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Rio Boteco is back to East London this Summer

Rio Boteco is back to East London this Summer

Rio Boteco is back to East London this Summer

Brazilian pop-up opens to the public on the 9th of June in Bethnal Green with weekly menus showcasing best of the country´s comfort food, classical drinks with a twist and cultural program featuring music and arts

Following up on the 2016 gold medal awarded by local press and guests, Rio Boteco, originally conceived to celebrate Rio Olympic Games, is back to East London for another Summer of fun, refreshing drinks and superb dishes.

At this year´s edition, Rio Boteco has partnered with The Pill Box Kitchen, set in a stunning Grade II-listed building, the former Allen & Hanbury’s pill-packing factory, in the heart of London’s East End, in Bethnal Green. Large, versatile and with an outdoor space, it can host parties and a variety of activities. We feel it´s got the perfect atmosphere for Summer events and happy hours to be enjoyed outdoors”, says Margô Marques, one of the founders of the events company MargoCamilo which carries over 15 years of experience in Brazilian thematic events in London.

Launching on the 9th of June, the pop-up will open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and will run till the end of August showcasing exquisite Brazilian comfort food such as moqueca (fish and prawn stew), which also gained a vegetarian version with plantain on this year´s menu, and feijoada (black bean stew with smoked sausage, bacon, pork ribs and loin) alongside beloved starters such as coxinhas (chicken dumplings) and empadinhas (Brazilian palm heart empanadas), also new to the menu and served with vinaigrette sauce.

“Our menus will change slightly every week so we can give our guests a taste of how diverse our cuisine is. The idea is present new creations and innovative sauces playing with unexpected flavors”, defends Gustavo Camilo, Margô´s partner at MargoCamilo.

For the drinks menu, the concept is to keep things authentic with cachaça cocktails, country´s national spirit distilled from sugar cane, including the well-

known caipirinha and introduce new drinks, such as Rabo de Galo, a Brazilian vintage cocktail from the 50s with cachaça, vermouth and lime which has been regaining consideration among Brazilian top bartenders. On a fun and refreshing note, the shareable “You Look Better in a Bikini”, served in a jug up to 4 people, has cachaça as base, lemon tea syrup, cucumber and watermelon tonic and is garnished with lemon slices and mint leaves. “Iced tea is the most traditional drink in the beach in Rio and this was our main inspiration for this drink”, adds Margô.

On the cultural program, Rio Boteco will host DJ Amaral turning Rio Boteco into a dance floor for the ones willing to get a Brazilian ginga.

On the walls, Brazilian-English artists Kiki Machado, Nina and Julia Miranda will exhibit mixed media pieces very much influenced by their experiences living in Brazil and England. The exhibition is called Magic Beans #2 and builds an aesthetic and imaginary bridge between two continents.


‘Botecos’, from the greek word ‘apotheke’, are traditional Portuguese local bars. When ‘botecos’ arrived in Brazil they quickly became an institution for bohemians, musicians and artists in search of icy cold beer (Brazilians wouldn’t have it any other way), cocktails including the famous caipirinha, traditional delicacies such as pastel, empadas, moqueca and feijoada.

Today spread throughout the entire country, Botecos found in Rio the perfect laid back atmosphere where you can have a sip, your favourite bite and socialize.

Margô and Gustavo felt inspired to create the second edition of Rio Boteco and develop the concept further introducing new dishes, new drinks and showcase a bit more of their culture after receiving good feedback and many requests for another pop-up and even for a permanent address.

“We are committed to high quality ingredients and to showcasing our friendly and warm lifestyle in the company of creative and international friends”, summarizes Gustavo. 

For more information, please contact Janaína Campoy | or Margô Marques.

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