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

Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Rock in Rio is finally here, and the opening night includes headliners Elton John and Rihanna. If you don’t have tickets, rumor has it scalpers will be at the gates, but expect to pay a premium.


Rock in Rio (Barra de Tijuca)
The mega-concert event host Claudia Leitte, Katy Perry, Elton John and Rihanna on the main Palco Mundo (World Stage) , which countless others around the City of Rock.
Parque Olímpico Cidade do Rock – 2PM
Entrance: R$190 (sold out)


WTF (Botafogo)
Expect to hear anything and everything on this Friday night. WTF indeed.
Casa da Matriz – 11PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Entrance: Not available at press time

Panic (Botafogo)
Panic at the disco? Then take a panic shot while DJs Chocolatefuss (rock/indie) and Bout (Pop to the floor) keep the dance floor frenetic.
Pista 3 – 11PM
Rua São João Batista 14, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691
Entrance: With lista amiga R$15 before midnight and R$20 after / otherwise R$25

Baile da Alice (Laranjeiras)
DJs vs. orchestras continues with Orquetra Céu na Terra alongside DJ Gau and Rapte-me Camaleoa.
Casa Rosa – 6:30PM
Rua Alice, 550, Laranjeiras – Tel: (21) 3079-0550
Entrance: R$8 without dinner

Frenetik Crew (Copacabana)
It’s half-Carioca, half-elsewhere as local DJs André Araújo and Rodrigo Correa team up with Paula Chalup (SP), Philip Brausntein, (RS) and Snoop (SP) for a night of house and techno.
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


Bailes da Alice (Laranjeiras)
Sandálias Surf Band mixes surf rock and current pop while DJ Zédoroque holds down the dance floor with Brazilian music. As is customary, free water, beer, and soft drinks until 2AM.
Casa Rosa – 11PM
Rua Alice 550, Laranjeiras – Tel: (21) 2557-2562
Entrance: Men R$35 before 2AM, women R$25 before 2AM, all R$20 after 2AM

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

Pagode da Arruda (Centro)
Pagode 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


Live Music @ Balcony (Copacabana)
Great lunch specials, live music starting at 5:30PM and nightly drink specials and 20 percent off Entree plates for lunch and dinner until 7:00PM 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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