World Cup Hangouts in Rio de Janeiro: 5 best places to catch the games

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World Cup Fever 2014The spotlight is on Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Games!
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World Cup Fever is heating up in Brazil. Are you one of the millions who happen to be in Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup and not watching the game from a coveted seat in the Estadio do Maracana? Well, rest assured that you can get your “World Cup Groove” on at these hot spots to catch the games and cheer on your favorite team all through the finals!

Bar Jobi

Best chopp in Rio, Bar Jobi, Rio de JaneiroBar Jobi has been voted best chopp in Rio de Janeiro.
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What goes best with sports? An ice cold pint of chopp, a popular style of draft beer in Brazil. Located in the Leblon district of the Marvelous City, Bar Jobi is a popular hangout all year round, but especially during this epic World Cup. Serving up a wide selection of chopp and some of the best empanadas in the area, Bar Jobi has a relaxing ambiance just two blocks from the beach. This place is always lively, so be sure to get there early to claim your spot.

Address: Rua Ataulfo de Paiva 1166 | Leblon, Rio de Janeiro
Phone: (21) 2274-0547
Ambiance: late night/bar style
Cuisine: Brazilian and bar food favorites

Braseiro da Gavea

Traditional Brazilian barbeque at Braseiro da Gavea in Rio de JaneiroBraseiro da Gavea serves some of the best traditional Brazilian barbecue and sides in Rio.
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Located in the beautiful district of Gavea, Braseiro da Gavea is an excellent place to sample some authentic Brazilian barbecue, including the linguiça and picanha cut. A popular hangout for locals and visitors alike, Braseiro is a great place to catch the games for delicious food, refreshing draft beers, and energetic ambiance.

Address: Praca Santos Dumont, 116 | Gavea, Rio de Janeiro
Phone: (21) 2239-7494
Ambiance: Restaurant/bar
Cuisine: Brazilian barbecue
Website: www.braseirodagavea.com.br/

Boteco Belmonte

traditional Brazilian Muqueca at Boteco Belmonte in Rio de JanerioOne of the most popular dishes at Boteco Belmonte is the muqueca, a traditional Brazilian stew from the Bahia region typically made with fish, crab, or shrimp.
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If you are spending any length of time in Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana should definitely be a stop on your list. Located steps away from the beach, the Boteco Belmonte has a lively atmosphere and is the perfect place to cheer for your team during the final games. Get there early to grab a table and check out the menu. With traditional Brazilian steaks and seafood compliments with refreshing drafts and good service, Boteco Belmonte will definitely get you in the spirit of the World Cup.

Address: Rua Domingos Ferreira, 242 | Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Phone: 21 2255-9696
Ambiance: Restaurant/bar
Cuisine: Traditional Brazilian steak and seafood

Lord Jim Pub

Lord Jim Pub is a British-style hangout that will definitely put you in the World Cup spirit. Located a short walk from the beautiful Ipanema beach, Lord Jim has your classic fish and chips, your favorite draft beer, and an energetic atmosphere. This place is guaranteed to be packed and lively during the upcoming quarter finals, so arrive early to get a good seat.

Address: Rua Paul Redfern, 44 | Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
Phone: (21) 2249-4881
Ambiance: British pub style
Cuisine: Bar food favorites
Website: www.lordjimpub.com.br/

Rota 66 Copacabana

Inside Rota 66 Tex-Mex cantina in Rio de JaneiroRota 66 is a Tex-Mex cantina in Copacabana with laid back atmosphere and delicious nachos.
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Taking after a Route 66 California Tex-Mex pit stop, Rota 66 serves up some delicious supreme nachos, tacos, and burgers that go perfectly with an ice cold beer or tasty margarita. Rota 66 is the perfect combination of cantina and sports bar, making it the ideal World Cup hangout. Part of a chain with a convenient location a few blocks from the beach, Rota 66 is popular spot after a day on the beach and to cheer on your favorite team.

Address: Rua Farme de Amoedo, 47 | Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Phone: (21) 2247-5931
Ambiance: Cantina-style
Cuisine: Mexican Website: www.restauranterota66.com.br

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Katy is no stranger to the life of an international traveler. After graduate school, Kathleen worked in California in the legal field, but later realized that life was calling her in a different direction. After a short time in Peru, she fell in love with the culture, the people, the food, and the way of life. Now Kathleen calls Lima her “home away from home,” although she frequently visits the warm, sunny northern Peru to see friends and surf.

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