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.
PedeTeresa (Lapa) – One of the most fun “rodas de samba” in Centro, PedeTeresa is back to Praça Tiradentes tonight.
This free event happens from 6 PM to 1 PM, with great samba music filling the entire Tiradentes Square.
PedeTeresa – Praça Tiradentes, Centro
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Watergate Berlin in Rio (Centro) – The Watergate, one of the coolest clubs in Berlin, brought their DJs all the way from Germany to spin in Casa França-Brasil tonight.
There will be nothing less than nine DJs spinning all night long. There will also be visual art exhibitions at the event.
Casa França-Brasil – Rua Visconde de Itaboraí, 78, Centro
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Forró de Bamba (Lapa) – It’s time for some live forró music at Clube dos Democráticos, in Lapa.
Group Estopim will make everyone dance until the late hours with traditional forró. DJ Barba Roots will spin Brazilian music during the intervals.
Clube dos Democráticos – Rua do Riachuelo, 91 – Lapa
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LOUNGES, BARS & PUBS:
This eccentric boteco does everything right. With great Brazilian bar food, excellent beer, and a loyal crowd, Bartman also sets itself apart from the competition with its mad decor of kitschy comic book regalia. Try the carne seca with fried aipim for a real hearty treat.
Bartman – 9 AM
Rua Buarque de Macedo, 83 – Flamengo – Tel.: (21) 2558-6913
Casa da Cachaça (Lapa)
This cultural heritage site of Rio de Janeiro was the first cachaçaria to open in the city, back in 1960. And by the looks of things, they’ve been busy ever since, with over 200 cachaças piled up the walls and hanging from the ceiling. The regular caipirinhas here are a great value and pack a punch. For an interesting twist, try a flavored shot, such as the açaí-infused cachaça.
Casa da Cachaça – 4 PM
Av. Mem de Sá, 110A – Lapa – Tel.: (21) 2531-7219
Winehouse is a wine bar run by a British expat who 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 5 PM and finishes at 8 PM.
Winehouse – 5 PM
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 – 11 AM
Rua Voluntários da Pátria, 31 – Botafogo – Tel.: (21) 3593-3326
Pavão Azul (Copacabana)
Pavão Azul is a lively bar in Copacabana, famous for its icy 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 – Tel.: (21) 2236-2381
Canastra Bar (Ipanema)
The Canastra Wine Bar in Ipanema offers a great selection of wines and cheeses and has quickly become known for its pleasant atmosphere and friendly service.
Canastra – 6:30 PM
Rua Jangadeiros, 42, Loja B – Ipanema – Tel.: (21) 99656-1960
Entrance: See venue for details.
Imaculada Bar e Galeria (Saúde)
A charming old-world bar that hosts music and art exhibitions while serving excellent food and drinks. Located near both Pedra do Sal and Praça Mauá, they offer a hearty feijoada on Fridays and Saturdays, plus live music on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, including karaoke, samba, and jazz.
Imaculada Bar e Galeria – 11:30 AM
Ladeira do João Homem, 7 – Saúde – Tel.: (21) 2283-2747
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