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.
Festa MUG @ Cordão da Bola Preta (Lapa) – More Carnival? Festa MUG don’t seem to have gotten the message that Carnival is over, or they did but they don’t care! This is another Carnival ‘ressaca’ (hangover) party, for those who still want to dance until glitter comes out of their pores.
The DJs for the night will be Dani Vieira and Marcelo Paes.
Tickets are between R$10-R$40 and the night gets going at 11PM.
Festa MUG – Rua da Relação, 3 – Lapa
For more information, try the event page.
Gerson King Combo & Supergroove @ Blue Note Rio (Lagoa) – He has already danced for James Brown in person, has already played in Wilson Simonal’s band and released plenty of seminal albums.
Friday, March 15, the King of Brazilian Soul returns to the city of Rio de Janeiro for an unprecedented show, where he revisits his entire career, playing a varied selecation from his stellar back-catalogue. Classics of the seventies such as ‘Mandamentos Black,’ ‘Good Bye’ and ‘Funk Brother Soul,’ will be interspersed with newer tunes such as ‘Soul da Paz’ and ‘Deixe sair o suor.’ Completing the repertoire will be some tributes to the masters Tim Maia and James Brown.
The performance should begin at 10:30PM and tickets are available from R$90.
Gerson King Combo & Supergroove – Av. Borges de Medeiros, 1424 – Lagoa
For more information, go to the event page.
Reunião Para Cometer Novos Erros @ Bar Bukowski (Botafogo) – ‘Life without mistakes would be a real drag…’ That is the message of this latest night from Bar Bukowski.
There will be free entrance until 8:30PM. Karaoke with a prize of R$500 for the best singer of the night and the possibility of winning a show produced by the people here in the bar at the end of the year. Plus a raffle for a romantic dinner and another for a tinder date! It would seem that there are plenty more mistakes to be made.
After 8:30PM tickets are R$35 and the doors open at 6:30PM.
Reunião Para Cometer Novos Erros – Rua Álvaro Ramos, 270 – Botafogo
For more information, head to 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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