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.
Meu Baile é Neon @ Espaço Acústica (Centro) – Do you want to party in neon all through this holiday night? Then this is the event for you! Meu Baile é Neon are taking over the fantastic Espaço Acústica in Rio’s historic city center. This is going to be a huge party which includes a neon makeup stand, lots of fluorescent gifts distributed on the floor, a dark room on the mezzanine, plus a professional photographer to capture all the craziness, and much more!
The two dance floors will each be playing their own styles, so on dancefloor one you can expect to hear pop, classic pop, funk, plus plenty more hits. On the second dancefloor there will be some disney tunes (think Hannah Montana and Glee!) plus plenty of nostalgia and k-pop.
Tickets are between R$10 – R$20 and the event kicks off at 11:30 PM.
Jazz da Glória @ Maya Café (Glória) – Every Friday it’s time for Jazz da Glória! Outdoors at Maya Café in Glória and amid the stunning architecture, Jazz da Glória takes place from 6PM-10PM on Ladeira da Glória 26, in the charming Villa Aymoré.
The event will kick off with a carefully selected jazz playlist for all listeners. Then the first set with the Allbrazz Quartet will be presenting re-readings of universal classics. In the second set an authentic jam session will take place with the musicians present. Every night is unique!
This event, which starts at 6PM, is free, but they depend on the patronage of the Maya Café and the contribution to the musician’s box to make the event viable. This event is baby friendly, pet friendly, and bike friendly!
Caipi Sexta @ Caminhos Language Centre (Ipanema) – Once a month, Caminhos language centre sets up shop on the street and throws a hugely popular street party outside its building.
This is a place where students past and present, teachers, friends and many other expats all congregate to drink Caipirinhas and start the weekend with a bang.
All caipirinhas are only R$5 with students getting their first drink for free.
Except to meet plenty of friendly and interesting people speaking both English, Portuguese and many other languages. The party starts at 5PM but then usually moves to the popular Ipanema bar, Canastra, and then sometimes even onto legendary jazz club, the Maze.
This is a cheap, cheerful and sociable way to start the weekend.
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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