Sunday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – RUN VDG is back at Alto Vidigal, home to probably the best view in all of Rio de Janeiro. Situated at the very top of the Vidigal mountain, Casa Alto Vidigal works not only as a hostel, but also as a prime time party palace.
Tonight is the house’s flagship party RUN VDG, back for its first edition on the new year. RUN VDG has been a success from the get go, featuring some of the best house and tech house music around. Tonight will feature Botafogo Social Club DJ Tee Cardaci, along with RUN VDG residents Mike Frugaletti and Mahara Belgrano.
Carnaval Samba Parade – Special Groups at the Sambadromo (Lapa)
The Special Groups parad is the highlight of the Rio Carnival Season. The must-see show has made Rio de Janeiro the Carnival capital of the world. This incredible show will last tonight and Monday night.
Sambadromo – 10PM
Rua Marquês de Sapucaí, Santo Cristo – Tel: (21) 2533-0354
Entrance: Check with venue
RUN VDG (Vidigal)
RUN VDG is finally back at the incredible Casa Alto Vidigal for one of the best nights of the Carnaval season. Featuring DJs Mahara Blegrano, Tee Cardaci and Mike Frugaletti playing house and tech house in true style. Enjoy the amazing view on top of the Vidigal mountain.
Casa Alto Vidigal– 11PM
Rua Armando de Almeida Lima, 2 Arvrão. Vidigal – Tel: (21) 3322-3034
Entrance: $20 with guest list, $30 without
Rio Music Conference presents Ritchie Hawtin (Gloria)
Detroit techno legend Ritchie Hawtin performs tonight at the Rio Music Conference in the Marina da Gloria. Related to music and technology, Hawtin’s success stems from various projects and productions including his alter ego Plastikman and his label Minus. He will be joined by Mauricio Lopes and the King of Swingers.
Marina da Gloria – 11PM
Av. Infante Dom Henrique,s/n – Marina da Gloria – Glória – Tel: (21)2555-2200
Entrance: Check with venue
Bloco Simpatia e Quase Amor (Ipanema)
Bloco Simpatia e Quase Amor is a continually popular beach-side bloco in Zona Sul (South Zone), gathering thousands of revelers at Praça General Osório to process down the beachfront of Ipanema. Despite this, the bloco is very casual and everyone is invited to join whether in costume or not.
Bloco Simpatia e Quase Amor – 4PM
Toca Rauuul (Centro)
Toca Rauuul is back for their very popular re-interpretations of legendary rock icon Raul Seixas. Composed of more than 15 people, this varied band converts rock ‘n roll hits to samba style funk.
Toca Raul – 3PM
PUBS & BARS:
Bar Urca (Urca)
If you have never have been to Bar Urca on a Sunday afternoon to drink beers and eat salgados while watching the sunset, you are missing a big part of what it means to be a Carioca. This establishment has been a hit since 1939.
Bar Urca – 11AM
Rua Cândido Gaffrée, 205, Urca – Tel: (21) 2295-8744
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
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
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