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

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.

Ney Matogrosso @ Circo Voador (Lapa) – This Thursday, Ney Matogrosso takes to the stage of Circo Voador with special guests for a benefit show for the Instituto Vida Livre, which has been working for more than three years in the rehabilitation and release of wild animals and animal victims of trafficking in Rio de Janeiro.

The date could not be more emblematic, because it happens precisely on World Animal Day. On stage, Ney sings alongside big names: Alice Caymmi, Beraderos, João Cavalcanti, Marcelo Caldi, Mariana Aydar and Trio Madeira Brasil. In the intervals, the party will continue until late in the night, with a set from DJ Raphael Vianna, and the bloco Caetano Virado.

Tickets are between R$60-R$140 and the night gets going at 9PM.

Ney Matogrosso – Avenida Mem de Sá – Lapa

For more information, check the event page.

Baile do Saddam @ Fosfobox (Copacabana) – The most democratic club in Rio’s ‘Zona Sul’ (South Zone) arrives for its 21st edition, after three editions which have been sold out. As always, you can dance until the sun comes up with the DJs dropping the best in hip-hop, rap, funk, pop, and hits.

On the Fosfobox dancefloor will be: Thay Girl, Joao Dinis (Portugal), Saddam, Negralha, and Zedoroque. Entertaining the Fosfobar will be Sarah Ferreira and Babi Gazal. The first fifty people to enter the club will get a free Heineken and there will be photography courtesy of I H8 Flash.

Tickets are between R$10-R$30 and the doors open at 11:30PM.

Baile do Saddam – Rua Siqueira Campos, 143 – Copacabana

For more information, go to the event page.

Yuja Wang @ Theatro Municipal (Centro) – The brilliant career of Yuja Wang has always been accompanied by excellent reviews and ovations from the audience.

Born in Beijing, the pianist has a strong and charismatic presence, which makes the stage seem like her natural environment. No wonder she is also revered as an icon of elegance in the world of fashion, as well as being a social media phenomenon.

Passionate about the romanticism of music, Yuja presents a repertoire with remarkable interpretations both classical, contemporary, and sensual. Though very young, Yuja Wang has performed with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, and this is a great chance to see one of the most exciting young classical musicians performing for one night only.

Tickets are between R$50-$600 and the show starts at 8PM.

Yuja Wang – Praça Marechal Floriano, s/n – Centro

For more information, go to the event page.

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


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.

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