Rio de Janeiro is one of the best places in the world to ring in the New Year (or, as Brazilians call it Réveillon.) While the northern hemisphere is freezing, the beaches of Rio are warm … and the men are hot! This guide for 2018 is split into three sections: getting there, enjoying New Years Eve on Copacabana beach, and finding the best gay parties.
Getting There / Places to Stay
We recommend that you fly down in late December and spend a week discovering Rio de Janeiro. (Rates for the high season start on flights departing after December 27.) To book an international flight to Rio, the best websites are:
- LAN / TAM Airlines (direct from airline)
- Iberia (direct from the airline, Europe to Brazil)
Once in Rio, you will need a place to stay. Ipanema Beach is where the boys are. Copacabana is amazing as well. Check out our list of the best LGBT friendly hotels and apartments in gay Rio.
For the plane ride down, pick up a copy of Lonely Planet Rio de Janeiro, the best English language guide to the city. (United States citizens will also need to apply for a Visa to enter Brazil. Americans won’t be able to board their flights without it.)
Fabulous and free! The sands of Copacabana (and neighboring Ipanema) are the place to be this time of year. The New Year’s Eve tradition is to wear white and pay tribute to Iemanjá, the water goddess at the center of Brazil’s Candomblé religion. Every year, there is a massive party with live music that fills the sands of Copacabana Beach, however if you stay in Ipanema you will only be 20 to 30 minutes away by foot. The music starts between 8 and 9PM, and the fireworks begin at the stroke of midnight.
Parties, Parties, and More Parties!
Get every last drop out of 2017 before the year ends. Rio’s gay bars will be open and ready to party after Christmas Day. There are three major gay parties which will run from Saturday, December 30th through the end of Monday, January 1st.
Joy Party: Pre-New Year Saturday + New Year’s Eve at Sea
Mega-promoters Joy Party have two great events planned. On Saturday, Dec 30, a line-up of DJs from across Brazil will fill Rio de Janeiro’s MAM for an oriental-themed party. Then, on Sunday Dec 31st, revelers are welcome on board an exclusive boat to ring in the New Year off the coast of Copacabana beach with a perfect view of the fireworks. Tickets to both individual events and combo-packages are available online from the Sympla website.
Posto 10 Réveillon 2018
Drinks, food, and fun at Barra da Tijuca hotspot Euphoria Music Bar is an awesome way start 2018. Euphoria attracts a younger mixed crowd that loves to party to pop music. And ten hours of free alcohol should make things even wilder. (Pre-order tickets online.)
The Week (Saturday Dec 30 & Monday Jan 1)
Editor’s Choice for Best Nightclub The Week brings you a special edition of their popular “Safado” party to be hosted at Armazém da Utopia. An international line-up of DJs guarantees that it will be the place to be for the boys who like to party. (Pre-order tickets online.) The Week’s next big party starts após a virada (Portuguese for the time after midnight when the fireworks are over.) Doors will open for the first big party of 2018 where even more DJs and shirtless men will keep the party going. (Pre-order tickets online.)
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