MURETA DA URCA – COLD BEER, SUNSET AND SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN
Probably you already heard from some friends or read somewhere about Mureta da Urca and the amazing sunset, right? This is one program that you definitely should do when you come to town. In this post we’ll tell about this option of tour, what to expect, options of bars and restaurants, and also how to get there.
MURETA DA URCA
Mureta is nothing more than a small wall that stands beside Guanabara Bay. Urca is in the south zone of the city, and houses one of the city’s postcards … the summit of Sugar Loaf! This is a quiet and traditional neighborhood of Rio, including many charming buildings and houses.
THE FAME OF MURETA DA URCA
The fame is because it is an option for a place to enjoy the sunset in the city. It offers a privileged view of Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf (detail: you can even see a piece of Christ the Redeemer). And we know that in the most carioca programs cannot miss snacks and very cold beer.
The place was dubbed “POBRETA” (a mix of poor and mureta) affectionately, HAHA! But we have to agree that this is the best table bar in life. The guys go to mureta to meet friends, happy hour after work, or just read a little. So you must already imagine that this is the most crowded wall in Rio de Janeiro, especially at the weekend.
The main attraction here is the Sunset, be aware that unfortunately there is no daylight saving time in the city anymore and the sun will set at around 6pm. 🙁
HOW TO GET TO MURETA
To get to the neighborhood there are some options. The subway doesn’t have a station at Urca, so it is necessary to do Metro + Bus (which is also an option for those who want to know the Sugar Loaf).
1 You need to get to Botafogo station and leaving the subway take a bus to Urca (line 513 Botafogo – Urca ).
2Depending from where you are, also have the option to take Line 107 – Urca that takes you to the neighborhood.
3 It’s also possible to get to the neighborhood withTaxi and Uber, choose the one you prefer.
Visiting the Mureta with a private car is not an easy option. Because it is a residential neighborhood you will probably not find parking spaces available. Give preference to other types of transport.
BAR AND RESTAURANTS AT MURETA DA URCA
We know we can not miss in this post tips on where to get cold beer and snacks, so here are two good options for you! Check out.
BAR DA URCA
This is the most classic and traditional option. The Urca Bar and Restaurant was created in 1939 and has been considered the City Cultural Heritage since 2012. The Urca Bar was voted the bar with the best view in Rio. The place is simple and has a very relaxed atmosphere, because of the public that frequents the place is always from the most varied tribes.
On the first floor of the establishment there is the bar with faster drink and snack options and on the floor above is the restaurant that serves the menu service. The place offers a privileged view of the bay and commonly forms queues.
REASONS TO CELEBRATE
Bar da Urca is celebrating its 80 years of tradition this year of 2019.
TIP FOR RESTAURANT ORDERS
If you don’t want to wait long to taste the delights of the place, the restaurant has begun to offer options of dishes served in paper containers for you to enjoy your meal wherever you prefer. Cool, isn’t it? No need to face the queue!
TIPS FOR BAR ORDERS
Want to sit at Mureta with the guys? Our advice is to order and pay for drinks and snacks at the bar and keep the note, because then you just take what you want and get back to the Mureta without waiting in line again. 😊
WHAT TO ORDER AT BAR DA URCA?
As one of the most traditional and well-known carioca establishments, the most requested options are:
OPTIONS FOR FAST SNACKS
Pastel de Shrimp (and some other options)
Codfish Ball – Bolinha de Bacalhau
Bean Soup – Caldinho de Feijão
Squid à Dorê
Fish and Sea Food
INFORMATIONS OF BAR DA URCA
Address: Rua Cândido Gaffrée, 205 – Urca – Rio de Janeiro
Telephone: + 55 (21) 2295-8744
This place was established in 2004 and is also well known in the city. Remember the “Pobreta” above? It arose from the piece of wall in front of Urca Grill, as this option is the cheapest for those who want to enjoy without wasting so much.
With choices of snacks, dishes and drinks as traditional as any other place in the city. The snacks and beer here are the main stars, the tip are the ‘pasteis’ with a variety of flavors and 600 ml bottle beers to share with friends.
INFORMATIONS OF URCA GRILL
Address: Rua Marechal Cantuária, 10 – Urca – Rio de Janeiro
Telephone: + 55 (21) 3209-1623
OTHER OPTIONS OF ACTIVITIES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
We’ll leave few other options of tours that can be done in the neighborhood. Take a look!
1 Sugar Loaf Mountain;
2 Urca Hill Trail:
If you want to visit the Sugar Loaf Mountain in a most adventures way, it’s possible to do the Urca Hill Trail, read more about this option in our post about the Urca Hill Trail.
3 Claudio Coutinho Trail (at the feet of Sugar Loaf);
Working Hours: everyday, from 06 am to 06 pm.
4 Visit the Praia Vermelha (Red Beach):
Options of activities at the beach: diving and stand up paddle.
5 Urca Casino Building:
This place was the headquarters of TV Tupi and today there is a Design School (IED Rio – Istituto Europeo di Design).
6Earth Science Museum (on the same path to Sugar Loaf Mountain);
7 São João Fortress (following the path through Mureta da Urca until the end).
So, what did you think of our post about this famous spot in Rio de Janeiro? 🙂