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

Wednesday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Need some recovery time before hitting up the four-night bonanza of Rock in Rio? And in particular, sick of the overpriced, bad food at the Cidade do Rock? Then swing by Mekong in Leblon for some delicious Thai food and chill beats as you prepare for the mayhem to come.


Nuth in Rio (Lagoa)
It’s a blend of samba, house, pop and hip-hop all night long at Nuth tonight with DJ Márcio Tadeu and Banda Grecco mixing up the styles.
Nuth – 9PM
Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, 1244, Lagoa – Tel: (21) 3575-6850
Entrance: R$50 men, R$30 women

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

Funny Party (Copacabana)
Rose Bombom hosts midweek at Rio’s most notorious male-oriented GLBT club. Two-for-one beers until 1AM.
Le Boy – 9PM
Rua Raul Pompéia, 102 (Galeria), Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2247-8342
Entrance: Free until midnight, R$10 after


Makley Mattos and Seis por Meia Dúzia (Lapa)
The Vitória-born, Brasília-raised singer launched a solo career ten years ago, and Seis por Meia Dúzia has been his backing band all along the way.
Carioca da Gema – 9:30PM
Avenida Mem de Sá 79, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Entrance: R$20

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

Quinteto Nova Lapa
Sax, guitar, bass, drums, and trumpet: the ingredients for the sweet sounds of jazz to liven up a weekday corner in Lapa.
Jazz no Buteco – 10PM
Rua Taylor & Rua da Lapa, Lapa
Entrance: Free

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 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 – 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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