One of the best places in Rio de Janeiro, located in historical Lapa district, in an old renovated house. Great music and relaxing atmosphere. The interior of club is full of antiques and old cars. And there is an old dentist's chair by the entrance, just in case you get tootache.
This is not only nightclub where you can listen music, dance eat or drink, it is a musem with spacious venue of three floors.
Casa Rosa is a great place to go in Rio. There you can try real Brazilian food and music. On Sundays they have feijoada (a traditional Brazilian plate). There are lots of beautiful and young people there too.
Rua Alice, 550 - Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro, RJ.
Phone: (55) (21) 2557-2562
Lounge 69 is a nightclub appreciated by those who like to listen a good music and see beautiful and young people.
When I went there, they played electronic music. I'd recommend you ask for one of their good drinks and to wear comfortable sandals and clothes, because you will probably dance all night!
Rua Prudente de Moraes, 416 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
(55) (21) 2522-0627
00 is a very famous bar, nightclub and restaurant in Rio.
I liked to go there because I ate great food and then danced with my friends all night! There are so many beautiful people there! Especially the girls.
Avenida Padre Leonel Franca, 240 - Gávea, Rio de Janeiro.
Hideaway is a pizzaria and lounge in Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro. The place successfully combines a nice thin and crispy pizza with a big and modern place, full of young and beautiful people.
They also have shows (pop, Brazilian, jazz music) and a dance floor that mixes many styles of music. A complete night!
Rua das Laranjeiras, 308, Laranjeiras
A cultural centre in the majestic building of the Bank of Brazil (built 1880), on Av. Presidente Vargas in the centre. Excellent offerings in theatre, music and the visual arts.
CCBB Rio: Rua Primeiro de Março, 66, Centro, Rio de Janeiro - walking distance from the Uruguaiana stop on the Metro;
tel: (21) 3808 2020
Open: Tues-Sun, 10am-9pm;
This is the official bossanova club in Rio. It is pretty touristy, but you can see some of the original voices and players of the Brazilian bossa wave which was headed by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Don't miss it if you are a fan. Also worth visiting is music shop Toca de Vinicius.
It's central and features in most tourist guides.
Lapa is a district in Rio which is near Santa Teresa. It has a street party every thursday, friday and saturday which absolutely rocks with live music and lots of drinks. It's where all the Brazilians go and is great for getting a true feel of Rio.
We had a terrific night at this converted colonial mansion. It's littered with antiques, trinkets and other remnants of Rio past, and hosts samba, choro and various fusion bands. The music was great but the atmosphere was made by the mixed crowd - young and old, locals and tourists - all of whom manage to strut their stuff in the relaxed environment.
The original lyrics were written by Vinicius de Moraes in a restaurant/bar, past which the eponymous Ipanema-ista walked. Today, it's unpretentious and you can still sit by the pavement and watch the pedestrians. They serve a great steak + papas fritas and sell the best Rio souvenir - a T-Shirt bearing the opening bars of the famous song. By the way, the bar is on Vinicius de Moraes Street (in Ipanema). But when you fly in or out of Rio, you will pass through Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport. That's the guy who wrote the music.
Calle Vinicius de Moraes, Ipanema
A traditional "gafieira" where locals go to dance and hear great Brazilian popular music. Cheap and cheerful, with plain dusty floorboards, but the atmosphere is wonderful, especially at weekends, and the live bands are excellent. Sit back and watch expert dancers in their element, or take to the floor if you dare!
Situated in a large 19th-century building and decorated with Brazilian exotica – as well as a bar and concert venue, it is the main props house for the local film and theatre industry – this is where you come to soak up Rio’s bohemian past. In the evenings - from Tuesday to Saturday – it is the best local showcase of traditional music, such as samba, forró and chorinho.
Rua do Lavradio 20; Tel: 3852-5516; www.rioscenarium.com.br/
The music department of the University of Rio (UniRio) hosts weekly free concerts, usually of chamber music, in the entrance hall of the nearby Museu de Ciências da Terra do DNPM. And the Federal University (UFRJ) hosts weekly free concerts just down the street at the Salão Dourado of the Forum de Ciência e Cultura da UFRJ.
Avenida Pasteur, 404, Urca (the avenue that leads to Sugarloaf).
Mondays, at 6:30 PM during term (March-June, August-November).
Av. Pasteur, 250, Urca, Thursdays, at 7 PM.
Bus Service from the Botafogo Metro Station.
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