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

Thursday’s Rio Nightlife Pick: The Dancing Cheetah parties had a good run last summer at Casa de Matriz, but a new year means a new location. With the opening of Studio RJ, Chico Dub has decided to move the party beachfront for the best in global beats, ghetto style.


Freedom (Botafogo)
The Rollercoaster DJs have a full night of electronic music planned, culled from the best worldwide of dubstep, tech house, and electro house.
Pista 3 – 11PM
Rua São João Batista 14, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691
Entrance: R$15 lista amiga, R$25 otherwise

Décio Rocha (Lapa)
Release party for the bassist’s new CD. André Muato opens and Orquestra Superpopular follows.
Teatro Odisseia – 9PM
Avenida Mem de Sa 66, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2224-6367
Entrance: R$15 until 11PM with lista amiga, R$20 after 11PM with lista amiga, R$25 otherwise

Veneno + Exorcize (Botafogo)
Rock and pop upstairs and down with this Thursday night mainstay, featuring Exorcize 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

Dancing Cheetah (Arpoador)
Rio’s oldest world music 2.0 throwdown — featuring the ghetto beats of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America — has found a new home with an ocean view. Join DJs Chico Dub and Pedro Seiler for a booty-shaking tour of reggaetón, kuduro, kwaito, funk, cumbia, dancehall, hip-hop in 80 different languages and whatever the blogs are talking about these days.
Studio RJ – 12:30AM
Av. Vieira Souto, 110, Arpoador – Tel: (21) 2523-1204
Entrance: R$25 lista amiga, R$30 otherwise


Cachaçaria do Mangue Seco (Lapa)
Grupo Prefixo is up tonight with the best of samba and pagode. With DJ intervals Dj & Dj Fabio Rodrigo Velloso bracket playing all rhythms.
Quintal Carioca – 8PM
Rua do Lavrádio, 25, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2507-8044
Entrance: R$20

Samba dá Sopa (Barra da Tijuca)
If you have a craving for Samba and don’t have the energy to make it all the way to Lapa then this may be your best bet. Dance to the rhythms of ex-soccer player Junior do Flamengo.
Bom Sujeito – 9:30PM
Est da Barra Tijuca, 18, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro – Tel: (21) 2491-8955
Entrance: Price not available at press time.

Tempora Carioca (Lapa)
As veterans of samba, Tempora Carioca will be putting motion into Carioca da Gema on this Thursday night. Bar Semente – 11PM
Av. Mem Sá, 79 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Entrance: R$21

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


Bar Bukowski (Botafogo)
An entire house with two floors with various rooms, DJs that play rock n’ roll, an outdoor patio and even a Wii on a projector. Always an intense party until the wee hours a la its namesake.
Bar Bukowski – 6PM
Rua Álvaro Ramos, 270, Botafogo – (21) 2244-7303 / 7701-8300
Entrance: R$30 (full price). R$25 (lista amiga via Orkut), R$22 (lista amiga via Facebook)

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

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
Entrance: Free

Sambokê (Lapa)
Samba karaoke — better brush up on your Cartola!
Choperia Brazooka – 7PM
Avenida Mem de Sá 70, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2224-3236
Entrance: R$10

Live Music @ Balcony (Copacabana)
Great lunch specials, live music starting at 5:30PM and nightly drink specials and free hors d’oeuvres for paying customers everyday at 5PM.
Balcony Bar
Avenida Atlantica, 1424, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2541 8381
Entrance: Free

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