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“dont bother unless you're an old bald grey american tourist”
Review of Balcony Bar - CLOSED

Balcony Bar
Cuisines: American, Brazilian, Italian, Mexican, Seafood, Cafe
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
Neighborhood: Copacabana
Reviewed March 31, 2013

this place is packed wall to wall with old bald grey american tourists and local hookers. Its fun to go in and watch for a few minutes, but unless you like being propositioned for sex for money every 5 minutes avoid this place in the evenings

Thank Bjorn B
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Best place on the planet! Real lively place can get abit much if you just wanna chill the women can be very persistant.

2  Thank Jordan H
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

This is good bar if you are looking to pickup a hooker or transvestite. Both the food and drinks are overpriced because Ex-Pats hangout here for hours trying to hookup (for a price). Quality of most of the food is good and music (in English) is often entertaining. Wait until you go back to your hotel to go to the bathroom though unless you are good at holding your breath. Also be aware that this bar has gotten some less than favorable attention from the police and local media.

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1  Thank Man-of-Mystery-007
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Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

In front of copacabana you can enjoy a nice meal. The waiters are quick but the price it not cheap. Even though it is not expensive.

Thank Thiago H
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

If you want to spend a crazy wild night in Rio, just go and have a drink at the Balcony. We have stumbled upon this place by mistake, and we have enjoyed every single minute of it. Came back on several occasions.

There is one thing I would personally like to mention: if you are uptight and close minded, please avoid this place. I have seen people sitting a corner sipping on their drink, watching in awe what's going on. On the other hand, if you are outgoing, open minded and single, I can guarantee you will have the greatest time of your life. The key to a great night there is: don't try to understand what going on, just follow your basic instincts.

On the downside, the drinks are very expensive (example a Caipirinha will cost you R$ 15, while the bottle of cachaça in the supermarket near by is R$ 5) So if you plan to spend the evening there till 3 am (as we did) you end up with R$ 200 to R$ 300, easy.

Another drawback. The waiters are not up to the service. There is somehow no coordination. You ask for a drink, you might get within a minute, or in 15 minutes. Same for the change, you might get immediately or not (but don't worry you will get it). The only reliable person in this joint was Miriam. Every time a waiter or waitress came by to ask me: "drink sir?, I have always, always replied: "Yes, get me Miriam please." It seems that she was the only one that understood what a service means. Weird. This girl deserves a raise.

Apart from that, you will have a great fun and meet a lot special people. All you need to do is switch your brain off :-)

Dr. MAK.

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