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

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

GoGo Penguin @ Blue Note Rio (Lagoa) – Coming from Manchester, GoGo Penguin’s acoustic-electronic trio consists of pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner, and debuts at Blue Note Rio in the Jazz and Bossa Sessions series.

They take inspiration from the grey streets of the city where they were born and from a heady mix of influences ranging from Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack to Aphex Twin, create a sound that is entirely theirs. Defined by break-beats, powerful sub-bass and telepathic interactions, the inventive trio have quickly become one of the most exciting bands that has emerged from the UK in years.

Tickets are available from R$70 and the night gets going at 8PM.

GoGo Penguin – Av. Borges de Medeiros, 1424 – Lagoa

For more information, head to the event page.

Baile Boom @ Cazota Bar (Lapa) – Boom is the space-age party show that explores the galaxy of black music.

Mingling the old funk of The Meters and James Brown, D’Angelo’s new sweet soul, Gilberto Gil’s black world, the goddess at the end of the world Elza Soares and the sonic astronaut Jorge Ben Jor, Boom are: Alana Alberg (bass) Lucas Fixel (drums) Pedro Amparo (percussion and pad) Pedro Fonseca (keyboards) and Pitter Rocha (guitar and samples). In the intervals DJ GD will be playing the best of American funk and soul.

This event begins at 8PM and costs R$15.

Baile Boom – Av. Gomes Freire 791 – Lapa

For more information, try the event page.

Choro da Glória @ Boteco Pé de Santa (Santa Teresa) – This Wednesday has a ‘roda’ (circle) of Choro da Glória at Boteco Pé de Santa.

Held in a beautiful outdoor space, with cold beer, and friendly people, this is the perfect place to get acquainted with live choro music, a quintessentially Brazilian genre of music similar to samba.

The evening begins at 7PM and a donation of R$5-R$10 is suggested.

Choro da Glória – Rua Benjamin Constant 104 – Santa Teresa

For more information, go to the event page.

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


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
Entrance: FREE

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.
Mama Shelter
Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno, 5 – Santa Teresa – Tel: (21) 3980-0300
Entrance: FREE

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
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)
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 (Ipanema)
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
Entrance: FREE

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