Rio Gay Guide

Gay-friendly Dance clubs in riothere are places to go every night of the week

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We are assuming you are dined and wined
Tha dance scene in Rio starts around midnight

Though some parties during the week open at 9 p.m. or ealier, Cariocas usully hit the clubs around 11, 11:30 p.m. To make your life easier we publish our selection of the best events of the night.
Our location map right here on this page will help you find your way around. Just click on the number and it will pop up and you can zoom in or even find driving instructions.
Some of these clubs are mostly gay, others are gay friendly. It depends on what is happening on that any given night. We know...

Using our maps and listings correctly

EXPLORE OUR MAPS & LISTINGS - If you're looking for map and the listing of venues here is a shortcut. Click on the number to find the precise location on the map, or for directions. The name of the venue will take you to their website or Facebook page. Mouse over the "i" to read our capsule reviews we know in person most of these clubs. Listings are color coded by area, and numbered in a logical order. This particular map has already been visited by over 60k people!

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LET'S start with the big clubs
These are the must-go's...

The week Rio - The largest venues in Rio are in Centro where you find warehouses and even and even train stations. The Week Rio hosts every Saturday a double-feature: Babylon and Wallpaper with two dance floors and capacity for 2,000 patrons!
CAIS DA IMPERATRIZ is also big, and home to great parties that are popular with the gay community including fun-loaded V de Viadão and Drag-se.

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CIRCO VOADOR - This legendary club that started in an improvised tent in Arpoador is now a cultural center. But it has not forgot its glorious past, and the venue can accommodate about 5,000 people at special parties and live music performances. In Lapa. Again this is not a gay club, but events are gay-friendly and is is part of the circuit.

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FundiÇao progresso - And old factory of stoves and guardrails in cast iron was completely renovated and turned into a bustling cultural center, with workshops and stuff. At night they stick to the bohemian tradition of Lapa, with events that are also planned for large audiences. As there are several spaces and levels you never feel cramped.

Live music show at Teatro Odisseia

TEATRO ODISSÉIA - With a capacity for 700, this venue, based on what was once a theater, is also in our feature list. There are live music shows and parties. The venue is LGBTQ friendly, there's always something happening.
ESPAÇO RAMPA - With a view to Guanabara Bay, and a convenient location this is also a venue of choice to big parties and specials. I love the parties they post!

Espaco Acustica - Sex Tape Party

EspaÇO ACÚSTICA - This is a large venue around Praça Tiradentes in the Centro of Rio. Their eclectic selection of special parties and events keep patrons busy. Attractions include everything from live music shows, to LGBTQ-friendly parties like DirtyPop and Wonka Party. They open mostly on weekends. Keep up to date with parties and specials with the daily newsfeed about night life in Rio right here!

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club-hopping on the south side
Does Ipanema live up to its bohemian spirit?

Galeria cafÉ - Galeria Café is a small yet happening dance club on Rua Teixeira de Melo, and they have been around for quite a while. Patrons include locals and visitors. They keep a weekly calendar with special parties, and we always make sure to share them on our website.

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cave - Though technically in Copacabana this club is at Arpoador on Rua Francisco Otaviano. It is located on the underground of a 5-star hotel. The venue is spacious, comfortable, the celing lights are fantastic. And they keep a busy agenda featuring special parties and international attractions. We were invited to cover Cave presents Miguel Puentes recently. Enjoy the photo album!

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Copacabana has a night life of its own
Rio's most eclectic neighborhood for sure!.

FOSFOBOX - With a very consistent program of great parties every week, there's always something happening at Fosfo. It is a gay-friendly club. The venue is comfortable, the location is convenient, service is friendly, and prices are fair. As we publish the e-flyers, you're always up to date.

TV Bear Party at TV Bar Copacabana

TV Bar rio A themed bar and club with Brazilian TV icons on the walls, TV Bar keeps a busy agenda. One of the nights is specially dedicated to Rio's growing bear community. Their VJ's are great.
la cuevA The grandpa of gay clubs in Copacabana, since 1964, is no longer a secret. They are opening space for new and fun parties like V de Viadão. Enjoy the album!

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lE BOY - This is another club with a long history in Rio. They are based in a former movie theater, and open every night of the year. Now the complex includes a bar, baths, and a second dance floor. It is very popular on Sundays. We went to a wonderful private party there. They keep an agenda with different attractions - Strip Night is on Tuesdays.

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