We have the top three picks for this Friday, and below there is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option.
Rockbash #3 @ Casa da Matriz (Botafogo) – This Friday is the third edition of Rockbash, ready for another rock ‘n roll night!
With rock of all kinds, going through all the decades, to dance to, to sing to, and to keep you on the dancefloor until the early hours.
On floor one will be songs for those that like to party. Classics, grunge, eighties, nineties and indie rock.
DJing will be Grazzia (Rockaway e Festa Sex Tape), Arlei Machado (Clube dos 30), Rataus (Divergências), Beto Artista (Crush) and Luana Paiva (MOB).
On floor two is Karaoke indie, where you can sing over 8,000 classic rock tunes, from the Strokes to Lana Del Rey to Pearl Jam and the Rolling Stones.
Whoever arrives between 11PM-12PM can take advantage of a double serving of Czech premium lager.
Tickets are between R$10-R$40 and the night gets going at 11PM.
Caipi Sexta @ Caminhos Language Centre (Ipanema) – Once a month, Caminhos language centre sets up shop on the street and throws a hugely popular street party outside its building.
This is a place where students past and present, teachers, friends and many other expats all congregate to drink Caipirinhas and start the weekend with a bang.
All caipirinhas are only $5 reais with students getting their first drink for free.
Except to meet plenty of friendly and interesting people speaking both English, Portuguese and many other languages. The party starts at 5PM but then usually moves to the popular Ipanema bar, Canastra, and then sometimes even onto legendary jazz club, the Maze.
This is a cheap, cheerful and sociable way to start the weekend.
Maneva & Onze 20 @ Fundição Progresso (Lapa) – The ‘Encontro Das Tribos’ (Tribal Encounter) is here to get Lapa moving, featuring the bands Maneva, Onze 20 and Gabriel Elias for a huge night of reggae.
Running for more than twelve years, the ‘Encontro Das Tribos’ (Tribal Encounter) is a daily radio program and also the largest young music festival in Brazil, bringing together the greatest artists and bands of the national scene in a single event.
Maneva are a reggae band from São Paulo with a huge following, while Onze 20, another reggae band, have millions of fans on social networks (about 3 million) and almost 300 million views on youtube alone. They will be launching their new album ‘Historias pra contar’ (Stories to tell). Gabriel Elias, who plays acoustic reggae, will be opening the show and should set the tone nicely with his brand of introspective rhythms.
The evening starts at 10PM and tickets are available from R$50.
LOUNGES, BARS & PUBS:
Winehouse is a wine bar run by a British expat that has brought an eclectic range of wines to Rio including a mix of fabulous national wines and international favorites. There is also a great selection of nibbles and cheese boards. For those that aren’t too keen on wine, there is plenty of beer and cocktail options too. Happy hour begins at 5PM and finishes at 8PM.
Winehouse – 5PM
Rua Paulo Barreto, 25 – Botafogo – Tel: (21) 3264-4101
Void/ House of Food (Botafogo)
Blending culinary, drinks and fashion, the bar/store invites a different chef to prepare a new menu every week. Besides great imported beer labels, it usually serves delicious veggie food and homemade burgers.
Void Botafogo – 11AM
Rua Voluntários da Pátria, 31 – Botafogo – Tel: (21) 3593=3326
Pavão Azul (Copacabana)
Pavão Azul is a lively bar in Copacabana, famous for its exceptionally cold beers and prawn pastels. It gets crowded there every night, making every day of the week seem like the weekend.
Pavão Azul – 6:30 PM
Rua Hilário de Gouvêia, 71 – Copacabana – (21) 2236-2381
Canastra Bar (Ipanema)
The Canastra Wine Bar in Ipanema offers a great selection of wines and cheeses and is quickly becoming known for its nice atmosphere and friendly service.
Canastra – 6:30 PM
Rua Jangadeiros, 42, Loja B – Ipanema – (21) 99656-1960
Entrance: See venue for details.
Blue Agave (Ipanema)
Blue Agave Ipanema is always a great place for Mexican food, drinks and for watching live sport streams and broadcasts. Just around the corner from Posto 9, the bar is also known for its mostly English-speaking staff and crowd which frequents the establishment. Be sure to check out Blue Agave in Copacabana also for a great night out.
Blue Agave Ipanema – 1PM
Rua Vinicus de Moraes, 68 – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 3592-92717544-5151
Entrance: FREE. Food and drink prices vary.
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