Nightlife Information for Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
Ipanema/Leblon - Praça General Osorio and the surrounding streets are always a good starting point, with lots of bars, busy most of the week. Baronetti is one popular club in Praça Nossa Senhora da Paz if late bars are not quite enough. Dama de Ferro (The Iron Lady) is a GLS option. The bars alongside the Ipanema end of the lagoon are a good place for a relaxed evening drink, especially Palafita Kitsch.
Copacabana/Leme - there is a lot of nightlife around the streets of Copacabana, lots of bars on every corner. Clubs such as Fosfobox and the Cafe del Mar overlooking the beach road attract a well-heeled clientele. There are also lots of clubs in the area which appeal to a different, largely male clientele, which have dancing girls and such things.
Lagoon/Gavea - there are plenty of bars around the far side of the lagoon, close to the Botanical Gardens and the Horse-Racing track. Club 00 is perhaps the largest, while lots of cheaper 'butecos' attract a student crowd in Baixa Gavea on Thursdays.
Lapa - Lapa has developed into Rio's most vibrant nightlife district over the last ten years. On Friday and Saturday nights especially, the area under the Lapa Arches and along Avenida Mem de Sa, which closes to traffic, are particularly busy. You need to take a little care wandering the streets of Lapa at all times, but inside the bars and clubs are usually fine. The Scenarium, Carioca da Gema and Sacrilegio are excellent for live samba, forro and other types of Brazilian music. Lapa 40 and
Barra da Tijuca - through the tunnels from Ipanema past Sao Conrado takes you to Barra, where the condominium kids of the area congregate. Lots of bars on Avenida Olegario Maciel and also in various shopping centres for earlier, while Avenida das Americas/Avenida Armando Lombardi around Rua Gumercindo da Silva has bars such as D'Lux and clubs going through until dawn such as 021.
City Centre - The Week is perhaps Brazil's most famous GLS club, with Rio's version being in Saude towards the Portuario area, just to the north of the downtown area. Pedra do Sal is in the same area, a midweek street samba gathering.
Rio das Pedras - this district on the outskirts of the city has the Castelo das Pedras, possibly the largest regular night for Baile Funk in Rio, which grinds into gear on Sundays.
Rio also has lots of large club events in the Marina da Gloria, Rio Centro, occasionally on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, especially during the period between Christmas and Carnaval, the Brazilian high season. Tickets for these must be bought in advance, so if you like the idea, let us know and we can make some recommendations and include tickets as part of your package.
Buzios - Buzios has excellent nightlife, mostly along Orla Bardot and Rua das Pedras. Pacha and Privilege are the most famous clubs, with Anexo and many more late bar and smaller club options along the same seafront strip, Whichever club you end up in, we recommend that you begin the night with a cocktail in the Captain's Bar! This tiny street-corner bar is easy to find, shaped like a boat, and perfect to sit outside and enjoy some classic Buzios people-watching.
Paraty - Paraty has plenty of bars in the squares of town, or places such as Paraty 33 on the side-streets, but only a couple of late night club options, as well as the lovely Samba dos Amigos. Many of the bars such as Cafe Margarida have live music.
Ilha Grande - Espaço Ipaum Guaçu is an irregular club hidden away in backstreets of the main village, while many foreigners spend the night on the deck of the Che Lagarto hostel at the end of the main beach.