Gay bars, clubs, saunas and events in Rio de Janeiro

Dance

Buraco da Lacraia (Stars Club)

bar and dance floor

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Buraco da Lacraia (Stars Club)
R. André Cavalcante, 58, Lapa
Rio de Janeiro
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fri - sat22:00 - 05:30
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Fosfobox - Fosfobar

Tiny club and bar in the red light district of Copacabana. Frequent special theme parties.

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Fosfobar
Rua Siqueira Campos, 140 –22a
Rio de Janeiro
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wed - sun23:00 - 08:00
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Galeria Cafe

Small but crowded (best on Wednesdays and Thursdays!) gay club with 2 bars.

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Galeria Cafe
Rua Teixeira de Melo, 31
Rio de Janeiro
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wed - fri23:00 - 05:00sat11:00 - 20:00sat23:00 - 05:00sun11:00 - 20:00

La Cueva

The bears cave of Rio. Located in a basement, this is the oldest gay bar in Copacabana.

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La Cueva
Rua Miguel Lemos, 51
Rio de Janeiro
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The Week

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. Don't miss the pool parties on Sunday here!

Saturday is main gay night and a must go (Fridays are more straight).

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The Week
Rua Sacadura Cabral, 154
Rio de Janeiro
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Gay sauna

Club 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". Located in Gloria.

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Club 117
Rua Candido Mendes 117
Rio de Janeiro
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tue - sun15:00 - 00:00

Rio G Spa

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.

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Rio G Spa
rua Teixeira de Melo 16
Rio de Janeiro
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mon - sun15:00 - 23:00
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Sauna Copacabana - Copacabana

Gay sauna without any rent boys. You pay your entry fee and can go in and out as you like.

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Copacabana
Rua Dias da Rocha 83
Rio de Janeiro
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mon - sun12:00 - 00:00
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Gay saunas

The Brazilian gay sauna culture is dominated by prostitution. Most of the time you can recognize them because the are far better looking and muscled than you do, and they wear a different color towel. However, there are hooker free gay saunas too. Rio de Janeiro have many gay saunas / bath houses (too may to mention). Nighttours made a selection of gay saunas in the tourist areas.

Dance parties

Revolution

Massive circuit and pool parties. Revolution is the gay circuit party that moves Rio de Janeiro. Known for always bringing to Rio's electronic music scene the best DJ's of the world.

Usually parties go on from 11pm to 10am, espectacular sunrise guaranteed! For more information,  event dates and locations visit the party website.

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Outdoor beaches, parks

Copacabana Beach

Maybe the most famous beach in the world. Not as gay as Ipanema, but enough to enjoy.

At nigh cruising at the Av. Atlantica, around the Copacbana Palace Hotel.

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Copacabana Beach

Rio de Janeiro
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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.

At night, this is a busy cruising area.

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Ipanema Beach

Rio de Janeiro
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Ipanema gay beach

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Ipanema gay beach
Ipanema beach
Rio de Janeiro
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Gay events

Carnival Rio

Carnival Rio

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.

Sambadrome Samba Parades

Make sure you do not miss the big parade at the Sambadrome on Sunday or Monday night. It consists of 700 m stretch of the Marquês de Sapucaí street converted into a permanent parade ground with bleachers built on either side for spectators. Its capacity is 90.000.

The performance take many hours, from the evening till early in the next morning. It takes 80 minutes for s Samba school to cross the stadium, it's really spectacular. For tourists some hours is usually enough though.

Tickets can be very expensive, few hundred dollars each for good places. Around the stadium you can also buy buy much cheaper tickets at the streets around the stadium for the lower cost grand stands at the beginning or the end of the Sambadrome. This will save you hundreds of dollars. These tickets are in sections with only local people and have a bit more limited view on the samba schools parading by. Also keep in mind you have to be careful in Rio at all times.

Ipanema street carnival

The Banda Ipanema is the oldest street carnival in town. In carnival weekend, the parade goes by the gay beach on Saturday and Monday, and moves to the Rua Farme de Amoedo (in front of Bofetada) to end in a massive, hot and chaotic street party. This is very different from the highly coordinated Samba schools in the Sambadrome.

After the street carnival there is an unofficial street party. Make sure you watch your belongings in the busy crowd.

At night several big circuit gay parties are around several locations and in the big gay clubs.

Hotels and apartments for Rio Carnaval

Almost every hotel offers only hotel packages for the carnaval period with a minumum stay of 5 nights or more. Rio is a very popular so many hotel are sold out and are quite expensive. Make sure to book your hotel in advance. See our hotel page and map for recommendations and advice on where to stay.

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Gay Pride Rio

Rio's gay pride, one of the biggest in South America.
The parade can be found on the boulevard of the famous Copacabana Beach.
Every year it's very hard to find the official date. They change websites all the time, and usually announce the event not long before the parade date.

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New Years Eve - Copacabana Beach

Massive New Years party at Copacabana Beach, with gay parties later all around town. One of the world's most popular destinations for New Years.

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Copacabana Beach

Rio de Janeiro
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