We have the top three picks for this Monday, and below there is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option.
Bagunço convida Dom Pescoço @ Banca do André (Centro) – This party in the streets of Rio’s city center will feature the sounds of Dom Pescoço, a band from São José dos Campos, in the interior of São Paulo. They have played the Metropolis program on TV Cultura, the highly publicized SP International Music Week, plus many festivals, and even in the celebration of the Olympic torch for Rio 2016.
They are invited by Bagunço, who since 2013 have developed their multipurpose festive jazz show on the streets and in Brazilian concert halls. In 2016 they released their first album “Chaos, Cosmos and Damião” and realized a first tour in France. In 2017, they made an even bigger second European tour, including festivals like Afrobanana in Cyprus, Bascherdeis in Italy and the Festival of Monastier in France.
Banca do André is a unique newspaper and convenience stand located in Cinelândia, between the National Library and the Federal Justice Cultural Center. This is an event calling for unity and togetherness in these divisive times.
The music should start at 6PM and this event is free.
Bagunço convida Dom Pescoço – Rua Pedro Lessa 1, esq. c/ Av. Rio Branco – Centro
For more information, go to the event page.
Halloween Boat Party @ Rio Boat Club (Glória) – This coming Monday is the day of the traditional Rio Boat Club special edition Halloween boat party.
Everyone must climb aboard the boat of terror, where there will be a prize of free tequila shots for the best costume of the evening. There will also be plenty of music, dancing, fun and, of course, trick or treat!
Tickets are R$80 and the night starts at 11PM.
Halloween Boat Party – Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, s/n – Glória
For more information, head to the event page.
Caravana Cigana do Blues @ Smoke Lounge (Tijuca) – This is an exciting new project starting in Tijuca’s famous Smoke House. Caravana Cigana do Blues was formed through an encounter between musicians in three bands from the carioca blues scene: Laranjeletric, Sonja and Big Phat Mama.
Made up of Marcus Kenyatta (guitarist), Marco Lacerda (singer and guitarist), Sonja (singer), David Taveira (harmonica) and Eduardo Souto Maior (drums), the group’s formation can vary from three to seven members, depending on the song. Their repertoire covers the classics of Robert Johnson, Son House, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, and Muddy Waters, among others.
In 2018, the Caravana launched its first EP and has since been invited to participate in the selection for TV Globo’s “Superstar” program. They also participated in the line up of festivals such as Rio Rock Blues Festival (2017), Barra Blues Festival (2017), Aldeia Rock Festival (2018) and also the internationally renowned Rio das Ostras Jazz & Blues Festival (2018).
The music starts at around 8PM and there is an suggested artistic cover of R$10.
Caravana Cigana do Blues – Rua Ibituruna, 8 – Tijuca
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 who aren’t too keen on wine, there is plenty of beer and cocktail options too. Happy hour begins at 6PM and finishes at 8PM.
Winehouse – 6PM
Rua Paulo Barreto, 25 – Botafogo – Tel: (21) 3264-4101
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 – 1AM
Rua Hilário de Gouvêia, 71 – Copacabana – (21) 2236-2381
Blue Agave Copa (Copacabana)
As well as great drinks and authentic Mexican food, the Blue Agave bar in Copacabana is one of the best places to watch live sports. Make sure to check out the original Blue Agave located in Ipanema also.
Blue Agave – 6PM
Rua Aires Saldanha 21C – Copacabana– Tel: (21) 3592-9271
With classic pub games like darts and pool, Ipanema’s Shenanigan’s is always a great spot to visit. Monday to Friday, Happy Hour is from 6PM to 8PM and Mondays are half-price steak nights starting at 8PM.
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub – 7PM
Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 122A (Upstairs) – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2267-5860
Entrance: See venue for details.
Located in a charming house at Maria Quitéria Street, its sophisticated drinks and dishes are undoubtedly worth a try. You will also enjoy Nosso if you are a rum lover: their rum drinks, with labels from Cuba and Jamaica, are the house specialties.
Nosso – 7PM
Rua Maria Quitéria, 91 – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 99619-0099
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