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Saturday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Botafogo Social Club is back at Alto Vidigal for their four year anniversary party. The last attempt was cancelled on account of rain, so tonight will be a special make up party featuring four of the five original members.

Born on the beaches of Ipanema, The Botafogo Social Club consists of five gringo DJs, hailing from England and the United States. The gang found each other through similar musical interests and formed BSC, providing an array of events all over Rio with a unique musical sound. From hip hop to house, rare groove and funk, their eclectic nights have been supported by Elza Suares, the queen of Brazilian Soul and guest DJ and record fanatic Giles Peterson. The group returns to Alto Vidigal tonight.


Paulinho da Viola (Lapa)
Paulinho da Viola arrives at Circo Voador for two shows, celebrating seventy years of life and fifty years of career. Playing his story of music and life, the artist will reflect on everything that has driven him and his musical inspiration.
Circo Voador – 10PM
Rua dos Arcos, 1, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2533-0354
Entrance: R$60


Botafogo Social Club- 4 Years of Funk (Vidigal)
The gang is back and very ready to do it up properly this time. After a cancellation due to rain, the boys are geared up and ready to drop their unique blend of unruly funk. From classic soul to rap, disco, funk and house, this gringo crew has made a solid name for themselves in Rio de Janeiro, come out to see why.
Casa Alto Vidigal – 11PM
Rua Armando de Almeida Lima, 2, Vidigal – Tel:(21)3322-3034
Entrance: R$20 with guestlist, R$30 without

Pop ‘n Roll (Centro)
To celebrate valentine’s day in Brazil, this special edition of Pop ‘n Roll is themed for passion! With all kinds of offered treats like drink specials, kissing booths, aphrodisiac shots plus your favorite pop and rock DJs, there isn’t much else you need to let your passion run wild.
Espaço Acústica – 11PM
Praça Tiradentes, nº 02 e 04, Centro – Tel: (21) 2222-7525
Entrance: R$25 presale, R$45 without

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


Sururu na Roda (Lapa)
Sururu na Roda is one of the most talked about and popular rodas of samba in Rio. This group played an integral part in the revitalization of Lapa, the iconic bohemian downtown neighborhood of Rio.
Centro Cultural Carioca – 11PM
Rua do Teatro, 37, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2252-6468
Entrance: R$25

Banda Signus + Batuque na Cozinha (Lapa)
Banda Signus + Batuque na Cozinha 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


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 Guinness and the German brand of Erdinger.
Lapa Irish Pub – 5PM
Rua Evaristo da Veiga 147, Lapa – Tel (21) 2221.7236
Entrance: R$10

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