Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Check out Barzinho, a cozy new hangout with colorful and chic decor, conveniently located in the heart of Lapa, making it an ideal place to meet for a few beers after work to wind down or kick off the night. Barzinho is the newest addition to Rio’s nightlife, opened by Fabio Batistella and Rodrigo Pena, who also run popular Meza bar/lounge in Humaitá. Any fans of the latter should definitely try the new venue. Tonight is a special night, commemorating Brazilian Valentine’s Day with Baile do Cupido.
Enjoy their tasty menu, which features classic petiscos with a new twist, such as fried chicken coated with parmesan accompanied by catipiry cream. Or you can chill-out with a well-earned beer or caipirinha after a tiring work day, while checking out their artful decorations.
Matanza – A Grande Roubada 4 Anos(Lapa)
After having sold out the last show, A Grande Roubada returns to Circo Voador for another successful night of music featuring bands Matanza, Cafe Irlanda and Gramofocas.
Circo Voador – 10PM
Rua dos Arcos, 1, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2533-0354
Festa LED (Lapa)
Begun in 2011, Festa LED features energy, fluorine colors and lots of black light attractions. “The night transforms into a space of freedom, creativity, joy and explosion!” Not to be missed.
Fundição Progresso – 11PM
Rua dos Arcos, 24, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2220-5070
Bootleg returns to Fosfobox with another edition of house and tech, featuring local residents Marcelo Abreu, Jonas Rocha, Bed and Breakfast, and special guests Mauricio Lopes and Gustavo Tata.
Fosfobox – 11:30 PM
Rua Siqueira Campos, 143, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498
Entrance: R$30 with guest list, R$40 without
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: Check with venue
Barzinho Bar – Baile do Cupido(Lapa)
Barzinho Bar is a great combination of casual and chic, located in Lapa. With a funky decor and DJs playing Brazilian favorites. Tonight is a romantic night commemorating Brazilian Valentine’s Day, so come with an open heart!
Barzinho – 11:30 PM
Rua do Lavradio, 170, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-4709
Samba do Carlinhos de Jesus (Lapa)
Samba is in the air in Rio, and no better place than Lapa 40º. Kick off the weekend right with the best of Brazilian samba at one of the most well-known samba venues in Lapa.
Lapa 40º – 11:30 PM
Rua do Riachuelo, 97, Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9005
PUBS & BARS:
Shenanigan’s Live Music (Ipanema)
Shenanigan’s is always a good choice, with live music, sports games and all sorts of pub games such as darts and the only pool table in Ipanema.
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub – 7PM
Rua Visconde de Pirajá 122A (Upstairs), Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2267-5860
Entrance: R$25 after 8PM
Blue Agave (Ipanema)
Some of the best Mexican food — and the best margaritas — 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
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. Also expect to hear live jazz, blues, MPB and rock from time to time.
Mud Bug – 5PM
Rua Rudolpho Dantas 16, Copacabana – Tel:(21) 2543-5052
Mab’s Restaurant and Bar (Copacabana)
The new American-owned beachfront restaurant and bar on Copacabana Beach is a great place for food and drinks to kick off Saturday night.
Restaurante Mab’s – 9PM
Avenida Atlantica, 1140, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299
Lapa Irish Pub (Lapa)
If you are up for some Irish beer and a nice environment to drink it in, this is the place to go. With its trendy decor, this pub attracts many different kinds of people and offers Guinness and the German brand of Erdinger.
Lapa Irish Pub – 5PM
Rua Evaristo da Veiga 147, Lapa – Tel (21) 2221.7236
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