Entertainment in Rio de Janeiro

Cinema, Nightclubs in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro is one of the primary settings for art in culture within Brazil. Multiplexes showing up to 15 films and art houses with just one screen are plentiful.

The biggest celebration of film is the international film festival, Festival do Rio. Two full weeks of international films, lectures and events occur across the city. Movie passes can be purchased by the day or for the whole event.

Rio Cine Odeon- The oldest cinema, this is one of the sites of the festival.
Address: Praça Floriano 7, Cinelândia, Centro
Tel: +55 21 2267 7295
Website: www.estacaovirtual.com

Cine Candido Mendes- Single screen showing classic Hollywood films, mostly from the 70's and 80's.
Address: Rua Joana Angelica, 63, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: +55 21 2267 7295 Website: www.guiadasemana.com.br/Rio_de_Janeiro/Cinema/Sala/Candido_Mendes.aspx?id=97897

Kinoplex Nova America- Multiplex 8 screen showing a mix of first run Hollywood and Brazilian films.
Address: Avenida Martin Luther King Jr, 126, Del Castilho, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: +55 21 2461 2461
Website: www.novaamerica.com.br/site/conteudo/Cinema.php

UCI New York City Center - Multiplex 18 screen with first run movies from Brazil and Hollywood. This is part of the large UCI chain.
Address: Avenida das Americas, 5000, Barra Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: +55 21 2461 1818
Website: www.ucicinemas.com.br/cinemas

For more cinemas and what is playing now: cidades.terra.com.br/rio/filmes/


Rio has an extensive nightlife scene. Clubs like Baronneti, Hideaway, Icy, Nuth, Zero Zero, and Catwalk are some of the country's and world's best known and frequented by celebrities such as Madonna, Ronaldo, Calvin Klein, Mick Jagger, and Naomi Campbell. Beer seems to be served at all hours of the day and locals can often be seen enjoying a drink with friends at the corner bars that spot the city. Many bars and pubs have happy hours for people returning from work or the beach and most serve snacks and light meals.

The real action in the city does not start until around 11pm. The clubs open to throngs of Brazilians and visitors drinking and dancing the night away until around 4am. Club entry fees cost around R$15 and cards are provided to record drink consumption (a minimum purchase of R$15 upwards is usually required). Losing the card can result in a forfeit charge, which can be as high as R$300. Beers are approximately R$5, while spirits or cocktails cost upwards of R$6. The minimum legal drinking age in Brazil is 18 years.

Bunker- This is one of the greatest nightclubs in Rio and attracts locals as well as tourists. Three rooms feature an eclectic range of music. Get there before 1am to guarantee entry on weekends.
Address: Rua Raul Pompeia, 94, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: +55 21 3813 0300

Baronetti- Cocktails and soushi set this expensive club apart. Located in the up market location of Ipanema, a very young crowd frequents here.
Address: 354 Rua Barão da Torre Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: +55 21 2247 0351

Nuth Lounge Bar- A bit removed from the main downtown, the Lounge and bar are decorated as the Atlantic forests of Brazil. A jungle feel prevails onto the large balcony.
Address: Lounge: Av. Armando Lombardi, 999 Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Club: Av. Epitácio Pessoa, 1244 Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: +55 21 3153 8595
Website: www.nuth.com.br/nuth1/index

Lapa- On the weekends, this area's bars and clubs are eclipsed by the real party is on the street. People dance, drink, play instruments. Vendors roam the streets with coolers of beer. Be wary of bringing valuables as pick-pockets are prevalent.

Live Music

Rio de Janeiro is well known for its live music scene. Samba, funk, hip-hop, and more light up the streets throughout the week.

Casa da Matriz
A young crowd populates this small house with two dance floors, bars and lounge rooms. The clubs plays music like indie rock, pop-rock, R&B music, funk, hip hop, samba, Brazilian popular music, drum and bass, reggae and break beat.
Address: Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: +55 21 2226 6342

Clube Guanabara
Live samba keeps this club rumbling. Lve bands play with a DJ playing between sets.
Address: 42 Avenida Reporter, Nestor Moreira, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro.
Tel: +55 21 2295 2597

Carioca da Gema
One of the most famous venues for live music and samba in Rio. Arrive after 11 p.m for the best atmosphere.
Address: Rua Mem de Sá, nº 79, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: +55 21 2221 0043

Rio Scenarium
Spread over three floors, the ground floor has a restaurant and the second level is a club. Plays Samba Chorniho music from Tuesday to Saturday.
Address: Rua do Lavradio, 20- Centro Antigo, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: +55 21 3147 9005

Clube dos Democraticos
Plays Samba, Chorinho and Forro Music from Thursday to Saturday.
Address: Rua do Riachuelo 91, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: +55 21 2233 3239

Trapiche Gamboa
A casual crowd of dancers enjoys dancing around live musicians.
Address: Rua Sacadura Cabral, 155, Gamboa, Rio de Janeiro.
Tel: +55 21 2516 0868

Guides and recommendations for more clubs can be found at: oglobo.globo.com, www.copacabana.info/copacabana-club.html and www.pubclub.com/Brazil/riopubclub.

Update 3/12/2010


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