ASSADOR RIOS – RIO DE JANEIRO

Assador Rio´s opened its doors in one of the most famous addresses of Rio, once occupied by Porcão Rio´s.

This traditional property comes back to the gastronomic scene fully renovated with wood textures, stones and rustic decoration with an elegant ceiling that enhances the natural light and complements the unobstructed views of Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf and Burle Marx gardens surrounds the dining rooms.

Assador goes straight to the point by offering valued meat cuts in its “rodizio” service and reduced but delectable variety of side dishes in the buffet, where you will find a good selection of fresh salads, vegetables, and a table of charcuterie and Brazilian artisanal cheeses.

The attention is drawn to the skewers and boards that circulates in the dining room, serving classics such as Skirt, Picanha, Hump steak, Lamb chops, Ancho Beef, among other noble cuts such as the Tomahawk – a piece of meat that joins the rib and entrecôte – Chorizo and Shoulder Steak. Do not leave Assador without a taste of their prime rib, which is grilled for 10 hours!

Capacity: 550 guests Private rooms for group from 80 to 350 people Highlights: Unspoiled views & Private group rooms Location: Downtown

XIAN RIO – RIO DE JANEIRO

This stylish restaurant is the perfect marriage between Asia and Rio: it might serve far-east flavors, but the design and ambiance were completely thought out to bring inside one of the most stunning views of the city. From the terrace, you can look over Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf Mountain, admiring the skyline of buildings, forested mountains, and the iconic Christ the Redeemer.

With four chefs at the helm, the menu brings an exciting mix of contemporary Asian flavors, complemented by an excellent selection of cocktails, wines, and sakes.

The main dining room is designed in amphitheater style to ensure that each and every guest experience its gastronomy overlooking the iconic landmarks of Rio from the window.

Capacity: 100 to 1000 guests Highlights: sunset overlooking Rio´s iconic landmarks & multiple spaces for exclusive group use Location: Downtown

SPEAKEASY BARS

Promoted by the “dry” crusaders, a movement led by rural Protestants and social Progressives, “Prohibition” in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933.

Now picture for a moment you travel back in time. It is 1930, New York City, during these days of prohibition. On a Saturday night, you and your friends are quite anxious but excited. Everyone has decided to ignore the law and find some forbidden alcoholic drinks. The only way to accomplish this evening is to visit a Speakeasy, an illegal bar. They are referred to as the Speakeasy due to the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors.

Through word-of-mouth, rumors could be heard about the location of these hidden places that kept the leisure and nocturnal pleasures. Imagine an acquaintance secretly gives you an envelope with a mysterious clue. If you are sharp enough to guess the correct answer, you will be part of a secret community where clients themselves are responsible for inviting new friends to join the mystery…

It seems so long ago since those days of old. However, even to this day Buenos Aires boasts a wide variety of close-door bars that recreate the atmosphere and style of those old times. Since they are usually above, below, or behind something else that makes them less-than-easy to locate, we offer our travelers a different and unique experience: an expert bartender guides them through the city’s intriguing prohibition-style cocktail dens.

Our first stop is a bar which takes the concept of a Speakeasy and puts it into full gear. On a quiet street in Palermo Hollywood, the typical pedestrian would never notice it. There are two rites of passage that each customer must complete before entering the bar. First, they whisper a password to the doorman, which is the answer to the clue they previously received in an envelope. Once the door is opened, our guests enter a smaller room where there is a phone booth at the other end. The next step is to enter a secret code into the phone which opens a door and allows them to reach the bar. An impressive variety of drinks delights our travelers at this spot.

The second stop is a private social club which is not open to the public. It is a recently renovated house in the middle of Palermo Soho to accommodate for private events. Classy with a modern-design, this place also features a courtyard and a pool, which is used for special pool parties during the summer.

After this, they are guided to another neighborhood where they encounter a large wooden door with no sign, other than the street address and a doorman. Once our visitors are in, they will notice a large contrast between its run down entrance on a quiet street and its classy, upscale environment inside. It is time to enjoy some tasty food with their cocktails.

The evening goes by visiting different redoubts: small doors in discreet roads, colonial houses, taverns hidden behind a sushi bar or even a flower shop… each of them with its own magical secrets. Each of these destinations makes this journey worthy of memories.

A differentiating factor with respect to the traditional bar is the cocktail proposal. If anything could define these hideaways it would be the premium high-quality of these classic drinks. Our guide promptly recommends the specials of the house and shares tips and recipes to prepare the best combinations. To finalize this journey, our travelers take with them a cocktail booklet, filled with recipes from each of the destinations.

Miroslava Brito

Administration

Miroslava is a dreamer and entrepreneur, she loves to explore and discover new places, cultures and customs. That is the reason why she is in Argentina today working as an administrative assistant at ALCHEMY DMC. She is characterized for being a happy, empathic, proactive person who works in an organized and responsible way.