Monday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Pedra do Sal is considered to be one of the best “rodas de samba” in Rio today. This Monday night staple has been thriving for years, attracting 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
R4 Life (Lapa)
R4 Life presents reggae and dub on Monday nights at Leviano. This Monday night party is becoming very popular in downtown Rio.
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. This samba in Lapa shakes with 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
PUBS & BARS:
Meza Bar (Humaitá)
Meza bar serves excellent tapas-style plates along with a classy menu of quality drinks and shots. A very unique atmosphere and a hip menu make Meza bar one of Rio’s favorite nighttime locations.
Meza Bar – 9PM
R. Capitão Salomão, 69, Humaitá – Tel: (21) 3239-1951
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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