Monday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Samba is played best here in Rio, especially on Monday nights with Richas at Carioca da Gema. Monday nights have won the acclaim of the public, with a style of samba that makes Lapa shake, step and boogie.
Depicting the blocos and styles of the classic Rio samba schools, the band has an incredible array of brilliant percussionists. This night is truly the definition of Rio samba, with a four hour jam session that unites the powerful impact of song, rhythmic drumming and harmony.
Hosted at Carioca da Gema, one of Lapa’s finest live music venues and spectacular pizzaria, Richas has earned the praise of the public and made Monday nights anything but dull.
Rio Boat Club (Marina da Glória)
A two story boat converts into a night club with top DJs and breathtaking scenery. Happy hour with free drinks before midnight. Amazing views as the boat travels around the Guanabara bay.
Marina da Gloria – Boarding 11PM, Boat departs at 12:30 AM
Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, Gloria – Tel: (21) 2555-2200
On The Rocks (Botafogo)
Every Monday of July, Kleber Tuma, Wilson Power and Flavio Quest will play rock, electro and pop! Come start the week off right at one of Rio’s most memorable venues.
Casa da Matriz – 11PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Entrance: R$12 with guest list, R$20 without
Pedra do Sal (Gamboa)
Classic roda de samba with an emphasis on the music’s African roots. One of the best in the city performs every Monday night in the Gamboa area of Centro.
Pedra do Sal – 6PM
Rua Argemiro Bulcão, 38, Gamboa – (21) 9528-5060
Roda de Samba com Richas (Lapa)
Tonight has won the acclaim of the public. This samba in Lapa shakes with brilliant percussionists, a mixture of the band Zeca Pagodinho, depicting the trials of the blocos of the samba schools.
Carioca da Gema – 10PM
Av. Mem de Sá, 79, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
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Lapa Cafe Humor (Lapa)
Monday blues got you down? Time to head over the Lapa Cafe for some real standup comedy. There are some nice drink specials available while you laugh the Monday blues away.
Lapa Cafe – 8PM
Av. Gomes Freire, 457, Centro – Tel: (21) 3971-6812
Blue Agave (Copacabana)
Some of the best Mexican food — and the best margaritas — in Rio, plus live American and European sports on TV. They also have the original location in Ipanema.
Blue Agave – 5PM
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. Monday is also half-price steak night until 9PM.
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub – 7PM
Rua Visconde de Pirajá 122A (Upstairs), Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2267-5860
Entrance: R$10 after 8PM
Mab’s Restaurant and Bar (Copacabana)
The new American-owned beachfront restaurant and bar on Copacabana Beach is a great place for food and just drinks to kick off Saturday night.
Restaurante Mab’s – 5PM
Avenida Atlantica, 1140, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299
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