Brazil A World Cup-themed show at Le Boy, a gay bar in Rio de Janeiro.

Published on October 7th, 2014 | by Mark Chesnut

A World Cup-themed show at Le Boy, a gay bar in Rio de Janeiro.

Gay Bars of Rio de Janeiro: A Gay Travel Guide

Rio de Janeiro has long been a favored getaway destination for jet-setters, as well as a hotspot for gay travelers. As with other globetrotters, Rio’s allure for gay travelers lies in the combination of sun, sand and tiny bathing suits on well-built sun worshippers, as well as the beautiful scenery, diverse activities and attractions and exciting gay nightlife. Add to all this Brazil‘s generally pro-gay attitude (they score well with issues like same-sex marriage), and it’s easy to see why a diverse array of travelers find themselves drawn to Rio’s sunny shores.

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Following my most recent visit to Rio de Janeiro, I’ve put together a quick-reference guide to some of Rio de Janeiro’s best gay bars and nightlife. Here’s some info to get you started planning that gay vacation getaway.

The Week, Rio’s coolest big gay nightclub, closed for extensive renovations, but continues to host parties at places like Cosmopolitan.

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• On weekends, you can usually find a crowd at LeBoy, a dance club in Copacabana. It can be rather touristy and certainly isn’t the most upscale or hip place to hang out, but it continues to draw crowds.

Galeria Cafe is a tiny-but-hip little venue in Ipanema, with a small dance floor and good mix of music and patrons.

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• Also exuding a hip vibe is 00 (Zero Zero), a stylish club in Gávea. Sunday nights are the official LGBT nights, with a well-dressed crowd of men and women.

• In the lively Lapa district, LGBT revelers head to Sinônimo, a three-floor venue with live music, DJs and what Time Out calls a “superior cocktail bar.”

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Also worth noting:

• LGBT Pride takes place in September in Rio de Janeiro, with a lively parade and festival, as well as lots of private parties at bars and clubs. Gay pride is a great time to enjoy Rio’s festive vibe.

• Also festive (and rather gay) is Carnaval, the annual pre-Lenten celebration. Be sure to book early (check out the LatinFlyer booking engine on this page for some of the best deals).

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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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