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Regis St. Louis
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Gay Rio

Featured Guide
Welcome to Brazil's unrivalled capital of hedonism. With its buzzing beach scene, rowdy nightclubs and free and welcoming attitude, Rio de Janeiro has long reigned supreme as one of the world's most popular gay destinations. Ipanema remains the neighborhood of choice for most gay travelers, with gay-minded cafes, shops and nightspots — not to mention the beach, which has a vast rainbow-flag-flying section where locals and travelers alike mingle and mix. Carnaval is the most festive time to visit, with lots of gay-themed parties around town; but there's really no bad time to visit, as there's always something afoot in the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city).  
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Rio Gay Pride

Although not quite as large as São Paulo's gay pride parade (which typically draws over three million participants), Rio de Janeiro nevertheless throws an excellent bash. In 2013, more than one million gathered on the beach of Copacabana to celebrate on one of the world's prettiest urban...

Banda de Ipanema

One of the best parts of Carnaval is taking part in the street parades (called 'bandas' and 'blocos') that erupt all across town. With over 500 of these free events happening across town, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dancing, drinking and merry-making through the streets of Rio. If...

TV Bar

Hidden inside the nondescript Cassino Atlântico Mall on the southern fringe of Copacabana, the TV Bar plays retro hits from the '70s and '80s, alongside elctro-pop of more recent days. As per the name, TV and video plays a supporting role here, with rolling old-school video clips playing alongside...

Rainbow Kiosk

In front of the Copacabana Palace, Rio's most venerable hotel, this open-air beachside kiosk is a hub for the gay and transgendered community. On weekend night, you'll find a buzzing crowd, where the occasional free performance draws riotous applause. Just in front of the kiosk is the so-called...

Tô Nem Aí

Perfectly located on Ipanema's gayest street, Tô Nem Aí (which roughly translates as 'I don't care') is a two-story bar that packs in the crowds after a day at the beach. Its nondescript interior sets the scene for mingling over ice-cold chope (draft beer) and satisfying appetizers, sandwiches,...

00 (Zero Zero)

Zero Zero is one of Rio's most stylish nightspots. Though not specifically a gay venue, it attracts a mixed, fashion-forward crowd of gay and straight, who come for some of the best DJs nights in the city. The setting is pure eye-candy, with a swanky restaurant that transforms into a lounge and...

Galeria Café

Open since 1997, this long-running LGBT venue throws lively parties from Wednesday through Saturday nights. DJs spin 80s beats, infectious pop and electronic grooves to a good-looking, dance-loving crowd. The bar opens around 11pm, but doesn't start to fill up until around 1am or so. Galeria is...

Posto 9

The beaches in Rio are each demarcated by different lifeguard posts, each of which attracts different tribus (tribes or groups). The spot between posts 8 and 9, near Rua Farme de Amoedo has long been the gay domain on the beach (indeed the spot is called Farme Gay). Here you'll find tanned, buff, sun...

Cafeína - Ipanema

Rio's cruisiest cafe has an enviable location just a short stroll from Ipanema Beach. Cafe tables on the sidewalk draw a chatty crowd late in the day, while you'll find a more sedate gathering of coffee drinkers and newspaper readers in the morning. With good snacks, decent lattes, fresh sandwiches...

Cine Ideal

Near the nightlife epicenter of Lapa, Cine Ideal is a massive gay-friendly club that throws legendary weekend dance parties. It's located in a cinema that dates back to the early 1900s, and bills itself as the 'Temple of House Music'. Indeed, stepping onto the frenetic dance floor amid celebratory...