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blue-blocoSunday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Locals, travelers and the expat community will come together to celebrate at the Boogie Mexican Bloco, featuring funk and soul sounds from DJ Slim and guest DJs.

The unofficial bloco will be returning to the Blue Agave Mexican bar and restaurant in Ipanema, just around the corner from Posto 9 on Vinicus de Moraes 68, starting at 5PM.

Some may remember the “gringo bloco” was a Carnival staple for a few years before the fuzz started cracking down on unlicensed street parties, but this year the Blue is bringing it back.

There are over sixty official blocos happening in Rio de Janeiro today, but following below is a list of some of the largest.

BLOCOS: (short list)

Chora Me Liga (Copacabana)
An estimated 40,000 people are getting together to parade down Avenida Atlântica, starting at Altura Do Posto 6.
When: 10AM-2PM

Suvaco Do Cristo (Jardim Botânico)
Over 30,000 people are estimated to be getting together to parade down Rua Jardim Botânico, finishing at Praça Santos Dumont.
When: 10AM-2PM

Bloco Da Preta (Centro)
The largest bloco in Rio expects over 400,000 people to be getting together to parade down Rua Primeiro De Março.
When: Noon-4PM

Banda Da Barra (Barra da Tijuca)
Over 35,000 people are estimated to be parading on Avenida Lúcio Costa, finishing at Praça São Perpétuo.
When: 3PM-7PM

Empolga Às 9 (Ipanema)
With 30,000 people estimated to be gathering at Posto 9 on Ipanema Beach, this will run the latest of the big blocos in Zona Sul (South Zone).
When: 4PM-8PM

* For a complete list of all Rio Carnival 2016 blocos, see the wikirio page.


Jazz no Morro (Cantagalo)
Tonight the weekly Jazz no Morro event returns to Gilda in Cantagalo with Guga Pellicciotti performing the best of jazz live. Additionally during the night, DJs will spin the best of Brazilian music, pop, and classic rock during show intervals.
Gilda – 4PM – 11PM
Morro do Cantagalo – Tel: (21) 97101-8040
Entrance: R$15 – R$30

Bem Brasil


Sundae Tracks and VIDEOGAME (Botafogo)
The Sundae Tracks party returns to Casa da Matriz tonight for its final edition. Dandara, Hill Valleys, SlimBox16, Carbona, CineDisco, Phone Trio and 2lips will perform live and DJ Melvin will spin on the first floor. Additionally during the night DJs Sal and Fel will spin on the second floor as part of the VIDEOGAME party.
Casa da Matriz – 9PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Entrance: R$20 – R$35

Sette Zouk (Leblon)
Tonight Sette Leblon will host a new edition of the Sette Zouk party. During the night, Arkkanjo, Thiagão, and Paloma will deliver the best of Zouk upstaris while DJ Floro spins the best of salsa and reggaeton downstairs. Promotions will include two-for-one specials on beer and caipirinhas until 11PM.
Sette Leblon – 9PM
Avenida General San Martin 1011, Leblon – Tel: (21) 3298-1941
Entrance: R$20 – R$30

Soda (Copacabana)
The Soda party returns to Fosfobox in Copacabana tonight with the best of pop and house.DJs Fernanda Fox, Paullo Goes, and Marcelo Haubrich will spin the best of single and hits on Stage A while DJs Rick Castro, Felipe Vian, and Aramis D’Avila spin the best of b-sides on Stage B during the night. Promotions will include two-for-one specials on Screwdrivers for R$20 and specials on #DrinkSoda (a drink with rum, soda, and mojito syrup) for R$10 each.
Fosfobox – 10PM
Rua Siqueira Campos 143, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498
Entrance: R$20 – R$40

Arpex Party (Ipanema)
The Arpex Party returns to Barzin Bar and Restaurant in Ipanema tonight with DJ Daniel Faria spinning funk, house, hip hop and reggaeton and saxophonist Marcelo Cebukin performing live. Additionally, caipivodkas will be free until 12AM.
Barzin – 11PM
Rua Vinícius de Moraes 75, Ipanema
Entrance: R$50 – R$70+

Duo (Gávea)
It’s time once again for the best of house, electro, and pop as the twelve-hour Duo party returns to Gávea’s chic 00 (Zero Zero) club. DJs will start the party tonight by spinning on the deck beginning at 5PM. Then beginning at 12AM, more DJs will follow, spinning inside on the dancefloor until 5AM Monday morning.
00 (Zero Zero) – 5PM
Av. Padre Leonel Franca 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041
Entrance: See venue for more information.

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Roda de Samba and Football with Ballet 2 Passistas (Football) (Lapa)
Sundays are all about samba and soccer at Lapa’s Leviano bar. Every week beginning at 5PM the venue plays live games on their screens with samba dancers following the matches and the group Samba Di Buteco playing classics of the genre, including works by Arlindo Cruz, Zeca Pagodinho and João Nogueira, among others. Additionally, DJ Mukato will spin during show intervals.
Leviano – 4PM
Mem de Sá 47, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2507-5779
Entrance: R$10-R$20 (Cash Only)

Rogê (Lapa)
It’s time to dance as singer-songwriter Rogê returns to Lapa’s Carioca de Gema to perform his own lively compositions as well as covers of works by Jorge, Jorge Benjor, and Djavan, among others.
Carioca da Gema – 9PM and 10:30PM
Av. Mem de Sá 79, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Entrance: R$23


Bar Urca (Urca)
If you have never been to Bar Urca on a Sunday afternoon to drink beers and eat salgados while watching the sunset, you are missing a big part of what it means to be a Carioca. This simple establishment on the bayside has been a hit since 1939.
Bar Urca – 11AM
Rua Cândido Gaffrée 205, Urca – Tel: (21) 2295-8744
Entrance: Free

Boogie Mexican Bloco at Blue Agave (Ipanema)
The Blue Agave in Ipanema will be hosting an unofficial bloco starting at 5PM then letting the party continue as long as the night lasts.
Blue Agave Ipanema – 1PM-3AM
Vinicus de Moraes 68 – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 3592-92717544-5151
Entrance: FREE. Food and drink prices vary.

Bar 48 (Ipanema)
Located in the heart of the Ipanema neighborhood, Bar 48 (Quarenta e Oito) is one of the hottest new bars in the city. Owned and operated by French expats, the bar is making a name for itself by hosting live music, DJ sets and by offering a nice atmosphere and great mixed drinks including caipirinhas.
Bar 48 – 6PM-3AM
48 Rua Teixeira de Melo, Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2548-8484
Entrance: See venue for details.

Shenanigan’s (Ipanema)
With classic pub games like darts and pool, Ipanema’s Shenanigan’s is always a great spot to visit. Every Sunday, promotions include two for one Sol beer, caipirinha and caipivodka. Pizza Pub is also only R$10.
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub – 4PM-2AM
Rua Visconde de Pirajá 122A (Upstairs), Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2267-5860
Entrance: See venue for details.

Blue Agave Copa (Copacabana)
In addition to great drinks and authentic Mexican food, the Blue Agave bar and restaurant in Copacabana is one of the best places to watch live sports. Also, be sure to check out the Blue Agave in Ipanema.
Blue Agave Copacabana – 2PM-3AM
Rua Aires Saldanha, 21, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2235-0747
Entrance: FREE. Food and drink prices vary.

The Lucky Screw American Irish Pub (Copacabana)
Know for its cold beer, specialty beers, and great atmosphere, The Lucky Screw American Irish Pub also hosts live music every night of the week except for Wednesdays. Additionally, this is a great place to watch live sports.
The Lucky Screw American Irish Pub – 5PM-2AM
Av. Atlântica, 3056, Loja B, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 98317-5258
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. Additionally, Tony Boka is playing at Mab’s now everyday of the week from 6PM to 10PM. Boka is known for his varied repertoire that always pleases the crowd.
Restaurante Mab’s – 9AM-4AM
Avenida Atlantica 1140, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299
Entrance: See venue for more information.

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