Best Gay Bars in Rio
Rio de Janeiro is everything you would expect from a Brazilian megacity: chaotic, vibrant and teeming with nightlife spots where you can party the hours away until dawn.
The geography of Rio enhances many of the best gay bars in the city. The beaches along the Atlantic coastline providing a stunning backdrop for some of the best drinking venues and party establishments. The TV Bar situated on the Copacabana beach is the ideal spot for an afternoon cocktail. This nostalgic hangout was used as the location for filming a popular television show, hence the name, and is a popular choice with locals and tourists alike.
Another popular Copacabana bar is Rainbow Kiosk. It is technically a kiosk rather than a bar but with the abundance of excellent cocktails and South American snacks right on the beach why would you want to sit inside anyway? Bar Pavão Azul is another popular LGBT bar and eaterie just off the beach – a little quieter but just as characterful.
Away from the beach the largest collection of bars is centred around the Centro district – though it should be noted that this isn’t in the geographical centre of Rio. Buraco da Lacraia is a cool cabaret-style bar that hosts regular karaoke spots and has a DJ playing every night. They also have comedy shows if you want to some local entertainment. Turma OK is a casual affair which is popular with locals and is a nice place to start off your evening in the Centro district. The Seven Cruising Bar is also around here. You don’t need us to explain anything about that place!
Ipanema Beach is another district where you can find a flurry of gay activity – particularly in the streets which surround the eastern promenade. Bar Asta and Farsano are nice for drinks and for food you can take the short stroll to the Zaza Bistro.