Saturday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Head down to the Blue Agave in Ipanema for a special mini-bloco party at this favorite expat bar and restaurant venue, located in the epicenter neighborhood which will be overrun by Carnival madness.
American DJ Tee Cardaci will be spinning a range of disco-heavy international tunes, plus worldwide chart-toppers, funk, soul, and a selection of Brazilian classics from 6PM until closing, ensuring a fantastic turnout and a lively crowd. Throughout the night, there will be special promotions on food, beers, cocktails and shots.
Céu na Terra (Santa Teresa)
One of the most popular blocos in Rio that celebrates Carnival with a marching band, and draws about 10,000 down the narrow hilly streets of the bohemian neighborhood.
Céu na Terra
Largo dos Guimarães, Santa Teresa
Cordão da Bola Preta (Centro)
The official opening bloco of Carnival, at least one million people will be expected to go, flooding Centro with locals from all over the city of Rio de Janeiro – not for the faint-hearted!
Cordão da Bola Preta
Rua Primeiro de Março, between Rua Buenos Aires and Rua do Rosário, Centro
Starts: 9:30 AM
Banda de Ipanema (Ipanema)
A traditional, liberal bloco in Ipanema, that should gather 90,000 revelers along the beach, it is one of the biggest of the Carnival season.
Banda de Ipanema
Praça General Osório, Ipanema
Starts: 5:30 PM
* See full bloco list here.
Cadê Teresa? (Santa Teresa)
The Mansion Rio will host a special party tonight: Cade Teresa? In its eighth edition, tonight will invite special guests Ceu na Terra, so if you missed the bloco in the morning, you can catch them here. There will also be other live DJs warming up the night, an international crowd, a swimming pool, and a whole lot of fun.
The Mansion Rio – 5PM
Rua Dr. Julio Otoni, 444, Santa Teresa
Entrance: R$70 – R$90
We Love RJ! (Copacabana)
The New Mariuzinn Copacabana will host the We Love RJ! party again tonight. As always, there will also be a four-hour open bar from 11PM to 3AM with Smirnoff Vodka, tropical drinks, caipirinhas, Sex on the Beach, Blue Lagoon, Antarctica beer, mineral water, and sodas. Tonight, there will also be free buffet of pasta and pizza all night. DJs Guga Fernandes and DLuccio will spin the best of house, hip hop, reggaeton, cumbia, funk and deep house throughout the night.
New Mariuzinn Copacabana – 11PM
Avenida Nossa Senhora 435, Copacabana– Tel: (21) 2540-8041
Entrance: R$30 – R$100
Ana Costa (Lapa)
Ana Costa will be starring tonight at Carioca da Gema, bringing the best of samba including her own personal music and versions of the greats such as Cartola, Nelson Cavaquinho, Chico Buarque, among others. The opening act will be a grand performance by Elisa Addor.
Carioca da Gema – 11PM
Av. Mem de Sá 79, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Bia Falcão, Banda JPG, Escola de Samba Vila Isabel, DJ Marcello Sabre and Forró-Lelei Junior (Centro)
Bia Falcão, Banda JPG, Baile de Carnaval with the Bloco Deixa que Eu Deixo com Mestre Mangueirinha from the samba school Escola de Samba Vila Isabel, DJ Marcello Sabre, and Forró-Lelei Junior, will all perform live tonight at Rio Scenarium.
Rio Scenarium – 8PM
Rua do Lavradio, 20 casa – Centro – Tel: (21) 3147-9000
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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
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 (Ipanema)
Head down to the Blue Agave in Ipanema for a special Carnival bloco at this Mexican restaurant-bar venue. American DJ Tee Cardaci will be spinning the best music throughout the night, ensuring a fantastic turnout and a lively crowd. Throughout the night, there will be special promotions on food, beers, cocktails and shots.
Blue Agave – 6PM
Vinicus de Moraes 68 – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 3592-92717544-5151
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
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