We have the top three picks for this Sunday, and below there is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option.
Ana Bispo @ A Garagem (Centro) – See top samba star Ana Bispo singing the best from the Brazilian songbook at one of central Rio’s liveliest and most informal spaces.
You can dance to Bispo’s stirring renditions of Brazil’s legendary female sambistas, while she’s accompanied by the five-piece samba troupe Samba da Garagem.
This performance costs R$5, and it starts at 5 PM.
Ana Bispo – On the corner of Av. República do Paraguai and Rua da Carioca – Centro
For more information, head to the event page.
Fórum de Performances Negras @ Teatro Odisséia (Lapa) – This weekend has seen Rio’s first forum of black performances take place at the prestigious Museu de Arte do Rio (Rio Art Museum or MAR).
Now you can join the closing party, which promises to be huge, featuring poetry, graffiti-art, video projections, and DJs. You can also witness some of the performances themselves, by artists such as Tarso Gentil, Lívia Prado, Tatiana Henrique, Luiza Loroza, Macario, and Eliete Miranda.
Tickets are between R$10-R$20 and the night starts at 7 PM.
Fórum de Performances Negras – Avenida Mem de Sá 66 – Lapa
For more information, check out the event page.
Beatles Num Céu de Diamantes @ Theatro NET Rio (Copacabana) – This musical extravaganza, successfully touring for over a decade, returns to Copacabana tonight as a special Sunday treat for all those Beatles lovers out there.
Through several small stories and dreamlike situations, eight actor-singers and three musicians will present you all the classic songs, sung in English, from one of the most magical songbooks of the twentieth century.
Tickets are between R$25 – R$105 and the show starts at 5 PM.
Beatles Num Céu de Diamantes – Rua Siqueira Campos, Nº 143, 2º Piso – Copacabana
For more information, go to the event page.
LOUNGES, PUBS &; BARS:
Bar Urca (Urca)
Sunday afternoon drinking while eating salgadinhos (appetizers) and watching the sunset at Bar Urca is a regular pastime in Rio de Janeiro. This simple establishment on the bayside has been a hit since 1939.
Bar Urca – 11 AM
Rua Cândido Gaffrée 205, Urca – Tel: (21) 2295-8744
Vizinha 123 (Botafogo)
A multipurpose event space, bar, and restaurant that is open 24 hours and often hosts excellent live events such as samba, jazz, theatre, and more.
Vizinha 123 – Open 24 hours
R. Henrique de Novais, 123 – Botafogo – Tel: (21) 99999-8633
Bip Bip (Copacabana)
Alfredinho may be gone, but his legend lives on. Spend a Sunday evening listening to some of the most authentic live samba in this one-of-a-kind shrine to carioca bohemia.
Bip Bip – 7 PM
Rua Alm. Gonçalves, 50 – Loja D – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2267-9696
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