The Rio Times, Nightlife Guide, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nightlife, Bars, Clubs

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.

Robertinho Silva celebrates his 77th birthday at Blue Note (Lagoa) – Blue Note has a world-wide reputation for bringing the big names of jazz to Rio.

But how about bringing on stage one of the biggest names in Brazilian music to celebrate his 77th birthday with a host of famous and talented friends?

Roberinho Silva is a renowned composer, drummer and percussionist, who has played with some of the greatest musicians from Brazil and beyond, including, but not limited to Milton Nascimento, Gal Costa, Roberto Carlos, Gilberto Gil, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan.

This evening, from 9PM onwards, Silva will be taking to the stage with a host of his friends and collaborators, such as Joao Donato, José de Arimatéa, Carlos Malta, Claudio Dauelsberg and Jefferson Lescowich, to celebrate his birthday by playing songs from throughout his career and life.

Robertinho Silva celebrates his 77th birthday at Blue Note – Av. Borges de Medeiros, 1424 – Lagoa

Tickets are priced between R$35-R$70 and fans are advised to get there early as there’s a ‘first come, first served’ policy in the lounge sector of the club. For more information, visit the event page.

Montenegro Barbecue Night with Mate Shine (Ipanema) – On the bustling street of Rua Vinícius de Moraes, right next to Blue Agave, is Montenegro. A purveyor of fine quality meats, they are putting on a free barbecue tonight from 7PM until 2AM.

Not only will there be delicious food, there will also be beers a plenty, in the form of choppes (draft beers) of excellent artisanal brand Noi – plus, the Montenegro crowd are going all out and offering Mate Shine too. This is a devilish new blend of mate (a Brazilian iced tea-style drink), vodka and lemon.

This event would be a great way to start the evening, get that all important lining in your stomach, and then nip next door to the always accomodating Blue Agave and see where the night takes you!

Montenegro Barbecue Night with Mate Shine – Rua Vinícius de Moraes, 72 – Ipanema

For more information, check the event page.

Bombástic (Lapa) – This party is famous for playing all the hits from Rio funk to hip hop to reggaeton. From 11PM the doors open and there are free caipirinhas until midnight.

DJ Slim and his friends are providing the soundtrack and Pub KrioK in Lapa is hosting.

With three floors, two air-conditioned club rooms, two bars serving local and international drinks, as well as a smoking area inside the venue, plus lighting effects and LED screens, this will be a night not to miss.

With its location in Lapa, there are plenty of bars to visit before entering, as this is known as one of Rio’s most bohemian neighborhoods.

Bombástic prides itself on being an open and democratic nightclub experience and they stress that everyone is welcome, no matter who you are or what you wear.

Bombástic – Av. Mem de Sá 65 – Lapa

For more information, visit the event page.


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
Entrance: R$10

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
Entrance: Free

Winehouse (Botafogo)
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
Entrance: FREE

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)
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
Entrance: FREE

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