Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Lapa is always the place to be in Rio for a wild night of street parties, and there is no better place to step in and catch some music than Clube dos Democráticos.
DJ Saddam is the Friday resident, serving up a main course of hip-hop, garnished with house, soul, and funk.
00 (Zero Zero) – 10:30PM
Avenida Padre Leonel Franca 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041
Entrance: Consult with venue
Dirty Pop (Botafogo)
Pop for the fashionista crowd tonight at Casa de Matriz.
Casa da Matriz – 11PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Santa Sexta (Leblon)
Friday nights at Melt are the local jump off in Leblon, featuring everything from rock to samba on 2 floors.
Melt – 9PM
Rua Rita Ludolf, 47, Leblon – Tel: (21) 2249-9309
Entrance: R$60 for Men, R$25 for Women
Clube dos Democráticos (Lapa)
Bringing together the best musicians of Rio de Janeiro, Democráticos promises to present classics of Brazilian music and its roots.
Clube dos Democráticos – 11:30PM
Rua do Riachuelo 91/93, Lapa – Tel: (21) 8848-8889
Entrance: R$15 with Lista Amiga, R$20 for women & students, R$25 for men
Sarau Criar (Botafogo)
Everything you know about open mics (saraus) is wrong. Imagine an open mics with talented musicians and poets presenting original material at a new restaurant bar with tasty pizzas.
Alma Carioca – 9PM
Praia de Botafogo, 470 – Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2266-3245
Leticia Tui (Centro)
Leticia Tui is the wave of musicians who started in Lapa, and in 2008 she was nominated for Best Singer Award TIM Regional and Popular Vote alongside singers Michael Jackson and Elba Ramalho.
Centro Cultural Carioca – 10PM
Rua do Teatro, 37, Centro – Tel: (21) 2252-6468
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Boteco Salvação (Botafogo)
Traditional boteco style with some extra finishing touches. A cozy atmosphere with nice TVs and pool tables upstairs.
Boteco Salvação – 8PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes, 55, Botafogo – (21) 2226-9691 / 2539-0216
Mas Será o Benedito (Lapa)
Immense bar inside a beautifully decorated old mansion with two floors and even some pool tables. On the weekends expect a raucous crowd hungry for samba and pagode.
Mas Será o Benedito – 11PM
Av. Gomes Freire, 599, Lapa – (21) 2232-9000
Entrance: Check for nightly prices
Blue Agave (Ipanema)
The best Mexican food — and the best margarita — in Rio, plus live American and European sports on TV. They also have their new second location in Copacabana.
Rua Vinícius de Moraes, 68, Ipanema – Tel: (21) 3592-9271
Live Music @ Balcony (Copacabana)
Great lunch specials and live music starting at 5:30PM every day. Make sure to check the web site for a feel of the place.
Balcony Bar – Open 24 hours
Avenida Atlantica, 1424, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2541-8381
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