The Rio Times, Nightlife Guide, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nightlife, Bars, Clubs, Parties

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.

Baile da U.G. @ Comuna (Botafogo) – UjimaGang are a collective of young creative minds who met in Niterói. A year ago they started to independently produce parties, musical research, and visual arts, including photos, videos and music clips.

This Friday, they will be taking over the stylish Comuna space in Rio’s trendy Botafogo. They describe themselves as “Young blacks, the new generation, a revolution made in practice, creating a space of appreciation of contemporary black culture and aesthetics”. The master of ceremonies for the evening will be JOCA, with DJ sets from Mabru, Daviu, Ciana, Drei and Jacquelone, plus a ‘pocket show’ from UjimaGang.

This evening is free entry and begins at 7PM.

Baile da U.G. – Rua Sorocaba 585 – Botafogo

For more information, check out the event page.

Forró de Bamba @ Clube dos Democráticos (Lapa) – Forró de Bamba receives the quintet Estopim, one of the great representatives of the traditional up-tempo genre of Brazilian music, forró. There will also be music from DJ Marcio in the intervals to keep the crowd on their feet.

Created in 2012, Forró de Bamba has since received the best forró shows in Brazil and always happens on Fridays at Clube dos Democráticos, considered by many to be the best dance floor in Rio!

Tickets are between R$15-R$25 and the evening usually gets going around 10PM.

Forró de Bamba – Rua do Riachuelo, 91 – Lapa

For more information, head to the event page.

Sexta Tropical @ Bar do Nanam (Centro) – This is a Tropical Friday filled with plenty of music from the Latinsphere and Caribbean, including carimbó, cumbia, salsa and reggaeton. The line-up for the evening will include DJ Incidental and DJ HanDom.

These DJ sets will include some live instruments and vocals mixed in to the beats, with loops and live sampling and much more! This event is free but participants are encouraged to purchase their drinks from the host, Bar do Nanam, and also to contribute to the musician’s hat that will be passed around from time to time. The evening should get started at around 11PM.

Sexta Tropical – Beco das Artes – Centro

For more information, head to the event page.

The Rio Times, Nightlife Guide, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nightlife, Bars, Clubs, Parties


Winehouse (Botafogo)
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
Entrance: FREE

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
Entrance: FREE

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
Entrance: FREE

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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