Gay Ipanema

Gay Friendly Bars, Restaurants, Shopping Zones, Beach and NightClubs

Just as Rio is renowned for the Carnival, the neighborhood of Ipanema in the city is known for the highest concentration of gays and other members of the alternative society. The district has a number of gay-friendly bars, nightclubs, and hotels as well, which add to the already colorful and vibrant environment of the area. In addition, gay Ipanema has several attractions that make it a great place to visit.

Exclusive beach zone in gay Ipanema

Gay get-togethers are common every Sunday at Ipanema Beach where even impromptu parties take place at Posto 9 or lifeguard tower 9, distinguished by a rainbow flag. Gay Ipanema has a strong beach culture, where much of the beach turns into a club or bar for most parts of the year. Gays have plenty of opportunities to chat and cruise endlessly at Posto 9, while Farme de Amoedo is a popular gay hangout where even food and drink vendors proudly display the rainbow flag. However, the cariocas are known for their liberal views, which is why you find a lot of local celebrities and a straight crowd at the beach as well. Gay couples displaying affection is universally accepted at Ipanema Beach, where everyone comes to relax and unwind, oblivious to their surroundings, except nature's wonders.

Gay friendly shopping zones

From high street fashion to everyday wear and fashion accessories, gay Ipanema has its fair share of gay-friendly shops including specialty stores. Rua Garcia D'Ávila is the place to shop for the biggest brands including Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Mont Blanc, Dior, and more. The street is dotted with shops selling designer furniture, trendy fashion wear, and jewelry. One of the unique places to shop is the Farmer's Market, held on Fridays. This is a great place to pick up some of the finest local handicrafts. Visconde de Pirajá is the primary shopping street that is home to some of the best boutiques, bars, and restaurants as well. For exclusive artificial and genuine jewelry, the shops located between the streets of Garcia D'Avila and Anibal de Mendonca is the places to grab a good bargain on brands like H. Stern and Amsterdam Sauer. Glorinha Paranagua is the perfect place to shop for signature purses and handbags.

Nightlife in gay Ipanema

Nightlife can't get any better than it does at gay Ipanema. From restaurants to nightclubs and bars, the gay-friendly neighborhood offers you a number of places to cruise, dine, bar hop, or just party all night long. The neighborhood has the largest concentration of Baixos or centers with a number of cafes and bars, most frequented by the younger, gay crowd. Baixo Farme on Rua Farme de Amoedo and Baixo Quitéria on Rua Maria Quiteria are among the most popular south side streets packed with bars and cafes. This is the place where gays flirt and make new friends. Rua Teixeira de Melo is one of the best gay-friendly zones with dance clubs and lounges in gay Ipanema. Belmonte, located at General Osorio Square is a famous bar where people flock for cold draft beer, empadas, and local pastries. To shake a leg and party all night, you have a choice of Le Boy in South Ipanema, Galeria Café, W, and Dama de Ferro, which are just a few from among a host of gay party zones to choose from.

Farme de Amoedo Street

The heart of gay Ipanema is undoubtedly Farme de Amoedo Street, home to gay bars and nightclubs that are open most of the night. However, the street is a hub of activity during the day as well. The area between Rua Teixeira de Mello and Rua Joana Angelica is home to some of the most exclusive gay bars and fine dining restaurants. A stroll down Farme Block will lead you to To Nem Ai, Dama de Ferro, W, Café Felice, and Galeria Café, some of the popular hotspots in gay Ipanema. Bofetada, Le Boy, and TV Bar are also located along Farme Block.

Banda de Ipanema – a gay party for everyone

During Carnival time, gay Ipanema turns into one of the biggest party zones with the Banda de Ipanema street parade attracting thousands of drag queens down the boulevards in the most exotic and outlandish costumes you will ever see including a dental-floss bikini. Although this is a popular gay Carnival event, everyone joins in the revelry that lasts through to the next morning.

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