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Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – As a warm-up for Carnival, Lapa 40 Graus is bringing the drums of the samba school Grande Rio to its establishment so everyone can practice their samba dancing. It will be a lively and loud evening of Brazilian rhythms.


Lobão e Zé da Gaita (Lapa)
Circo Voador welcome back Lobão e Zé da Gaita as the first show in a series of memorable tribute shows, paying homage to electric rock shows that have passed through the legendary venue, in honor of the international day of rock.
Circo Voador – 10PM
Rua dos Arcos, 1 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2533-0354
Entrance: Check with venue

Meu Black é Assim (Lapa)
The soul of black music will fill the rafters of Fundicao Progresson, from the best in hip hop to samba, with guest San Sebastian Michel Viaduct, Corello, Flavia Xexeu, Paula Mitchell, Eletrobase, Lara Alves and Melanin Carioca.
Fundição Progresso – 11PM
Rua dos Arcos, 24 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2220-5070
Entrance: Check with venue


Arcade ON Fire!
Because of the holiday season there will be THREE arcades to play with in this party. Play Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Space Invaders and others. You can also win free drinks when you find figurines throughout the party!
Casa da Matriz
– 8PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Entrance: R$20 with guest list, R$30 without

Bootie Rio (Copacabana)
Bootie Rio is back at Fosfobox, Rio’s number one party for mashups and pop hits. Special guest DJ Jak and residents throw down at this always popular party. This party will feature classic rock mashups mixed with your favorite current hits.
Fosfobox – 11;30PM
Rua Siqueira Campos, 143 – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498
Entrance: R$30 with guest list, R$40 without

Nuth (Barra da Tijuca)
The biggest thing to hit the streets of Barra & Lagoa. Two locations with the same game plan to make sure the night never ends for those who attend. A mixture of house, hip hop, and pop, this nightclub is sure to light up the night.
Nuth – 11PM
Av. Armando Lombardi 999, Barra de Tijuca – Tel: (21) 3153-8595/2495-6008
Entrance: Check with venue

Ultra Love Lasers (Centro)
Celebrate the end of the year that the world did NOT end!
Espaço Acústica – 11PM
Praça Tiradentes, nº 02 e 04 – Centro – Tel: (21) 2222-7525
Entrance: R$20 with costumes or guest list, R$30 without

The Rio Times Nightlife Guide, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nightlife, Bars, Club


Moyseis Marques (Lapa)
Singer and songwriter Moyseis Marques returns to Carioca da Gema to perform his special brand of samba with hits like “Pretinha Jóia Rara”, which was featured on the soap opera “Caminho das Índias”, from Rede Globo.
Carioca da Gema – 11:30PM
Av. Mem de Sá, 79 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Entrance: R$30

Noite do Rock Brasil (Lapa)
Celebrate a the national day of rock ‘n roll at Rio Rock & Blues, as they pay tribute to the best Brazilian rock stars from past to present.
Rio Rock & Blues – 11PM
Rua do Riachuelo, 20 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 3684-1091
Entrance: R$35

Pré-Carnaval com bateria da Grande Rio (Lapa)
Practice your best and worse samba moves with the Grande Rio Samba School! One of the best and most famous in Rio, this will be a loud, lively and fun evening.
Lapa 40 Graus – 9PM
Rua Riachuelo 97 – Lapa – Tel: 3970-1338
Entrance: R$30


Shenanigan’s Live Music (Ipanema)
Shenanigan’s is always a good choice, with live music, all the sports games and all sorts of pub games such as darts and the only pool table in Ipanema.
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub – 7PM
Rua Visconde de Pirajá 122A (Upstairs), Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2267-5860
Entrance: R$25 after 8PM

Mud Bug (Copacabana)
With two locations in Copacabana, Mud Bug providing a great selection of beers and a menu as well. There isn’t much missing from this American style staple. Also expect to hear live jazz, blues, MPB and rock from time to time.
Mud Bug
Rua Rudolpho Dantas 16, Copacabana – Tel:(21) 2543-5052
Entrance: Free

Restaurante Mab’s (Copacabana)
The new American owned beachfront restaurant and bar in Rio de Janeiro, a great place for food or just drinks if that is your style. It attracts a mixture of locals and expats.
Restaurante Mab’s – 5PM
Avenida Atlantica, 1140, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299
Entrance: Free

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
Entrance: Free

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