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.
Chico Miceli at Rayz (Ipanema) – This evening, enjoy a set of classic pop and rock songs with Chico Miceli at Rayz in Ipanema.
Chico, on voice and guitar and accompanied by double bass and drums, will be playing a classy repertoire of hits from masters such as Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder.
This will all be taking place in one of the most charming areas of Ipanema, and will be the perfect start to a Friday night in the heart of Rio. Things should be kicking off at around 7PM and there is a cover charge of R$10 for the music.
Chico Miceli at Rayz – Prudente de Morais, 416 – Ipanema
For more information, visit the event page.
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.
MAR de Música: Festa Junina (Centro) – Why not start off the weekend with a party for all the family?
Museu de Arte Rio (Art Museum Rio) is putting on a June party at Rio’s regenerated port area. Expect plenty of June festivities and fun.
The show will feature special guest appearances by Juliana Linhares, Doralyce, TYARO, Raquel Potí, Thais Bezerra, Igor Conde and the percussion section from Terreirada Cearense bloco. There will also be a performance by Arraiá do Junú.
Dressing up is encouraged and there are a range of special entries and discounts on offer, with children under five, people over sixty, and teachers and students at public schools all getting in free. Tickets otherwise cost between R$5 to R$10.
The event will also feature many varied stands offering food and refreshments.
Things will get started at 6PM and end at 10PM.
MAR de Música: Festa Junina – Museu de Arte do Rio, Praça Mauá – Centro
For more information, check 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)
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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