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Saturday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Rio’s Árvore de Natal (Christmas Tree) will be lit this evening at 8:30 PM accompanied by a spectacular fireworks show to mark the beginning of Christmas.

The inauguration was delayed after the tree was damaged but now it is repaired the event will be even more festive.

The tree floats Rio’s lagoa, which provides a beautiful backdrop. Carols play out over the water and the tree will light up  through all its various phases. This year it is themed around “Christmas Renewal” and the forthcoming Olympics.


Árvore de Natal (Christmas Tree)
Head to Rio’s Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas to see the city’s fifty-three meter floating tree light up and begin its laps of the lake. The best view is from the Ipanema end of Avenida Epitácio Pessoa or from the Parque de Patins in Jardim Botânico. Arrive early to ensure a good spot.
Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas – 8.30 PM
Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, Ipanema
Entrance: Free

As part of their farewell tour, world-music band FORFUN close their second night of shows in Rio at Fundição Progresso this evening.
Fundição Progresso – 10PM
Rua dos Arcos 24, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2220-5070
Entrance: R$80

Sertanejo na Lagoa (Lagoa)
The Miroir club in Lagoa hosts the weekly Sertanejo na Lagoa party with handsome duo Flávio & Ney performing live tonight with a special appearance from Jimmy Santos and music from Luciano Roffer during the intervals. Sparkling wine is free to ladies before 12:30 AM and beer offers run all night.
Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, 1484, Lagoa– Tel:(21) 97577-2525, Whatsapp: +55 21 97577-2525
Entrance: R$30 – R$70

Bem Brasil


Glamurama (Lagoa)
Cafe de la Musique tonight presents fifteen years of Glamurama at the Clube de Regatas do Flamengo. Celebrating the brands fashion, lifestyle and trends, it will be an unforgettable evening with breathtaking views of Christ the Redeemer, the Pedra da Gávea and Dois Irmãos.
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo – 6PM
Av. Borges de Medeiros, 997 – Lagoa
Entrance: R$80 – R$120

Overdose Glow + We Can’t Stop (Centro)
For this double hosted night, expect a duel between two royalties of pop music, Britney and Rihanna, while fans of High School Musical and Glee can unite for one night. And last but not least, the DJs will be spinning hits from the Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes, as well as shots of tequila, jelly shots and plenty of glowsticks.
Espaço Acústica – 11PM
Praça Tiradentes, nº 2, Centro – Tel: (21) 2232-1299
Entrance: R$20 – R$40

Babylon (Saúde)
Legendary Rio Club, The Week, presents Babylon tonight. With music from Flávio Lima, Mauro Mozart, Ana Flor and Edu Farms, as well as Felipe Mar, Pedro Antunes, Ju de Paiva, Fernanda Fox and Giordanna Fort the party will rage long into tomorrow.
The Week – 11:30 PM
Rua Sacadura Cabral 135, Saúde – Tel: (21) 2253-1020
Entrance: See venue for more information.

WARSAW (Praça da Bandeira)
Warsaw brings post-punk and gothic rock to Porto Pirata to sign off 2015. After two splendid editions, packed with beautiful people, dancing and great music, tonight promises to be more of the same.
Porto Pirata – 11PM
Rua Lópes de Souza 24, Praça da Bandeira. – Tel: (21) 2520-2754
Entrance: See venue for more information.

Recalcada (Copacabana)
Fosfobox, Copacabana’s best alternative club, plays carioca neo funk, fresh hits and guilty pop pleasures this evening.
Fosfobox – 11PM
Rua Siqueira Campos 143, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498
Entrance: R$33 – R$60

We Love RJ (Copacabana)
The We Love RJ party returns to Mariuzinn Copacabana tonight. There will be an open bar from 11PM to 3AM offering Smirnoff vodka, tropical drinks, caipivodkas, caipirinhas, Sex on the Beach, Blue Lagoon, Antarctica beers, and sodas. DJs Guga Fernandes and Germano will spin the best of hip hop, house, pop, reggaeton, funk and sertanejo throughout the night.
Mariuzinn Copacabana – 11PM
Avenida Nossa Senhora 435, Copacabana– Tel: (21) 2540-8041
Entrance: R$30-R$80

Propaganda (Botafogo)
All the way from the UK, Propaganda arrives in Rio with the greatest indie party in the world. With more than 25,000 partying with them in the United Kingdom, Australia & Ibiza, tonight it is Rio’s turn to enjoy endless with the Arctic Monkeys, Ellie Goulding, The Subways, HAIM, The Vaccines, Mumford & Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, Lily Allen and Calvin Harris.
Casa da Matriz – 11PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Entrance: R$25 – R$45

Noon (Gávea)
Noon returns to 00 in Gavéa to celebrate its forth birthday. Heading the line up, straight from Cologne in Germany, is Marcus Worgull of Innervisions. Starting at 4PM the party runs all the way through to 5AM tomorrow morning.
Zero Zero – 4PM
Av. Padre Leonel Franca 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041
Entrance: See venue for more information.

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V1RUS (Arpoador)
For its first birthday, V1RUS will be spreading its unique and infectious taste in electronic tunes. Expect tropical and deep house, trap, hip-hop, EDM and nu-disco,
Rua Francisco Otaviano 20, Arpoador – Tel: (21) 3576-8024
Entrance: R$20 – R$60

Sambinha with Além do Normal (Cantagalo)
Samba group, Além do Normal, will take to the stage at this hilltop hostel with spectacular views. DJ João Santiago starts things off at 4PM and before the sambaing starts.
Gilda – 4PM
Morro do Cantagalo – Tel: (21) 97101-8040
Entrance: R$15 – R$30


Empolga às 9 (Centro)
There’s a packed schedule tonight at Rio’s temple of samba. At 8PM guitarist Marcia Guedes takes to the stage, followed by all-female black group Negras Raízes. The main event, at 11PM is carnival bloco musicians Empolga às 9. DJ Marcelo Sabre is on the decks upstairs from midnight while Forró with Cassiano e Trio Beija-flor begins at 2:30 AM on the first floor.
Rio Scenarium – 8PM, 11PM, 12am and 2:30 AM
Rua do Lavradio, 20 casa – Centro – Tel: (21) 3147-9000
Entrance: R$25 – R$40

Ana Costa (Lapa)
At 9PM Breno Alves will get feet moving at one of Rio’s best and most loved music destinations before the delightful Ana Costa picks up the mic and plays classic samba into the early hours.
Carioca da Gema – 9:30 PM and 11:30 PM
Av. Mem de Sá 79, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Entrance: R$30


Banda Café Irlanda (Lapa)
Café Irlanda return to the Irish Pub Lapa for their last show of the year, playing the best of traditional Irish music! Come drink and start celebrating the end of 2015 with the liveliest drinking songs.
Lapa Irish Pub – 9PM
Rua Evaristo da Veiga 147, Lapa – Tel (21) 2221.7236
Entrance: R$10- R$20

Academia da Cachaça (Leblon)
For all things cachaça go here; it’s their specialty. They offer great caipifrutas and caipirinhas.
Academia da Cachaça – 9PM R. Conde Bernadotte 26, Leblon – (21) 2239-1542
Entrance: Free

Canastra Bar (Ipanema)
Located in the heart of Ipanema, the Canastra Wine Bar spills out onto the street offering a great selection of wines and cheeses. It is quickly becoming known for its buzzy but informal atmosphere.
Canastra – 6:30 PM – 1AM
Rua Jangadeiros, 42 – Loja B, Ipanema – (21) 99656-1960
Entrance: See venue for details.

Lord Jim’s Pub (Ipanema)
This is the oldest pub in Rio and it’s well known for its live music and happy hour. This is also a place to watch live streaming sports, national and international.
Lord Jim’s Pub – 7PM
Rua Paul Redfern 44, Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2249-4881
Entrance: Free

Mab’s Restaurant and Bar (Copacabana)
This American-owned restaurant and bar on Copacabana Beach is a great place for food, drinks and entertainment. Tony Boka is performing live from 8PM until 1AM. Boka is known for his varied repertoire that always pleases the crowd.
Restaurante Mab’s – Monday-Thursday 8AM-2AM, Friday-Saturday 9AM to 4AM
Avenida Atlantica 1140, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299
Entrance: See venue for more information.

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