gay bars & cafes in riois there a gay street in rio? where?
Farme is as close as it gets to a gay street in rio
The queer factor of Rua Farme de Amoedo in Ipanema.
This street is lined up with bars, cafés, restaurants, juice shops, and some of them remain open until very late. You can start walking from the corner of Rua Prudente de Morais. Walk into Farme, and just choose whichever looks more like you. They are all listed at the map.
Surrounding streets from Rua Joana Angélica to Rua Teixeira de Melo are dotted with bars, clubs, restaurants, and some of them are gay or gay-friendly. There's everything from a restaurant like Zazá Bistrô, that makes you feel like you are in Búzios, to typical Irish pubs. According to a survey published recently at weekly Veja Rio, Baixo Ipanema has a higher beer-keg sale than any other Baixo in Rio. It does not translate to a higher rate of beer bellies...
Leblon is great to explore on foot...
Everything is in a walking distance
Just like Ipanema everything is in a walking distance. The traditional Baixo Leblon that was the counterculture spot of the 80's is still there. Some places changed names, but the the big addition was Rua Dias Ferreira. There are bars, cafés, nice restaurants, clubs with live music, dance clubs, even a supermarket that is open until very late. Other attractions are on Av. Ataulfo de Paiva and Av. General San Martin.
If you would rather stay indoors, Shopping Leblon has everything from cafés to theme restaurants. This large mall with deluxe shops added some glamour to what already was one of Leblon's most popular areas. Clipper is where locals celebrate major soccer games. There are movie theaters, and a large theater in the mall, Teatro do Leblon. The tourist police precint is right across the street.
There's even a gay bar in Lapa
There are many bars and samba places in Lapa
But a good thing about Lapa is going with an open mind and walk around to choose a place and stay. You may prefer to have a few drinks at one of the samba halls listening to some live music. There are informal bars where you buy your beer and sip it in the street talking to everyone else. The last time we went, there was a gay dance club that was campy fun. They also opened a new gay bar.
The scene has changed with many novelties
Galeria Alaska for years was the center of gay life in Copacabana. There was club Sótão, where even Mick Jaegger went in the 70's. Teatro Alaska, where for years there was a male strip show named Noite dos Leopardos. Something happened along the way, and now these venues were turned into Evangelist churches.
There are great bars and clubs in Copacabana but they are sort of spread around. You should come here if you are going to a specific party, and the map will help you find your way around. Copa is a bit bigger than Ipanema, so you might need a taxi. See also