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Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick: The Gringo Café in Ipanema will host its increasingly popular Gringo Group Therapy night, co-sponsored this month by The American Society of Rio de Janeiro (AmSoc Rio) Happy Hour. The event’s theme will focus primarily on visas and setting up small businesses in Brazil, and of course two-for-one drinks!


NichtFein + Quero Causar (Botafogo)
As they say in the press release, one DJ is good, two is better, but eight is “FODA PRA CARALHO” (totally fucking crazy). From heavy bass to electronic grooves, the idea is to make you cause a scene before the night’s out.
Casa da Matriz – 11PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Entrance: R$20-30

Becape (Gávea)
DJ Saddam is the Friday resident, serving up a main course of hip-hop, garnished with house, soul, and funk.
00 (Zero Zero) – 10:30PM
Avenida Padre Leonel Franca 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041

Rio’s Best Open Bar (Copacabana)
Open bar from 10:3PM to 4AM with a wide variety of beer and mixed drinks. DJ Fernando Gomes plays hip-hop, house, electro, and funk.
Guimo’s Pub – 10PM
Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, 1077, Copacabana – (21) 9251-2742
Entrance: R$70 men, R$50 women


Sarau Criar (Botafogo)
Everything you know about open mics (saraus) is wrong. Imagine an open mics with talented musicians and poets presenting original material at a new restaurant bar with tasty pizzas.
Alma Carioca – 9PM
Praia de Botafogo, 470 – Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2266-3245
Entrance: R$10

Touch of Art (Lapa)
Touch of Art, a well known samba group, continues the tradition of samba sounds at this local joint in Lapa taking up 3 floors of great music.
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 at Palco Musa with the band Ramirez celebrating their second album.
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


Gringo Group Therapy and AmSoc Rio Happy Hour (Ipanema)
This monthly event is being co-promoted with some guest speaking on visas and small business, and two-for-one drinks from 7-9PM!
Gringo Café – 7-9PM
Rua Barao Da Torre 240, Ipanema – Tel: 21-3813-3972
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

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

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