For those of you who are going to Brazil to watch the World Cup but didn't score tickets to watch the games live, here's our advice: The best places to cheer on your team alongside Brazilians will be at the local bars, surrounded by appetizers and some very tasty drinks. Not a bad deal, right?
We've consulted Guia Kekanto (let's call it Brazil's version of Yelp) to discover the best places for you to visit that will be streaming the World Cup. Just be sure to make reservations ahead of time, unless you like standing...
The Orleans, in Vila Madalena
The bar is all set up to host the World Cup games, and it even gave out free shirts for the opening game. What are you waiting for? Maybe they'll do it again...
Jordão Bar, in Tatuapé
If you find yourself in the neighborhood surrounding Itaquerão stadium, this spot is guaranteed to have big screens and plenty of drinks.
Na Mata Café, in Itaim Bibi
The best part of this spot may not even be the games -- they put on shows during and after the matches!
Wagaya Sushi e Temakeria, in Vila Pompéia
Looking for something out of the ordinary? Here you can revel in Japanese cuisine while the teams take care of business on the field. The Brazilian food is also very promising and the menu is sure to leave you satisfied.
Giovannetti Cambuí, in the downtown area
A homey place with a tradition of rooting passionately for the Brazil squad.
Catedral do Chopp, in Cambuí
Centrally located, this place serves a very nice steak dish (carne na chapa) and all the draft beer you could want.
Boteco São Bento, in Cambuí
Do you prefer a hipper atmosphere? Something a bit more ostentatious with a real World Cup vibe? Then this is the place!
Point 44, in Gonzaga
Every time Brazil scores a goal, the house buys everyone a free round of draft beer.
Bar do Toninho, in Embaré
The ambiance is simple, but the food is top notch. Pro-tip: Try the fried cod cakes.
Restaurante Olimpia, in José Menino
This place has huge portions for those who'd like to eat well while they cheer for their favorite team.
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Morro da Urca, in Urca
Besides watching the games here, you'll also enjoy an impressive view of the marvelous city.
Barthodomeu, in Ipanema
The popular thing to do at this very Brazilian restaurant is to snack on fried bean cakes between goals. And for those who are superstitious, the manager is famous for being a really nice guy and has the same name as one of the greatest players, Ronaldinho!
Alzira Brandão, in Tijuca
Cheap drinks, lots of big screens and crowds of people hanging out in the streets. If you want to appear on TV, this could be your chance. Pro-tip: Bring cash and don't walk around with too many valuables.
The Black Swan Pub, in Lagoa da Conceição
They've got six huge screens and a wide selection of drafts. You'll drink Brazilian brews as well as national and international craft beers.
Cervejaria Original Florianópolis, in the downtown area
Because beer and football are one of the best combinations in the world.
Frango & Fritas, in Trindade
To settle your anxiety while the score remains zero-zero, nothing is better than... FOOD! And this place has tons of good stuff.
Boteco Mafioso, in Vila Jardim
Craft beers, special plates (try the chicken with cheddar), and a proper place to watch the Brazilian national team ... What could be missing?
Dona Zefinha, in Cidade Baixa
You'll probably be welcomed here by a Baiana (a woman from the northern state of Bahia) and take a deep dive into northern Brazilian cuisine -- carne de sol (salted meat cubes), couscous, seafood and acarajé, a fried, delectable street food. Don't worry, if your team loses, you still walk out a happy camper.
Bar do Alemão, in Asa Norte
Although the World Cup is in Brazil, the atmosphere here is more German than anything else. Still, you'll find good food and an overall pleasant vibe.
Resenha Bar e Restaurante, in Asa Norte
Buckets of beer, a variety of classic snacks and good football.
Versão Brasileira – Bar & Restaurante, in Bloco A
Where the Brazilians will most likely gather...
Carne de Sol 1008, in Setor Pedro Ludovico
This place is always PACKED! But it's the World Cup and there's nothing better than shouting in a crowded bar, right? Oh, and it's worth a visit for the food alone.
Natur Bier, in Jardim América
Two words: craft beers!
Conversa de Boteco, in Setor Marista
Definitely the "it" spot, with lots of good food and cold drinks. A perfect place for just enjoying a good night with your friends.
Ao Distinto Cavalheiro, in the downtown area
A traditional, no fuss bar where you can direct all of your attention to the World Cup games.
Zapata Mexican Bar, in Seminário
Brazil will be playing against Mexico, so this will be THE spot when the time comes for that game.
Clube do Malte, in the downtown area
Their motto is "beer of all kinds." So really, what else is needed?
Palhoça Caranguejo Bar, in Cosme de Farias
According to regulars, this is a great spot to meet up with friends, drink beer and watch football. The complete package!
DiFoca – Espetinho e Chopp, inthank Parque Bela Vista
They have shish kabobs (Brazilian style, of course), extremely cold beer, gourmet farofa and lots of football. All YOU need to do is bring your friends.
Bar do Ulisses, in Santo Antônio
This spot has a beautiful view of the city's All Saint's Bay, as well as quality beer and seafood.
Now, if you're looking for a place where you can celebrate and enjoy the World Cup for free, maybe you should check out the FIFA fan fests that will be taking place in host cities around the country. On game days, the fests will start at 11 a.m. local time.
To sum it up, all you really need is beer, food and a flat screen. And remember, this is Brazil, so don't be surprised if most of these places only play the games that feature their own country. Cheers!
The piece was translated from Portuguese and originally appeared in Brasil Post.
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