Balcony Bar And Café

2 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

Avenue Atlântica, 1424 - Copacana
Rio De Janeiro - RJ, 22021

55 (21) 2295-9216 | map

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.49/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5

In case you´re wondering, yes, this place is still around. The establishment name isn´t visible from the street, but its address number is. BBC is an open-air bar with some space that is covered.

Maybe this place had a good selection of beer once upon a time, but now, the highlights are Lokal claro and escuro on-tap, plus bottles of Therezopolis, Paulaner, and a dozen mediocre beers. No special glassware is used either. It isn´t a bad place overall, and there were quite a number of people here on a Friday night (mostly the tourist type), but if you want a decent selection of tasty beer, you´re at the wrong bar. Take the metro over to Herr Brauer in the Flamengo district, or to the bazillion Devassa´s around Rio. Even Mud Bug nearby would be a much better option for beer.

Word of warning: If you decide to look for a seat in the back and find a bunch of single women sitting back there, watch out! They appear friendly at first, but later on, you will learn why :-p

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.8/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil gave me the chance to check out a few Bars. I stayed one block from the Copacana Beach, most of the Bars I visited were tourist orientated, right on the beach strip ( Av. Atlântica) I was not expecting much in the way of good beer.

However, out of the few Bars that I did try, this was by far the very best for beer.

The front ground floor is completely opened out, with only a few structural columns required to hold up the building. In front of the Bar, as with most of the Beach Bars, there is a large covered area that accommodates about 30 Tables&Chairs. The outside area is used more for dining, & although it was Winter whilst I was there, it was still warm & proved popular. Inside, the Bar is a little more rowdy, it seems to be a popular meeting place for a few beers, a pick-up joint & a favorite of Germans that are staying in the area. I elected to sit outside.

The Beer List was the real surprise here, around 45 beers. You can tell that the owners have made a distinct effort here, especially when compared to the fact that most other Bars offer ~4 beers max., usually all Light Lagers. All the usual Brazilian suspects are lined up here. Beyond that it included many of the lesser seen, & rarer local beers, including most, if not all, of the darker ones. I had a Chopp Escuro & Brahma Extra on draft, R$2.50 & R$3.50 respectively. Note: 1 Brazilian Real is ~US$0.35. Then I ventured to the bottled Caracu & a Malzbier, both sweet dark beers & slightly more expensive at R$3.50 & R$4.95.

Apart from the domestic offerings, it also had a small limited range of German, Dutch & Belgium beers including Warsteiner & Chimay. It also sold some US & English beers, including Bass. Uniquely, it also sold draft Guinness on Nitro – so what I hear? Well it must be quite rare over here. I never saw it anywhere else on Tap. That may also help to explain why it costs around R$25 (about US$8) for a Pint –Ouch!! Still, it sells it seems, I suspect to tourists.

Food is limited but good value, I had a Pizza here & it filled a gap whilst I concentrated on the beer.

To say that this is a Beach front Bar, given its locale, the absolute plethora of bars nearby that sell only light Brazilian lagers, the fact that it has most of the lesser seen Brazilian beers & some genuine imported European ones - the beer range is very good for this area & in this context I give it a 4.5.

Bloody shame that I found this Bar on my very last night here.

Last Visit: 27th August 2003

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Balcony Bar And Café in Rio De Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
Place rating: 3.14 out of 5 with 2 ratings
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