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

Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Highlights from Friday night at Rock in Rio include most of the Palco Sunset — Buraka Som Sistema, Céu, and Monobloco — as well as late night DJ action with Gui Borrato, Guy Gerber, and Luciano. An added bonus for early arrivals is Marcelo D2 on the World Stage at 7PM.


Rock in Rio (Barra de Tijuca)
The mega-concert event host Shakira, Lenny Kravitz, and Ivete Sangalo on the main Palco Mundo (World Stage), with countless others around the City of Rock.
Parque Olímpico Cidade do Rock – 2PM
Entrance: R$190 (sold out)


Gororoba! (Santa Teresa)
The Friday night shenanigans at a big ol’ house in Santa return, with DJs, film screenings, live poetry, art exhibits, and everyone’s favorite: free vegetarian yakisoba at 4AM.
Casa do Barão – 11PM
Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno 73, Santa Teresa
Entrance: R$15-20

Histeria + Shufflin’ (Botafogo)
Two classics of the Zona Sul indie/electro rock party scene get together for a two-floor battle at Casa de Matriz.
Casa da Matriz – 11PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Entrance: R$20-30

Popcorn (Botafogo)
The Popcorn party takes over tonight at Pista 3.
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

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


Sacrilégio (Lapa)
For a large open cafe and a dance floor with the best samba in Lapa, Sacrilégio is known for its live samba performances.
Café Cultural Sacrilégio – 9PM
Av. Mem Sá, 81 – Centro – Tel: (21) 3970-1461
Entrance: R$30

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


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 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

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