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


Saturday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – RUN VDG is back and better than ever. The venue has undergone some major changes with additional floors added, an improved sound system, plus extra lighting, brand new bar, decorations and much much more. Situated on the very top of the Vidigal mountain, Alto Vidigal is the first and original party to be held in Vidigal.

RUN VDG residents are all on deck as the gang welcomes special guest DJ Gustavo Tata. Known in Rio as a DJ’s DJ, Tata has been rocking dancefloors all over Brazil and across the globe, having even played in Israel. His adaptable sound makes him one of the top Carioca DJs, as he brings a touch of class to the decks, with everything from house to tech to disco, there is no dance floor he can not fill. Residents consist of funky house DJ and American transplant Mike Frugaletti, techno goddess and Carioca Chris Rocha and British minimal tech DJ Jody King. The variety of music steps up a notch tonight as RUN VDG kicks off their second edition of the year.


Bloco: Banda de Ipanema
Rio’s steady build up of Carnival blocos (street parties) makes the streets beat louder by the day and the main action to be had today will be in Rua Jangadeiros/Gomes Carneiro for the first of several Banda de Ipanema bloco.
Banda de Ipanema – 5:30 PM – 10PM
Route: Rua Gomes Carneiro, Avenida Vieira Souto, Rua Joana Angélica, Av. Visconde de Pirajá to Praça General Osório
Entrance: Free


Caetano Veloso (Lapa)
Caetano Veloso is a Brazilian composer, singer, guitarist, writer and political activist. He first became known for his participation in the Brazilian musical movement “Tropicalismo” in the 1960s, at the beginning of the Brazilian military dictatorship, which encompassed theatre, poetry and music. He has remained a constant creative influence and best-selling performing artist and composer ever since
Circo Voador – 10PM
Rua dos Arcos 1, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2533-0354
Entrance: R$60- R$120


Run VDG (Vidigal)
Alto Vidigal is back in action with their bi-monthly party Run VDG. Tonight the crew has all residents on deck as Mike Frugaletti, Chris Rocha and Jody King welcome guest DJ Gustavo Tata. The party has earned respect here in Rio as the first and original Vidigal parties with a view that has to be seen to be believed.
Casa Alto Vidigal – 11PM
Rua Armando de Almeida Lima 2, Vidigal – Tel: (21)3322-3034
Entrance: R$20 with guestlist, R$30 without

Wonka Party (Botafogo)
The Wonka Party returns with their pop infused dance fest at the ever beautiful venue Espaço Rampa. Expect all the tricks from the Wonka crew including tasty treats, golden tickets, alcoholic punch and all your favorite pop hits.
Clube de Regatas Guanabara – 11:30 PM
Av. Repórter Nestor Moreira 42, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2295-2597
Entrance: R$25 with Lista Amiga, R$30 without

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


Negras Raizes (Lapa)
The all-female roster with nearly 10 years of experience will interpret D. Ivone Lara, Leci Brandao, Jovelina Black Pearl, Paulinho da Viola, Jorge Aragon, Nelson Cavaquinho, Zeca Pagodinho and others.
Rio Scenarium – 11PM
Rua do Lavradio 20, Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9000
Entrance: R$35

Los Cabras (Lapa)
The band plays hits of blues and rock, going through every trend, from classic blues to heavy metal and Brazilian rock.
Rio Rock & Blues – 11PM
Rua do Riachuelo 20, Lapa – Tel: (21) 3684-1091
Entrance: R$35


Pub Escondido (Copacabana)
If beer and burgers are your thing, then you really must not miss Pub Escondido. With a funky modern decor and impeccably 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

Academia da Cachaça (Leblon)
This bar specializes in the local booze cachaça, and different fruit drinks caipifrutas and caipirinhas, for those long summer days.
Academia da Cachaça – 9PM
Rua Conde Bernadotte 26, Leblon – (21) 2239-1542
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 familiar environment to drink it in, this is the place to go. The pub attracts all kinds of people and offers live music, 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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