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It's an open question whether Cariocas possess some hidden nightlife gene or whether they've trained themselves for decadence through years and years of practice. Whatever the case, Rio has a lot to keep you busy at night. It starts early and continues very late. However, if you as a visitor want to go for the quintessential Rio experience, you have to learn to pace yourself. Whether you spend the day seeking out sights or on the beach, head back to your hotel in the afternoon for a wee nap.
Trust me, this will be the key to making it through the night. Once you're up again, head out in the cool early evening for a coconut juice on the beach. Sip it while watching the sunset in summer around 8pmthen around 9pm stroll over to a patio for a predinner drink, or maybe walk along the pathway by the waterfront in Copa or Ipanema and find a table at one of the new beachfront kiosks. Plan to have dinner around 10pm, to be ready for your evening of dancing around midnight or 1am. Most places don't even open until 11pm. Your options at this point depend on the day and the time of year.
If you're in Rio between September and Carnaval, attending one of the samba school rehearsals on Saturday night is a must. Or just enjoy the scene by the Arcos de Lapa on a Friday night. Of course, there are a of Rio de janero strip club and bars to choose from, and then there are always the botequins, Rio's neighborhood bars.
Wherever you wind up, after 3 or 4 hours dancing you may find yourself getting peckish. For a late-night or early-morning snack in Lapa, stop in for some pizza at the lovely upstairs Pizzaria Carioca da Gema, Av. In Leblon, Pizzeria Guanabara or Jobi are both open until at least 5am on weekends. By the time they throw you out, it'll just be time to wander down to the beach and watch the sunrise, ready for a new morning -- and another night -- in Rio.
To find out more about listings for arts and entertainment, check the Friday editions of the O Globo www. Available at all newsstands, all three publish a detailed weekly calendar of events, including nightlife, performing arts, concerts, and other events in the city. The Rio tourism agency Riotur also publishes a detailed booklet of events in English and Portuguese called Guia do Rio or Rio Guide, available at its main information center at Av.
Words to Help You Through the Night -- Here's some vocabulary to help you decipher the listings in the newspapers. Listings under Pista refer to events at nightclubs or discos. It is quite common to have two rates, one for women mulher and one for men homemthe latter usually paying more. Many dance clubs offer a matinee program on Saturdays or Sundays for teenagers.
The days of the week are given in abbreviations: seg or 2a Monter or 3a Tuesqua or 4a Wedqui or 5a Thurssex or 6a Frisab Satand dom Sun. Lapa -- Bars and clubs have their moments, and so do neighborhoods. Lapa is definitely on the up again. In the roaring '20s Lapa's vibrant nightlife earned it the nickname "Montmartre of the Tropics. Things hop almost every night of the week, but the best days are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Lapa's nightlife consists of two different kinds of experiences. Then there is the much grittier street scene, centered around the Rua da Lapa and the parallel running Rua Joaquim Silva. These two streets Rio de janero strip club a major point where mostly young people come to drink, chat, flirt, and dance. In a 2-block range you will hear anything from reggae to samba to brega, hip-hop, funk, and salsa. The square in front of the arches is packed with food and drink stalls. As long as you stick to the main streets that have lots of people on them the area is quite safe at night.
It features lovely 19th-century buildings, pretty squares, and a fascinating history it served as Rio's slave market and was also the likely birthplace of samba. It's also on the cusp of an urban revival similar to Lapa's 10 to 15 years ago. Taking up a gorgeous three-story building fromit has been transformed into a fabulous live-music venue playing, what else, samba. More recent newcomers are the Week, Rua Sacadura Cabral tel. Keep an eye on this area as new places seem to open up every couple of months.
Making Your Point -- Rio is full of points. Pronounced poin- chee in Portuguese, a point Rio de janero strip club a location on the street that attracts people who attract other people who attract people who provide food, drinks, sometimes music, and all the other ingredients of a party. Just as we got there we met up with some other friends, and when we saw there was a bit of a line we got to chatting outside and bought some beers from a street vendor.
Some other friends came, and other people whom we didn't know but who were there to meet some of their friends. We ordered more beers, and later some munchies from another vendor; before we noticed it was time to go home. We never did set foot in the bar we intended to patronize. That evening was a classic point -- a fun, impromptu street party.
No one can say for sure when one will emerge, or why they show up where they do. Points just. The performing-arts season in Brazil runs from early April until early December. If you're a fan of samba, check out the website www.
Check out the Rio Hiking website www. Click on "Rio Hints. In most clubs and discos you can expect to pay a cover charge. Women usually pay less than men; you'll see the two prices listed at the door. In most venues you are handed a paper card or electronic swipe card upon entry that is to be used to record all your purchases.
The bill is then settled when you leave. Hang on to your card for dear life. If you lose it you'll be charged an astronomical fee. Many clubs have a restricted VIP area overlooking the dance floor, usually with comfortable couches or tables. The definition of VIP varies from club to club: Sometimes it's for members only, sometimes you can get in if you call and reserve ahead of time, and sometimes all that's required is paying a higher drink minimum.
The advantage of being in the VIP area is you get a guaranteed seat in an area off-limits to most of the rest of the crowd, allowing you to leave your drinks, jackets, or purses at your table while you're dancing. The Gafieira of Days Gone By -- The traditional ballroom dance halls known as gafieiras once defined the Carioca nightlife scene.
Still worth a visit even if you can't dance, gafieiras are a legacy of the elegant days of old, when couples would dress for the occasion and everyone knew the steps. Live Music -- Many small chopperias and botequins will often have a singer or small combo playing. Usually there's a small cover charge couvert in Portuguese for this entertainment.
By sitting down and listening you're agreeing to foot the bill.
The fee is automatically added to your tab. If you want to know what the couvert is before deciding to stay, simply ask the waiter. Ladies of the Night. The good news is that these places are not dangerous or even overly sleazy. Indeed, it can be interesting observing the hustle and bustle and to and fro, though the atmosphere is not exactly family entertainment unless you come from a very odd family.
Regular hangouts for sex tourists and working women include the Balcony Bar and the Lido square, which is also home to a of strip clubs. This area is between the Copacabana Palace and the Avenida Prado Junior, Copa's main drive-by thoroughfare for street prostitutes.
For those who like people-watching it can make for a fascinating scene. The area around the Rio Othon Hotel is another popular meeting place. Daytime contacts are made at the Meia Petaca patio or else out on the beach while working on that tan line. There are various ways that bar and restaurant owners can extract money from guests: One of them is the couvert.
Nowadays it's also the name given to a live-music fee. The Culture of Botequins -- Botequins are to Rio what pubs are to London and cafes are to Paris: the spot where locals gather, be it for end-of-day drinks or impassioned late-night philosophizing. Some botequins have developed into popular nightlife attractions, offering live music and excellent food, and drawing crowds from all over the city. But most botequins remain small, not very fancy watering holes where one can kick back with a cold beer, have some snacks, and catch up with the latest gossip.
The Kiosks of Lagoa -- They began as lowly concession stands, but the kiosks around the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas have evolved into a fun, casual nightlife scene. Known in Portuguese as quiosques da Lagoa, they're the perfect place to stroll, munch, drink, and people-watch. Set at regular intervals along the pleasant green path that girdles the Lagoa, the kiosks range in size and Rio de janero strip club from simple snack stands to full-fledged restaurants and entertainment centers.
The cuisine ranges from Brazilian basic to Lebanese, Japanese, or Italian, while the entertainment ranges from a boombox on volume "11" to excellent live bands some of which charge a small cover. The thickest concentration of kiosks begins opposite the Jockey Club. Another grouping clusters close to the Parque da Catacumba at the Ipanema and back end of Copacabana of the Lagoa. They're open year-round, but they're especially popular in summer; weekday hours are from 6pm onward -- they get busy around 10pm -- and on weekends from noon onward.
A full loop around the Lagoa is 7. For an interactive map of all the kiosks, showing opening hours, types of cuisine and music, and opening hours, see www. Waterfront Upgrade -- InRio began a major overhaul of the sidewalk kiosks along the waterfront, replacing the old ones with modern glass kiosks with spacious decks, a full bar and kitchen, and underground washrooms and showers.
Leme and Copacabana have all new kiosks. Ipanema and Leblon are slated for upgrades in the coming years. The new beachfront spots are often run by popular bars or restaurants. Standouts include the Siri Mole kiosk tel. Rio's gay community is smaller than one would expect from a city of 10 million people. For all Rio's reputation for sexual hedonism, the macho culture still predominates. As lasciviously as heterosexual couples may behave in public, open displays of affection between same-sex couples are still not accepted in Brazil.
This is changing, though only slowly. Rio's mayor and governor have only just begun attending Rio's gay pride parade. The big exception, of course, is Carnaval, when many straight and gay men dress as women Carmen Miranda is always a popular costumeand parades with drag queens are cheered by everyone. But this spirit of openness lasts only until the samba drums fade away at the dawn of Ash Wednesday.
During the day the stretch of sand close to Posto 8 opposite the Rua Farme de Amoedo is also popular. Copacabana has a of gay clubs and bars as well as a popular meeting place on the beach at Rainbow's, in front of the Copacabana Palace Hotel.
The Brazilian term for gay friendly is GLS, which stands for gay, lesbian, and sympathizers. Often you will see this abbreviation used in listings or restaurant and bar reviews. Located just a few blocks from Ipanema's Rio de janero strip club gay beach, this botequim is perfect for a beer, snack, and flirt with local guys. Those that can't fit -- and there are many -- just hang out in front.
The Galeria really gets hopping, inside and out, after 1am. It's glamorous, funky, and extremely spacious with a soaring four-story ceiling hovering somewhere above the dance floor. A range of special events attracts national and international celebrities and assorted beautiful hangers-on.
Go after midnight, when things really start to hop. This huge mega dance club can hold 2, people and is packed every Saturday night. Famous national and international guest DJs and go-go boys keep the crowd going. Open Saturdays at midnight. Often open for events on Fridays and Wednesdays; check listings. In Centro, Cine Ideal tel. Note : This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice.
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