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

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.

Forró da Balança (Leme) – Tonight, there will be live Forró and a DJ on Praia do Leme just up the road from Copacabana along Avenida Atlantica.

Forró da Balança are well-known for bringing the spirit of North-Eastern Brazil to Rio de Janeiro.

This is a free event, but the band and DJ rely on contributions in order to keep putting on free live music, so they ask that contributions are made when the hat is passed around.

Things will get started at 4PM but usually the festivities carry on well into the night.

Forró da Balança – 958 Avenida Atlântica – Leme

For more information, visit the event page.

Wilson Meireles at Rayz (Ipanema) – Wilson Meireles is one of the great Brazilian drummers, considered a pioneer of Brazilian instrumental music.

He has played with famous names such as Elis Regina, Tim Maia and Gilberto Gil. And tonight he will be at Rayz performing a repertoire that ranges from Miles Davis to Tom Jobim, from Hermeto Pascoal to Cartola, while also encompassing Thelonius Monk, Charley Parker and other legends.

This is one not to miss, and for only R$10 cover charge, it’s also a bargain!

Wilson Meireles at Rayz – Prudente de Morais, 416 – Ipanema

The music begins at 8PM – for more information, check out the event page.

Arraiá dos Guimarães (Santa Teresa) – Another great arraiá to add to this weekend’s list. Arraiá dos Guimarães is all about the samba, with Roberta Espinosa performing this Saturday evening.

There will be traditional festive food, cakes, quadrilhas (square-dancing) and much more, including a forró (traditional Brazilian music played during June festivities) trio to entertain the crowd in between the samba.

People are encouraged to wear their best June outfit.

Arraiá dos Guimarães – Rua Almirante Alexandrino 501 – Santa Teresa

Tickets are between R$15-R$25 and proceedings should start at around 7:30PM – for more information, visit the event page.


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
Entrance: FREE

Delirium Tap House (Ipanema)
Run by Delirium, prestigious Belgium label that has already been awarded as the best beer in the world, the bar offers twenty different beer taps.
Delirium Tap House – 5PM
Rua Nascimento Silva, 51 – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 3795-4594
Entrance: See venue for details.

Canastra Bar (Ipanema)
The Canastra Wine Bar in Ipanema offers a wide choice of wines and cheeses and is quickly becoming known for its trendy atmosphere and friendly service.
Canastra – 6:30 PM – 1AM
Rua Jangadeiros, 42, Loja B – Ipanema – (21) 99656-1960
Entrance: See venue for details

Blue Agave (Ipanema)
Located just around the corner from Posto 9, Blue Agave in Ipanema is well known for great Mexican food, drinks, and for broadcasting live sports. Additionally, most of the wait staff and crowd speak English.
Blue Agave Ipanema – 1PM
Vinicus de Moraes 68 – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 3592-9271
Entrance: FREE. Food and drink prices vary.

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

Yndú Lounge (Leblon)
With chilled out vibes during the week and a selection of top DJs playing shows at the weekends, the newly-opened Yndú Lounge in Ipanema is a great option to kick back. With a selection of drinks and tapas, the bar is quickly becoming one of Leblon’s best watering holes.
Yndú Lounge – 6PM
Rua Ataulfo de Paiva, 1321 – Leblon – Tel: (21) 3083-6486
Entrance: FREE

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