By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Despite the 4 kilometers of pristine beach, with a reputation for tourism and petty crime, Copacabana does not have the cachet it used to among Cariocas. Yet Copa (as locals call it) offers amazing venues for enjoying a drink, from simple "botecos" to cool pubs, so get ready to experience the best of Copacabana's bars scene.

Authentic and unpretentious, the Pavão Azul bar probably never thought it would attract so many people from all over . . .

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