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1 Review
Dave Burns
Hidden Gem in Urca

Folks, this is truly a hidden gem of a place to hang with the crowd in Urca. Service can be spotty, but the food is great, and drinks are too. So is the location (on Guanabara Bay, in the shadow of Sugarloaf), especially as the sun sets is unique and appealing. Another recommendation form Connectbrazil that really paid off! Good times!

November 2018

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Francisco L.


Splendid ! Steogonofi was splendid- chicken , rice , mushrooms and creamy soft curry like sauce on top with baked potato slices. Caipirinhas are small but...

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Marquisha L.


This is my favorite restaurant in Rio! The picanha was perfect, especially because we finish cooking it at the table, which is perfect for sharing. Oh and...

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Ryan A.


Excellent pizza, great view, awesome atmosphere. I ate here yesterday and already can't wait to go back. It's tucked away in Urca, right next to a small...

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