Tips for Party in Rio next New Year
Life is about choices. No? The decision you make about where you will spend the next New Year’s Eve is up to you. You could choose to stay home and watch Ryan Seacrest on TV or be at one of those parties you’re watching. If you like to live a life full of incredible experiences, then Rio during New Year’s Eve is definitely for you. However, there are some challenges to being a part of this larger than life experience. If you don’t book the flight and hotel 8-10 months in advance, it probably won’t happen. Imagine, 3 million people from all over the world gathered, all on the beach at the same time to have fun. It’s pretty crazy and very hard to get a great hotel and decent air that doesn’t take you through Zimbabwe. These are my tips on how to make it happen. Did I mention booking in advance?
I’m definitely a bit of a bum when it comes to hotels. The only place I would recommend is the new Fasano Hotel. It is an exceptional hotel. I should mention that the Fasano is located in Ipanema and not in Copacabana (where the New Year’s Eve fireworks are). For my money, it is still the place to stay. Speaking of money, you will definitely have a hard time staying there for New Years Eve. Plan (prepaid 6 months in advance) around $ 1,200 per night for the New Years Eve package (the 3 days surrounding New Years). The other nights are about half. I know it’s stupidly expensive, but it’s worth it …
The week before New Years Eve
Depending on when you arrive (I recommend arriving the day after Christmas), you will notice a palpable daily increase in excitement and crowds before New Years Eve. There are tons of dining options and places to have fun. Remember, this place is insane during this period, so book restaurant reservations ahead of time or have a Fasano Black card to say hello (it really has magical powers). The best restaurants for food, atmosphere and atmosphere are listed below. I also included my top picks for lounges, clubs, and shopping.
1. Zuka (Leblon)
Rua dias Ferreira, 233 District: Leblon Telephone: +55 21 3205 7154
Modern atmosphere with style and contemporary food, good atmosphere, beautiful people, a place to see and be seen. Do not miss it!
2. Sushi Leblon (Leblon)
Rua Dias Ferreira, 256 District: Leblon Telephone: +55 21 2274 1342
This is the best sushi restaurant with a sophisticated atmosphere. It’s definitely worth the wait, the food is amazing, the service is good, and the crowd enhances the atmosphere.
3. Satyricion (Ipanema)
Rua Barão da Torre 192, District: Ipanema Telephone: +55 21 2521 0627
Satyricion has a spectacular entrance with a tank of lobster, scallops, oysters, tropical clams, mussels, etc. This is a unique and pioneering restaurant and is considered one of the best among Rio’s seafood restaurants. Mick Jagger has come to Brazil quite often now to see his son, Lucas. Leave your hotel alone to visit the Satyricon, a restaurant that ranks among the best in the world. It used to be a fishermen’s den!
4. Gero (Ipanema)
District: Ipanema Telephone: +55 21 2239 8158
Great Italian restaurant where you will often see different celebrities. They offer an amazing wine list and are famous for their desserts (get the lemon petit gateau). Gero is a great place with great food and service, as well as beautiful people. It is difficult to get a table, you must make a reservation.
5. Aprazivel (Santa Theresa)
Rua Aprazível 62 +55 21 2508 9174
This is a casual but AMAZING place with phenomenal views and amazing contemporary Brazilian food. The neighborhood, while unreliable, is old and quaint and worth a visit. Northeast Brazilian food is the staple here and is very tasty and inventive. Reserve the tree tables (2 to 3 days in advance).
6. Zaza Bistro – (Ipanema)
Great Bistro with a fusion of Brazilian and Asian food. Sit on top of the pillows upstairs or on the tables outside. Great option for dining in Ipanema.
1. Londro (Ipanema)
Avenida Viera Souto, 80 – Ipanema +55 21 3202 4000 F 55 21 3202
Beautiful bar located on the lobby level of the Hotel Fasano towards the end of the luminous track. It opens every day of the week after 7pm. It features the most famous DJ duos, trios and bands performing for an extremely exclusive audience.
2.00 zero zero (Leblon)
Rua Padre Leonel Franca 240 District: Gávea inside the planetarium +55 21 2540-8042
Clean decor, filled with pillows and candles and outside. Saturday nights are great, great music and beautiful people. Lounge music outside and house music inside.
3. Boox (Ipanema)
Rua Barao da Torre, 368 District: Ipanema +55 21 2522 3730
Thursday or Friday or Saturday: a contemporary Italian restaurant that almost turns into a nightclub as the night progresses. This is a classy, sophisticated, and really fun salon. It is small and selective. Full of beautiful people and good music. The best salon in Ipanema. Make reservations for this one.
4. Rio Scenarium (Lapa)
Rua do Lavradio District: Lapa +55 21 3852 5516
Go on Saturdays: a must if you are in Rio. See Rio in the 1920s. It’s a bar, restaurant, and nightclub all rolled into one. Very moderate prices and excellent live samba music. Try to arrive on Wednesday or the weekend and reserve a table next to the dance floor. This is a 2,700 square foot space that a few years ago was a dark antique store. Today every weekend he sees a crowd of 3,000. People dance samba all night and every day there is a party. If you go to a club in Rio, do it in this one. Please arrive before 10:30. The line can be brutal.
1. Reserve (Ipanema)
Rua Maria Quiteria, 77 District: Ipanema + 55-21-2247-5980
Reservation is the new thing in Ipanema. He is definitely the best rookie in Rio clothes.
2. Osklen (Ipanema)
Rua Maria Quiteria 85 District: Ipanema +55 21 2227 2911
Osklen is by far the most authentic and sophisticated clothing option with stores across the country and also in Milan, Rome, New York and Geneva. Designer Oskar Metsavaht is internationally acclaimed for his lifestyle brand inspired by the “Brazilian soul.” It is a must when in Rio.