If your perfect nightlife spot includes outdoor drinking in a trendy, peaceful environment coupled with a gorgeous lakeside landscape, then Palaphita Kitch is made for you. The thatched roof of the bar is supported by sturdy bamboo shoots and the large, open walls provide easy-on-the-eye views and a cooling breeze. The caipirinhas are served with a twist as they use only seasonal fruits from the Amazon and are blended with quality cachaca to create this flawless Brazilian cocktail. It’s a picturesque spot open until late with great drinks and sublime food – just be prepared to dig a little deep when the bill comes.
Palaphita Kitch, Av. Epitácio Pessoa, S/N – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +55 (21) 2227 0837
The sister venue of Palaphita Kitch, Palaphita Gavea is as lively as Kitch is tranquil. One of Rio de Janeiro’s favorite spots among exchange students as well as Brazilian students from nearby PUC university, Palaphita Gavea attracts a young, fun-loving crowd who go to enjoy Brazilian pop music mixed with either electronic or house beats. The venue itself is stunning – mostly outdoors with large, leafy plants lit up with green lights and a view across the lake makes it one of Rio de Janeiro’s prettiest nightlife spots.
Palaphita Gavea, Av. Bartolomeu Mitre, 1314, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +55 (21) 99982 9195
As the name suggests, the Jockey Club is Rio de Janeiro’s main location for horse racing, horse training, and other horse-related events. However, it’s also a venue for some of the city’s best nightlife events which include all-night parties with some of Brazil’s best DJs. Although open to everyone, the high entry fee plus the pricey drinks and food make the events mostly accessible for Rio’s elite, local expats, and travelers on a bigger budget. Yet as a one-off treat and for a night out where you can really dress up, Jockey Club is the place to go.
Jockey Club, Praça Santos Dumont, 31 – Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +55 (21) 3534 9000