Monday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Pedra do Sal is considered to be one of the best rodas de samba anywhere in the city. The Monday night staple has been thriving for years, attracting a variety of percussionists, musicians, dancers, samba lovers and all-round party goers to the outdoor festa.
Situated at Largo João da Baiana in Centro, a huge, smooth rock dominates the area, becoming a makeshift dancefloor as the night wears on. Whether you are a samba veteran or just in town on a quick visit, there is always an amazing energy and fire lit up under peoples’ feet at this longtime Rio event that captures the true spirit of the city.
R4 Life (Lapa)
R4 Life brings reggae and dub on Monday nights to Leviano and is already proving a big hit.
Leviano – 9PM
Mem de Sá 47, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2507-5779
Rio Boat Club (Marina da Glória)
A two-floor boat turns night club with top DJs and breathtaking scenery. Happy hour with free drinks before midnight and amazing views as the boat travels around Guanabara Bay.
Marina da Glória – boarding from 11PM, boat departs at 12:30 AM
Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, Glória – Tel: (21) 7872-2748
Pedra do Sal (Gamboa)
Classic roda de samba with an emphasis on the music’s African roots. One of the best in the city, it rolls out 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 Richahs (Lapa)
A Lapa samba affair that shakes with brilliant percussionists and members of the band Zeca Pagodinho.
Carioca da Gema – 10PM
Av. Mem de Sá 79, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
PUBS & BARS:
Shenanigan’s Live Music (Ipanema)
Shenanigan’s is always a good spot to check out with live music and classic pub games like 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 drinks.
Restaurante Mab’s – 5PM
Avenida Atlântica 1140, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299
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