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“Entertaining, in a way...”
Review of Balcony Bar - CLOSED

Balcony Bar
Cuisines: American, Brazilian, Italian, Mexican, Seafood, Cafe
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast
Neighborhood: Copacabana
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Entertaining, in a way...”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Firstly, the place is full of hookers.

We were a group of 4 adults, 2 couples, so we weren't really paying attention and it took us around 5 minutes to notice but the other reviews are correct - this is a hooker bar full of tourists looking to pick up.

This could make some feel very uncomfortable, we found it mildly entertaining for one drink but wouldn't stay around any longer than that in the evening. However, during the day the food is very good and reasonably priced for a beachfront bar, we went back twice.

Don't take your kids though, the hookers are still around during the day, there are just less of them!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank JenGraham
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Depends on what you are looking for”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

The place is good, reasonable pricing for some drinks and food is good (had the Filet Mignon assado (nice meal for 2, good price) and some fried cod snacks (good with beer). The service is a bit slow and you might need to wait 10-15 mins for a beer if it's crowded, most waiters/waitresses are friendly and speaks English.

As Bjorn mentioned, there's a lot of hookers in and around the bar but it's not a problem - most of them are friendly and, as it is on my case, you can have a good chat (if you speak portuguese)without the need of taking them to your apartment/hotel. You will also find many drug dealers, if you do like doing these, be careful when dealing - if you don't, stay away from them since the local police might search you and ask you for a bribe (even if you don't have anything illegal).

A nice place, compared to others near it's a good option.

As with any other place in Rio be careful with everything, don't take too much money with you and always keep your drink and stuff with you. No need of being paranoid, just take the reasonable measures to be safe.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank TranslationsGuy
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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802 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“Be prepaired!!”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

We popped in here one night with a couple from our tour and had thought it was a Sports Bar. Passing it a few times without looking in, all I had noticed was a few screens outside showing different sports channels. When I finely realised that it was basically a hooker bar it just seemed slightly darker and more interesting. I went up to the bar to order drinks and was steered away by a waiter (Rafael) who cleared a table, that had two working but not drinking women, on it and sat us down and took our drinks order, The place is full of prostitutes chatting up some of the men who were drinking in the bar which is a good "spectator sport". We had a few drinks and went back here a few times making a b line for Rafael who sorted us out with a table and drinks. I wasn't propositioned as I was obviously with my partner, but there was just a different vibe.
This wont get a lot of mention in the Olympic and World Cup coverage over the next few years, but worth a visit if you want to see the shadier side of Rio. Just let yourself know what you are letting yourself in for and what to expect before you venture in!!!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank SteveS1970
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Broadbeach, Australia
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27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“dont bother unless you're an old bald grey american tourist”
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

Visited March 2013
Thank Bjorn B
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Angels do exist!”
Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

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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