RIO Gay Bars & Clubs 2021

Rio boys love a circuit party, which in local speak is called a “label party.” In Brazil, it is common to see ‘GLS’ for gay events, which translates to Gay, Lesbian and Sympathizers (a term for heterosexuals), and is often printed on flyers for parties.

Revolution Pool Party

Revolution Pool Party is one of the biggest circuit events in the city taking place during major holidays.

TV Bar Rio

TV Bar is camp, its pop, its gay. Just great fun every night of the week.

Our guide to gay bars & parties in Rio.

Wherever you go to meet your future ex-husband, don’t open your heart for just anyone because a kiss in Brazil can be equated with a “hello” in English. So, when you lock lips with someone you really like after a night of dancing and caipirinhas, do consider the fact that you will probably never see him again. Just make sure you take a nice picture together during sunset (or sunrise!) so all your friends back home will believe he existed, and do as the Brazilians do—enjoy the moment.

With the whopping 14.30% of the city population declaring to belong to the LGBT community, Rio de Janeiro features the biggest gay and lesbian community in the country.

All the beaches of Rio de Janeiro are gay-friendly but the most popular gay ones the East Side of Farme de Amoedo Beach, Copacabana Beach, and Praia do Leblon. The most popular gay bars in Rio are The Week, OO (Zero Zero), Galeria Cafe, To Nem Ai, Boite 1140, Fosfobox, La Cueva, and Pipper Club.

The original Pool Party and R.Evolution are two of the big gay events that put the Rio gay scene on the map, both produced by Rosane Amaral in Rio around holidays. Venues vary from places such as the Museum of Modern Art at Aterro do Flamengo, and “Armazém 5” (Warehouse 5) at Cais do Porto, in the city docks.

The Week Rio

For a more upscale gay nightlife experience, consider The Week, as the Rio branch of a similarly fabulous club in São Paulo that attracts the city’s most beautiful, muscular men.

Boate 1140

Boate 1140 first opened its doors almost 30 years ago, and has managed to earn a fabulous reputation for being the place to escape the stress of daily life and really let go on the dance floor. A popular joint for gay people in Rio, the enthusiasm of the dancers here is infectious and really gets the party going on weekends. Reasonably priced cocktails and chic, sleek decor add to the appeal of this trendy venue.

Up Turn Bar

Hosting an array of consistently amazing nights week after week, this is unsurprisingly a place you need to visit whilst in Rio. Up Turn Bar is always bustling with excited customers The venue is spacious, comfortable and boasts a large dance floor, and the cocktails are tangy and tasty. A perfect combination for a perfect evening!


Visit Fosfobox, a tiny club and bar in the red light district of Copacabana if you love themed parties and loud music. Make sure it’s a gay night when you visit, and you will find a young crowd devoted to rock and hip hop. Friday’s are the gayest…. but this is for house music lovers!

Pool Parties

There are several gay-friendly pool parties on in Rio, usually located in Gavea or Barra, yet often the location is unknown – you buy your ticket online and meet at a designated spot, before being taken to the exclusive event. These events are sporadic and are usually only advertised on Facebook. There is also a pool party in Ipanema held almost every Sunday during the summer months in Rio. On top of a huge house called Casa Mosquito, it has a pool with inflatables, fabulous cocktails and perhaps one of the best views across Copacabana and Ipanema.

  • How to pay for your drinks!

    Don’t forget you have to pay at the end. Like many Brazilian clubs and restaurants, you receive a card upon entering that tracks your purchases. You must present it with each drink purchase, and if you lose the card, be prepared for your wallet (and your soul) to cry in expensive distress.

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The most popular gay districts in Rio de Janeiro are by the beaches on the East Side of Farme de Amoedo Beach, Copacabana Beach, and Praia do Leblon.


Recommended Hotels in Rio

We recommend that you try and grab a beachfront room if your budget will stretch that far! 4 star hotels offer great value but book fast. The newer 5 star hotels in Rio are some of the most opulent in the Latin America.

Hotel Fasano Ipanema
5 Star, Panoramic Views

A rooftop pool with stunning sea views, a spa & wellness center. luxurious beachfront accommodations on Ipanema Beach.

Rio Othon Palace
5 Star Service

Next to Copacabana beach, Rio Othon Palace features a rooftop pool with excellent views of the Sugar Loaf Mountain

Orla Copacabana
4 Star Great Beach Views

Facing Copacabana Beach, within a 5-minute walk from Ipanema Beach, this hotel features free Wi-Fi, a rooftop pool and a restaurant.

Arena Ipanema Hotel
4 Star – Central Location

Arena Ipanema Hotel

Located in Rio de Janeiro, just 100 m from the famous Ipanema Beach. The hotel has an outdoor pool and sun terrace,

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