Tip of 5 Super Cool Craft Beer Bars in Town
Hops, malt, yeast and water. These are the four basic ingredients of the beverage that is more than 6,000 years old: the beer! National preference, this drink is believed to have arisen from a bread recipe that went wrong in Mesopotamia. The next big thing is the craft beers, with their own recipes, ranging from bitter flavors to flavors with fruit notes.
In Salvador, the brewing movement is growing and this is one of those perfect itineraries for beer lovers. There are places that bring together experts and lay people alike. In addition to understanding that beer should be chosen through the taste of each person, beginners also learn which beer best matches each dish. Here we will give you tips on 5 amazing places to have a good beer and better understand the beer culture of Salvador. In addition, we show events that combine good music and beer in the same place.
You have certainly seen this beer in many establishments around the city. Proa is in approximately 80 Bahian establishments and in Salvador you will find it in many restaurants and bars. But the cool thing is that they just opened a sensational bar in Pituba, a Proa embassy, to inspire the Soteropolitan public to challenge their taste buds and get to know different craft beers.
The place was created to promote Proa’s beers and the Bahian public craft spirit. There are 15 taps with seasonal and other exclusive Proa line beers, creations of brewer master and Proa’s owner, Deborah Lehnen, that go against the tide of sameness. On the tap there is also a house gin. Proa Salvador has in its structure a unit of Cozi, forneria of typical Neapolitan pizzas harmonized with the beers served.
The labels flagship is Carrie Nation (American IPA). Also worth trying is Vienna Lager, a coppery beer with reddish hues, a clear malt flavor reminiscent of lightly toasted bread. One that is super-special is Fruit Beer, made of jackfruit. Exotic and tropical, its label was made with a print in partnership with designers from Meninos Rei Bahian brand. An unusual experience for your taste buds. But this was a limited edition, we hope it will return.
Proa Brewery Salvador
Rua das Hortênsias, 288 – Pituba, Salvador – BA, 41810-010
Tuesday and Wednesday – from 5pm to 10pm. Thursday – from 5pm to midnight. Friday and Saturday – from 15pm to 1am. Sunday – from 5pm to 10pm
Accessibility: there is an access ramp. There are balcony and high chairs, a space with high tables and a hall with tables in traditional height.
Chopp Shop Artesanais: Beers for all tastes
The Chopp Shop is a stylish bar featuring ten beer taps from Bahia, Brazil and around the world. The chalk wall facing the counter says: On Tap! This is where you will identify a list of options available on the menu, numbered one through ten, with the alcohol percentage, bitterness, and cost of each. Some are more refreshing, others more eccentric. Ale, Sour, Bock, Wess, Larger, IPA and APA beers. There are beers for all tastes. The really difficult part is to choose from so many options.
One that draws attention is the Sorachi Berliner: a German-origin style that values the hops sensory profile, originally developed in Japan, with aromas of lemon and lemongrass with Sicilian lemon peels and a fruity citrus profile. Ris Barrealanged (Potus), Acapulco Hop Lager (Stern) and Piveta American Ipa (Amada) are also excellent choices.
When you get hungry, only the appetizer menu can save you! Mini pizzas served on a wooden board, Argentinian empanadas of many flavors, flaky pastry burgers and the famous German sausage are ideal accompaniments for happy hour. Chopp Shop’s decor is something else. Walls completely covered by classic beer-themed posters give the space a super modern tone.
Chopp Shop Artesanais
Rua Flórida, 235. Grace, Salvador – BA 40150 – 480
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday, from 5pm to 10pm. Friday and Saturday, from 5pm to 11pm. Sunday is not open.
Phone #: (71) 3267-0781
Instagram: @choppshopartesanais / firstname.lastname@example.org
Accessibility: the access has two small steps and a ramp. It has tables and chairs of varying heights and provides good circulation in the main hall.
The Bunker: The Featured Beer Culture
Think of a place where drinking beer is more than a moment of relaxation, it’s a complete experience. This is The Bunker – Beer Culture, located in Rua Alexandre Herculano, Pituba – a hill that is a mandatory stop for those who would like to do a gastronomic tour around Salvador city.
Our tip is the local labels. Bahia, by the way, is very well represented by other delicious alternatives such as the Feyh Bier’s Apocalipse do São João, which has jenipapo liquor in its composition and has an alcohol content of 9%, and Itapuã, from Água de Meninos, made with tapioca.
For a bite to eat, among the delicious options, try The Bunker’s unbeatable pastrami sandwich, inspired by a classic scene from the movie “When Harry Met Sally.” It will make you lick your fingers. The menu is made specially to match with the drinks – and if you don’t know much about it yet, that’s fine. From some information, such as what the customer likes to eat or drink, the sommelier indicates the right beer and which dish matches with the chosen drink.
The Bunker – Beer Culture
Rua Alexandre Herculano, Nº 45 – primeiro andar – Pituba, Salvador – BA, 41810-395
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 5pm to midnight.
Phone #: (71) 2132-5337
Accessibility: there are only stairs to access the bar (no elevator). Tables and chairs are high in the lounge, but there are traditional-height sofas in the Baden Baden Room.
Important: No reservation is required for the main hall, just the Baden Baden Room.
Peritus Bar – A Bridge between Minas and Bahia
Peritus Bar provides the Soteropolitans with an atmosphere that brings the mix of Minas and Bahia, as a form of identity, in an inviting, comfortable and well located environment (Pituba). Peritus Bar was created to make people getting interested in learning more about the brewing world, providing the capital of Bahia with one more space for beer lovers and also for lovers of different flavors and styles.
In the drink menu, guests will enjoy fourteen taps plugged with beers of different brands, styles and labels. Always with the best craft beers from Brazil and the world. There are beers for all tastes: Pilsen, IPA, Stout. The idea of the name Peritus (expert in Latin) is that customers become experts of their own taste!
Address: Rua das Dálias, 540 Pituba
Phone #: 71 3027-6006 – 71 99964-3616
Social Networks: @peritusbar
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday 6pm to midnight. Friday 6:00pm to 1:00am. Saturday 4:00 pm to 1:00am. Sunday 3:00 pm to 10:00pm.
It is a store? Is it a pub? It’s all that with artisanal beers and a pop rock musical program. There is always some music going on from Thursday to Saturday at Rhoncus, which has several options of national and imported beers in a rustic and cozy atmosphere, decorated with flags and sports shirts. A modern pub inspired by Europeans, with a dance floor and reserved places for two or groups of friends.
Rua Oswaldo Cruz, 122 – Rio Vermelho, Salvador – BA, 41940-000. Telefone: (71) 3019-4344
Beer Garden – Alameda das Algarobas, 75 – Caminho das Árvores, Salvador – BA, 41280-500 (ao lado do Restaurante Origem). Telefone: 3034-1384 e 99372-6738
For those who want party & beer
There are also many parties focused on the consumption of this type of drink, such as Biergarten. The event, which started in 2015, is long awaited by the public looking for good music, good meetings and special beers. Craft beers from different breweries are sold, always accompanied by food trucks and good music. Follow the schedule at this link. (https://www.facebook.com/biergartensalvador/)
Beba Local is the official event of Bahia’s craft breweries. The aim is to hold a collaborative event exclusively with Bahian craft breweries, with the aim of forming new audiences and publicizing the breweries and their products. In addition, the event also aims to spread the Beba Local Bahia seal to disseminate the brewing culture, making the public aware of the importance of consuming local products, stimulating regional economic development. Keep up to date with upcoming events at this link. (https://www.facebook.com/bebalocalbahia/)
A bar specialized in beer and fun in the city’s most bohemian neighborhood. Perfect combination! Lebowisk Bar offers over 100 craft beer labels. Our tip is the Labareda beer from Corujas, which is smoked with pepper. The bar hosts interesting pocket shows and local djs. Fun for sure.
Rua da Paciência, 127, Rio Vermelho. Phone #: 99957-0244 (150 places). Open from 8:00pm to 3:00am. (Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00pm to 6:00am. Closed Sunday to Tuesday).
Peritus Bar. Pituba Salvador Bahia. Foto: Amanda Oliveira.