Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick: Gringo Café in Ipanema will host a haunted Happy Hour on Friday, with drinks eerily half-off at the unusually (but wonderfully) late hours of 8-10PM. Deadly drinks such as “Scary Sangria” will be served alongside “Mummy Pizza” and “Monster Eye Meatballs.” Come in costume to receive a free caipirinha or beer.
ROCK IT! E REVOLT! (Botafogo)
One of the greatest doubles this city has ever produced is finally back. ROCK IT downstairs with electro-rock or REVOLT! upstairs with heavy metal and grunge.
Casa da Matriz – 11:30PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Crush is back! Somehow inspired by Sir Mark Hoppus of blink-182, this party promises California pop-punk to be blasting all night long. With DJ Mega Blaster … blasting mega tunes from your childhood.
Pista 3 – 11PM
Rua São João Batista 14, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691
Entrance: R$20 lista amiga, R$30 otherwise
Wilson Meireles Trio (Lapa)
A night filled with samba jazz standards trios of the sixties and seventies. This spot in Lapa will be quite the original scene with some basic samba-swing from the good ol’ days.
Gabinete – 6:30PM
Rua do Senado, 53 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2224-0822
Grupo BebadoSamba (Lapa)
Blending youth and experience, the group shows its face with a different compositions from the traditional samba circles the city. They add a samba and choro repertoire with rare books, popular anthology of the last century and a contemporary approach.
Mistura Carioca – 10:30PM
Av. Gomes Freire, 791, Lapa – Tel: (21) 7726-2206
If you are ‘just looking’, Plataforma is the right place for you on a Friday night. This restaurant offers great food and a never forgetting samba performance.
Rua Adalberto Ferreira, 32 – Leblon- Tel: (21) 2274-4022
Entrance: Not available at time of press
The Pagoda of Arruda, Cultural Movement for the Preservation of samba, was born in 2005. After five childhood friends, residents of Vila Isabel samba circles decided to take the city. Performing at the hub of samba, Arruda will be on stage till all hours of the night.
Centro Cultural Carioca – 8PM
Rua do Teatro, 37 Centro – Tel: (21) 2252-6468
PUBS & BARS:
Gringo Café (Ipanema)
The American-themed café is putting on a haunted Happy Hour tonight, and will serve up some good old-fashioned Halloween spirits with their “Scary Sangria” and “Devil’s Brew” alongside “Mummy Pizza.”
Gringo Café – 8-10PM
Rua Barão da Torre, 240, Ipanema – Tel: (21) 3813-3972
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
Live Music @ Balcony (Copacabana)
Great lunch specials, live music starting at 5:30PM and nightly drink specials and free hors d’oeuvres for paying customers everyday at 5PM.
Avenida Atlantica, 1424, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2541 8381
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
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