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Friday’s Rio Nightlife PickJam da Silva hails from the birthplace of Manguebeat, the Northeastern capital of Recife. Having absorbed that potent blend of traditional music with modern sensibilities, he has been playing since age eleven, and, other than four years at the Federal University of Pernambuco, has picked up most of his inspiration from the cobblestone streets of historic Recife, where he is never without an audio recorder. A studious, infectious musician who’s Rio appearance is not to be missed at Studio RJ.


EU (Botafogo)
It’s all about what EU wants to hear with a mix of “musicão,” aka the hottest in rock, pop, hip-hop, and dance.
Casa da Matriz – 11PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Entrance: R$18-25

Recalcada (Botafogo)
Funk carioca for the hipster crowd, plus hip-hop/pop/global ghettotech (think Diplo and friends).
Pista 3 – 11PM
Rua São João Batista 14, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691
Entrance: R$18-25

Wobble (Copacabana)
Serious doses of dubstep, drum and bass, and fidget house with DJs Fat is My Bassline and Smirk=Revenge. Special guests Nedu Lopes from São Paulo and Gabriel Ben Menezes, son of Jorge Ben Jor!
Fosfobox – 11PM
Rua Siqueira Campos 143/22A, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498
Entrance: R$30 on Lista amiga until 1AM, R$35 on list after 1AM, R$40 otherwise

Jam da Silva (Arpoador)
The Recife-based producer puts on an engaging live show from his album Dia Santo.
Studio RJ – 11PM
Av. Vieira Souto, 110, Arpoador – Tel: (21) 2523-1204
Entrance: R$30 (students and lista amiga), R$50 otherwise


Wilson Meireles Trio (Lapa)
The drummer, who has played with Gilberto Gil, Nana Caymmi, and Alceu Valenca, will be performing the best of samba and jazz at Gabinete.
Gabinete – 6:30PM
Rua do Senado, 53 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2224-0822

Sereno da Madrugada (Lapa)
The group performs renowned artists such as Paulinho da Viola, Nelson Cavaquinho, Jackson do Pandeiro and Dorival Caymmi, and makes a stroll through the world of samba, still covering all types of Brazilian beats.
Rio Scenarium – 10PM
Rua do Lavradio, 20 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9005
Entrance: R$15 (full price), R$10 (lista amiga until 12AM)

Pagode da Arruda (Centro)
Pagoda da Arruda, a part of the cultural movement for the preservation of samba, was born in 2005, after five childhood friends, residents of Vila Isabel, decided to take the city by storm.
Centro Cultural Carioca – 8PM
Rua do Teatro, 37, Centro – Tel: (21) 2252-6468
Entrance: R$20

Palco Musa (Botafogo)
Don’t envision Saloon 79 as anything else other than Rio’s grungiest dive bar. That said, you will still have a ball listening to Brazilians play indie rock.
Saloon 79 – 10PM
Rua Pinheiro Guimarães, 79, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 3239-0735
Entrance: R$15 (full price), R$10 (lista amiga until 12AM)

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


Live Music @ Balcony (Copacabana)
Great lunch specials, live music starting at 5:30PM and nightly drink specials and twenty percent off entrée plates for lunch and dinner until 7PM this month.
Balcony Bar
Avenida Atlantica, 1424, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2541 8381
Entrance: Free

Boteco Salvação (Botafogo)
Traditional boteco style with some extra finishing touches. A cozy atmosphere with nice TVs and pool tables upstairs.
Boteco Salvação – 8PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes, 55, Botafogo – (21) 2226-9691 / 2539-0216
Entrance: Free

Mas Será o Benedito (Lapa)
Immense bar inside a beautifully decorated old mansion with two floors and even some pool tables. On the weekends expect a raucous crowd hungry for samba and pagode.
Mas Será o Benedito – 11PM
Av. Gomes Freire, 599, Lapa – (21) 2232-9000
Entrance: Check for nightly prices

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