Nightclubs and bars in Rio de Janeiro

  • A cafe on Ipanema Beach
    A cafe on Ipanema Beach
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  • Skylab bar view of Copacabana
    Skylab bar view of Copacabana
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    Several bars: Bars all over the city

    by littlebush Updated Apr 26, 2014

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    We checked out a few bars, here's where:

    -Skylab, Copacabana-recommended in lonely planet for it's view from the 30th floor, which is nice but the bar seriously needs a make over. It's not open so you look through filthy windows and a horrible wooden structure next to a makeshift bar in a horrible ambience. Beer was reasonable at 9 reals. The isn't as great as being up one if the mountains.

    -zizabar on Rua Miguel Lemos, Copacabana-we decided to do what locals seen to do, hang out and drink at these corner bars that have seats and tables on the pavement and are packed as people spill out to the road. A large 600ml beer was just 4.50 reals (£1.25). Friendly people.

    -Barzin, Ipenema-a bar/restaurant with open terrace, nice atmosphere, stopped here for a Cuba libre at 18 reals.

    -Palaphita Kitch, Lagoa- one of the best settings of any bar in the world. Located on the shore of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas lake, with the sunset going down over the mountains, Christ the redeemer in view high to the right, am ambient setting with wicker chairs and ambient music and a great spot for people watching, the cocktails slip down very nicely at this fantastic spot. (18 reals for a caipirinha)

    -Garota de Ipanema, Ipanema-food and bar. We had some beer and wine in a jar along with some cheese balls at this nice place. Service was pretty good and it's on a corner to people watch.

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    Skylab bar view of Copacabana Zizabar

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    A Botequins by the Ocean

    by Paul2001 Updated Jul 25, 2013

    It is hard to know what to call these. We might call them cafes. Maybe botequins or botecos? All I know is that if you want to sit in the night air, listen to the surf coming into Ipanema beach and people watch for a little while then this is place for you.
    The little cafes line the beach at Ipanema and Copacabana about every 100 meters or so. The beer was cheep. A can cost R$3.00. The food is best avoided as they tend to just heat up hamburgers in a microwave. Most of all they appear to be reasonably safe. Ipanema beach is well let at night and so are these café/botecos. I spent a lot of time at this particular bar as it was just 25 meters from my hotel. During my last night in Ipanema I a couple of beers here and did not want to leave. Alas I had to.

    Dress Code: The is Rio. Wear as little as is necessary!

    A cafe on Ipanema Beach

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    The Bip Bip: A Delightful Boteco with Samba Music

    by Paul2001 Written Aug 21, 2012

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    This was one of my favourite nighttime spots in Rio. The Bip Bip is a highly informal and unpretentious place to catch some Samba music. It is sort of a music improve place where musicians gather together to play music around a kitchen table in the tiniest bar. Most patrons end up on the street watching and thanks for Rio's non existent drinking laws, this is allowed. Beer, if you want one, is bought from a woman you can just see in one of photos. She is standing by the fridge. You simply give her 3 real and grab a beer.
    The Bip Bip retrains its fame for the fact that many well known Brazilian musicans and singers come her and join in. No doubt because they probably live in nearby Impanema where all the money is. The music can go on to late. I stayed for three beers. Overall this was a great and cheep place to get an authentic taste of Brazilian culture.

    Dress Code: Any or none. This is Brazil!

    The lady drinking in the back sells the beer!
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  • Café Cultural de Sacrilégio: Nightlife - Samba Clubs

    by randjrj Written May 15, 2011

    This is a great traditional samba club in Lapa. There is good food to be had early on in the night, and the live music they put out is pretty good too. Get there early, as on a weekend, there is a line out the door, as is the case with all the samba clubs in Lapa. By day, the buildings in the neighborhood look a little like urban bomb shelters. By night, the graffiti filled garage doors are all rolled up, and the whole neighborhood comes alive with bars, restaurants and clubs. No disrespect to Ipanema, Copacabana, and Leblon, but this is the true heart of Rio's nightlife

    Dress Code: Casual to clubbing attire. I'd skip wearing shorts here.

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  • Waxy´s Bar: A lively spot with live music

    by waxydan Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Waxy´s hosts live music 7 nights a week. Offers a large selection of beers (heniken, stella, sol, brahama etc...) and a large selection of cocktails! They have live music 7 nights a week and it located in a very safe and central location (vinicus de Moraes 71b) just next to the famous Garota de Ipanima. A greast hang out for gringos and locals alike.

    Dress Code: Relaxed!

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    New York City Centre: Next to BarraShopping

    by Willettsworld Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Connected to Barra Shopping is this entertainment and restaurant complex. The complex features some 18 multiplex cinema's and restaurants such as TGI Friday's, Bob's (Brazilian burger chain similar to McDonald's), McDonald's, Outback Steakhouse, Pizza Hut and Subway.

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    Mess: Thursday: the Pitbull Pit

    by Popstar99 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The club is called Mess and it is close to Copacabana... watch out, you are in the more touristy areas now, so the hookers and other people of the night are abundant... music is mixed, a long set of hip hop when i was there...lots of muscular pitbull boys, so do not get into any fights, otherwise, the place is nice and very packed

    Dress Code: Casual

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    Conversa Fiada: Live Music

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 25, 2010

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    We found this place by chance when we strolled past when we left the Garata Ipanema. It's a popular local hangout and was jammed. The love music was non stop and excellent as was the food and drinks.Good prices too.
    Warning though if you stop for drinks only there is a cover charge of 8Real.

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    Le Boy: OMG How are is he keeping that on?

    by kevinism Written Jul 29, 2010

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    The best gay bar in Rio is 'Le Boy' in Aproador. I would rank it as one of the top five gay clubs in the world - up there with 'Heaven' in London, 'Splash' in New York and 'Le Queen' in Paris. It is positioned along Rua Pompeia which is flanked by the western end of Copacabana and the eastern end of Ipanema in a very posh neighborhood. Although you are okay walking there in the evening when you leave in the early hours I would suggest a taxi. Entrance costs 15 reals (accompanying women have to pay 20 reals).

    The place itself is massive, at least 70 ft long. At one end is a stage, at the other toilets and entrance - you can go to the gigantic spherical bar in the middle and stairs and balconies overlook it all.

    Go-go dancers perform for the crowds, two on the bar, two on podiums above the dance floor. They get paid to gyrate to the music just clutching a small towel. I won't tell you how they keep that towel up...I'll leave it for your imagination.... The music is also good, not a fan of the dark room but tend to get really busy.

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    The Week Nightclub: A Pool In The CLub??

    by kevinism Written Jul 29, 2010

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    The first few days we were in Rio, we kept asking every gay person we met, "Where do we go for dancing?" And, without fail, every single person answered, "The Week!" Located toward the International Airport in an up-and-coming area, The Week is Rio's newest and craziest gay dance club, and it attracts a hip, attractive, professional, and international crowd. It had a gigantic downstairs dance floor, VIP area, small chic swimming pool, and deck with sitting area. The first thing you'll notice as you approach the club is the music thumping from inside. Once on the dance floor, you will see the most stunning dancers you have ever seen in your life! It will take 20 - 30 minutes to get to The Week via taxi, but it makes it well worth the drive by providing a consistently good crowd and great music in a clean, sexy, modern setting, and not too expensive.

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    Sambodrome: Carnival in Rio.

    by Odinnthor Updated Nov 5, 2009

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    Carnival in Rio is a huge international event. The parade and all that entails is not accessible without tickets. I know that people have had trouble even with tickets, if they do not include transport and guidance to and from. In the mid 80s everything changed, as the usual, bleachers that were assembled and then disassembled on Presedente Vargas Avenida, made way for what is now known as the Sambodrome, or permanent structures, along a different street. Having taken group tours there both before and after, - I strongly recommend that if you actually want to participate in all that, - that you make sure that you are provided with transport there and guidance in and out. However I am not sure exactly how to get that done. My tours were five star, so all was done for us. The Rio Carnaval (Portuguese spelling), having been to several different ones, - is by far the most elaborate and the best known. It is an exhilerating experience that should not be missed.

    Dress Code: Dress comfortably...this is a street party. A good idea is to wear the traditional white.

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    various: Websites

    by gigi_samp Written Apr 25, 2009

    If you understand portuguese, check out these websites to find out what to do in Rio..

    - http://www.riofesta.com.br/
    - http://www.lanalapa.com.br/programacao.asp

    And thers's also a blog in english

    - http://rionights.wordpress.com/

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  • 00 Zero Zero: A true New Yorker

    by julian_guillot Written Mar 9, 2009

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    00 Zero Zero is a concept club located right next to Rio's Planetarium. As much a nightclub as a restaurant, the place is a trendy spot for dancing, chilling and dining. All year round this upscale restaurant and lounge club attracts a consistent crowd of amateur models and the occasional celebrity for late-night champagne and dancing. The club is surrounded by a large teak deck with wooden Indonesian benches and a huge candlelit patio where fashionable sexy's cruise around all night. The dance floor usually fills up around midnight and spills onto the outdoor lounge. Be sure to have a cool fancy drink in hand and a nice pickup line!

    Dress Code: Dress at your best and to impress!
    Casually trendy!

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  • 00 Zero Zero: A true New Yorker

    by julian_guillot Written Mar 9, 2009

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    00 Zero Zero is a concept club located right next to Rio's Planetarium. As much a nightclub as a restaurant, the place is a trendy spot for dancing, chilling and dining. All year round this upscale restaurant and lounge club attracts a consistent crowd of amateur models and the occasional celebrity for late-night champagne and dancing. The club is surrounded by a large teak deck with wooden Indonesian benches and a huge candlelit patio where fashionable sexy's cruise around all night. The dance floor usually fills up around midnight and spills onto the outdoor lounge. Be sure to have a cool fancy drink in hand and a nice pickup line!

    Dress Code: Dress at your best and to impress!
    Casually trendy!

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  • 00 Zero Zero: A true New Yorker

    by julian_guillot Written Mar 9, 2009

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    00 Zero Zero is a concept club located right next to Rio's Planetarium. As much a nightclub as a restaurant, the place is a trendy spot for dancing, chilling and dining. All year round this upscale restaurant and lounge club attracts a consistent crowd of amateur models and the occasional celebrity for late-night champagne and dancing. The club is surrounded by a large teak deck with wooden Indonesian benches and a huge candlelit patio where fashionable sexy's cruise around all night. The dance floor usually fills up around midnight and spills onto the outdoor lounge. Be sure to have a cool fancy drink in hand and a nice pickup line!

    Dress Code: Dress at your best and to impress!
    Casually trendy!

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