We have the top three picks for this Thursday, and below there is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option.
Balaio Bom @ Praça Tiradentes (Centro) – This Balaio (big party) is on the street, in the square of Praça Tiradentes in Rio’s historical city center. And since Christmas is coming, they have prepared a full-on evening for everyone to get into the highest of spirits.
This free event will begin at 2PM, but won’t end until about 1:30AM. There will be plenty of handicrafts, clothes, arts and gastronomy before the music starts pumping at 6:30PM. Expect plenty of baile funk, hip-hop, and pop hits.
Balaio Bom – Praça Tiradentes – Centro
For more information, check the event page.
Eduardo Neves @ Vizinha 123 (Botafogo) – This is a rare chance to see the magnificent arrangements of maestro Eduardo Neves with his tribute to the songs of Nelson Cavaquinho. The evening counts on the special participation of Eduardo Galotti, another specialist in Cavaquinho’s work.
The full band are as follows: Eduardo Neves – arrangements, sax and flute; Adriano Souza – piano; André Vasconcellos – bass; and Rafael Barata – drums.
The evening begins at 8PM and tickets are between R$30-R$40.
Eduardo Neves – Rua Henrique de Novaes 123 – Botafogo
For more information, go to the event page.
Baile do Saddam @ Fosfobox (Copacabana) – One of the most democratic dancefloors in the ‘Zona Sul’ (South Zone) of Rio, celebrates the 23rd edition of Baile do Saddam, which will also tie-in with the birthday of DJ Saddam.
As always, it’s a party until the sun comes up with the DJs dropping the best hip-hop, funk, r’n’b, and pop hits. The lineup includes, on the main dancefloor: DJ Saddam, DJ Bruno X, DJ Pogo (UK), Rapha Lima, and Zedroque. And on the Fosfobar dancefloor, there will be sets from Sarah Ferreira, Nicole Nandes, and Luana Paiva.
Tickets are between R$10-R$30 and the night starts at 11:30PM with the first fifty entrants receiving a free Heienken!
Baile do Saddam – Rua Siqueira Campos, 143 – Copacabana
For more information, try the event page.
LOUNGES, BARS & PUBS:
Casa Momus (Lapa)
Run by two Italian expats, Momus’ interior design is already worth the experience. Among Momus’ highlights are its carefully prepared classic drinks, like the bloody mary (R$27), the pisco sour (R$28) and the negroni (R$28).
Casa Momus – 11:30 AM
Rua do Lavradio, 11 – Lapa – Tel (21) 3852-8250
Mama Shelter (Santa Teresa)
Originally inaugurated in Paris, the boutique hostel and bar offers the perfect environment for enjoying a drink and a snack in style – specially on Fridays and Saturdays, when DJs spin on the house.
Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno, 5 – Santa Teresa – Tel: (21) 3980-0300
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)
Blue Agave in Ipanema is a great place for Mexican food, strong drinks and watching the latest domestic and international sports. They have English-speaking staff and is a popular expat hangout in Ipanema. Be sure to check out Blue Agave in Copacabana also for a great night out.
Blue Agave Ipanema – 2PM
Rua Vinicius de Moraes, 68 – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 3592-92717544-5151
Entrance: FREE. Food and drink prices vary.
Flashback is a high-end restaurant with plenty of classical music and photos decorating the walls. Tonight, between 7PM and 9PM the restaurant will serve a happy hour with two for one on caipivodkas and Stella Artois. The caipivodkas are made fresh with either lime, strawberry or passionfruit as well as additional herbs added in for a taste explosion.
Flashback – 7PM
Rua Paul Redfern, 33 – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2274-7657
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