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Saturday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – What could be better than a night of incredible music with the best view that Rio has to offer? Nothing. The Botafogo Social Club presents Alto Carnaval at the very top of Vidigal. From sundown to sunrise, expect to dance the night away to the team of international DJs playing house, disco, funk n soul and rare groove.

*List of featured Bloco Parties in Rio during Carnival Season

Cordão do Bola Preta (Centro)
Bloco Party: Cordão do Bola Preta – 9.30 AM
Cinelandia – Centro

Escangalha (Gávea)
Bloco Party: Escangalha – 11AM
Rua Orsina da Fonseca – Gávea

Carioca da Gema (Lapa)
Bloco Party: Carioca da Gema – 4PM
Rua do Lavradio, 168 – Lapa


Alto Carnaval
The Botafogo Social Club, comprised of both British and American DJs, presents a night of funky bliss on top of the Vidigal mountain. From 6PM till 7AM, the team consisting of DJs Tee Cardaci, Doug Gray, Mike Frugaletti, Dan Markham and Jan Roldanus and special guest Vivi Seixas will be throwing down house, disco, funk and soul at the Casa Alto Vidigal, providing a view and environment that you will not want to miss.
Casa Alto Vidigal
Rua Armando de Almeida Lima, 2 Arvrão. Vidigal – Tel:(21) 3222-3034
Entrance: R$20 all night, R$30 without list

Nuth (Barra da Tijuca)
One of the few joints in Rio with a spacious venue, nice jungle theme, three floors and a pool table. Expect to enjoy hip hop, electro, house and special guests Bateira da Imperatriz, in honor of Carnival.
Nuth – 11PM
Av. Armando Lombardi 999, Barra de Tijuca – Tel: (21) 3153-8595/2495-6008
Entrance: Check with Venue

On the Rocks + After Hours Eletrônico (Copacabana)
After five years of parties, On the Rocks provides the best in Indie, Electro, b-side tracks, classics and newbies. Held at the always fun Fosfobox.
Rua Siqueira Campos, 143 – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498
Entrance: R$25 with Lista Amiga (after 1AM R$30), without R$35

Paradiso Party People (Botafogo)
The alternative party at Pista 3 goes on by playing everything you just heard on your iPod: Arcade Fire, Foals, Radiohead, Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Kills, The People Foster, Florence and The Machine, and more.
Casa Da Matriz – 11PM
Rua São João Batista, 14 – Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691
Entrance: tickets start at R$18 till midnight, R$20 with guestlist, R$26 without for ladies, R$30 without for men

Do Hauze- Carnaval Edition (Ipanema)
The Do Hauze crew is at it again with residents Andre Araujo, Bernardo Campos and Pedro Mezzonato along with their killer guest DJ Rodrigo Correia. Expect nothing but the finest in house and tech house beats from this long running staple in the Rio electronic music scene.
Boate Dama de Ferro – 10PM
Rua Vinícius de Moraes, 288 – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2247-2330
Entrance: Free before 1AM, R$30 after, R$25 after 5AM


Tambor Carioca (Ipanema)
Expect the best in samba with a diversity of typical carioca instruments at this classic venue.
Rio Scenarium – 10PM
Rua do Lavradio, 20 casa – Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9000
Entrance: R$35

Forró Forrado (Centro)
Live forró mixed with sertanejo universitário, zouk, and samba de raíz during the breaks. Free dance lesson from 6-7PM.
Passeio Dance – 6PM
Av. Rio Branco, 277, Centro – (21) 2220-1298
Entrance: Men R$15, Women R$10

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


Live Music @ Balcony (Copacabana)
Live music starting at 5:30PM and nightly drink specials; Great lunch specials. Check their website for latest promotion.
Balcony Bar
Avenida Atlantica, 1424, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2541-8381
Entrance: Free

Blue Agave’s (Copacabana)
Mexican bar with an open atmosphere where you can sit and check out all the people that pass by. This hot spot in Ipanema not only has some of Rio’s best cocktails, but has recently opened its doors in their second location in Copacabana!
Blue Agave
Rua Aires Saldanha 21C – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 3592-9271
Entrance: Free

Banana Jack (Ipanema)
This bar specializes in entertainment, attractions and drink specials all night. Call nightly to check entertainment.
Banana Jack – 9PM
Rua Jangadeiros, 06 – Praça General Osório – Ipanema – (21) 2521-9055
Entrance: Not available at time of press

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

Caroline Café (Lagoa)
A mix of casual chic village with the sunset at Dois Irmãos (two brothers), premised the idea of merging the modern with the cool of Soho artsy Botanical Garden and the other of stirring things up with the hubbub of the Stone Street in Buzios. Hence was born Caroline Café. Most well known pub in Jardim Botânico.
Caroline Café
Rua J. J. Seabra 10, Jardim Botânico – Tel: (21) 2540-0705
Entrance: Not available at time of press

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