Gay Bars in Rio de Janeiro

Top Gay Clubs & Bars in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Gay Clubs & Bars in Rio de Janeiro

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  • Gonzalo T
    Lima, Peru146 contributions
    Was there last year. Amazing club, very well built for a mayor experience. Best VJ, production of shows lights and the best dance DJs around. As a foreigner, you should know that you can get a CPF (sort of a ID number for foreigners) that allows you to sign up for different things, as creating an account on the SYMPLA App. There you can get a “lista” (List) fast lube for free. Then you only pay for your consumption. Festivals are a disaster sometimes, when they go to other venues. Last year at Armazem da Utopia was an embarrassing mess to get in (dangerous lines and people pushing in an stampede), and taking forever to get out.

    Other parties like Revolution are better organized. The Week is a good brand and have amazing DJs, but should take care more about the safety and details to make people, specially from abroad, to have a great time.
    Written 8 January 2020
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  • Bilall S
    South Africa107 contributions
    Found this spa as walking the streets of rio.so i went inn and was really glad i did its so friendly staff and people was great to just kick off my shoes and relax. Its a all men spa with gym wet sauna dry sauna kino and private cabins really nice
    Written 14 March 2017
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  • Lucas Wolfson
    Dublin, Ireland59 contributions
    Nice place, not overly cheap but with nice music and good crowd, the only thing is that it's usually very packed, and that night be a bit uncomfortable, don't forget to take your ID otherwise you won't get in.
    Written 26 May 2016
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  • Alctr
    11 contributions
    Great place to have a steam, get a massage drink a beer and watch soccer. Staff was friendly. Mature clientele. I thought the place was pretty clean but not sterile or pretentious.
    Written 30 April 2018
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  • Patricia O
    Munich, Germany147 contributions
    Gafieira Elite is a nice nightclub with good music and a great atmosphere!! They play a lot of funk and hip hop... You will mostly meet Cariocas there. I can absolutly recommand this place, if you are looking for a "real Rio expereance"!!
    Written 27 July 2016
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  • Crhistiano B
    2 contributions
    Wonderful place! I've known this bar since it opened and I can tell you as a man who likes gay places is the best type bar in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Certainly the best place for gay cruising in town and one of the best I know in the world. The locals are very friendly and the staff at the seven Cruising Bar are very well prepared. The place could be bigger yes, and sometimes it gets very full, but if it were empty we would complain, would not it? Best option for fun at the 2018 gay carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
    Written 5 January 2018
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  • Gay A
    Gay A
    Brussels, Belgium111 contributions
    Saunas without boys are not my favourite ones in Rio.
    For the simple reason that most Brazilians don't look that good at all. And if they do, they often behave like arrogant beach queens, looking down on every less perfect creature.
    In Termas Catete you are likely to find a wide range of different and coloured locals. A reason for that could be because of it's fair pricing policy.
    I went 3 times, only the first time was a quite disappointing experience. Luckily I gave the sauna and its visitors a second and a third chance.
    Don't go too early, 8pm is fine.
    Written 17 March 2012
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  • Jerry Sonny
    1 contribution
    I rate bathhouses solely on what I call levels of intimate interaction. Simply put, gay guys are a primary bunch. If they see action around them, they tend to engage more. In that regard, Kabalk is a low interaction place, at best. And there's a reason for that. Most of its patronage are what Brazilians call "padrão". Literally, standard, but, in gay slang, "padrão" means white, fit and young gay guys. In my Brazilian experience, "padrão" gays tend to flock together and are openly dismissive of non-"padrão" guys. it's literally a gay food chain with "padrão" guys firmly sit atop the mountain. There's some variation in age and shape (Kabalk has some gorgeous daddies among its customers) but even those do have a chip on their shoulders. This means that, for the most part, you1l see guys apparently moping around. In reality, they're fiercely examining one another. The crowd is so tough that Kabalk's management now brings in porn actors to spice up the place. That's right. Twice a week, a bunch of guys come in to "engage" with whomever. For free! And yet, "padrão" patrons are so choosy they won't come anywhere near the free food being offered to them. Ungrateful children, my grams would say. Despite all that, if you're a "padrão" yourself, go for it. If, like me, you're not and you don't mind being foreplayed, go for it. Last time I was there, two hot daddies foreplayed me a lot, but when they were ready for the "real play", they chose to take other "padrão" guys to a private cabin. Yes, "padrão" gays are mean. Watch your back.

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    Written 10 April 2022
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  • Dimitris
    Athens, Greece1 contribution
    I would expect Owners and staff involved to be nice and warmer to their customers. It is also useless and unethical the policy to collect entrance fee on certain days like Sunday, Wednesday etc where the bar is completely empty... Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays it looks a lot better.
    Written 2 August 2019
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  • Gay A
    Gay A
    Brussels, Belgium111 contributions
    Some comments on the web suggest that this sauna is located in a dangerous area, but I didn't notice anything of that. As long as you enter in the early evening hours the street from the right side (and that's from the south), there's no danger. But still, this is Rio, so always be careful.

    The sauna occupies two buildings and that makes the inside orientation quite complicated for a first timer. Anyway you will get lost inside while exploring the different areas, but the present garotos will be glad to point you to the right place. And it's always an excuse for some chatting, although you better learn a few words of portuguese first!

    Twice I witnessed a show. Show 1140 by Luiza and her meninos was great. Classy and tasteful. The other one was with Lola Batalhão and she's less my stuff. Kind of a leopard woman ;-) Really weird.
    If your portuguese is not carioca enough, you don't understand anything of their jokes.

    On the contrary with Club 117, you won't see here many foreigners and maybe that's better too! New Meio Mundo still has that carioca spirit while Club 117 sometimes reminds me of a gay beach resort full of local muscle bombs and screaming queens, running up and down the stairs. New Meio Mundo is frequented by lots of locals and I had pleasant conversations with an architect and ... a priest!

    But maybe most important in expensive Rio. Prices of entrance, rooms and everything else is more correct. So you can save some reais while having fun.
    Written 2 March 2012
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  • Gay A
    Gay A
    Brussels, Belgium111 contributions
    I went here twice with an interval of a few days. On both days, there were around 10 'garotos' available. Friendly down to earth staff.
    On my second visit, there was an election of Mr. Termas Spazio 2011. Show was not spectacular at all, and the one who gained the title was really nothing special. I wandered what kind of criterias they had ;-) Some female impersonators.
    Probably big fun for the ones who understand carioca. Place is a bit seedy. Wet and dry sauna functioned properly.
    Written 13 March 2012
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  • nacalifa
    San Diego, CA3 contributions
    visited 4 times while there. I loved it!!!!!!!!!! Didn't want to leave. OMG! The Dark Room (very Dark Room). It's old bldg so what, deal w/ it. Nice neighborhood, 5 min. walk from Praia Botafogo Shopping Center. But, beware of your surroundings there and all of Rio. Plenty of people still in the area after I left for a 15 min. walk to my hotel.
    It has dark room, tv lounge area, snack room, water, sodas, chips, and Beer! Dry and wet sauna, video room, and 4 open rooms. Its not 4-5 stars like the ones in the U.S. but it gets my rocks off and I had tons of fun w/ the guys hitting on me or vise versa. they provide sandals and stinky towels but so what. They charged 3 Reais for 2 condoms and gel. Take your own supply if your planning to have plenty of sex. Oh by the way!!!!!!! I loved the way they were talking to me in portuguese while having sex!!!!!!!!!!! Oi Papi mas, mas, mas!!!!!!!!!!!
    Written 26 April 2012
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