Emporio 37, Rio de Janeiro
If you want to avoid the touristy places that you might find in Copacabana (full of mostly foreign men looking for sex), head over to this small little bar in Ipanema. It was great to have Linnea there since she speaks fluent Portuguese. We actually came here on two different evenings and it turns out that there are plenty of regulars here. The crowd was all about kickin' back with a drink and socializing. A nice atmosphere.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
We also met up with a girl from Sao Paulo at Emporio who was full of energy and typical Brazilian enthusiasm for life. We enjoyed discussing the differences between Soa Paulo and Rio as well as hearing about her experiences traveling in the US.