By Pedro Souza
30th January, 2017

Rio is notorious for its scenic beauty, warm beaches and friendly people. It is also famous for its parties, which go way beyond Carnival. If you are planning on going there and know how to enjoy a good party, you are sure to have a blast. To help you with that, we have made a compilation of some of the best clubs in Rio. Enjoy!

Located near the Siqueira Campos metro station in Copacabana city, this club is known for its eclectic mix of musical styles. In the club’s dancefloor, one can expect to hear underground techno, rock, pop, samba and forró, as well as the occasional live show. While the dancefloor is located downstairs, one can enjoy a drink at the bar or smoke a cigarette and have a chat at the balcony in the upper area.

Inside the planetarium in the neighborhood of Gávea one can find 00, one of the best-designed clubs in Rio. The space contains a dancefloor, a restaurant with a sushi bar and an outdoor garden with sofas and puffs where one can sit and relax. The club plays a variety of styles of dance music, with mainstream music being played on Fridays and Saturdays. On Thursday and Sundays the club gets more adventurous in their choice of music, often displaying live performances. On Sundays, the parties are dedicated to the LGBT crowd, going from late afternoon to the small hours and playing softer music.

Nuth Lounge
One of the most popular clubs in Rio de Janeiro, Nuth attracts large crowds on weekends. The club is split into places for lounging, eating and dancing, boasting a dancefloor decorated with trippy props to enhance the experience. The music style at the club changes from night to night, but DJs usually play hip-hob, R&B and house music. When going there, be sure to dress well, as the door policy can be strict at times.

Casa da Matriz
If you are into alternative clubs, Casa da Matriz is the place for you. Located in the neighborhood of Botafogo, the house features an amazing variety of musical styles from soul, punk and funk to old-school hip-hop and much more. It even offers indie karaoke nights on Wednesdays, which have become one of the staples of the club. When going there, try to avoid dressing too preppy, as a hipster-style dressing is favored by the club’s crowd.

Studio RJ
For those club-goers that want to have a good taste of Brazilian music, Studio RJ is the right choice. The club has a great location in between Ipanema and Copacabana, with a beautiful view to the Arpoador beach. As for the music, it displays a variety of Brazilian music with styles ranging from rock and jazz to bossa nova, with frequent live shows and guest DJ’s. On Sundays, it also offers afternoon sessions, which are a great way to end a busy weekend.

By Pedro Souza
January 30th, 2017

It can be said that Brazil is many countries in one. As you go from state to state, the local people and culture change drastically, and so does the language. Below, we have made a compilation of slangs and expressions you will hear if you go to the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Acolherar (to spoon): To get together.
Bochinche: An expression for a disorder, conflict or fight.
Chê!: A meaningless exclamation often said at the end of a sentence for emphasis. You will be hearing this one a lot.
Bah!: Another common expression, this one is used to demonstrate surprise or indignation.
Charlar: Gaúchos don’t have a conversation, they “charlam”.
Com o pé no estribo (With feet on the stirrup): A Gaúcho is not ready to leave; he has his feet on the stirrup.
De vereda: When something is about to come up, it is “de vereda”.
Despacito: To do something “despacito” is to do it slowly, with no hurry.
Guapo: In Spanish, a guapo is someone who is good looking. For the Gaúchos, a guapo is a brave person.
Espichar a canela (To extend your shin): In Rio Grande do Sul, to extend your shin means to die.
Bater as botas (To hit the boots): Another southern expression for dying. This one is used more often than “espichar a canela”, and is frequently used in other states as well.
Guri/Guria: For the Gaúchos, a small boy is called a “guri” and a small girl a “guria”.
Macanudo: A powerful or rich person.
Maleva: An evil or perverse person.
Matear: To “matear” means to drink chimarrão, yerba mate based drink that is one of the staples of Gaúcho culture.
Azucrinar: To bother someone.
Arapuca: An arapuca is a trap for birds, but it can also mean a dishonest trick or cheat.
Bóia: A southern term for food.
Chambão: A stupid or gullible person.
Cupincha: Gaúchos don’t have friends, they have “cupinchas”.
Calavera: A calavera is a dishonest person or a bum.
Dobrar o cotovelo (To bend the elbow): To take a cup to one’s mouth, to drink.
Embretado: When you find yourself in a tight situation, you are “embretado”.
Estar com o diabo no corpo (To have the devil in one’s body): When a person is furious or troublesome, that person has the devil in the body.
Facada (A knife stab): For Gaúchos, a “facada” is when a person asks for money without the intention or condition to pay it back.
Fazer a viagem do corvo (To make the crow’s trip): When someone makes a trip and takes too long to return, that person has made the crow’s trip.
Faceiro: In Rio Grande do Sul, an elegant person is a “faceiro”.
Tem um cachorro na cancha (There’s a dog in the field): When something is disrupting the execution of a plan, gauchos will say there is a dog in the field.
Jururu: To be “jururu” is to be sad, depressed, beaten.
Trovar: To “trovar” someone is to flirt with that person.
Vivente (living): A “vivente” is an individual, a person or simply any living creature.