Nightclubs and bars in Brazil

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    Help!: Disco

    by selfishman Updated Sep 2, 2003

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    Help was just like everything else in Brazil...Wild!
    A lot of tourists go there because it's right on the main drag.
    The night started out with a local band playing brazillian music and they were actually really good...got the energy going.
    Then the DJ came on and played everything from Trance to top 40's to Hip-Hop.
    In the beginning the place was packed with a bunch of tourist looking to get laid so the vibe was kinda weak but the later it got the more of those people left and the real party animals got into the groove.
    There were some incredible looking girls there, most of them were working but they were still cool to party with. And they all love
    to dance!

    Dress Code: Very casual...matter of fact ther were a few girls that wore nothing but a boa and body paint!!

    The Women of Rio
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    Copacabana Beach: Cruising the strip

    by selfishman Written Sep 2, 2003

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    The best time I had in Rio during Carnaval was cruising the strip meeting people and checking out the vendors. You can't go fifty yards without walking into a party with speakers piled up and people dancing in the streets spraying silly string everywhere.
    You could up and put some music on and within minutes have a crowd of people dancing.
    The people are incredibly friendly...most of them are trying to sell something but they also seem to have great pride in thier happiness.

    Dancing in the streets

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    Lively people: Late nights and great music

    by acemj Updated Dec 27, 2003

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    Brazil is a country of passionate people who really know how to party. Their boundless energy may leave you groggy in the morning, but you're certain to have plenty of options that will keep you out at night. Be sure to seek out as many live music venues as possible to get a feel for the country's wonderful and innovative beat.

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    Club Melt: Best DJ EVER!!!

    by KaliMist Written Feb 5, 2005

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    Club Melt is the BEST place to go out dancing in RIO! The only thing about Rio nightlife is that it can be very dangerous. Always go out in large groups and ladies, don't wear your purses or any bling. If you direct attention towards yourself it may not be good attention, and chances are you could get mugged. So when you go out at night.. the last thing you want to do is look like a tourist! Try to work on your tan and blend in with the locals :-)

    Dress Code: IIt's very hot in Rio even at night! You don't need to wear a whole lot unless you want to sweat profusely. The locals dress a lot like we do in the states, minus the bling.

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    LIKE TO DANCE??CHOOSE ONE!

    by janaina Updated Nov 23, 2002

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    Some examples of what you can dance here!
    Let me intoduce you to some tipical dances telling you a little bit about..
    BUMBA-MEU-BOI:this is a very popular and widespread comic-dramatic dance,which tells the story of death and ressurection of an ox.It started in the end of the 18th century in the coastal sugar plantations and cattle ranches of Norheastern Brazil,and from there it spread to the North and South.
    Its name comes from the verb "bumbar",meaning to beat up or against,and the expression is chanted by the crowd as in invitation for the ox(the men under the ox costume) to charge against them.It is a parade of human and animal characters,and fantastic creatures from Brazilian indian mythology,such as the "caipora",to the sounds of the music and singing.It takes place during the Christmas season in certain states,and in June in the states of Maranhao and Amazonas-during the "festas juninas",dedicated to St. John and St. Peter.There are ususally a group of singers and the "chamador" or caller,who introduce the characters with diferent songs.
    The instruments used are the acustic guittar,the Brazilian tambourine("tamborim") and accordion.It appears in Northern Brazil as "Bumba-Boi",and in the island of Santa Catarina,Southern Brazil,as "Boi-de mamao"(mamao is the Brazilian word for Papaya,it's believed that originally a green papaya was used as the ox head).
    In the city of Parintins,in Amazonas,there's a "Bumbodromo",the North answer for Rio's Sambodromo.It becomes a great destination for tourists in the Amazon region.
    In the state of Maranhao,you can find the "matraca",a percussion instrument made of 2 pieces of wood that you carry on your hands and hit against each other-some matracas are very large and are carried around the neck.
    At the fabulous "Casa Do Maranhao" museum,in Sao Luis,numerous installations depict the diferent phases of this dance,the instruments and costumes!

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    LIKE TO DANCE?II-CARIMBO

    by janaina Written Nov 23, 2002

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    Carimbo:it's a large drum of African origin.
    It's made of a hollow tree-trunk section-about 1mt. tall and 30cm. wide,covered on one end
    by a deer skin.
    The Carimbo gives it name to a folkloric dance of the state of Para in the Brazilian
    Amazon,in the area of Marajo Island and the capital city of Belem.
    It's a circle dance accompanied by heavy percussion and occasionally by string instruments.
    At a certain moment in the dance,the woman throw a handkerchief to the floor and her partner has to pick it up using only his mouth!

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    LIKE TO DANCE III-CIRANDAS

    by janaina Written Nov 23, 2002

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    One of the most enjoyable nights I've spent in the city of Recife was when we learned to dance the Ciranda,in front of the little white church in Boa Viagem beach!
    It was sunday after the evening mass,and the weather couldn't have been better!
    There was a small band made up of brass and drums,and a male singer.
    People of all ages held hands and formed a large circle.The steps were very simple and the rhythm was slow and sort of hipnotic,going round and round.
    The music rhythms changes periodically,as a cue for the circle to change direction.
    In a ciranda people can come in and leave as they please,and the dance go on all night long,with people eating and drinking BATIDAS
    made by CACHACA and tropical fruits juices.
    Children falle asleep on their parents or grandparents laps.
    After this occasion,I falled in love by this song,and found a very good CD by Nei Matogrosso(a pop-star here),with a great recording of Pernambuco's cirandas he did with the group "Aquarela Carioca".

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    LIKE TO DANCE V-THE FAMOUS LAMBADA

    by janaina Written Nov 23, 2002

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    As famous as Samba,the word Lambada refers both to the rhythm-a fuse of Carimbo and Merengue-and to the dance,which incorporates elements of Forro,Samba,Merengue and Maxixe(the 19th century Brazilian dance which had a tremendous success in Europe).
    The dance is sexy,yes,but it's danced by all kinds of people,of all ages and sexes,without the "dirty" connotations given to it by very bad Hollywood movies :-((
    It's very graceful,fast paced,and believe me,when you have to move your feet and body
    that fast on the dance floor,the LAST thing on
    one's mind is sex!!
    Anyway,the rhythm originates in the Amazons,was later adopted by Bahians,who proceeded to create the steps..and the rest is history!

    Guarita beach,Torres,South Brazil

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    LIKE TO DANCE VI-LUNDU

    by janaina Written Nov 23, 2002

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    The Lundu or Lundum was brought to Brazil
    by Bantu slaves from Angola.
    Still danced in Marajo Island,in the Amazon delta,the Lundun is very sensual,voluptous-rather lascivious really-couple's dance.
    It was highly popular in Brazil in the seventeenth and early eighteenth century.
    It was later replaced by the Maxixe(which was also considered scandalous..)and the Samba.

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    FANTASTIC RIO SCENARIUM: Night fun...........in Rio bars......

    by peterman2 Written Nov 2, 2004

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    No....the only victym was that lady who was busy with so many icea cream in her mouth!!!!

    Kidding...we were having a great time in one of the most buccolic places in Rio de Janeiro, it will bring you back to many years ago where going out was an innocent event in their society!!!

    Great place, you should really go!

    And Rafael, my guide and good friend took me there!

    Dress Code: Dress code? What does it mean? Just feel confortable and go as you please!

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    Café Venicius: Bossa Nova "Temple"

    by grovier Updated Nov 12, 2005

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    Situated over the restaurant , there are two shows each night, the first- generally a singer alone- on 9,30pm and a second one on 10,30 pm...very good singers -Maria reuza for instance- and good musicians too. Cheap-about 30 Reals plus the drink- but good vibrations...

    Dress Code: You have to wear a shirt....

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    http://obaoba.terra.com.br/: Where to go to have fun?

    by Elainehead Written Feb 28, 2003

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    On this site, you will find out what is going on in the area you are visiting (parties, discos, etc), please click on:
    - FESTAS, to choose the area and places according to your music taste.

    Menu:
    - REGIAO: choose the area you plan to land. OPTIONS: EXTERIOR (Abroad), INTERIOR SP(São Paulo countryside), LITORAL SP (São Paulo coast = beaches), MG/ES (States of Minas Gerais/Espírito Santo), NORDESTE(Northeast of Brazil), NORTE/ C. OESTE(North/ Central West), PR/ SC / RS (States of Paraná/ Santa Catarina/ Rio Grande do Sul, all of them in the South of Brazil), RIO DE JANEIRO, SAO PAULO.
    - GENERO: your music taste or event (Carnaval, New Year's Day, etc)
    - PRICE (in local currency): choose how much money you want to spend. NA FAIXA means free.
    - AGE RANGE: if age is an important matter for you...
    - CHOOSE DATE FROM THE ABOVE CALENDAR.

    Dress Code: It will depend...but of course, if the club entrance is more than R$ 20, NO SNEAKERS, OVERALLS, FOOTBALL JERSEY. Some places might not even let you in if you are wearing a pair of jeans, so try to contact the place before going.

    Party! Party! Party!
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    GENERAL TIPS ON BRAZILIAN...

    by martinelli Written Sep 11, 2002

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    GENERAL TIPS ON BRAZILIAN NIGHTLIFE
    The bill arrives and then you see a lot of names and terms you never heard before. What are you paying for? Why does this strange name cost more than everything you ate all together? Let the fairy martinelli help you through this world of greed and expense...

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    If you go to Campinas, stop by...

    by maricamp Written Aug 26, 2002

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    If you go to Campinas, stop by DELTA BLUES BAR for the best blues bar in the state. Another good Campinas' bar is BARRIL DO PIRATA.
    DELTA and BARRIL has bands performing from wed to sunday, usually.

    Dress Code: DO NOT OVER-DRESS! other than that, everything is fair game.

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  • Nightlife in Brazil is really...

    by ikohavi Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Nightlife in Brazil is really something. In Rio there were many places to hang out in. I bet fashion changes, so the places that were good when I was there, are not the same places that are good now (so I won't recommend anything specific). If you leave with a family - yo can ask them. You can also ask other travelers you see on the street, where they are going out. In many cases, you will get good recommendations.
    One this I can suggest - in Copacabana there is a wonderful market near the shore. There are lots of arts&crafts to buy, presents etc. It's fun to hang around there at night (about 22:00-24:00). But beware, don't walk alone on the shore, where there aren't many people. See 'Warnings and Dangers'.

    Dress Code: Dress code is minimalistic. The less the better. It's hot anyway, and the Brazilian girls are not afraid to show their bodies. So if you want to feel like one of them - you can dress the same (if you can...).
    For boys - I didn't see any specific dressing code: jean, pants, shorts - I've seen them all. So go and have fun!

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