Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – It is time to get into the spirit of Carnival, and best way to do that is to knock off work early and get to Copacabana for the Boca Maldita bloco. Dress in costume or super casual, buy beers off the street vendors and dance along with one of the first major blocos of 2012… then see what happens with the rest of your Friday night.
Boca Maldita (Copacabana)
Praça Demétrio Ribeiro – Copacabana – 3PM
Bloco do Tião dos Embaixadores da Folia (Lapa)
Rua Gomes Freire – Lapa – 6PM
ULTRA Lovecats (Centro)
Traditionally, the apple is the fruit associated with the practice of sin. Then they invented the “apple bottled water,” it seems that the staff has been sinning more. Purinho with ice cocktails or shots, it seems that the drink of the moment is the perfect excuse to get out there committing sins.
Espaço Acústica – 11PM
Praça Tiradentes, nº 02 e 04 – Centro – Tel: (21) 2222-7525
Entrance: R$20 with Lista Amiga, R$30 without
Let yourself be seduced at Baronetti, the chic Ipanema hot spot may skew a little young, but certainly beautiful. Music ranges from hip-hop to electronic.
Rua Barão da Torre, 354 – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2227-1354
Entrance: Women R$20, Men R$50 after 12AM
Santa Sexta (Leblon)
Friday nights at Melt are a sure-thing for a good crowd and easy access in Leblon, featuring everything from rock to samba on two floors.
Melt – 9PM
Rua Rita Ludolf, 47, Leblon – Tel: (21) 2249-9309
Entrance: R$60 for Men, R$25 for Women
Nuth (Barra da Tijuca)
The biggest thing to hit the streets of Barra & Lagoa. Two locations with the same game plan to make sure the night never ends for those who attend. A mixture of house, hip hop, and pop, this nightclub is sure to light up the night.
Nuth – 11PM
Av. Armando Lombardi 999, Barra de Tijuca – Tel: (21) 3153-8595/2495-6008
Entrance: Not available at time of press
Samba de Esquina (Lapa)
Samba Corner brings the best of wheels Samba de Oswaldo Cruz and Madurai with a touch of Lapa.
Lapa Na Pressão – 8PM
R. Mem de Sá, 59 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2507.0580
Família Clarão (Lapa)
The samba group makes a tour of classic samba root and party high, ranging from Santa Rosa to Zeca Pagodinho.
Mistura Carioca – 10PM
Av. Gomes Freire, 791, Lapa – Tel: (21) 7726-2206
Pop Fiction (Lapa)
A hardcore crowd that craves adventure! Together they will be the noise of the party! Here comes the Pop Fiction, the party that brings together DJs craziest piece with the great classics of big screen and small screen! And for the first edition, the ideal theme for those who’re always Bueller’s Day Off: CLASSICS OF AFTERNOON SESSION!
Gabinete – 11PM
Rua do Senado, 53 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2224.0822
Clube dos Democráticos (Lapa)
Bringing together the best musicians of Rio de Janeiro, Democráticos promises the time if your life. With artists such as Nina Wirtti &; Noites Brasileiras, Os Miltons, and many more. The goal is 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
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Live Music @ Balcony (Copacabana)
Live music starting at 5:30PM and nightly drink specials; Great lunch specials. Check their website for latest promotion.
Avenida Atlantica, 1424, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2541 8381
Blue Agave’s (Copacabana)
Mexican bar with an open atmosphere where you can sit and check out all the people that pass by. This hot spot in Ipanema not only has some of Rio’s best cocktails, but has recently opened its doors in their second location in Copacabana!
Rua Aires Saldanha 21C – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 3592-9271
Shenanigan’s Live Music (Ipanema)
Shenanigan’s is always a good spot to check out on the weekends, with live music and all sorts of pub games such as darts and pool. Local expat joint, so no need to bring your dictionary!
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub – 9:30PM
Rua Visconde de Pirajá 122A (Upstairs), Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2267-5860
Entrance: Check for nightly prices
Lord Jim’s Pub (Ipanema)
The oldest pub in Rio in its newest guise and a great local crowd. Known for its live music and happy hour.
Lord Jim’s Pub – 7PM
Rua Paul Redfern, 44, Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2249-4881
Entrance: Not available at time of press
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