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Saturday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Run VDG returns for a very special edition at the top of the Vidigal mountain. Tonight will commemorate three years of this outstanding party which has grown to be one of the most popular events in Rio.

If you have not been to a party at 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 dancing to pure house music. Tonight’s special guests hail from Berlin, Sao Paulo, San Francisco and London. Berlin Based DJ and producer Noema will make a special appearance, playing his funky blend of deep house, followed by Sao Paulo’s very own Anhanguera. The funky jackin house duo have skyrocketed to the top of the house scene with releases on Robsoul, Disko Zoo and their own imprint Maracuja. They will be joined by Run VDG residents, San Francisco transplant Mike Frugaletti and Jody King from London.


Steve Vai (Lapa)
Legendary guitarist Steve Vai comes to Rio at Circo Voador tonight. Steve Vai is an Italian-American guitarist, songwriter and producer who has sold over 15 million albums. After starting his career as a music transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, Vai recorded and toured in Zappa’s band for two years, from 1980 to 1982. He began a solo career in 1983, has released eight solo albums and won three Grammy Awards.
Circo Voador – 10PM
Rua dos Arcos, 1 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2533-0354
Entrance: R$100- R$200


Run VDG (Vidigal)
Run VDG turns three today as the crew celebrates three years of incredible music and unbelievable scenery. This now legendary party has grown strong over the the past three years, bringing quality talent from Rio and abroad to the top of the mountain. Come get a taste of beauty as the sun comes up in the morning displaying all of Rio’s best features!
Casa Alto Vidigal – 11PM
Rua Armando de Almeida Lima, 2, Vidigal – Tel:(21)3322-3034
Entrance: R$20 with guestlist, R$30 without

Chez Simek Boutique Especial de Natal (Gávea)
Tonights holiday event will feature fine jewelry on display at the breathtaking indoor/ outdoor venue, with house DJs Peter Gaul and JR Mahr providing the musical programming. Chez Simek hosts a classy night of flashy proportions.
00 – 10PM
Av. Padre Leonel Franca 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041
Entrance: R$40

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Toque de Arte (Lapa)
Toque de Arte mixes classic samba hits from different generations. They return to Sacrilégio in Lapa.
Café Cultural Sacrilégio – 11:30PM
Av. Mem de Sá, 81, Lapa – Tel: (21) 3970-1461
Entrance: R$35

Banda Signus + V-Trix (Lapa)
Banda Signus + V-Trix provide some of the best Brazilian music to dance too 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


Pub Escondido (Copacabana)
If beer and burgers are your thing, then you really must not miss Pub Escondido. With a funky modern decor and impeccablly strong beer menu, there are only good times to be had. Delicious burgers and many other menu items also available.
Pub Escondido– 9PM
Rua Aires Saldanha 98 Loja A, Copacabana- Tel: (21) 2522-9800
Entrance: Free

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: Free

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 the 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..
Lapa Irish Pub – 5PM
Rua Evaristo da Veiga 147 – Lapa – Tel (21) 2221.7236
Entrance: R$20

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