Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Rio Scenarium is known worldwide as one of Rio’s premier live venues. Rio Scenarium owes its success to great live Brazilian music and one of the most unusual and attractive ambiences in Rio de Janeiro. The laidback bar and casa de shows attracts a mix of locals and foreigners.
Situated in Lapa, the bohemian downtown neighborhood, Rio Scenarium stands out among Rio de Janeiro bars, as it helped inspire renovations in Lapa, which is filled with a strong musical nightlife tradition dating back to the first half of the twentieth century.
The music at Rio Scenarium is truly Brazilian. Bands return on a regular basis, and some favorites like Velha Guarda de Vila Isabel bring even larger crowds than usual.
Arraiá da Fundição com Natiruts e Buchecha (Lapa)
The big Baile party from São João takes stage at Fundição Progresso tonight. The traditional sounds of accordions and bass drums join with samba and funk with singer Buchecha, setting the eclectic tone of the party.
Fundição Progresso – 11PM
Rua dos Arcos, 24, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2220-5070
Vogue Club Rio apresenta: Over- 2 Edição (Centro)
Resident Jairo Venancio and Igor Castas bring the heat at Vogue Club in Barra da Tijuca. With the second edition of the hit party over, Barra is bringing the nightlife to life.
Vogue Club – 11PM
Av. Fleming, 98, Barra da Tijuca – Tel: (21) 3496-9868 / 3496-9878
Entrance: R$40 and up
Beautiful People (Gávea)
Thursday nights are fueling up for the gorgeous people in Rio de Janeiro as Beautiful People returns to the swanky Zero Zero (00) in Gavea, featuring top notch DJs, fashion infused presentations and all the models and hot faces you can find in Rio.
00 – 10PM
Av. Padre Leonel Franca 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041
Entrance: R$30 with guest list, R$50 without
Luiza Dionizio (Lapa)
Singer and songwriter Luiza Dionizio returns to Carioca da Gema to perform her special brand of samba. Her musical taste and hits have proven success time and time again in Rio.
Carioca da Gema – 11:30 PM
Av. Mem de Sá, 79, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Rio Scenarium (Lapa)
Come experience Rio samba nightlife at its finest. Rio Scenarium is one of the oldest and most well-known venues in town, with three levels of fun, music, drinks and food.
Rio Scenarium – 11PM
Rua do Lavradio, 20 casa, Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9000
PUBS & BARS:
Shenanigan’s Live Music (Ipanema)
Shenanigan’s is always a good choice, with live music, all the 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 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
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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