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

Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – European based DJ and producer Martin Dawson joins an all star cast of local Rio DJ talent at Fosfobox for the party Tasty. Tropical Beats team up with Bootleg to bring you a night of hard hitting beats at the best underground club in Rio.


Marcelo Nova & Arnaldo Brandao (Lapa)
Get ready for a double dose of rock ‘n roll as two masters of rock take the stage at Circo Voador. Marcelo Novo led one of the most controversial bands of the ’80s, Camisa de Vênus. Novo reigned king as he collaborated with Raul Seixas and had a successful run as a solo artist. He will be joined by Arnaldo Brandao, considered one of the best bassists of Brazil. Brandao has flourished with a successful career from his band Hanoi Hanoi and collaborations with Cazuza, not to mention his own solo endeavor. Tonights show will be based on his acclaimed CD “Amnésia Programada”.
Circo Voador – 10PM
Rua dos Arcos, 1 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2533-0354
Entrance: Check with venue

Festival Faro MPB (Lapa)
After two successful editions highlighting the new names of Brazilian muisc, the Festival MPB Faro launches again. The 2012 edition, the promises to promote the union of generations that has transformed the scene in recent years. To anchor this mix of rhythm and time will be host Arnaldo Antunes. With a 30 year musical career, Antunes maintains a close dialogue with the new names of the MPB.
Fundição Progresso – 11PM
Rua dos Arcos, 24 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2220-5070
Entrance: Check with venue


Beats 4 Freaks(Lapa)
After the closing of the epic club Dama de Ferro, Beats 4 Freaks has finally relocated to the next best thing in underground clubs, Catrin in Lapa. Consisting of resident tech house DJs Autran and Rogerio Pessoa, this weeks guests include Ricardo Estrela and Jamessen from Low Beats. Dark dirty underground is the theme of the night at this poppin location in the heart of Lapa.
Catrin – 11PM
Rua Men de Sa 63, Lapa – Tel:(21)2222-0328
Entrance: R$20 with guestlist, R$30 without

Tasty (Copacabana)
Local heavy hitters Tropical Beats and Bootleg Festa join forces to bring you some delectable treats in the form of funky beats. Tasty will highlight some of Rio’s top talent as they welcome UK born, Berlin based producer and DJ Martin Dawson. His 20 something career has produced hits on labels like Crosstown Rebels and Kompakt. Joining him for the night is local sensation Kriptus Gomes, Bed & Breakfast (Marcio Careca & Joao Paulo) and Flow and Zeo.
Fosfobox – 11:30PM
Rua Siqueira Campos, 143 – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498
Entrance: R$30 with guest list, R$50 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

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


Teresa Cristina e Grupo Semente (Lapa)
Self-styled artist enchanted by the intimate expression and richness of repertoire and innovating music. Noel Rosa to Chico Buarque, the Gonzaguinha, Ismael Silva Paulinho da Viola. Samba since its inception.
Carioca da Gema – 11:30PM
Av. Mem de Sá, 79 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Entrance: R$30

Arruda (Lapa)
The Arruda Cultural Preservation Movement Samba de Raiz was born in 2005, after five childhood friends, residents of Vila Isabel samba circles decided to make a move to the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Centro Cultural Carioca – 11:30PM
Rua do Teatro, 37 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2252-6468
Entrance: R$15


Guacamole (Ipanema)
Rio de Janeiro welcomes Guacamole with open arms. This festive mexican restaurant represents Mexico with a beautiful decor and a mariachi band who sings table-side, along with an array of tequila and drink specials. Enjoy truly excellent mexican cuisine at its finest at one of the best mexican restaurants in Rio.
Guacamole – 6:00PM
Rua Jardim Botânico , 129, Jardim Botanico – Tel: (47) 3366-0311
Entrance: Free

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

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