Our World IN Color Tour Guides Compiled a List of Their Favorite Gay Bars, Clubs and Restaurants in Rio De Janeiro. Check out their selections below, and join us on one of our Gay Brazil tours to experience the fun yourself!
Rio De Janeiro Gay and Gay Friendly Bars
1 Galeria Cafe | Rua Teixeira de Mello, 31 | Highly recommended on Friday nights! First time visitors to Rio are often surprised by the current lack of gay nightclubs in Ipanema. However, every Friday, Galeria packs in the young hotties and a few of their straight female BFFs. Music ranges from “flashbacks” to the 80’s and 90’s to current pop hits. Galeria is not very big and gets crowded as closing time approaches.
2 Expresso Carioca | Rua Farme de Amoedo, 76 | This bar goes from morning 'til late, so come by anytime and hang out on the outdoor terrace and watch the world go past on this popular street. Or, head inside at night to be absolutely immersed in hot gay guys. Your choice!
3 Maxim's | Avenida Atlântica, 1850 | Maxim's has a great staff that keeps the fun going, and a trans crowd that knows how to party. Show up later in the evening for the shows and antics.
4 Tô Nem Aí | Rua Farme de Amoedo 57 | Just back from the most popular gay beach in Rio, Rua Farme, this bar, which opens at noon, is the perfect place to duck out of the hot sun while losing none of the hot action. You can also grab a bite to eat here, day or night although it can get packed after dark.
5 00 Avenida Padre Leonel Franca, 240 | This bar, pronounced "Zero Zero," has a little bit of everything a restaurant area, a lounge bar, and a club space where things can get Rio-level fun. The Sunday night party at 00 is highly recommended. The crowd is hip and young.
6 Turma OK | Rua do Rezende, 43 | Any gay bar that has been around for more than 50 years is "OK" in our book. Go to Turma OK for some of the best drag in Brazil, including some big names as well as drag pagaents, and the hilariously named "Mr. OK" contests for older clientele.
7 TV Bar | AV. Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, 1417 | As its name suggests, this gar bar has a TV theme, with nightly events called "Channels" and an emphasis on music videos. Check their schedule for guest DJs, bear nights, and other fun events.
Galeria Cafe Bar
Tô nem aí Bar in Ipanema
Rio De Janeiro Gay and Gay Friendly Clubs/Discos
1 The Week | R. Sacadura Cabral, 135 | As you've come to expect from this high-end club chain, Rio's The Week is sleek, sexy and fun; this one is in a big ol' villa that they use to maximum effect. There are top DJs that bring in a hot crowd that's ready to party all night long. Saturday night is usually the best night to go. Note that security is tight here, so you'll need to have ID to enter (bring a copy of your passport) and then given a bar registration card that you pay on the way out.
2 Le Boy | R. Raul Pompéia, 102 | This club in Copacabana is ultra-famous among the Rio gay scene, with rent boys, go-go boys, drag shows, strip shows, and theme nights that really pack them in. The legendary Le Boy is a must-visit for any gay tourist visiting Rio. Located on the edge of Copacabana, within walking distance of Ipanema, Le Boy attracts hordes of tourists, hot local men, and unfortunately a few criminals. (Watch your wallet, cellphone, and drink). Le Boy stays faithful to the gay nightlife formula of pumped-up go-go boys, fabulous drag queens, club remixes of pop favorites, and strong drinks. At 3AM, the darkroom section becomes very active. Note: As of April 2016 Le Boy is closed for renovations, re-opening TBD.
3 Buraco da Lacraia | Rua Andre Cavalcanti, 58 | There's a huge local crowd here of young hotties who come for the karaoke and drag shows. Show up ready for anything, because anything goes here.
4 Cine Ideal | Rua da Carioca, 64 | If you get tired of the at-times monotonous house music that's popular here, head up to the rooftop terrace for a bit of quiet, a great view of the city, and some flirty chatting with anyone who catches your eye. Note though that there is a mixed crowd, but it's overwhelmingly gay.
5 La Cueva | Rua Miguel Lemos, 51 | Tired of the smooth Brazilian bodies everywhere? Then get your woof on at this cave-themed bear bar that skews a bit mature, but has plenty of young admirers milling about. Friday is the best night for action, and your entrance fee includes two drink tickets. Woof!
6 Lounge 69 | R. Prudente de Morais, 416 | Lounge 69 has a bit of word-of-mouth, underground cache, but once inside it's like they imported a beach party directly from the shoreline. Order a fruity cocktail, and get your groove on under the laser light show that pulses in time to the tropical dance music.
7 Boite 1140 | Rua Capitão Menezes 1140 | You can get a VIP card from their website to get a discount at the door and other perks (don't be put off by the hetero stock images; it's gay, gay, gay). Then once inside, enjoy the live acts, drag shows, and top-notch guest DJ. It's a fun time!
8 Sinônimo | Rua Mem de Sá 118 | The Lapa neighborhood used to be known as a hetero playground, but Sinônimo has changed that, and has made a real impact on the gay nightlife scene. Doors open at 8pm in case you want to make an early night of it, but you'll most likely stick around 'til the wee hours as the DJ brings the funk and the live shows bring the crowd to their knees.
9 Papa G | Travessa Almerinda Freitas 42 | It's worth the bit of a trek to get to Papa G to check out their packed schedule of entertainment and fun, with each night featuring a drag show, a live performance, and a different DJ. Check their schedule for theme nights, and splurge (relatively) on a VIP experience, which is all-you-can-drink.
The Week Club in Rio De Janeiro
Praia de Farma Gay Beach in Ipanema
World Cup-themed Show at Le Boy Nightclub
Brazil is famous for its beautiful beaches - and its beautiful people
Rio De Janeiro Gay Beaches Rios beaches are among its greatest attraction. Here the temperature averages 77/86F, which means that the beaches teem with activity year-round. The best-known is Copacabana. This four kilometer stretch of blazing white sand, located in the southern zone of the city, is bordered by trendy Avenida Atlantica and draws people of all walks of life, offering lots of scantily clad eye candy of every type and persuasion.
1 Ipanema Beach - Praia de Farma Adjacent to Copacabana is the renowned Ipanema Beach, which is divided into a few sub-beaches that each draw different crowds. Arpoador beach is popular among surfers, while Posto 9 and Posto 10 draw a younger bohemian crowd. The gay guys are concentrated around Farme de Amoedo between Posto 8 and Posto 9, also called Farme Gay, where the muscle men and pretty boys flock. At Farme Gay the vibe is cruisier than at Copacabana's Bolsa, so its easy to make new friends here.
2 Copacabana Beach | Bolsa The area in front of the Copacabana Palace hotel known as Bolsa is the gay zone.
3 Praia do Abrico Nude Beach How many nude beaches does Rio officially have? Only one! Praia do Abrico is located in Grumari, a sub district of Barra da Tijuca Neighborhood, in the western part of Rio de Janeiro. The crowd is mixed and respectful. The gay part of Praia do Abrico beach is beyond the large rocks on the right side. The guys here tend to show off a little, and the vibe can be a little cruisy at times. Note that on the weekends, it is mandatory that you be nude (clothes are not allowed, and there are monitors that enforce this at the entrance). This is to prevent voyeurs who come just to watch. It goes without saying, but make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen - the last thing you need is a sunburn down you-know-where! Praia do Abrico is about a 1 hour drive outside of Rio de Janeiro, and the only practical way of getting there is by car.
Praia do Abrico - Rio de Janeiro's only nude beach. The gay section is behind the rocks
Streets of Rio
Rio De Janeiro Gay and Gay Friendly Restaurants
1 Zazá Bistrô Tropical | R. Joana Angélica, 40 | Quirky, colorful, and just a touch fabulous, Zazá should always be on your list when hunger strikes. They emphasize organic ingredients, and their menu is carefully cureated with lovingly prepared dishes.
2 Pizzaria Rainbow | Av Atlantica, kiosk 8 -Copa | This pizza stand on the beach is marked by its rainbow flag and the dozens of hot, sweaty, sandy gays chowing down on great pizza and washing it all down with a cold beer. It's open until 1am, so you can even come here for a quick bite before heading out, and get a head start on the action.
3 Caroline Cafe | Rua J.J. Seabra, 10 | There's a little bit of everything here classic Rio people watching at the outdoor tables, American pub food, sushi, Brazilian brunch menu a pretty hip bar scene... oh, and a rooftop terrace that is hot, hot, hot.
4 Felice Caffè | Rua Gomes Carneiro, 30 | A gay-heavy mixed crowd comes here for the good food but they stay for the drinks, and it could be perhaps the sceniest ice cream parlor in the Western Hemisphere. You could easily see yourself hitting this up more than once a day.
5 Siri Mole & Cia | Rua Francisco Otaviano, 50 (Rua Ral Pompia) | This cute, intimate place is the place to go for northern Brazilian food that satisfies the soul. Note, though, that this is no down-home place; trendy types flock here like moths to a flame, so it's a good place to bring someone yo want to impress.
6 Confiteria Colombo | Rua Gonalves Dias 32 | There is a lot of history to this place, evidenced in its Belle Epoque interior that has been lovingly preserved. The cuisine is mixed, and served buffet style, so come hungry! If you're not starving, then have a seat at the snack bar for a little bit of this or that.
7 Bazzar | R. Barao da Torre, 538 | Fresh food served in a quiet atmosphere with some home-cooked loving thrown in for good measure. Ask about sauces and mustards to take home as gifts or to have later when you want to remember your days in Rio!
8 Salpicado | R. Maria Quitéria, 77 | This is your place for simple, home-cooked, traditional Brazilian food in a non-sceney atmosphere. Sometimes, it's just good to get away from it all! They also deliver if you're renting your own place in Rio for the season.
9 Porcão | Av. Armando Lombardi, 591 | You can't go all the way to Rio and not have churrascaria, otherwise known as meat fest. But we're talking about actual meat here! Come hungry, and load up on some of the best grilled meats you'll ever have. There are two locations; this is the one with the stunning view of Sugarloaf.
Gay Carnaval Rio de Janeiros Carnaval and gay pride celebrations are events that gay travelers will want to mark on their calendars. As the birthplace of Carnaval, an annual festival that kicks off the Mardis Gras season in mid-February, Rio explodes with color, music and dance for a week. Though Carnaval is celebrated throughout the world, Rios festival is the largest and wildest celebration, drawing millions of visitors with its host of masqarade balls, street parties and the famous samba parade.
Gay Pride In early June hundreds of thousands of gays and lesbians pour into the city for Rio de Janeiro Pride. The Rio gay community began throwing pride celebrations in 1995 and now boast the second largest pride in Brazil. But what makes this event unique is that its the only pride event with a parade route that marches along three miles of beach - the perfect setting for a huge gay party and a stunning exemplar of the quality of life in one of the world’s great cities.
More About Gay Rio De Janeiro:
Brazil’s second largest city, Rio de Janeiro offers the heady buzz of a cosmopolitan city, the laidback vibe of a beach resort town and a nonstop gay night life scene–all rolled into one. The syncopated rhythm of the samba drum and the lofty melodies of bossa nova set the days pace, not the tick-tock of the clock, making it the perfect vacation spot for anyone looking for an escape from the daily grind. Of course it helps that this tropical South American jewel boasts one of the world’s most open attitudes toward sex and sexuality–including homosexuality–making it a gay destination par excellence.
As one of South Americas most gay friendly cities, Rio offers a myriad of restaurants, bars and clubs catering to a wide range of tastes. Rios gay life is centered around the Ipanema suburb and the neighboring Copacabana district where visitors enjoy the citys concentration of gay venues mixed among major art galleries, universities, theaters and lots of shopping. While samba and bossa nova music can be mainstays for many of the clubs in town, those who prefer to dance the night away to house, techno, hip hop and even rock music wont have any trouble finding the party scene they seek.