Monday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Pedra do Sal is considered to be one of the best “rodas de samba” in Rio today and for the past recent years. This Monday night staple attracts a variety of percussionists, musicians, dancers, samba lovers and all-around party goers.
Situated at Largo João da Baiana in Centro, the venue is based around the very large rock or “pedra.” Many believe that samba parades and blocos started here long ago, hence the longtime commitment from attendees over the years. Whether you are a samba veteran or just a gringo visiting Rio, there is always an amazing energy and fire lit up under peoples’ feet at this longtime Rio event.
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
Digital Dubs (Lapa)
Local crew and favorites Digital Dubs take over Leviano on Monday nights during the month of July. Their special brand of reggae and dub have earned them gigs worldwide. Come get a taste in the heart of Lapa.
Leviano – 9PM
Mem de Sá, 47, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2507-5779
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. A samba in Lapa that shakes the brilliant percussionists, a mixture of the band Zeca Pagodinho, depicting the trials of the blocks of the samba schools.
Carioca da Gema – 10PM
Av. Mem de Sá, 79, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
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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 or just drinks to kick off Saturday night.
Restaurante Mab’s – 5PM
Avenida Atlantica, 1140, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299
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