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.
TropiCals @ BCo. (Santo Cristo) — You can be part of one of the biggest parties in the city celebrating their first anniversary tonight.
For this third edition of TropiCals, you’ll be treated to a super line-up of DJs at a party that prides itself on being one of the most colorful and inclusive around. Hear the likes of TropiCals (Set Especial de Aniversário), Carrot Green (Climão), and Nepal and Eppinghaus (Bailique/OCerco), rock the dancefloor all through the night until dawn.
The party starts at 10 PM and tickets are available from R$0-R$30.
TropiCals – R. Gen. Luís Mendes de Morais, 210 – Santo Cristo
For more information, try the event page.
Festa Junina @ Arpoador (Ipanema) – Come to Arpoador for another Festa Junina, with plenty of forró, games, dances, typical food and drink and much, much more!
This evening you’ll be able to dance to the best Festa Junina tunes courtesy of DJ Barba Roots and Forró de Rabeca.
This free event begins at 5 PM.
Festa Junina – Parque Garota de Ipanema, Arpoador – Ipanema
For more information, check the event page.
Batekoo RJ @ Madureira Show (Madureira) This is the return of a super fun party at Madureira Show, one of the most exciting nightclubs in Rio’s ‘Zona Norte’ (North Zone).
Come dance without prejudice or fear to super DJs such as Tago Oli, Glau Tavares, BBD, Caio Rosa, and DJ Garota. There’ll be artisan burgers all night at 3 for R$10, including vegan options, and all trans people get upgraded to VIP for free.
This party starts at 11 PM and tickets are available from R$10 – R$25.
Batekoo RJ – Rua Clara Nunes 170 – Madureira
For more information, consult the event page.
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 de sol 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
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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