Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Experience a nightclub version of the traditional June Brazilian holidays known as Festas Juninas tonight as Centro’s Espaço Acústica hosts Festa SexTape, the FexXxta Junina edition.
Festas Juninas are folk celebrations held throughout the country during the month of June that celebrate three main saints; Saint Anthony (São António) on June 13th, Saint John the Baptist (São João) on June 24th, and Saint Peter (São Pedro) on June 29th. The parties usually include traditional foods, drinks, music and dances.
Tonight at Espaço Acústica, many Festa Junina foods and drinks will be served including; Quentão, a mulled wine, churrasquinho (bbq), sausage, queijo coalho (cheese), and more. Typical festival sweets including paçoca (a ground peanut, cassava flour and sugar candy), cocada (coconut candy), doce de leite (a sweetened condensed milk confection) and pé-de-moleque (similar to peanut brittle) will also be distributed throughout the night.
DJs Grazzia and SaJoão will take to the decks to spin pop, electronic, hip hop and funk during the event, while DJs Polly and Ivy will deliver the best of indie rock, metal and national rock.
Additionally no Festa Junina is complete without games and on the venues second floor there will be fishing and archery competitions. There will also be a kissing booth, with the participants previously chosen by votes on Facebook. Tequila body shots, a super beer bong, and cachaçca shots are three additional things you should know about tonight’s event in Centro.
FIFA Fan Fest (Copacabana)
From June 12th through July 13th, Copacabana beach will be home to the FIFA Fan Fest during the 2014 World Cup games. The 31,000 m² area on the beach between the streets of Princesa Isabel and Duvivier, will house a large screen to view the matches live and a stage for entertainers that, during the tournament, will include; Sorriso Maroto, Dudu Nobre, Arlindo Cruz, Anitta, Sandra de Sá, Bom Gosto, Suvaco de Cristo, Cordão da Bola Preta, Fogo e Paixão, Bloco Brasil, Empolga às Nove, Blitz. All 64 matches of the World Cup will be shown live, which the exception of simultaneous games, when one match will be broadcast later. On Brazilian match days a second 50m² screen will be added . Each game day, the area between the streets of Princesa Isabel and Duvivier will open two hours before the first match of the day and always close at 10PM. Capacity for the area is 20,000. Entry is free and entrance will be granted according to order of arrival.
FIFA Fan Fest – 11AM
Praia Copacabana, The beach area between the streets of Princesa Isabel and Duvivier
Sinfônica Ambulante and Fanfarra Black Clube (Praia Vermelha)
During this season in Rio it’s the perfect weather for an outdoor party and tonight at Praia Vermelha, the beach located at the base of popular tourist attraction, Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain), groups Sinfônica Ambulante and Fanfarra Black Clube will battle it out live. Both Sinfônica Ambulante and Fanfarra Black Clube are well known for their celebratory and lively horn-filled performances. It’s an event not to be missed if you are a fan of soul, funk, and good times.
Praia Vermelha – 10PM
Praia Vermelha, Urca
Me Gusta (Copacabana)
It’s time again for tech and deep house with the Me Gusta party at Fosfobox in Copacabana tonight. DJs Renato Bastos, Kriptus NYTRON Gomes, ROD B., and Bruno MATERA will spin in the club’s basement while it will be all about Nugrooves Rio above at the Fosfobar with Joca Vidal and David Tabalipa on the decks.
Fosfobox – 11PM
Rua Siqueira Campos 143, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498
Entrance: R$ 22-R$40
Fog #3 (Copacabana)
Copacabana’s increasingly popular club Cave hosts the third edition of the Fog event tonight. Billed as “party that will stir all of your senses,” DJs Tomás Tróia, Olliver Mach and RV will mix things up, spinning everything from indie to pop to hip hop to trap to bass to deep house.
Rua Francisco Otaviano 20, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 3576-8024
Festa SexTape, FexXxta Junina (Centro)
Tonight Centro’s Espaço Acústica will host Festa SexTape the FexXxta Junina edition. It will be a night-time version of the country’s popular Festas Juninas complete with traditional foods, drinks and activities. DJs Grazzia and SaJoão will spin pop, electronic, hip hop and funk during the event and DJs Polly and Ivy will deliver the best of indie rock, metal and national rock. Tequila body shots, a super beer bong, a kissing booth, cachaçca shots and more will be part of the event tonight.
Espaço Acústica – 11PM
Praça Tiradentes, 2, Centro – Tel: (21) 2232-1299
Shake Your Lapa with DJ Assault (Lapa)
Tonight at Lapa’s Majestade Show, the Shake Your Lapa event presents very special guest DJ Assault. A Detroit native, DJ Assault is well known for his ghettotech mixes and is considered a master of the genre. Ghettotech originated in Detroit and Chicago when DJs began mixing, at higher speeds than most club music, ghetto house with techno, electro bass, jungle, and hip-hop, often adding x-rated lyrics. Joining the party tonight will also be MCs Marcão Baixada and Ladie’s Gang; the hip hop duo Inumanos; MC Shawlin; and the DJs Erik Skratch, Tikano, Rebeca Dues, Baré and Mouchoque.
Majestade Show – 11PM
Av. Mem de Sá 21, Lapa– Tel: (21) 96703-5163
Be Happy! (Gávea)
Gávea’s chic club 00 (Zero Zero) promises a night of dancing as it hosts the Be Happy! party. Brazilin rock band Dr Silvana and Cia will play and DJs JR Mahr and Rafael Barreto will spin the best of the 80s, 90s, and 2000s.
00 (Zero Zero) – 9PM
Av. Padre Leonel Franca 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041
Tonight the B.L.E.S.S. event brings the sounds of reggae and Jamaican music to Marina da Glória’s Quiosque do Bispo. Celebrating outdoor parties, guest performers, MCs and DJs including Bangarang SS, Disco Reggae, RAdiola Lider de Som, DJ Rodrigo Cavalcanti and the Mcs Lápide and Loty will perform. For those who can’t make it to the party, the performances will also be broadcast live here.
Quiosque do Bispo – 9PM
Marina da Glória, Av. Infante Dom Henrique,s/n,a Glória
Super Premium Open Bar (Glória)
La Passion Club in Glória will host the Super Premium Open Bar event tonight with DJs Daniel Faria, Rodrigo Mattos, and Alex Lopes spinning funk, hip hop and various beats. The open bar will feature National Vodka, Bacardi, beer, Hi-Fi, Cuba Libre, Lagoa Azul, soda, water, and tequila. Additionally, the open bar will serve Red Bull until midnight and sparkling wine for women until midnight.
La Passion Club – 10PM
Av. Augusto Severo 200, Glória – Tel: (21) 2222-0667
T.I.T.O. and Carol Legally (Lagoa)
Special guest French DJ T.I.T.O. and Rio native DJ Carol Legally will spin EDM and house tonight at the posh Lagoa club Miroir tonight.
Miroir – 11PM
Av. Epitácio Pessoa, 1484, Lagoa– Tel: (21) 2513-3898
Entrance- See venue for details.
Dona Onete and Mestre Vieira (Centro)
Tonight is the first of three nights that singer Dona Onete will perform works from her most recent album entitled, Feitiço Caboclo, at Centro’s CAIXA Cultural Rio de Janeiro. During the shows, Onete wlll be joined by guitarist Mestre Vieira, creator of the Guitarrada music genre. Viera has twenty studio album releases to his name and is well known for his unmistakable style. Together, the two will perform songs including; “Proposta indecente”, “Amor brejeiro” and “Poder da sedução”. Mestre Vieira will also play some of his well known works including; “Lambada do Rei”, “Pegando Corda” and “Cidade Linda”.
CAIXA Cultural Rio de Janeiro – Teatro de Arena – 7PM
Av. Almirante Barroso, 25, Centro– Tel: (21) 3980-3815
Marcos Novatto, Leo Russo, and Luiza Dionizio (Lapa)
Vocalist and guitarist Marcos Novatto will start the night off at 7:30 PM at Carioca da Gema with Leo Russo following at 9:30 PM. Then, singer-songwriter Luiza Dionizio returns to Carioca da Gema at 11:30PM to perform her special brand of samba including her lively reinterpretations of the works of Luiz Carlos da Vila, Toninho Geraes, Clara Nunes, and João Nogueira, among others.
Carioca da Gema –7:30 PM, 9:30 PM and 11:30 PM
Av. Mem de Sá 79, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Darcy Maravilha da Portela, Jorginho do Império, Bateria do Império Serrano and Forró de Ponta (Centro)
At 8PM Darcy Maravilha da Portela gets things started with the sounds of samba at Centro’s Rio Scenarium. Singer Jorginho do Império will follow at 11PM, with a performance of his songs including, “O Imperador”, “Água no feijão”, “Na beira do mar”, “Folha desabada” and “Tá delicia…tá gostoso”. Império will close his show with reinterpretations of classic samba. Bateria do Império Serrano will perform at 2:30 AM with the group Forró de Ponta following at 3AM, with the sounds of forró pé de serra.
Rio Scenarium – 8PM and 11PM and 3AM
Rua do Lavradio, 20 casa – Centro – Tel: (21) 3147-9000
Entrance: R$ 25- R$40
As Benditas, Samba Urbano, and Seu Bando (Lapa)
Tonight in Lapa the all-female group As Benditas and the group Samba Urbano, will fill the first floor of the Leviano bar with the sounds of samba and their reinterpretations of the classics by Chico Buarque, João Nogueira, Martinho da Vila, and more. Later on the second floor, Bailão Leviano will present a show from Seu Bando featuring the best of samba, MPB, soul and pop rock. DJs Márlio and Aílton Areas will spin the best of samba, soul, funk, electronic and hip hop before and between the shows.
Leviano – 7PM
Mem de Sá 47, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2507-5779
PUBS & BARS:
Charles Bronson Band – Lapa Irish Pub (Lapa)
Tonight, it’s time for more classic rock with the Charles Bronson Band at Lapa Irish Pub. Located next to the famous Arcos da Lapa (Lapa Arches), this pub offers a wide selection of quality imported beers. Additionally, its welcoming atmosphere attracts a fun and friendly crowd, making it a great place to go if you are looking to rock out tonight. During the World Cup the pub will also be showing the games live on their screens.
Lapa Irish Pub – 10PM
Rua Evaristo da Veiga 147, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221.7236
Gringo Cafe (Ipanema)
The Gringo Cafe brings all things great about America to Ipanema, including beers, food and atmosphere. Go there to enjoy pancakes, real bagels, sliders, and more.
Gringo Cafe – 11AM
Rua Barão da Torre 240 Loja A, Ipanema- Tel: (21) 3813-3972
Mud Bug (Copacabana)
With two locations in Copacabana, Mud Bug provides a great selection of beers and food. There isn’t much missing from this American-style staple where, at times, you can hear live jazz, blues, MPB and rock.
Mud Bug – 5PM
Rua Rudolpho Dantas 16, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2543-5052
Mab’s Restaurant and Bar (Copacabana)
The American-owned beachfront restaurant and bar on Copacabana Beach is a great place for food and drinks. Additionally during the World Cup, Mab’s will be showing the games live on 50” TVs.
Restaurante Mab’s – 9PM
Av. Atlantica 1140, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299
Shenanigan’s Live Music (Ipanema)
With live music and classic pub games like darts and pool, Ipanema’s Shenanigan’s is always a great spot to visit. Happy Hour is dose dupla (two for one) on Mondays through Fridays 6PM-8PM.
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub – 7PM
Rua Visconde de Pirajá 122A (Upstairs), Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2267-5860
Entrance: R$10 after 8PM
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