Thursday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Thursday nights are on fire at Studio RJ for the weekly shindig Arpex. This funk fest is a party for all nationalities, acknowledging the various cultures and visitors in Rio. This party is aimed at tourists, gringos and locals alike, or anyone who likes music, dancing and drinks.
Held at Studio RJ, this beautiful live venue is located in Arpoador, overlooking the beautiful beach. Arpex plays a variety of music from international pop hits to famous Brazilian classics. Also enjoy forty liters of free caipirinhas to get things rolling. Lots of gorgeous people there, both local and non. Be ready to party with an array of fun loving people.
The Breeders (Lapa)
The Breeders are an American alternative rock band formed in 1990 by Kim Deal of th Pixies and Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses. Their first album, Pod, though not commercially successful, received wide critical acclaim. The Breeders’ most successful album, 1993’s Last Splash, is best known for the hit single “Cannonball”.
Circo Voador – 10PM
Rua dos Arcos, 1, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2533-0354
Arpex Party (Ipanema)
Arpex returns for their Thursday night weekly dominance, with DJ Bruno Lima playing top hits of house, world music, funk and reggaeton. Get there early while the bar serves up forty liters of free frozen caipirinhas! Come enjoy the environment, music and drinks with the assortment of beautiful in attendance.
Studio RJ – 11PM
Av. Vieira Souto, 110, Ipanema – Tel: (21) 7872-2748
For seven years Veneno anticipates the start of your weekend in the best possible way: lots of good music and beautiful people gathered at Casa da Matriz. Resident DJs Tulio and Newton, drop pop and rock for all ages.
Casa da Matriz – 10PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes, 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Entrance: R$16 with guest list, R$28 without
Samba @ Mofo’s (Lapa)
Samba music in the heart of the bohemian neighborhood of Lapa sounds just right, especially in the popular live venue Mofo’s which features two floors of Brazilian music fun.
Mofo Lapa – 9PM
Av. Mem de Sá, 94, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-9851
Entrance: R$12 with guest list, R$15 without
Forró do Mercado e Mano a Mano + DJ Chicote (Lapa)
Thursday nights at Leviano are strictly for those who want to dance to quality music! The night will feature the best of salsa, forrogroovejazz, samba and more!
Leviano – 10PM
Mem de Sá, 47, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2507-5779
PUBS & BARS:
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 – 7PM
Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 122A (Upstairs), Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2267-5860
Entrance: R$25 after 8PM
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.
Blue Agave – 5PM
Rua Aires Saldanha, 21C, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 3592-9271
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 to kick off Saturday night.
Restaurante Mab’s – 9AM
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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