Tuesday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Saloon 79 is one of Rio’s best kept secret bars, located in Botafogo. Even though Rio is a city with deep roots in music, there are not too many rocker bars to drink, eat and enjoy the sounds of rock ‘n roll. So, with a very unique decor, showcasing everything from photos of rock legends to album covers and neon signs all around, Saloon 79 is the perfect place in town for all things rock and blues.
The venue sports a wild wild west saloon style architecture, which immediately puts it apart from other venues and bars in Rio. Throw in a pool table and second floor balcony plus a stage for live music and shows, and you have yourself one mighty good original watering hole. Music ranges from rock, to metal, to blues and indie.
Ya ‘Ya High Fi (Arpoador)
DJ Marcelinho da Lua keeps things real at this weekly vinyl only party at Studio RJ. Everyone knows that 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
Saloon 79 (Botafogo)
Saloon 79 provides a great unique environment for drinking, eating and rocking out. Very fun decor and vibe, this original rocker bar gets loud at night with live bands.
Saloon 79 – 7PM
Rua Pinheiro Guimarães, 79 – Botafogo – Tel: (21) 7544-5151
Entrance: Check with venue
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
Darcy Maravilha (Lapa)
Darcy Maravilha rescues samba and bossa from the 60s and 70s through to today with samba and rock sambalanço animating the track.
Rio Scenarium – 11PM
Rua do Lavradio, 20 casa – Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9000
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 margarita — 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 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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