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Rua Miguel Lemos, 51, Rio de Janeiro
weekday: 22:00-04:00 (closed Mon Wed Sun)
La Cueva is Copacabana’s oldest gay bar, having been founded in 1964.
The bar and disco is a popular meeting place for Rio’s older gay community and their admirers, with Brazilian and electronic music being spun until late.
The interiors of La Cueva are what makes it truly unique: you’ll feel like you’re underwater!
Fridays and Saturdays are when this place really heats up.
R. Riachuelo, 97, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro
weekday: Thurs and Fri; 18:00-05:00
weekend: Sat; 18:00-05:00
A popular gay bar in the lively samba district of Lapa, in the Northern Centro of Rio.
Music here is samba fuelled techno, their DJs uniquely blend the classic roots of Rio’s music scene with today’s modern twist.
The cover charge can be pricey, but this is one of the biggest and best gay venues in Brazil so its definitely worth it.
There’s 4 floors, 2 stages, 20 pool tables, 4 bars, what more could you want?!
Rua Farme de Amoedo, 57, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
This bar sits in the heart of Ipanema’s gay strip, Rua Farme de Amoedo.
Tô nem Aí, slang for ‘I don’t care’ in Portuguese, is a popular bar among Rio’s younger crowd.
The restaurant at the bar is also great, so Tô nem Aí is a great destination for a meal and pre-drinks before your big night out.
Av. Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, 1417, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
weekday: 23:00 - 05:00 (closed Mon Tues Wed)
weekend: 23:00 - 05:00
audience rating: 4.5 stars from 2 votes - click to vote
TOMORROW The Hole - gay cruise / fetish partyadd a review & photos
Set in the now-defunct TV Rio’s headquarters in Copacabana, this bar is unlike any other.
As well as being one of the liveliest gay bars in the city, TV Bar is also filled with TV Rio memorabilia and chachkis.
The interiors have been carefully designed by the owners, and the atmosphere and décor of this bar are next-to-none, just take a look at our gallery above.
The bar itself is also incredible; they serve over 40 different cocktails ranging from the cool classics to fruity creations unique to TV Bar.
The regular events here include the infamous gay cruise party The Hole, and pop nights POPERIA and Raba.
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