Mille Ballai, New Owner of Alto Vidigal is Murdered: Daily

Mille Ballai, New Owner of Alto Vidigal is Murdered: Daily

By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Saturday, June 28th, Mille Ballai, the 34 year-old charismatic co-owner of the Alto Vidigal hostel died from a head trauma resulting from a serious altercation. Police found valuables, including about $7,000 in cash, a computer and two cellphones, suggesting the incident wasn’t the result […]

Best Clubs in Rio de Janeiro for 2014

Best Clubs in Rio de Janeiro for 2014

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With Carnival 2014 wrapped up, revelers looking to dance the night away to electronic, and all the forms of club music have numerous options in the Cidade Maravilhosa. A few locations have closed in the last couple years, but luckily some new options have […]

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Rio’s Favelas

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Rio’s Favelas

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Some of Rio’s pacified favelas are becoming increasingly popular destinations for parties and events, with many featuring breathtaking views of the city coastline. To welcome in 2014 there are two notable favela parties to consider: The New Year’s Favela Party 2014 at Pavão-Pavãozinho and […]

Rio’s Best Off-Beach Hosteling Options

Rio’s Best Off-Beach Hosteling Options

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The lure of the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches obviously accounts for many of the thousands of visitors flocking to those neighborhoods every week, but staying in one of Rio’s more historic regions can offer a different insight on what it is to be a […]

Leme Beach and 4 Anos de Funk: Daily

Leme Beach and 4 Anos de Funk: Daily

By Anna Kaiser, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The ‘4 Anos de Funk’ party will take place this Saturday on Leme Beach starting at 4PM, after being postponed from April due to torrential rains. The party is to commemorate the four year anniversary of the Botafogo Social Club (BSC), a collective of Rio-based […]

Rio DJ MixUP @ Mekong Tonight: Daily

Rio DJ MixUP @ Mekong Tonight: Daily

By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Tonight is the night that The Rio Times presents The Rio DJ Mixup, a one of a kind DJ Industry meets community celebration of nightlife in Rio. Over 200 people have already RSVP’d for what promises to be an evening of DJs, promoters, venue owners […]

Rio DJ MixUp, Nightlife Industry Event

Rio DJ MixUp, Nightlife Industry Event

By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Local and international DJs, club goers, promoters, venue owners and music lovers alike will gather together on Thursday, May 9th from 7PM to 11PM in Rio. The first of its kind event will kick off at Leblon’s Mekong restaurant and lounge, attendees will mix, mingle […]

4 Anos de Funk Party at Alto Vidigal: Daily

4 Anos de Funk Party at Alto Vidigal: Daily

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Saturday, April 13th Botafogo Social Club (BSC) is hosting their fourth anniversary party at Alto Vidigal. The party will bring together all BSC’s resident DJs together for the first time in over a year to pump out music from funk, hip hop to house. […]

Celebrities Visit Favelas During Carnival

Celebrities Visit Favelas During Carnival

By Andrew Willis, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A number of celebrities visiting Brazil for the country’s famous Carnival celebrations have taken time out from the festivities to visit a favela, one of the informal housing developments that are common in cities like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Actor Will Smith […]

Alto Vidigal Reopens After Legal Dispute

Alto Vidigal Reopens After Legal Dispute

By Andrew Willis, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The popular Casa Alto Vidigal guesthouse has reopened its doors after an ownership dispute between expatriates caused the business to close for several months. Coverage of the case has boosted interest in the venue, says the founder of the guesthouse, with other investors increasingly […]