Rio De Janeiro Nightlife
Home to Carnival, samba and the Copacabana, it''s not surprising
that the nightlife in Rio de Janeiro is one of a kind, and Cariocas
(Rio''s residents) will make a party out of just about any social
gathering. Whether you''re looking for a relaxing bar or lounge to
sip on a couple of ''chopps'' (draft beer), or you''re in the mood for
a big night out at a hip and happening dance club, Rio de Janeiro
has it all.
A popular way to warm things up is to start off in the cooler
early evening at one of the numerous beach bars for a coconut juice
or cocktail. Head off to one of Rio de Janeiro''s trendy beach
communities, such as Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon and explore the
bars and clubs, but be warned, some of these places may not grant
entry to people wearing shorts and T-shirts or flip-flops.
Head off to a trendy restaurant for a late dinner with friends
and then at around 11pm, when most clubs open, check out who''s
playing at the Rio Scenarium, Comuna da Semente or Carioca da Gema.
Lapa is a popular spot for revellers as well as Gamba.
Live music and dancing is also big in the entertainment scene in
Rio de Janeiro and there is a wide variety, such as Samba, Bossa
Nova, rock, MBP (Brazilian pop), blues, jazz and much more. If you
search hard enough, there is sure to be a gig happening somewhere
in this vibrant city on any given night. You can also watch Samba
school rehearsal parties, where local drummers and dancers showcase
their skills in warehouses for thousands of people. It''s a great
way to get a taste of the Carnival atmosphere at other times of the
Clubbing in Rio can be expensive, but you can have a cheaper
night out by sticking to local drinks. Many clubs will charge you
for drinks and entry only when you leave, so keep track of what you
spend. Most clubs have a dress code, so t-shirts and flip flops
aren''t allowed. Each club is different: some will only allow men
when accompanied by women, and most will require an ID or passport
Rio also has a vibrant gay clubbing scene, with many bars and
clubs in Copacabana and Ipanema, including Le Boy, La Girl, Dama da
Ferro, Fosfobox and The Week. An alternative to clubs and bars in
Rio are the street parties. Lapa hosts a street party every Friday
and Saturday night near the aqueduct on Avenida Mem de Sá; and
Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays are the best nights to head to
Gávea, where you''ll find music, cheap beer, and many university
students on the street in front of the bar Hipódromo.
Pick up a copy of the Friday editions of the O Globo, O Dia or
Jornal do Brasil newspapers for listing on nightlife and
entertainment in Rio de Janeiro.