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.
Bailarico @ Centro Cultural Carioca (Centro) – This is the pre-Carnival warm-up for Baile de Carnaval da URSAL (one of the biggest memes from the Presidential election). It is self-described as an antifascist bloco that promotes love and transformation.
The line-up includes: DJ Tata Ogan (Vitrolinha), DJ Eppinghaus (Acarajazz), Bloco 442 (Carnaval), and DJ Tales Mulatu (Seduzende). There will also be an open bar of Cerveja Praya from 11PM to midnight. Plus plenty of Bær Mate and Amazzoni Gin.
Tickets are between R$20 – R$30 and the night starts at 11PM.
Bailarico – Rua do Teatro 37 – Centro
For more information, go to the event page.
Cachalote @ Bar do Nanam (Centro) – A free night of live jazz at one of Rio’s hottest nightspots. Cachalote are a quartet that combine jazz-hop, Brazilian jazz, trip-hop, jazz noir and nu jazz to create an evocative and atmospheric sound of the streets of the Cidade Maravilhosa both past and future.
There will also be DJ sets from Léo Gonzaga and Gordon Daniels.
This free event should begin at 11:30PM.
Cachalote – Beco das Artes – Centro
For more information, check out the event page.
O Carnaval Nunca Acaba @ Rua da Gamboa, 345 (Gamboa) – This Friday there will be a pre-Carnival party featuring three blocos in Gamboa. New Kids On The Bloco; Bloco Vem cá, minha Flor; Orquestra Popular Céu na Terra; and Arlequeens (DJ Bruna Strait – DJ Glitterada – Juliana Schultz) will all be partying until the early hours on the streets of Rio.
There will be an open bar featuring Smirnoff, gin and tonic, Amstel and much more. Plus plenty of glitter to go around.
Tickets are available from R$60 and the party should get started at around 10PM.
O Carnaval Nunca Acaba – Rua da Gamboa, 345 – Gamboa
For more information, try the event page.
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) 3592-9271/7544-5151
Entrance: FREE. Food and drink prices vary.
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