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.
Ipanema Bossa Jazz @ Badalado (Lagoa) – Come down to Badalado club on the shores of Rio’s beautiful lagoa (lake) and soak up the vibes and the sunset with some live music courtesy of Ipanema Bossa Jazz.
Picturesque surroundings in a friendly establishment with great music, what could be more perfect?
This place is always a great hit with everyone who goes there, especially on the nights they do music.
Tickets are R$15 and the music should start at around 7PM.
Ipanema Bossa Jazz – Epitácio Pessoa – Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
For more information, check the event page.
Karaokê, Quiz and Pool! @ Saloon 79 (Botafogo) – Every Thursday is open stage at Saloon 79.
This means free entry to a karaokê night with a difference. You can sing along with a band accompanying you live (with lyrics displayed in front of you).
There will also be DJs in the intervals, and lots of great bottled and draft beers at a reasonable price.
The fun continues, with a MisterQuiz gameshow where there will be questions on pop culture, music and film with a chance to win big prizes.
The bar also has plenty of pool tables out back. Doors open at 8:30PM.
Karaokê, Quiz and Pool! – Rua Pinheiro Guimarães 79 – Botafogo
For more information, visit the event page.
Zé Paulo Becker @ The Blue Note (Lagoa) – Another great night of jazz on the lake. Blue Note Rio, renowned for putting on class acts, are again surpassing expectations with this night of music from Zé Paulo Becker.
Zé Paulo Becker is celebrating thirty years of his career and the launch of his new CD/DVD ‘Zé Paulo Becker – Violão, Amigos e Canções (Guitar, Friends, and Songs)’ with this special, intimate performance. He is also inviting up onto stage two friends and legends of Brazilian music in their own right, Ney Matogrosso and Beth Marques.
Zé Paulo Becker (guitar) will be accompanied by musicians Caio Márcio (guitar), Tiago Souza (mandolin), Rodrigo Villa (bass), Dudu Oliveira (sax and flute) and Erivelton Silva drums).
Tickets start from R$45 and the show gets underway at 10:30PM.
Zé Paulo Becker and Friends – Av. Borges de Medeiros, 1424 – Lagoa
For more information, check out the event page.
LOUNGES, BARS & PUBS:
Lapa Irish Pub (Lapa)
If you want to hear some great live music while drinking some quality imported beers in a welcoming environment with a friendly crowd, this the place to go.
Lapa Irish Pub – 8PM
Rua Evaristo da Veiga, 147 – Lapa – Tel (21) 2221-7236
Symposium Bistro (Laranjeiras)
Run by Uruguayan expat José Hodara, the bistro offers the best national and international labels, which can be accompanied by a selection of cheeses, sausages or a main dishes, like the majestic Uruguayan chorizo beef.
Canastra – 6:30 PM
Rua Ipiranga, 65 – Laranjeiras – (21) 2205-3122
Winehouse is a wine bar run by a British expat that has brought an eclectic range of wines to Rio including a mix of fabulous national wines and international favorites. There is also a great selection of nibbles and cheese boards. For those that aren’t too keen on wine, there is plenty of beer and cocktail options too. Happy hour begins at 5PM and finishes at 8PM.
Winehouse – 5PM
Rua Paulo Barreto, 25 – Botafogo – Tel: (21) 3264-4101
Pub Escondido (Copacabana)
Those into the pub atmosphere will also love Pub Escondido, a discrete venue with premium beer labels, modern design and a really cool vibe. The pub offers 24 different beer taps, which includes the house’s draught beer, Escondido Weiss, made of wheat.
Pub Escondido – 6PM
Rua Aires de Saldanha, 98 – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2522-9800
Entrance: FREE. Food and drink prices vary.
Blue Agave Ipanema (Ipanema)
Blue Agave Ipanema is a great place for good Mexican food, drinks and live sports. It also has English-speaking staff and is a popular expat hangout. Be sure to check out Blue Agave in Copacabana also for a great night out.
Blue Agave Ipanema – 9PM
Rua Vinicius de Moraes, 68 – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 3592-92717544-5151
Entrance: FREE. Food and drink prices vary.
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
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