Saturday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Kick off your Saturday with a Carnival spirit: the Encontro de Blocos is a great place to start partying early on in the day. Many samba groups will come together in Aterro do Flamengo so you can enjoy the samba music in style. LIVE Maria Gadú (Lapa) Maria will be releasing her second studio album tonight. A project is called “Mais uma página…”. Back in 2009 Maria was the newest voice of Brazilian music. Circo Voador – 10PM Rua dos Arcos, 1 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2533-0354 Entrance: R$40 with concession, R$80 without Sambô (Lapa) Rock in the rhythm of pagode – get some of the classics from rock and roll in a very Brazilian style. Fundição Progresso – 11PM Rua dos Arcos, 24 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2220-5070 Entrance: From R$36 to R$72 CLUBS: Nuth (Barra da Tijuca) One of the few venues in Rio with a spacious venue, nice jungle theme, three floors and a pool table. There is also another location in Lagoa so be sure to check them both out. Nuth – 11PM Av. Armando Lombardi, 999 – Barra de Tijuca – Tel: (21) 3153-8595/2495-6008 Entrance: Check with venue Stereo Zero (Gávea) The evening begins with happy hour and full rhythm lounge. As the night progresses, DJs Cobra & José Roberto Mahr, and VJ Isa present new releases and classic remixes of indie rock, pop, new disco, club house and all the variations in between. 00 – 10PM Av. Padre Leonel Franca, 240 – Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041 Entrance: Check with venue 7 Day Weekend (Copacabana) This party is celebrating five years of extreme success! Leo Justi, Wobble and Sexistalk will shake up the dance floor while I Hate Flash takes eye-fish lense photos of you dancing and partying! Fosfobox Rua Siqueira Campos, 143 – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498 Entrance: Not available at time of press Pop ‘n’ Roll (Centro) As for music, the name of the party is self-explanatory. Espaço Acústica has loads of drink deals and promotions though – the first 100 to arrive will get a free tequila shots. Shots of champagne will also be distributed all night long and two dance floors will be open for your enjoyment. Espaço Acústica – 11PM Praça Tiradentes, nº 02 e 04 – Centro – Tel: (21) 2222-7525 Entrance: R$20 with costumes or guest list, R$30 without MÚSICA BRASILEIRA: Bateria do Salgueiro (Lapa) In the rhythm of Carnival 2012, Lapa 40º, presents the show from the Salgueiro Battery invoked percussionists battery master leads percussion instruments such as chimes, tambourines, deaf, boxes, rattles, cuicas, agogo, reco-recos and tambourines. Lapa 40º – 11:30PM Rua do Riachuelo, 97 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9005 Entrance: R$30 Salgueiro Samba School Rehearsal (Andaraí) One of the most famous of the Grupo Especial (Special Group), Salgueiro will parade down the Sapucaí on Sunday, February 10th, and they will hold rehearsal parties every weekend in the lead-up. Quadra do Salgueiro – 10PM Rua Silva Telles, 104 – Andaraí – Tel: (21) 2238-0389 Entrance: R$40 Clube dos Democráticos (Lapa) Bringing together the best musicians of Rio de Janeiro, Democráticos promises the time if your life. With artists such as Nina Wirtti &; Noites Brasileiras, Os Miltons, and many more. The goal is to present classics of Brazilian music and its roots. Clube dos Democráticos – 11:30PM Rua do Riachuelo, 91/93 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 8848-8889 Entrance: R$15 with Lista Amiga, R$20 for women & students, R$25 for men Encontro de Blocos (Flamengo) Several blocos will come together in Aterro do Flamengo. Come party with Rock ao Xote com Enxota Que Eu Vou, A Força é Os Tamborins, Arruda, Bafo da Onça, Block N`Roll, Boemios da Senado, É Tudo ou Nada, Ébrios do Napoleão, Exagerados, Ih, É Carnaval, MultiBloco, Seu “Largato” Mama. Quiosque do Bispo, Aterro do Flamengo – 2PM Entrance: Free Empurra Que Pega Rehearsals (Leblon) The classics plus original samba songs from this bloco. A good bet for evening partying! Posto 12, ao lado da CEDAE, Leblon – 7:30PM Entrance: Free Technical Carnival Rehearsal (Sapucaí) Warm up for Carnival with the rehearsals of Porto da Pedra (7PM), Portela (8PM) and Beija-Flor (10PM) Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí – 7PM R Marques de Sapucai – Centro – (21) 2546-8080 Entrance: Free PUBS & BARS: Blue Agave (Copacabana) Some of the best Mexican food — and the best margarita — in Rio, plus live American and European sports on TV. They also have the original location in Ipanema. This weekend, you can watch the semi-final NFL play-off games here with some delicious food and great beer. Blue Agave Rua Aires Saldanha, 21C – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 3592-9271 Entrance: Free Lord Jim’s Pub (Ipanema) The oldest pub in Rio in its newest guise and a great local crowd. Known for its live music and happy hour. Lord Jim’s Pub – 7PM Rua Paul Redfern, 44 – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2249-4881 Entrance: Not available at time of press Mab’s Restaurant and Bar (Copacabana) The new American-owned beachfront restaurant and bar on Copacabana Beach is a great place for food and just drinks to kick off Saturday night. Restaurante Mab’s – 5PM Avenida Atlantica, 1140 – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299 Entrance: Free Lapa Irish Pub (Lapa) If you are up for some Irish beer and a nice environment to drink it in, this is the place to go. With its trendy decor, this pub attracts many different kinds of people and offers Guinness and the German brand of Erdinger. Lapa Irish Pub – 5PM Rua Evaristo da Veiga, 147 – Lapa – Tel (21) 2221-7236 Entrance: R$10 — To have an event included in the weekly Nightlife Guide, please email: events[at]riotimesonline[dot]com. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.