Wednesday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – You’ve seen the ad for English classes that goes “Hey Jude nah nah nah nah nah . . .” as in, yeah you don’t know the rest of the song? Well plenty of Cariocas have been brushing up on their English just so they can belt out their favorite indie tunes. And they don’t just do it in the shower — they’ll all be at Casa da Matriz tonight for karaokê indie.
Nuth in Rio (Lagoa)
It’s a blend of samba, house, pop and hip-hop all night long at Nuth tonight with DJ Márcio Tadeu and Banda Grecco mixing up the styles.
Nuth – 9PM
Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, 1244, Lagoa – Tel: (21) 3575-6850
Entrance: R$50 men, R$30 women
Karaokê Indie (Botafogo)
Belt out your favorite indie rock on the mic in the heart of Rio’s rocker neighborhood.
Casa da Matriz – 8PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Entrance: R$15 with flyer or lista amiga, R$20 otherwise
Quarta do Real (Centro)
Grupo Samba Arte plays live, while three DJs mix house, axé, and funk between sets. Beers for two reais the whole night.
Passeio Dance – 7PM
Av. Rio Branco, 277, Centro – (21) 2220-1298
Entrance: Free for women / R$25 for men with e-flyer until 9PM
Nova Lapa Jazz
After outgrowing their spot in Lapa, the sweet sounds of sax, guitar, bass, drums, and trumpet have moved a little further downtown by the newly renovated Praça Tiradentes.
Nova Lapa Jazz – 10PM
Praça Albino Pinheiro, Lapa
Club Sertanejo (Leblon)
Get a hefty dose of Brazilian country music with João Gabriel and DJ Kabul, plus karaokê sertanejo for the ambitious (and shameless).
Melt – 9PM
Rua Rita Ludolf, 47, Leblon – Tel: (21) 2249-9309
Entrance: Men R$25-50, Women Free-R$25
Entrance: R$20 lista amiga until midnight, R$25 after midnight, R$30 without lista amiga
Roda de Samba with Pedro Amorim (Praça Mauá)
Roda de Samba with Pedro Amorim accompanied by Julião Pinheiro, Marcos Thadeu and Magno Júlio with guest singer Pedro Paulo Malta.
Trapiche Gamboa – 7:30PM
Rua Sacadura Cabral 155, Praça Mauá – Tel: (21) 2516-0816
Nando do Cavaco (Lapa)
The singer, also a member of the group Touch of Art, recalls great sambas that made history and also plays current hits.
Sacrilégio – 7PM
Avenida Mem de Sá, 81, Lapa – Tel: (21) 3970-1461
PUBS & BARS:
LONDON CALLING! with DJ Ady Harley! (Leblon)
The Asian fusion restaurant hosts a guest DJ this week, all round top geezer Mr. Adrian Harley spinning alongside me your host Mary Byker.
Mekong – 7PM
Rua General Urquiza, 188a, Leblon – Tel: (21) 2243-1040 / (21) 2529-212
Live Music @ Balcony (Copacabana)
Great lunch specials, live music starting at 5:30PM and nightly drink specials and 20 percent off Entree plates for lunch and dinner until 7:00PM this month.
Avenida Atlantica, 1424, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2541 8381
Boteco Salvação (Botafogo)
Traditional boteco style with some extra finishing touches. A cozy atmosphere with nice TVs and pool tables upstairs.
Boteco Salvação – 6PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes, 55, Botafogo – (21) 2226-9691 / 2539-0216
Som da Bola (Lapa)
Happy hour with friends, futebol, cold beer, and cool Brazilian music at Lapa’s most relaxed and spacious bar.
Choperia Brazooka – 6PM
Avenida Mem de Sá 70, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2224-3236
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