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Saturday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Run VDG returns for another special edition at the top of the Vidigal mountain. Tonight will feature three exceptional DJs playing the purest of house and tech house music. Resident Mike Frugaletti welcomes guest DJs Rodrigo Correira and Pedro Serra.

If you have not been to a party at Casa Alto Vidigal, then you are definitely missing out. Outdoors and situated at the very top of the hill, you can see all of Rio while enjoying some of Rio’s best underground music.

The guest DJs tonight represent Rio’s very own Frenetik Crew, a DJ collective consisting of a handful of music lovers and selectors that have progressed the electronic music scene in Rio since early 2000. A wide range of house, tech house and techno is expected, including some classic underground hits that haven’t been played in some time.


Conexão Rio (Lapa)
Conexão Rio continues tonight with a buffet of musical treats as some of Brazil’s top artists come together under one roof. Tonight Leo Gandelman Quinteto with Serginho Trombone and Maíra Freitas, João Brasil, Dona Onete with China and much more take the stage.
Circo Voador – 10PM
Rua dos Arcos, 1, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2533-0354
Entrance: R$60

Jukebox: Neverland (Lapa)
Grab your glow sticks, whistles and blue wigs because its rave time tonight at Fundição Progresso. Jukebox: Neverland is going off tonight with international DJs, live performances, mind blowing lighting and visuals and thousands of hungry ravers.
Fundição Progresso – 10PM
Rua dos Arcos, 24, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2220-5070
Entrance: R$140


Run VDG (Vidigal)
RUN VDG returns with another edition featuring some Rio veterans of the turntables, Rodrigo Correira, Pedro Serra and American transplant Mike Frugaletti. House music at its best will assist the amazing view from the top of the Vidigal mountain. Expect to see the sun come up.
Casa Alto Vidigal – 11PM
Rua Armando de Almeida Lima, 2, Vidigal – Tel:(21)3322-3034
Entrance: R$20 with guestlist, R$30 without

Stereosound (Gávea)
Stereosound carries the torch on from their predecessors with house and disco music at the popular Gávea venue. Come enjoy a touch of class at this gorgeous indoor/ outdoor venue, featuring a stellar menu of drinks and food plus DJs and a killer sound system.
00 – 10PM
Av. Padre Leonel Franca, 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041
Entrance: Check with venue

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


Sabado Hit (Lapa)
Saturday is hit night at La Passion! All your favorite Brazilian musical styles will be played tonight, ranging from samba, to mpb and bossa nova.
La Passion – 10PM
Av. Augusto Severo, 200, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2224-4263
Entrance: R$50

Banda Signus + Joao Gabriel (Lapa)
Banda Signus + Joao Gabriel provide some of the best Brazilian music to dance to on Saturday nights at Lapa 40º in the heart of the bohemian neighborhood of Lapa.
Lapa 40º – 10PM
Rua do Riachuelo, 97, Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9005
Entrance: R$30


Guacamole (Jardim Botanico)
Rio welcomes Guacamole with open arms. This festive Mexican restaurant represents Mexico with a beautiful decor and a mariachi band who sings table-side, along with an array of tequila and drink specials.
Guacamole – 6PM
Rua Jardim Botânico, 129, Jardim Botanico – Tel: (47) 3366-0311
Entrance: Free

Academia da Cachaça (Leblon)
This bar specializes in the local booze cachaça and the different fruit drinks caipifrutas and caipirinhas. For those summer days.
Academia da Cachaça – 9PM
R. Conde Bernadotte, 26, Leblon – (21) 2239-1542
Entrance: Call for nightly prices

Lord Jim’s Pub (Ipanema)
The oldest pub in Rio in its newest guise and a great local crowd. Known for its live music and happy hour.
Lord Jim’s Pub – 7PM
Rua Paul Redfern, 44, Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2249-4881
Entrance: Not available at time of press

Mab’s Restaurant and Bar (Copacabana)
The new American-owned beachfront restaurant and bar on Copacabana Beach is a great place for food and drinks to kick off Saturday night.
Restaurante Mab’s – 5PM
Avenida Atlantica, 1140, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299
Entrance: Free

Lapa Irish Pub (Lapa)
If you are up for some Irish beer and a nice environment to drink it in, this is the place to go. With its trendy decor, this pub attracts many different kinds of people and offers London Pride and Heineken on draft. Tonight will feature musical guest V8 Rock Trio.
Lapa Irish Pub – 5PM
Rua Evaristo da Veiga, 147, Lapa – Tel (21) 2221-7236
Entrance: R$10

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