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Gay Saunas, Cinemas, and Sex Clubs of Rio de Janeiro

Do gay men really need a guide to getting laid in Rio de Janeiro?  It is a city with several gay clubs and an open culture where a stroll along the beach can lead to a sexual conquest.  Combined with mobile apps like Grindr, Scruff, and Tinder (all very popular in Brazil) sex is almost too easy in Rio.  (Also, don’t forget,  prostitution is legal in Brazil.)

However, in Portuguese they say  o que é bom pode ser melhor (what is good can be better.)  The following list of Rio de Janeiro’s saunas, cinemas, and sex clubs will definitely make a hot time even hotter!  Most of the locations are tourist friendly, but use caution.  And try the VamosGay Google Map to Gay Rio de Janeiro to navigate the city.

Cine Iris

Rua da Carioca 49
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google Map »
Mon – Sat 10AM – 9PM
Sunday 12PM – 9PM
Creepy former cinema palace in downtown Rio.  There are three floors where action takes place in the shadows while porn is projected onto the main screen.  At the box office there is a schedule of live strip shows, however the performers are female.  Location is also popular with transsexual prostitutes.

Cine Rex

Alvaro Alvim 33
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google Map »
Mon – Fri 11AM – 8PM
Sat and Sun 2PM – 8PM
Another one of Rio’s former grand movie theaters in the Cinelândia neighborhood.  Cine Rex has fallen into disrepair and become a XXX theater.  By day, there are patrons from the nearby offices of Rio’s bustling business district.  For the most part, the clientele is not-so-hot.

Club 117

Rua Cândido Mendes 117
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google Map »
Tue – Sun 3PM -1AM
Closed on Mondays
Best little whorehouse in Rio!  This sauna where muscular escorts solicit clients is also home to some of the city’s most popular drag and stripper performances.

Kabalk Sauna

Rua Santa Luíza 459
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google Map »
Everyday 3PM – 11PM
Sauna offers massage and an outdoor area.

Klub Meetings

Praça Tiradentes, Rua Pedro I  num 7 sala 903
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google Map »
Open Sunday through Tuesday morning.  Text for specific hours.
Invitation-only private club in downtown Rio with selective membership for in-shape and well-hung men.  Not a sauna but more of a private grand party house.  Send a WhatsApp message to get on the list +55 (21) 98367-8172

Le Boy Fitness

Rua Raul Pompéia 102
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google Map »
Tue – Sun 3PM – 5AM
Closed Mondays
The most well known gay club in Rio, Le Boy closed it’s lesbian sister club Le Girl and now hosts a an expanded sauna with stripper shows in what is known as Le Boy Fitness.

New Meio Mundo

Rua Teófilo Otoní 18
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google Map »
Mondays and Fridays 3PM – 12AM
Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Sat 3PM – 11PM
Sauna located downtown is popular with the after-work crowd. Stripper and drag shows on the weekend.  Reasonably-priced guys make it popular with locals.

Praia do Abricó / Abrico Nude Beach

Near Grumari Beach
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google Map »
Open ever day
How many nude beaches does Rio officially have?  Only one!  Yes, one of the world’s sexiest cities actually had zero clothing-optional beaches until the government approved Abrico Beach in 2014.  The crowd is mixed and respectful.

Praia da Farme / Posto 9

Rua Farme de Amoedo & Avenida Viera Souto
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google  Map »
Open everyday
Look for the rainbow flag and the buff bronze lifeguards to find the gayest section of Ipanema Beach.  Enjoy the sun and watch the natives play volleyball.  No sex here, but flirt all you want.

Point 202

Rua Siqueira Campos 202
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google  Map »
Tue – Thur 3PM – 11PM
Wednesdays 3PM – 12AM
Sauna for escorts and clients in Copacabana has gone down over the years, but is still worth a visit for those looking spends some cash for a good time.

Rio G Spa

Rua Teixeira de Melo 16
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google Map »
Everday 3PM to 12AM
Very popular destination after a day on Ipanema Beach.  Few to zero hustlers.  Almost always a crowd of in-shape men after 5PM.

Sauna Copacabana

Rua Dias da Rocha 83
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google Map »
Everday from 12PM to 12AM
For older daddies and their fans.   No escorts.

Sauna Carioca

Rua de Guaratiba 20
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google Map »
Everyday from 3PM to 12AM
Sauna with a relaxed social vibe.

Seven Cruising Bar

Praça da República 141
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google Map »
Mon – Sat 10AM – 11PM
Sundays 7AM – 10PM
Bar with cabins and other areas to play.
Click below for our review and event listings for Carnival 2017!
Read our full review of Seven Cruising Bar

Sex Rose

Rua Álvaro Alvim, 37
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google Map »
Mon – Thur 9AM – 11PM
Saturdays 9AM – 10PM
Sundays 1PM – 10PM
Enter what appears to be a simple adult bookstore with condoms, videos, and toys … then pay the entrance fee and continue upstairs to a very hot crowd of 20, 30, and 40 year-olds.  There’s even a small bar and club music!  This hidden gem is highly recommended.

Termas Catete

Rua Corrêa Dutra 34
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google Map »
Sun – Thur 1PM – 12AM
Fridays and Saturdays 1PM – 6AM
Escort-free sauna for the average Jose.

Termas Leblon

Rua Barrão da Torre 522
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Google Map »
Mon – Wed 12PM – 12AM
Thur – Sun 12PM – 6AM
Great facilities for the over 40 crowd.

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Gay Couple Ejected By Homophobic Driver in Rio

A 36 year-old businessman will file a claim with the organization “Rio Without Homophobia” against a driver hailed using the 99taxis app (a popular alternative to Uber in Latin America.)

The plaintiff and his boyfriend were ejected from the car in the dead of the night on Avenida Almirante Barroso in downtown Rio.  The reason for expelling the couple?  One boyfriend fell asleep during the ride resting his head on the other’s shoulder.

They claim the driver informed them “I think you better leave.  I don’t want perversion in my car.”  as reported by Brazilian newspaper O Globo.

The couple had just left the popular Carnival bloco “Bunytos de Corpo” at 2AM.

The story of the homophobic 99taxis driver sparked a firestorm on Brazilian social media.  Shortly thereafter, 99taxis issued a statement in a follow up story by O Globo announcing that the driver in question had been dismissed.

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Olympics 2016 Gay Guide to Rio

Over ten thousand athletes from 206 different countries will converge upon Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics.  The biggest sporting event on the planet promises to attract a record number of tourists.  To assist them, the city of Rio has created an English-language guide full of attractions and useful tips.  (Try our guide for getting a mobile data and SIM card in Brazil.)

For the many gay tourists who will be visiting the Cidade Maravilhosa, we have created the VamosGay Guide to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  It will build upon our current listings for gay-friendly hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs … and even places to hook up.

The opening ceremonies will take place on August 5 and the Olympic Games will run until the closing ceremony on August 21.

Bookmark vamosgay.com/olympics-2016-rio to view the complete city guide later this year.  And, follow VamosGay on Twitter, and Facebook to get the latest updates for #Rio2016.



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Gay-Friendly Hotels and Places to Stay in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil’s hotel industry is very aware of the power of the “pink” dollar and hotels in large tourist destinations are gay-friendly.   The list below are the best, and most popular, places to stay.  Most of them are near clusters of Rio’s gay nightlife and popular beaches “where the boys are.”

Altos de Santa Teresa

This chic, yet informal, guesthouse built in the heights (altos) of the Santa Teresa neighborhood.  Spectacular panoramic views include the Christ the Redeemer statue and the Sugarloaf mountain range.  Friendly staff and great amenities make all 9 spacious rooms in high demand.

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Hotel Atlântico Copacabana

Great option in Copacabana near the Siquero Campos Metro station.  Located a few blocks further from the beach makes the prices consistently lower.  Relaxed guest policy has made this a favorite with gay travelers since the 1990s.

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Arpoador Inn Hotel

A long-time favorite for the following reasons: friendly front desk, amazing breakfast  with a boardwalk view of Arpoador Beach (the small beach between Copacabana and Ipanema.)  The Arpoador Inn is within a ten minute walk of gay Ipanema and about fifteen minutes from Copacabana nightspots like Le Boy.

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Casa Cool Beans B&B

Gay owned and operated guesthouse.  Informative hosts are full of tips on gay Rio.  Many downtown and Lapa attractions are within a 20 minute walk.  Use the VamosGay Google map to Rio de Janeiro to view all of the nearby bars, restaurant, clubs, and saunas.

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Casa Mosquito

This beachside boutique hotel features a restaurant, a spa and luxurious personalized services.  Within walking distance to attractions in both Ipanema and Copacabana.  Guests rave about the interior design, service, and outstanding breakfast.

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Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro

One of the best hotels in Brazil, the Fasano brings world class luxury to gay Ipanema.  Click below for photos and more information.  The Fasano is expensive but worth every penny.

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Golden Tulip Ipanema Plaza

Very popular high-end hotel is often booked to capacity during high season.  However, booking a room at the Golden Tulip not only give you a hotel room; it gives you access to guests-only rooftop and much coveted beach chairs and towels on the prime real estate of Ipanema Beach gayest section Praia da Farme.

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La Maison by Dussol

Like spending your vacation in a high-fashion photo shoot, his luxurious guesthouse sits within a green area in Rio de Janeiro. It offers a contemporary, neo-classic décor and daily in-suite breakfast.  La Maison is in the Gavea neighborhood which is removed from the madness of the touristy section of Rio, but only a 10 minute taxi ride to Ipanema.

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Mar Ipanema Hotel

Great option in Ipanema with a number of shops on the trendy streets opposite the beach.  Rooms during New Years and Carnival are in high demand.  Get more Mar Ipanema info and options to book it below.

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MisterB&B

The gay alternative to AirBnB is now available in Latin America!  Click below to browse gay-hosted apartments across Rio de Janeiro.

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Pestana Rio Atlântica

Five-star beachfront hotel in Copacabana welcomes gay travelers to stay in the lap of luxury.  The rooftop bar is an excellent place to catch the sunset while enjoying a cocktail.  (One sad update, the Top of the Pestana gay party has been discontinued.  Anyone who attended it during Carnival 2015 knows how much it will be missed.)

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Praia Ipanema Hotel

The most serene of the Ipanema Beach hotels, the Praia Ipanema has a quiet rooftop with some of the best views in Rio’s zona sul.

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Sol Ipanema

Superb location on the Ipanema Beach seafront, within a vibrant area of bars and restaurants. It features a sunny terrace with breathtaking coast views.

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Sofitel Rio de Janeiro

Luxury hotel in the heart of Copacabana.  Click below for photos and more info about this five-star hotel.

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Restaurants and Cafes of Gay Friendly Rio

The “gayborhoods” of Rio de Janeiro are blessed with a multitude of places grab a quick bite, sit down for a full meal, or recharge your battery with something caffeinated.   The following is a shortlist of gay and gay-friendly spots in Copacabana, Ipanema, and Lapa.  After you fuel up, continue the night at any of the many gay bars and clubs of Rio de Janiero. Continue reading Restaurants and Cafes of Gay Friendly Rio