Thursday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – If you are in the mood for local bands stirring up the classic sounds of Brazilian music with a modern twist, then Rio Scenarium will show you the way. Known worldwide, Rio Scenarium owes its success to great live Brazilian music and one of the most unusual and attractive ambiences in Rio de Janeiro. The laidback bar and ‘casa de shows’ attract a mix of locals and foreigners. Rio Scenarium stands out among Rio de Janeiro bars, as it helped trigger a renovation trend in Lapa, a historic district with a strong musical and nightlife tradition dating back to the first half of the twentieth century. Tonight is Gafeira Carioca, which promotes the recreation and updated styling of Brazilian music such as samba, bossa nova and mpb. CLUBS: Veneno (Botafogo) For nine years, Veneno has anticipated the start of the weekend in the best possible way: lots of good music and beautiful people, all gathered at Casa da Matriz in Botafogo. Resident DJs Tulio and Newton drop pop and rock for all ages. Casa da Matriz – 11PM Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014 Entrance: R$16 with guest list, R$28 without Old is Black (Gávea) The new hip hop funk fest Old is Black returns tonight to 00 (Zero Zero) with DJ Farinha, DJ Bruno Vineli, DJ Lulinha and DJ RV. The night is fused with funk, soul, hip hop and more. 00 – 10PM Av. Padre Leonel Franca 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041 Entrance: R$40 for men, R$30 for women MÚSICA BRASILEIRA: Salsa e Forró no Leviano (Lapa) Thursday nights at Leviano are for those who want to dance. Beginning with lively salsa on the first floor from Mano a Mano, followed by forró upstairs. Leviano – 9PM Mem de Sá, 47- Lapa – Tel: (21) 2507-5779 Entrance: R$15 Gafeira Carioca (Lapa) A generation of new bands recreate and update the classic sounds of samba and Brazilian music, with each group seeking an individual identity. O Gafieira Carioca promotes improvisation with a broad repertoire ranging from rock to samba to bossa nova and more. Rio Scenarium – 11PM Rua do Lavradio 20, Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9000 Entrance: R$35 PUBS & BARS: Palaphita (Lagoa) Outdoors and situated on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, this gorgeous venue offers more than just scenery, but also a great drink menu, featuring tasty caipifruit drinks and beer specials as well as dinner after 6PM. Palaphita – 11AM Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, Lagoa- Tel: (21) 2227-0837 Entrance: Free Blue Agave (Copacabana) Some of the best Mexican food and margaritas in Rio, plus live American and European sports on TV. They also have the original location in Ipanema. Blue Agave – 5PM Rua Aires Saldanha 21C, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 3592-9271 Entrance: Free Mab’s Restaurant and Bar (Copacabana) The new American-owned beachfront restaurant and bar on Copacabana Beach is a great place for food and drinks. Restaurante Mab’s – 9AM 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 London Pride and Heineken on draft. Lapa Irish Pub – 5PM Rua Evaristo da Veiga 147, Lapa – Tel (21) 2221.7236 Entrance: R$20 The Clover (Copacabana) Come enjoy the true benefits of an upscale pub including great imported beers and a great environment. Check out “Midnight Happy Hour” with two for one Budweiser’s starting at midnight! The Clover – 7PM Av. Atlântica 3.056 Lj. B, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-8484 Entrance: Free — 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.