Gay Rio

gay in rio - gay pride in rio de janeiro

Hello everyone! Did you know that June 28th is International Gay Pride – or LGBTQIA+ pride – Day? This super important date is celebrated all over the world. That’s why today we’ll discuss all the best places to go if you are a member of the LGBTQIA+ community! Let’s discover the gay clubs in Rio de Janeiro, and also Rio de Janeiro lesbian and LGBT scene! Did you know Rio de Janeiro has a so-called gay district? The Gay Rio Dica starts now!

Join us in this celebration of love! Wear your pride flag and show it to the world! ?️‍?

Gay Rio de Janeiro: The Experience

Being gay (or LGBTQIA+) in Rio can be a super cool experience. Nevertheless, as in most Western countries, it has its problems. But let’s put those aside for today, since today is all about celebrating love! In Rio there are many places to go, such as bars, parties, and some beaches in Rio de Janeiro decorated with pride flags. So, let’s see some of these places and get to know a little more about Rio de Janeiro LGBT!

Gay Places in Rio

Gay Rio - Ipanema Beach, Posto 8, gay places in rio de janeiro
Photo by: Jeff Belmonte 

Ipanema Beach – posto 8 and 9

Ipanema beach became famous through Bossa Nova, and the song, Girl from Ipanema, has been covered by several famous musicians – from Frank Sinatra to Amy Winehouse. But the beach is also known as a gay area in Rio and was elected the best of the world for the LGBTQI+ community. Nearby, between Teixeira de Mello and Joana Angélica streets, there is Farme de Amoedo street, well-known for its diversity and for being gay-friendly.

Almost the entire street is occupied by bars that open their doors to the community, so don’t hesitate to pay them all a visit! This is for sure the closest you will have from a gay district in Rio de Janeiro!

Copacabana Beach

I’m sure you’ve heard of this place! This is where the Rio de Janeiro LGBT Pride takes place, one of the most famous in the world. The LGBTQI+ community is welcome along the entire length of the beach, but especially near to Copacabana Palace. You obviously can’t miss the sunset in there, one of the most beautiful you will ever see!

Gay Bars and Clubs in Rio de Janeiro

Anyone who comes to Rio de Janeiro knows that we love parties! So let’s look at some bars and parties that we’d especially recommend to you!

South Zone

Close to Farme de Amoedo Street, there is a bar that is very famous among the community and one of the most celebrated in mainstream media, which is called Galeria Café, located on 31 Teixeira de Melo St, and it’s usually open on Friday and Saturday nights. Oh, and before I forget! It also doubles as a gay club in Rio. Check out their Instagram account.

For all my lesbian friends (but it goes without saying that the entire LGBTQI+ community is welcome!), the Rio de Janeiro lesbian scene presents you with this AMAZING bar in Botafogo called Boleia Bar, whose entire staff is made up of bi, lesbian and transsexual women only. In addition to all these cool features, there’s also everything we like: pool, beer, karaoke and food, of course! The bar offers dine-in, takeaway and delivery and is open to the public every day from 6 pm to 2 am. Enjoy!

And, for a more informal warm-up, and for those who prefer a lower budget, we highly recommend the bars on Voluntários da Pátria street, also in Botafogo, and São Salvador Square, in Laranjeiras, where you can have a beer or a drink and listen to samba, choro (also popularly called “chorinho”) or even jazz music.

Centro (Downtown, lit. “Center”)

In another part of the city, in Lapa –  famous for its historical monuments and nightlife –   there is a bar and nightclub called Turma Ok, known as the first LGBT group in the history of Brazil. In this bar there are many drinks, delicious food and of course, many shows, and parties! This place is located at 39, Inválidos Street, and their Facebook page is quite active, so check it out!

Also in Lapa, there is the Bar das Quengas, famous for its wonderful menu and delicious beers. At this bar, the frequency of gay couples is almost as numerous as that of straight ones, so it looks amazing, right?

Some gay clubs in Rio de Janeiro had to close because of the pandemic, but we believe that they’ll reopen as soon as it is over. Many of them are very famous around here, and are located in the center, with lots of exciting parties, lots of drinks and dancing. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate love at one of the biggest gay parties in Rio de Janeiro.

Vocabulary for Gay Rio!

InclusivoGay Friendly
Parada LGBT+LGBT Pride
Clube/Boate GayGay Club
Jantar no LocalDine-in
Retirada no BarTakeaway
Vida NoturnaNightlife

Our gay Rio travel guide now comes to a close. I hope you enjoyed it and that you feel inspired to get to know Rio de Janeiro (also gay places in Rio de Janeiro) and maybe learn Portuguese in Copacabana, sounds great, right? See you in our next Dica! Also, don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

Much LOVE from Rio de Janeiro!

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Girl from Ipanema
Beaches in Rio de Janeiro

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Rio de Janeiro

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