Tuesday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Tuesday nights are vinyl nights with DJ Marcelinho da Lua on the turntables with swing jazz, bossa, soul, caribeñas, rare groove and more. DJ Marcelinho’s vinyl collection has grown and been carefully pieced together from travels around the globe and acquired through record stores, bookstores, sidewalks, friendships and professional trades.
He told The Rio Times, “I decided to make this party in order to share my collection that has been built over the last twenty years. [It’s] A tribute to the guys who ‘dig’ for music, because searching for vinyl is a devotion, a bible with faithful disciples.”
His dedication and musical knowledge is present every week as Marcelinho plays his carefully selected sets to locals and those from out of town.
Ya ‘Ya High Fi (Arpoador)
Dj Marcelinho da Lua keeps things real at this weekly vinyl-only party at Studio RJ. Vinyl is king and therefore must be heard loud and direct. Come hear classic hits from a variety of genres played well.
Studio RJ – 12PM
Av. Vieira Souto, 110, Arpoador – Tel: (21) 2523-1204
Entrance: Free until midnight, R$10 after with guest list
Bem Brasil – The Rio Hostels Party (Gávea)
Two hours of free caipirinhas, live samba, house and hip-hop DJs sound like a perfect mix for locals and travelers alike. Come get a taste of Rio’s diversity with gringos and cariocas at on of Rio’s hottest venues.
00 – 10PM
Av. Padre Leonel França, 240, Gávea -Tel: (21) 7896-3242
Entrance: R$25 before midnight
Mofos is a great live venue located in the heart of the Bohemian neighborhood of Lapa. Come get your dose of Brazilian samba, live mpb or choro.
Mofo Lapa – 9PM
Av. Mem de Sá , 94, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-9851
Entrance: R$15 with guest list, R$20 without
Samba na Fonte (Lapa)
The Movimento de Compositores Samba na Fontes and a group of composers get together for a very unique roda da samba tonight. Open to the public and other musicians, come experience true Brazilian samba.
Botequim Vaca Atolada – 7PM
Av. Gomes Freire, 53, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0515
PUBS & BARS:
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
Blue Agave (Ipanema)
Some of the best Mexican food — and the best margaritas — in Rio, plus live American and European sports on TV. Catch all your favorite NFL programming here.
Blue Agave – 5PM
Rua Vinícius de Moraes, 68, Ipanema – 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 or 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 Erdinger.
Lapa Irish Pub – 5PM
Rua Evaristo da Veiga 147, Lapa – Tel (21) 2221.7236
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