The biggest nightclub in Fortaleza, very good.
I also suggest:
The Pub (Ana Bilhar Street, 1445 - Varjota)
Olé Klub (Praça Portugal)
Órbita (in front of Dragão do Mar)
Biruta (Dioguinho avenue, ... - Praia do Futuro)
Dress Code: I think you can wear anything you want...
I don't know what I was thinking leaving this tip off of the list. Fortal is a big event that happens every year at the end of July (it is usually the last weekend of the month) and it lasts about 4 days... A lot of tourists come to town just for this event. It is like an out of season CARNIVAL. Various bands go down Avenida Beira Mar playing songs - these bands play on top of trucks with huge speakers "trio eletrico", and they are divided in "blocks". Each "Block" has a name and the people usually choose the block to go depending on price, or most of the time, depending on the band that is playing. If you don't have the picture on your mind yet... Fortal usually has 400.000 people a night and in it's 4 days about 2 MILLION people go out to celebrate in the Avenue (inside and outside of the blocks). GET THE PICTURE??? It is the biggest out of season Carnival in Brasil. Usually we have about 6 oficial "blocks". Fortal started in 1992, so, this will be it's 11th year. And if you don't like to go down and dace in the Avenue, following the "trio eletrico" you can always get in to a hotel, a club, or a "camarote" (kind of a VIP place with food, drinks, seats).
Anyway... When you go, you don't want to have lot of pricey things on you. Don't take a lot of cash, just enough to get drunk, and make sure you take an ID. Cameras, only take them if they are disposable. There are plenty of photographers there, they will put your pics on the web and everything.
Oh, almost forgot... The only bad thing about this is that it is a bit expensive to go in the blocks. They range from R$200.00 - R$400.00 (BRAZILIAN CURRENCY). But $1.00 = R$2.85 (it changes everyday). So, if your currency is the American Dollar, yout money is worth almost 3 times more in Brazil... so it is worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dress Code: Oh my Gosh... People wear all kinds of stuff. You are not going to dress up. You probably want to put shorts and a bathing suit on (when you buy the ticket to fortal, you get "abadas" (which is kinda like a shirt) so the people know which block you belong to). Plus, it is hot, by the beach, so you are going to sweat for sure, or get a beer bath, or get wet even when the firefighters come and "give" the people some water. So, bathing suit and shorts are the best option.
Amicis is a italian restaurant at Centro Cultural Dragão do Mar serving amazing pizza. But after 11pm it turns into an intense night club. Saturday is the best day to go and it's when they play samba music from the past. It's so worth it.
It is near Praia de Iracema and it's cheap to get in, around 10 reais.
Dress Code: Anything you want
If you want to dance, see some beautiful people, great cocktails and to be in a place which will be open until 6 am...
Then go to Mucuripe Club. They have a massive open space for bands to perform and 3 night clubs playing different music styles.
It's well worth it going there :)
More info: http://fortalezainenglish.blogspot.com/
Dress Code: No shorts, no flipflops... :)
Here is one of the hot spots at night. It is the Orbita club located near Praia Iracema. This area is loaded with bars and very well travel in the evenings. They serve food and drinks of all kinds and they often have live bands there playing at night.
Dress Code: There is no "dress code" but it is customary in Fortaleza to wear pants and a nice shirt when going out at night. The only people who show up in beachwear at night are the tourists.
Go check out Beira mar at night. You will find it packed with people. The locals go there to run and walk and the tourist go there because 90% of the hotels in town are there. Check out the sights and do a little shopping, relax at on of the restaurants, or just sit back and watch the people zip by.
Dress Code: None, just remember to stay where the people are, do not go walking on the beach at night, and leave your jewelry at home.
The Portuguese center is really a circle and it is located just in front of Shopping Aldeota. They light it up at night and it is very nice looking. During the Christmastime months they construct a huge Christmas tree of lights and light it up.
For a calm night out head there and then stop by Monmartte for a sandwich and then some shopping at Aldeota.
Dress Code: None
A great place for meeting with friends, good local live music, many kind of drinks, and the specialty.. COXINHA DE CARANGEJO, is a chiken leg shaped piece made of the meat of the Crab, delicius and.. great.
It is pretty cool in Mucuripe... It is a little more expensive than the other places to go in, but it is nice there. I already liked the old Mucuripe, but now, they changed location and buit a brand new one. I haven't been in that one yet, but I will let you know, in December, when I visit, what I think. My sources say it is even better. There are 6 areas now, different than the ones before. Alfandega (it is dedicated to a former night club, they have live music with the best of pop rock, axe music and etc), Arena (holds 1,500 people it plays rock n'roll, pop rock classics and etc), Estacao (holds about 300 people and mostly plays blues, MTV, pop and Jazz), Usina (holds about 800 people and it is the space for techno and dance music), Tunel (the best of flashback '60, '70, '80, '90) and finally the restaurant, Vintage.
Dress Code: There isn't really a dress code, but usually, people dress up a little bit to go there... What a mean by dressing up is that you don't see a lot of people wearing jeans.
This is a nice environment, where you can go with your friends. Usually there are live bands playing there.. The style of music is usually cover bands of certain artists, pop rock, reggae. It is usually R$5,00 to get in and sometimes, if you get there before 10pm you get in for free (depending on how many people are in there already). You can play pool, kick it by the bar, or enjoy the music.
Dress Code: Whatever you please!!
Pirata was once considered to have the craziest monday on the planet. Maybe it's because it's the only place open and so lively on a monday night.
But it's a good place to go.
You have a great band playing Axe music and the crowd just loves it. People go and they just dance all night long.
Prices on drinks aren't high and make sure you take a taxi. It's terrible to park there.
But it's a good tip :)
Dress Code: Something comfortable so you can dance all night :)
This is a must for everyone who enjoys to dance, listen to good local music or experience something very different!
Pirata Bar is no doubt Monday's night and Monday is the night where you are served Ceara music at it's best! Forro is played from 20 till midnight, and then you get Axe (Brasilian pop/rock) at it's very best till dawn.
Drinks are a little more expensive then other bars, but affordable. The menu, however, is big and appart from beer, most drinks are available.
Be sure to come here early if you dont want to be standing up. It gets very crowded here and you wont find a table if you turn up late.
Dress Code: No dresscode, but dress nice, jeans and a nice shirt are fine.
This is a place that you might find in Miami like Nikki Beach, St. Tropez, or Ibiza. The difference is the Brazilian twist, so there is not attitude.
Great to lounge, dance, and look at beautiful people.
Excellent place to go on Thursdays
Dress Code: more dressed up than other places but still relatively casual
the nightlife... WOW... I don't know where to begin... there are soooooo many options... i'll try to go night for night, or spot for spot.. hmm... first a rundown of all the places I went to... Kapital, Cafe del Mar, Alo Brazil, Europa, Bikini Bar, Africas, Armazen, Orbital, Mucuripe, Drago do Mar, Zippi... EVERY NIGHT IN FORTALEZA, there is something fun to do!!!
I must say, the place I enjoyed the most was Mucuripe..... Mucuripe is an EXCELLENT club... this place is absolutely HUGE, the doorman said that they don't allow women who openly work as "pro's" in the place, there is about 5 or 6 different rooms where you can enjoy different types of music, and in the main room (the one when u first enter) you can enjoy a live band and sit back and relax with friends... further back, there was an open area with a waterfall wall.. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED... it was really nice and the staff were very courteous... the women were supposedly the "upper class" brazilian class, but they gave me and my buddies lots of love, and surprisingly, alot of women we met in Mucuripe spoke english.. not great english, but you could tell they were either educated, or being educated in English...
As its name implies, the club has everything for the cowboy: the huge complex is sometimes used for rodeos during the day, and on Wednesday nights the cavernous interior throbs with forró rhythms and hundreds of dancing couples.
Dress Code: Not naked