We have the top three picks for this Saturday, and below there is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option.
Bloco Toco-Xona @ Circo Voador (Lapa) – This Saturday the ‘bloco’ (street party) Toco-Xona performs, for the first time in its history, in one of the most iconic venues of the city, Circo Voador. They will be supported by a guest appearance from Brazilian singer Letrux.
This year, Bloco Toco-Xona are paying homage to the power and struggle of women against oppression, machismo, misogyny, patriarchy, violence and discrimination. For twelve years they’ve been taking the LGBTQI+ colors to the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, and Toco-Xona uses all the proceeds from its own parties to pay the cost of the 2019 Parade.
The night starts at 10PM and tickets cost between R$30-R$80.
Bloco Toco-Xona – Avenida Mem de Sá – Lapa
For more information, try the event page.
Labuta @ Cidade Das Artes (Barra da Tijuca) – This is set to be a big pre-Carnival party held at a secret location somewhere in Barra’s famous ‘Cidade Das Artes’ (City of Arts).
The line-up features musical acts such as Tucho, Thai, Saraiva, Feijão, and Weiss.
Tickets are between R$71 – R$181 and the night begins at 11PM.
Labuta – Cidade Das Artes – Barra da Tijuca
For more information, check the event page.
Baile Indie @ Casa da Matriz (Botafogo) – Baile Indie is the night that mixes the best indie with the best baile funk. With one dancefloor dedicated to indie and rock all night long and another floor playing nothing but pop and baile funk.
There will also be two-for-one offers on caipirinhas and gin and tonics until 2AM, plus alcoholic ice lollies will be freely distributed throughout the club.
Tickets are between R$10-R$20 and the night gets going at 10PM.
Baile Indie – 71 Rua Henrique de Novaes – Botafogo
For more information, check out the event page.
Rio Underground @ Santos Dumont Airport (Centro) – Rio Underground host another free party by the pier in Santos Dumont, for all lovers of good electronic music to dance and party with an extra special DJ line up featuring local and international DJs.
The confirmed lineup includes DJ Menja Mist (Amsterdam), DJ WLHM (Australia), DJ Serpa, DJ Erica, DJ Tesfon, DJ Vitin, DJ Pinaud, and DJ Alexiz BCX.
This free event should begin at around 9PM.
Rio Underground – Santos Dumont Airport – Centro
For more information, try 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) 3592-9271/7544-5151
Entrance: FREE. Food and drink prices vary.
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