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

Wednesday’s Rio Nightlife PickWith a repertoire that mixes samba and MPB, Grupo Artifício is this Wednesday’s pick of the night. This artist will bring the beats of samba to Lapa 40º, playing songs from Cartel, Paulinho da Viola, Jorge Aragon, and many more of the classics.


Club Sertanejo (Leblon)
Get a hefty dose of Brazilian country music with João Gabriel and DJ Kabul, plus karaokê sertanejo for the ambitious (and shameless).
Melt – 9PM
Rua Rita Ludolf, 47, Leblon – Tel: (21) 2249-9309
Entrance: Men R$25-50, Women Free-R$25
Entrance: R$20 lista amiga until midnight, R$25 after midnight, R$30 without lista amiga

Quarta do Real (Centro)
Grupo Samba Arte plays live, while three DJs mix house, axé, and funk between sets. Beers for two reais the whole night.
Passeio Dance – 7PM
Av. Rio Branco, 277, Centro – (21) 2220-1298
Entrance: Free for women / R$25 for men with e-flyer until 9PM


Grupo Artifício (Lapa)
Grupo Artifício brings to the rhythm of samba Lapa 40º, with a repertoire that mixes samba and MPB. Playing songs from Cartel, Roberto Ribeiro, Paulinho da Viola, Joao Nogueira, Jorge Aragon, and many more of the classics.
Lapa 40º – 8PM
Rua do Riachuelo, 97, Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9005
Entrance: R$20 Women, R$30 Men

German Bense (Ipanema)
The Uruguayan artist, German Bense, a bassist, guitarist, singer and songwriter, will be relaxing the crowd with Bossa Nova at this swanky Ipanema venue. This is the first time he’ll be performing his own compositions of Bossa Nova in Rio de Janeiro.
Vinícius Bar – 10:30PM
Rua Vinícius Moraes, 39 – Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2523-4757
Entrance: R$25

Democratic Wednesday, Day Forró (Lapa)
Northeastern Brazil invades Rio with your weekly dose of forró, accordion-fueled country tunes. Quarteto Forrozando celebrates one year together and Trio Juriti releases their new CD while performing with Mariana Mello.
Clube dos Democráticos – 11PM
Rua do Riachuelo 91/93, Lapa – Tel: (21) 8848-8889
Entrance: (With Lista Amiga) Women R$10 until 11PM / R$13 until midnight, Men R$13 until 11PM / R$16 until midnight

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


Mekong (Leblon)
The Asian fusion restaurant hosts an early evening party featuring tasty grub, flashy
drinks, and tunes from the likes of the Botafogo Social Club DJs.
Mekong – 7PM
Rua General Urquiza, 188a, Leblon – Tel: (21) 2243-1040 / (21) 2529-212
Entrance: Free

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

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

Som da Bola (Lapa)
Happy hour with friends, futebol, cold beer, and cool Brazilian music at Lapa’s most relaxed and spacious bar.
Choperia Brazooka – 6PM
Avenida Mem de Sá 70, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2224-3236
Entrance: Free

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