Thursday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Leblon has a lot of great warm-up bars with beautiful people, and after getting in the spirit Melt is a always safe bet for some good music and dancing.
Opalão 76 is Family (Copacabana)
Billing themselves as a hip hop crew, this Copacabana late night club should be bouncing all night.
Fosfobox – 1AM
Rua Siqueira Campos 143/22A, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498
Veneno + Ímã (Botafogo)
Rock and pop upstairs and down with this Thursday night mainstay, featuring Ímã on the second floor.
Casa da Matriz – 11PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Entrance: Free first 50 women until midnight, R$16 until midnight with lista amiga, R$20 after midnight with lista amiga, R$24 women and R$28 men without lista amiga
Hip-hop mixes with MPB for some Thursday night fun in Zona Sul’s most posh neighborhood.
Melt – 9PM
Rua Rita Ludolf, 47, Leblon – Tel: (21) 2249-9309
Entrance: Men R$25-60, Women Free-R$25
Simone Mazzer (Lapa)
The actress and singer returns to the Semente stage to show off her voice and novel interpretation of MPB classics, world pop, and the new vanguard of music from São Paulo.
Bar Semente – 9:30PM
Rua Joaquim Silva, 138, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2507-5188
Entrance: R$13 women, R$16 men
Tempero Carioca (Lapa)
This group of the old guard (velha guarda) hail from some of the top samba schools and will put on a authentic samba roda (circle) with some of the world’s best samba.
Carioca da Gema – 9:30PM
Avenida Mem de Sá 79, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
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Boteco Salvação (Botafogo)
Traditional boteco style with some extra finishing touches. A cozy atmosphere with nice TVs and pool tables upstairs.
Boteco Salvação – 6PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes, 55, Botafogo – (21) 2226-9691 / 2539-0216
Samba karaoke — better brush up on your Cartola!
Choperia Brazooka – 7PM
Avenida Mem de Sá 70, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2224-3236
Blue Agave’s (Copacabana)
Some of the best Mexican food — and the best margarita — in Rio, plus live American and European sports on TV. They also have the original location in Ipanema.
Rua Aires Saldanha 21C – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 3592-9271
Live Music @ Balcony (Copacabana)
Great lunch specials and live music starting at 5:30PM every day. Make sure to check the web site for a feel of the place.
Balcony Bar – Open 24 hours
Avenida Atlantica, 1424, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2541-8381
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