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.
Matriz Open Bar @ Casa da Matriz (Botafogo) – This is the tenth edition of Matriz Open Bar and it is already one of their most popular nights, with an open bar of Heineken, Gin and Tonics, Caipirinhas and Caipivodkas, soft drinks and water available all night long. There’s even more, with a fifty litre barrel of Kurumã IPA chopp (draft) beer.
On dancefloor one, the authentic Matriz rock tracks will be spun by the hands of star DJ Beto Artista, famous for the classic ‘Poison’ nights with a rock set full of tunes. Then, from 2AM, DJ Iggor Arehnds comes with plenty of anthems for people to remember their teenage years by and lots of pop and rock to dance and beat your head to at the same time.
On dancefloor two, DJ Lali Moss will be playing plenty of pop. Moss has the company of DJ Luana Paiva, a creator of the Casa da Matriz who will bring that funky carioca balance. And photos will be taken by Gabriela Garcez.
Ticket prices are between R$40-R$80 and the night gets going at 11PM.
Matriz Open Bar – Rua Henrique de Novaes 107 – Botafogo
For more information, go to the event page.
The Maze: Jazz ao vivo (Catete) – The Maze is one of those places that is uniquely Rio. Set high up in the hillside favela community of Tavares Bastos, it is home to an art gallery, jazz club and B&B residence of British expatriate, Bob Nadkarni.
This Friday it will be hosting one of its famous jazz nights, it boasts that ‘for 6 consecutive years we have been listed by DOWNBEAT magazine as one of the 150 best Jazz venues in the world, together with names like Blue Note and Ronnie Scott’s.’
Things will get started at 10PM and the party lasts until 4AM. There will be transport up and down the hill all night with members of the Maze team guiding the way, authentic Indian snacks from Hoje Tem Curry, and it’s free entry for anyone whose birthday falls on that week. Otherwise, tickets are between R$40-50.
The Maze: Jazz ao vivo – Rua Tavares Bastos, 414/66 – Catete
For more information, visit the event page.
Carne Doce @ Circo Voador (Lapa) – Carne Doce will be launching their new album ‘Tônus’, on a night that also includes support from Baleia who will be presenting a new and daring work, plus there’ll be some psychedelia from the French quartet Why Mud.
Carne Doce is one of those bands that never disappoint. And with ‘Tônus’, their third album, they have hit their stride.
Baleia are always aiming for something unique, and now they are launching a record in the form of an open work, where the album will be recorded in a continuous process throughout 2018 and 2019.
And to complete that night, Circo Voador invited one of the most prominent bands of the European psychedelic scene, the French band, Why Mud. Echoes of Radiohead, Air, Tame Impala and The Brian Jonestown Massacre feature strongly. After playing the COMA festival in Brasilia, they are finishing off their first Brazil tour with a debut at Circo Voador.
Tickets are available for R$40-R$100 and the night will get going at 10PM.
Carne Doce – Avenida Mem de Sá – Lapa
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) 3592-92717544-5151
Entrance: FREE. Food and drink prices vary.
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