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Rio News, Brazil NewsFriday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Satirizing Brazil’s current political context, Bar Bukowski will host the O Brazil Me Obriga a Beber (Brazil obliges me to drink) party from 6:30 PM.

To get the night started, Bukowski’s “drunk hour” offers double doses of caipivodka and great beer labels, like Red Stripe, Estrela Barcelona, Erdinger Sommerweiss and Karlsbrau.

As usual, the traditional garage karaoke with live band starts at 8PM, and the best singer wins a R$200 prize to be spent at the bar.


AcaraJazz (Centro)
The AcaraJazz band presents in Rio’s Port Zone, mixing jazz to the best hits from Tropicália, a Brazilian musical movement from the 1970s, including compositions by Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and the Mutantes band.
Largo São Francisco da Prainha – 6PM
Largo São Francisco da Prainha, Saúde – Centro
Entrance: FREE

The Maze (Catete)
The trendiest live jazz in Rio returns to The Maze, hostel run by British expat Bob Nadkarni, on the top of favela community Tavares Bastos. Latin rhythms, funk, soul and jazzare guaranteed in the set list.
The Maze – 10PM
Rua Tavares Bastos, 414;66 – Catete – Tel: (21) 2558-5547
Entrance: R$40 – R$50


FunkPalooza (Lapa)
In the best Lolapalooza You-Only-Live-Once style, the party promises to make the dance floor burn with the hottest hits of funk, hop hop and pop. DJs Dj Thjago Cortez and Carol Stambowsk will be in charge of the music.
Antonieta – 11PM
Avenida Mem de Sá, 104 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2252-8798
Entrance: R$10 – R$30

O Brasil Me Obriga a Beber (Botafogo)
Satirizing Brazil’s political context, Bar Bukowski will host the O Brasil Me Obriga a Beber (Brazil obliges me to drink) party from 9PM. Besides the happy hour, that starts at 6PM with double doses of capivoska and beer labels like Red Stripe, Estrela Barcelona, Erdinger Sommerweiss and Karlsbrau, the party includes the traditional garage karaoke, where you can sing followed by a live band.
Bar Bukowski – 9PM
Rua Álvaro Ramos, 270 – Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2244-7303
Entrance: R$43 – R$55. Free for public school teachers

PalaGreen (Gávea)
Tonight, Palaphita will host the second edition of the PalaGreen party, with DJ DJ Jonny Green spinning the latest from house, hip-hop, reggaeton and funk music.
Palaphita Gávea – 6PM
Av. Bartolomeu Mitre, 1314 – Gávea – Tel: (21) 99982-9195
Entrance: FREE

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Vai dar Samba (Centro)
Tonight, the Vai Dar Samba group presents a repertoire with great samba classics, while DJ Gabriel Set runs the dance floor in the intervals. Soups and snacks can be found at the bar’s kitchen.
Instituto Black Bom – 6PM
Rua do Senado, 338 – Centro
Entrance: conscient contribution

Baile do Rogê (Lapa)
Singer Rogê will star tonight at Carioca da Gema, presenting both his own compositions and renditions of MPB artists like Seu Jorge, Jorge Ben, Djavan, among others.
Carioca da Gema – 11PM
Av. Mem de Sá, 79 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Entrance: R$30

Lapa Loca (Lapa)
It’s time again for Lapafest at Leviano bar tonight. Singer Mar César will start off the night on the first floor performing a roda de samba with well-known samba classics. DJs Aílton Area and Ricardinho will be spinning the best of samba, funk, hip hop and electronic. The band Johnny’s will also be there performing the best tracks from the international rock scene.
Leviano – 7PM
Av. Mem de Sá, 47 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2507-5779
Entrance: R$20 – R$40 (cash only)


Winehouse (Botafogo)
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
Entrance: FREE

Mud Bug (Copacabana)
Mud Bug in Copacabana provides a great selection of food and drinks, including more than thirty types of international and national beers
Mud Bug – 5PM until 3AM
Rua Rudolpho Dantas 16 – Copacabana – Tel:(21) 2543-5052
Entrance: See venue for details

Mais que Nada (Copacabana)
Cuban bar Mais que Nada offers a lively and friendly night, drawing in a younger crowd just as much during the week as on the weekend. Tonight, they host their weekly pop and rock party with live bands and a great atmopshere.
Mais que Nada – 9PM
Rua Xavier da Silveira, 34 – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2267-0599
Entrance: FREE for women. See site for details.

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
Entrance: FREE

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 (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 the mostly English-speaking 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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