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

We have the top three picks for this Tuesday, and below there is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option.

Xote do Teles (Centro) – Arco do Telos is one of the most historical nightlife areas in the city, and tonight there will be a performance by Cordel Negro. Cordel Negro are a band of musicians who are intent on creating a new sound, descended from the African rhythms and traditional melodies of Brazil’s past, but also brought right up to date.

This free event will trace the roots of Brazilian music with songs that journey through varying genres such as samba, choro, forró and carimbó. Things should get started at around 8PM. For those who want to learn a bit of forró dancing, there will be a class open at 7:30PM with the instructor João Gabriel Caldeira Pires from the group Forró New Roots.

The drinks offers for the night are a bucket of five Devassa Puro Malte for R$40, and Antártica and Brahma at R$10 per bottle.

Xote do Teles – Travessa do Comércio, Praça XV – Centro

For more information, visit the event page.

Mina Agossi @ Manouche Club (Jardim Botanico) – The ‘Aliança Francesa’ (French Alliance) presents the French singer from Benin, Mina Agossi, with her unique style of contemporary jazz.

Agossi combines jazz with the richness of African, Caribbean and European rhythms. She began her career as a singer in the early nineties, and for ten years accompanied the famous American saxophonist Archie Shepp and collaborated with pianist Ahmed Jamal. In her latest album, ‘Urbafrica,’ Agossi seeks to return to the “organic energies” of Benin, exploring the country’s musical tradition and African rhythms today, urban and connected to the world.

Tickets are between R$30 – R$60 and the night starts at 9PM.

Mina Agossi – Rua Jardim Botânico, 983 – Jardim Botanico

For more information, visit their event page.

Lapa Irish Session @ Lapa Irish pub (Lapa) – All those interested in traditional Irish music (with any level of skill) are welcome to take part in the Lapa Irish Session which takes place every Tuesday at Lapa Irish Pub.

The Lapa Irish Pub is a great place to relax with friends and have a beer. Just be prepared to abide by a few rules for the night: Only sit at the musicians’ table if you have to; usually the more experienced musicians play the tunes, and will invite other musicians to start at their discretion; if playing any accompaniment, do not play too loud! Do not speak to the musicians while they are playing; ask before recording the session; Never touch another person’s instrument without permission! Feel free to sing the chorus in a drinking song, but during a capella songs, it is the rule for the audience to remain silence.

If in doubt speak with the band: Fernanda Esteves, Daniel Xavier, Hugo Pansini and Daniel Nicolato, or the very helpful manager of the pub, Suellen. This evening is free entry and usually begins at around 8:30PM.

Lapa Irish Session – Evaristo da Veiga 147 – Lapa

For more information, go to the event page.

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


Comuna (Botafogo)
Botafogo’s favorite bar for undergrad students and hispters. Comuna is famous for its homemade burgers and variety of beer labels.
Comuna – 7PM
Rua Sorocaba, 582 – Tel: (21) 3579-6175
Entrance: FREE

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)
Located just around the corner from Posto 9, Blue Agave in Ipanema is well known for great Mexican food, drinks, and for broadcasting live sports. Additionally, most of the wait staff and crowd speak English.
Blue Agave Ipanema – 1PM
Vinicus de Moraes 68 – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 3592-9271
Entrance: FREE. Food and drink prices vary.

Dida Bar e Restaurante (Tijuca)
Specialized in Afro-Brazilian and African food, Bar da Dida is a great option for authentic, soulful food one cannot find in any corner. Make sure to try one of its finger food that have already participated in the “Comida di Boteco” contest.
Bar da Dida – 12PM
Rua Barão de Iguatemi, 408 – Tijuca – Tel: (21) 2504-0841
Entrance: Free

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