Rio gay guide

Rio is everything you can expect from a Brazilian city: chaotic, steamy and vibrant. Rio de Janeiro is beautifully situated at the Atlantic coast around a couple of bays and beaches which give you spectacular views on the city. In one glance you can see the wealth of areas like Ipanema or Copacabana and the poverty of the surrounding favelas. It proofs how fascinating Rio de Janeiro can be.

Where to stay in Rio

<b>Where</b> to stay in Rio

The gay area of Rio is Ipanema. Here you find the popoular famous gay beach, and some gay bars, clubs and saunas. The other tourist area is Copacobana beach, not far from it.

See our hotel page for maps and recommendations on where to stay.

Hotels and apartment recommendations

Hotel for Rio de Janeiro

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The Rio gay beach

The best areas to stay in Rio de Janeiro are the neighbourhoods of Copacabana or Ipanema. These are the wealthier areas in town and they offer the best shops, restaurants, hotels, gay bars and clubs. And on top, both areas have the most beautiful beaches in town. And Rio summers happen on the beach: just take your towel, your latest Speedo or AussieBum, little money and hit the sand! The gay beach, so the hotspot to show off your tan, is the beach on Ipanema gay beach, at the end of the Rua Farme de Amoedo. You will recognize it from the rainbow flags and the thousands of hot guys standing between the umbrellas, showing off and cruising around. And stay on the beach till late: the moment the sun sets behind the mountains is always a magical end of a great day at the beach.

Gay nightlife in Rio

Gay night-life in Rio starts late, very late. Do not expect the bars to fill up before midnight. But once the crowd is in and enjoying the caipirinhas or one of the local beers, the night can begin. Most of the popular gay bars are situated in either Ipanema or Copacabana, though there is not a very specific gay area. As the taxi's are dead cheap, so be sure not to walk from one bar to another. Around 2 am, the guys will move towards the clubs. Le Boy is still one of the popular choices on Copacabana, but new club The Week, down in Centro attracts the biggest crowds of cute and muscled guys. Rio does not have a leather or other fetish scene (the weather is too hot anyway...). So if you're up for a play, you need to go to one of the many gay bath houses.

Carnaval

Next to New Years Eve at Copacabana, the Carnival Rio must be the highlight of the year. It is a fascinating weekend, as it seems the people of Rio only live for Samba. Next to all the (gay) balls and many parties, you should look out for the street carnivals, where local samba bands parade the streets of the city. One of the oldest and most gayest is the Banda de Ipanema, which parades the boulevard on Carnival Saturday and Monday, attracting thousands of people coming off the beach, and ending in a massive street party in front of Bofetada. But without discussion, the main event of Carnival is the Samba Parade at the Sambadrome. This is main competition of all the Rio Samba Schools. On Carnival Sunday and Monday, the 12 best schools parade the special strip, watched by hundred thousands of spectators. This is how you know Rio Carnival: outrageous costumes, massive floats and all glitz and feathers. Each school presents a theme and has exactly 80 minutes to parade the strip. And the most impressive school wins.... You can buy tickets for the special boxes in advance. These (tourists) tickets will cost you at least a couple of hundred dollars. If you're not willing to spend that money, and are okay with a view a bit further off, just buy tickets for the cheaper grandstands and the beginning or end of the strip just on the streets around Sambadrome. Carnival is a once in a life time experience...

Safety

A short but important note on safety: Rio is a big and mainly poor city. There are a few rules to take into consideration for your safety: do not bring too much money with you on the streets or when you are going out to the bars, don't bring your expensive camera or jewellery in public. At night, take a cab (even for a few blocks). Do not bring strangers into your hotel room. Our experience is that the guys who are not speaking English, tend to be more after your money. If you want to have sex with one of the local cuties, go to one of the sex hotels and rent a room for a couple of hours.

Gay bars, cafes and pubs

Bar d'Hotel
Av. Delfim Moreira, 696 , Leblon
The bar of boutique hotel Marina All-Suites at Leblon is gay friendly.
mon-wed 07:00–01:00, thu-sat 07:00–02:00, sun 07:00–01:00
Buraco da Lacraia (Stars Club)
R. André Cavalcante, 58, Lapa
bar and dance floor
fri-sat 22:00–05:30
Fosfobox - Fosfobar
Rua Siqueira Campos, 140 –22a , Copacabana
Tiny club and bar in the red light district of Copacabana. Frequent special theme parties. [...]
mon-sun 22:00– late
Galeria Cafe
Rua Teixeira de Melo, 31, Ipanema
Small but crowded (best on Wednesdays and Thursdays!) gay club with 2 bars.
wed-fri 23:00–05:00, sat 11:00–20:00, sat 23:00–05:00, sun 11:00–20:00
La Cueva
Rua Miguel Lemos, 51, Copacabana
The bears cave of Rio. Located in a basement, this is the oldest gay bar in Copacabana.
wed-sun 22:00–05:00

gay friendly bars, cafes and pubs

00 - Zero Zero - 00 Zero Zero
Rua Padre Leonel Franca, 240, Leblon
Gay friendly club at Leblon in old planetarium with bar, restaurant and dance floor. [...]
thu-sun 22:00–

Gay clubs

Buraco da Lacraia (Stars Club)
R. André Cavalcante, 58, Lapa
bar and dance floor
fri-sat 22:00–05:30
Fosfobox - Fosfobar
Rua Siqueira Campos, 140 –22a , Copacabana
Tiny club and bar in the red light district of Copacabana. Frequent special theme parties. [...]
mon-sun 22:00– late
Galeria Cafe
Rua Teixeira de Melo, 31, Ipanema
Small but crowded (best on Wednesdays and Thursdays!) gay club with 2 bars.
wed-fri 23:00–05:00, sat 11:00–20:00, sat 23:00–05:00, sun 11:00–20:00
La Cueva
Rua Miguel Lemos, 51, Copacabana
The bears cave of Rio. Located in a basement, this is the oldest gay bar in Copacabana.
wed-sun 22:00–05:00
The Week
Rua Sacadura Cabral, 154, Downtown
Imported from Sao Paulo, The Week is Rio's latest addition to the club scene. With 2 different areas, many bars and an outside terrace, including small swimming pool, all in a very stylish look and feel, The Week is certainly a recommendation. [...]
sat 00:00–08:00

Gay parties, circuit parties, after parties, etc

Revolution - Armazém 4 Cais Do Porto
Av. Rodrigues Alves
Massive circuit and pool parties, not to be missed during carnival. Revolution is the gay circuit party that moves Rio de Janeiro. [...]

Gay friendly, mixed and str8 clubs and parties

00 - Zero Zero - 00 Zero Zero
Rua Padre Leonel Franca, 240, Leblon
Gay friendly club at Leblon in old planetarium with bar, restaurant and dance floor. [...]
thu-sun 22:00–

Gay saunas and bath houses

Club 117
Rua Candido Mendes 117
One of the biggest saunas with rent boys in town. Just negotiate a fee your favorite boy in advance and pay after "the works". [...]
tue-sun 15:00–
Copacabana
Rua Dias da Rocha 83, Rio de Janeiro
Gay sauna without any rent boys. You pay your entry fee and can go in and out as you like.
mon-sun 10:00–06:00
Rio G Spa
rua Teixeira de Melo 16
Modern and clean new Sauna/Spa just across from the gay beach in Ipanema. 3 floors with bar, steam, sauna, massage and treatment rooms, internet, private rooms, cinema, dark room. [...]
mon-sun 15:00–00:00
Termas Leblon
Rua Barão da Torre, 522, Ipanema
Small gay sauna in Ipanema. Featuring a beauty salon, massage, bar, dry and steam sauna.
mon-thu 15:00–00:00, fri-sat 15:00–06:00, sun 14:00–00:00

Gay cruisingareas

Copacabana Beach
Maybe the most famous beach in the world. Not as gay as Ipanema, but enough to enjoy. [...]
mon-sun 24h
Ipanema Beach
The gay beach, situated at the end of the Rua Farme de Amoedo is in day time the hot spot to show off your muscles and tan. [...]
mon-sun 24h

Big gay events

Carnival Rio - Various locations
The world most famous Carnival is creating an exploding vibe along Rio. With different gay club and street parties (Ipanema) and of course the world famous samba parades at the Sambadrome. [...]
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Gay Pride Rio - various locations
Rio's gay pride, one of the biggest inSouth America. The parade can be found on the boulevard of the famous Copacabana Beach. [...]
New Years Eve - Copacabana Beach
Massive New Years party at Copacabana Beach, with gay parties later all around town. [...]

Events

2016 Summer Olympic Games - various locations
The biggest event in the world, for the first time in South America. It's your chance to see the hottest athletes in the world compete and run, swim, wrestle, jump or gym their butts off. [...]
Carnival Rio - Various locations
The world most famous Carnival is creating an exploding vibe along Rio. With different gay club and street parties (Ipanema) and of course the world famous samba parades at the Sambadrome. [...]
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Gay Pride Rio - various locations
Rio's gay pride, one of the biggest inSouth America. The parade can be found on the boulevard of the famous Copacabana Beach. [...]
New Years Eve - Copacabana Beach
Massive New Years party at Copacabana Beach, with gay parties later all around town. [...]

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