By Shalina Chatlani, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This Thursday (September 10th) from 7PM – 9PM, the Gringo Café in Ipanema will co-host a Happy Hour event with the American Society of Rio de Janeiro (AmSoc Rio), providing an opportunity for Rio’s expatriates, travelers and Carioca friends to gather together over some great food and drink specials.

Rio MixUp event at the Gringo Cafe, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil News
Past Rio MixUp event co-hosted by The Rio Times at the Gringo Cafe, photo by Vito Di Stefano.

Anna Whyte of AmSoc Rio explains, “​The goal is to provide a fun social event where our members can gather, and those from out-of-town or new to Rio and interested to join Amsoc, can come and meet at a central, safe location. Everyone speaks English, is friendly and welcoming, with lots of good tips from personal experiences, for having fun in Rio.”

The event will include special offers, such as two for one caipirinhas and R$5 longneck beers for members of the American Society in Rio. With this gathering, Gringo Café continues a tradition of events that are aimed at bringing together members of Rio’s expatriate community.

Sam Flowers, the founder and owner of Gringo Café, said that he looks forward to having an event with the American Society. “We always look forward to our events with the American Society. The American Society events at Gringo Cafe attract not only Americans buy many Brazilians with a strong connection to the United States.”

Adding, “Many Brazilians have lived or studied in the U.S. and the American Society Events offer a great way to maintain their connection. We love bringing together Gringos with locals in these events and we see Gringo Cafe as a great place for American and other cultures to integrate.”

With a menu that provides delicious American-style diner fair, including classic hamburgers, hotdogs, mac & cheese and the highly recommended BBQ ribs, the restaurant has been an attractive meeting point. In the past, the establishment has co-hosted Gringo Group Therapy Sessions, Happy Hours with Democrats Abroad of Brazil, the Expats and English Speakers Meetup Group, Casa do Caminho Language Center, the Rio Rugby Club, and the International Club of Rio (InC).

The American Society also wants to get the word out about their future events, Michael Royster of AmSoc Rio shares that up next is, “Happy Hour on Thursday, October 8th at LaCalaca, Leblon’s one truly Mexican restaurant. […] In between, starting Friday September 25th, AmSoc has been invited to have guided tours of the official 2016 Olympic Games headquarters, where you (we) can learn how things actually work. The visits will begin at 2pm, and headquarters are located right at the easy to reach Estácio metrô station.”

Anna Whyte goes on to share that it is also, “That time of year when AmSoc Rio is gearing up for the feast that we all wait all year to savor – Thanksgiving! Come join us for the best roast turkey in town with all your favorite trimmings: stuffing, gravy, garlic mash potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, green beens, creamy pearl onions, waldorf salad, pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie […] To find out more about Thanksgiving plans and upcoming AmSoc Rio events visit the website at:

Happy Hour with The American Society at the Gringo Cafe
Thursday, September 10th, 7-9PM

Rua Barao Da Torre 240
Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: 21-3813-3972


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