Sunday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Bloco Sargento Pimenta has gone to London and back, now they are throwing a great party with live samba music at Fundição Progresso. Tickets aren’t cheap but you can eat some traditional feijoada to celebrate the season of blocos and much partying.
Bloco Sargento Pimenta (Lapa)
One of the biggest samba groups in Rio de Janeiro, they will bring loads of music, rhythm, feijoada and DJs to the venue.
Fundição Progresso – 5PM
Rua dos Arcos, 24 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2220-5070
Entrance: R$25 to $70, depending on concession and time of purchase.
Café Del Mar (Copacabana)
This lounge-like setting at one of the most famous beaches in the world serves tapas while in a laid back ambiance overlooking the ocean. Café Del Mar is known for keeping the beaches of Copa alive, even on a Sunday.
Café Del Mar– 5PM
Av Atlântica, 1910 – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 3649-9658
Entrance: Check with venue
Sundae Tracks (Botafogo)
If you feel you haven’t partied enough this weekend, do it at Sundae Tracks! There are loads of cheap cocktails and great tracks to end your weekend with.
Casa da Matriz – 8PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes, 107 – Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Entrance: R$20 with guest list, R$25 without
Quarteto Daniel Garcia & Ronaldo Diamante (Lapa)
Classics of Jazz, Brazilian music and a lot of improvisation from this four-piece band.
Santo Scenarium – 7:30PM
Rua do Lavradio, 36 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9007
Galeria do Samba (Lapa)
A cheerful band, they will play samba classics by Adoniran Barbosa, Jorge Aragão, Agepê, Zeca Pagodinho, Benito Di Paula and Arlindo Cruz. Enjoy!
Rio Scenarium – 7PM
Rua do Lavradio, 20 casa – Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9000
Vai tomar no Grajaú Rehearsal (Grajaú)
A variety of samba tunes, from originals to the typical marchinhas de rua. Quite a chilled out environment, a good way to end a Sunday in partying without many crowds or stress.
Praça Edmundo Rêgo, Grajaú – 3PM
Roda de Samba Mofo (Lapa)
Classic samba music with a lot of dancing. Warm up for Carnival – get ready for all the blocos that will come up next weekend!
Mofo Lapa – 9PM
Av. Mem de Sá, 94 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-9851
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
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.
Rua Aires Saldanha, 21C – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 3592-9271
Shenanigan’s Live Music (Ipanema)
Shenanigan’s is always a good choice, with live music, all the sports games and all sorts of pub games such as darts and the only pool table in Ipanema.
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub – 4PM
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 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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