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

Saturday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Tonight at Rock in Rio, swing by early for locals Paraphernalia at 5:45PM, but be prepared to party late. DJ Harvey starts at 10PM and then François K and friends take over from midnight until 4AM for an epic session.


Rock in Rio (Barra de Tijuca)
The mega-concert event hosts Coldplay, Maroon 5, and Skank on the main Palco Mundo (World Stage), with countless others around the City of Rock.
Parque Olímpico Cidade do Rock – 2PM
Entrance: R$190 (sold out)


Paradiso (Botafogo)
Saturdays mean indie, pop, soul, electro, and rock with DJs Tito and Edinho.
Casa da Matriz – 11PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014

Entrance: R$18 until midnight, R$18 after midnight for birthdays, R$20 with lista amiga or flyer, R$26 women, R$30 men

Stereozero (Gávea)
The night starts with some lounge and indie rock music, so people can get together, chat, and have dinner. Then moves to funk and soul, club house and electro, so you can dance all night long.
00 (Zero Zero) – 8:30PM
Avenida Padre Leonel Franca 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041
Entrance: R$40

Club Praia (Lagoa)
Rio’s hottest new club packs them in with deep house courtesy of DJ Fabio Tepper.
Praia – 11PM
Av. Borges de Medeiros, 1426, Lagoa – Tel: (21) 2512-8840
Entrance: R$30 women, R$60 men


Grupo Samba com Atitude (Barra da Tijuca)
If you have a craving for samba, live in Barra, don’t have the energy to make it all the way to Lapa then this may be your best bet.
Bom Sujeito – 9:30PM
Est da Barra Tijuca, 18, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro – Tel: (21) 2491-8955
Entrance: R$18 (lista amiga)

Ultraje a Rigor e Biquini Cavadão (Lapa)
No less than eleven musicians, plus two DJs during set breaks, for a breakneck night of samba, choro, MPB, and forró.
Fundição Progresso – 9PM
Rua dos Arcos, 24, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2220-5070
Entrance: R$40 (full price), R$20 (students, seniors, under 21, or with 1kg of non-perishable food)

Teresa Cristina (Lapa)
Watch Cristina steal the spotlight with her vocals and talent with her samba crew.
Carioca da Gema – 9PM
Av. Mem Sá, 79 – Centro – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Entrance: R$25

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


Shenanigan’s Live Music (Ipanema)
This classic American-Irish bar has live music every night as well a pool table, sports on the large screen TV and a good mix of locals and tourists.
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub – 9:30PM
Rua Visconde de Pirajá 122A (Upstairs), Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2267-5860
Entrance: Check for nightly prices

Live Music @ Balcony (Copacabana)
Great lunch specials, live music starting at 5:30PM and nightly drink specials and 20 percent off Entree plates for lunch and dinner until 7:00PM this month.
Balcony Bar
Avenida Atlantica, 1424, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2541 8381
Entrance: Free

Boteco Salvação (Botafogo)
Traditional boteco style with some extra finishing touches. A cozy atmosphere with nice TVs and pool tables upstairs.
Boteco Salvação – 8PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes, 55, Botafogo – (21) 2226-9691 / 2539-0216
Entrance: Free

Mas Será o Benedito (Lapa)
Immense bar inside a beautifully decorated old mansion with two floors and even some pool tables. On the weekends expect a raucous crowd hungry for samba and pagode.
Mas Será o Benedito – 11PM
Av. Gomes Freire, 599, Lapa – (21) 2232-9000
Entrance: Check for nightly prices

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