We have the top three picks for this Friday, and below there is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option.
The Maze: Jazz ao vivo (Catete) – The Maze is one of those places that is uniquely Rio. Set high up in the hillside favela community of Tavares Bastos, it is home to an art gallery, jazz club and B&B residence of British expatriate, Bob Nadkarni.
This Friday it will be hosting one of its famous jazz nights, it boasts that ‘for 6 consecutive years we have been listed by DOWNBEAT magazine as one of the 150 best Jazz venues in the world, together with names like Blue Note and Ronnie Scott’s.’
Things will get started at 10PM and the party lasts until 4AM. There will be transport up and down the hill all night with members of the Maze team guiding the way, authentic Indian snacks from Hoje Tem Curry, and it’s free entry for anyone whose birthday falls on that week. Otherwise, tickets are between R$40-50.
The Maze: Jazz ao vivo – Rua Tavares Bastos, 414/66 – Catete
For more information, visit the event page.
Sexta Funk Universitária @ New Mariuzinn (Copacabana) – Friday is funk night at New Mariuzinn Copacabana.
There will be an open bar until 4AM, offering drinks such as vodka and juice, caipirinhas, beers and much more. Also on offer tonight are the classic cocktails Blue Lagoon and Sex on the Beach!
There are also deals including a double dosage of Budweiser and a double dosage of Chandon for the price of one.
Mariuzinn veteren DJ D’Luccio will be playing funk tune after funk tune. Expect lots of crazy dancing!
Tickets are between R$20-R$80 and look out for special offers on the VIP area and much more. Things should kick off at around 11PM and the night won’t stop until 5AM. So bring your dancing shoes, prepare to shake something and see in the weekend to the sound of Rio: funk!
Sexta Funk Universitária – Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, 435 – Copacabana
For more information, head to the event page.
Tasty presents 30/30 @ Fosfobox (Copacabana) – Tasty is back to ‘give even more flavor to the Rio night.’
After two successful editions of the Fosfobox with Seth Troxler and the late Martin Dawson, they’ve returned to the club with a very special menu.
DJs will be 30/30 Tour, Anderson Noise & DJ Mau Mau, Flow & Zeo, and Leo Janeiro.
30/30 is the union of two musical beasts, names that were part of the beginning of the scene of Brazilian electronic music. This is a project, a partnership formed to celebrate the thirty-year career of Mau Mau and Anderson Noise, in which the two feature a long set filled with all the influence and experiences accumulated throughout that period. This will be an unmissable night!
Tasty – Rua Siqueira Campos, 143 – Copacabana
For more information, check out the event page.
LOUNGES, BARS & PUBS:
Winehouse is a wine bar run by a British expat that has brought an eclectic range of wines to Rio including a mix of fabulous national wines and international favorites. There is also a great selection of nibbles and cheese boards. For those that aren’t too keen on wine, there is plenty of beer and cocktail options too. Happy hour begins at 5PM and finishes at 8PM.
Winehouse – 5PM
Rua Paulo Barreto, 25 – Botafogo – Tel: (21) 3264-4101
Void/ House of Food (Botafogo)
Blending culinary, drinks and fashion, the bar/store invites a different chef to prepare a new menu every week. Besides great imported beer labels, it usually serves delicious veggie food and homemade burgers.
Void Botafogo – 11AM
Rua Voluntários da Pátria, 31 – Botafogo – Tel: (21) 3593=3326
Pavão Azul (Copacabana)
Pavão Azul is a lively bar in Copacabana, famous for its exceptionally cold beers and prawn pastels. It gets crowded there every night, making every day of the week seem like the weekend.
Pavão Azul – 6:30 PM
Rua Hilário de Gouvêia, 71 – Copacabana – (21) 2236-2381
Canastra Bar (Ipanema)
The Canastra Wine Bar in Ipanema offers a great selection of wines and cheeses and is quickly becoming known for its nice atmosphere and friendly service.
Canastra – 6:30 PM
Rua Jangadeiros, 42, Loja B – Ipanema – (21) 99656-1960
Entrance: See venue for details.
Blue Agave Ipanema (Ipanema)
Blue Agave Ipanema is always a great place for Mexican food, drinks and for watching live sport streams and broadcasts. Just around the corner from Posto 9, the bar is also known for its mostly English-speaking staff and the mostly English-speaking crowd which frequents the establishment. Be sure to check out Blue Agave in Copacabana also for a great night out.
Blue Agave Ipanema – 1PM
Rua Vinicus de Moraes, 68 – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 3592-92717544-5151
Entrance: FREE. Food and drink prices vary.
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