Bar Luiz, opened in 1887 when Brazil was still a monarchy, is not only Rio de Janeiro's oldest bar, but also one of the most popular in the Historic Downtown area.
Before moving to Rua da Carioca in 1927, the bar opened by Jacob Wendling, a Brazilian born in Petrópolis to Swiss immigrants, was in two locations on Rua da Assembléia, also in Old Downtown Rio.
The Bar Luiz building, designed for the company, has Art Déco and neoclassical elements. Photos of the bar through the years and of Old Rio decorate the walls.
Before being called Bar Luiz, the bar was the Zum Schlauch (an allusion to the serpentine in a draft beer dispenser), Zum Alten Jacob paying homage to the first owner and Bar Adolph in a reference to the second owner, Adolph Rumjaneck.
The Bar Adolph name created some difficulties for the bar during World War II. According to company lore, students from nearby Colégio Pedro II attempted to wreck the bar, thinking the name was an allusion to Hitler, and were talked out of it by songwriter Ary Barroso ("Aquarela do Brasil"), one of the illustrious habitués.
Kassler, eisbein and potato salad are still some of the highlights on the Bar Luiz menu. The potato salad recipe was introduced in 1930 by the owner's wife, when the bar was beginning to take on its restaurant characteristics.
The greatest breach of tradition in recent years has been the end of a century-long, exclusive partnership with Brahma draft beer. One of the best-loved traditions is ordering from the old-timers among the waiting staff.
Mon-Sat 11 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Address & Contact Information:
Rua da Carioca 39
Rio de Janeiro - RJ
Closest subway station: Carioca