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Manaus Travel Guide

Nightlife in Manaus

In downtown Manaus, the best spot for an evening drink is Bar do Armando, Rua 10 de Julho 593 (tel. 092/3232-1195). Located on the square in front of the Opera House, this venerable drinking spot is the nighttime home of Manaus's artists, intellectuals, journalists, and other ne'er-do-wells. The conversation is always interesting and the beer is served icy cold. Further down near the Praça da Matriz, Manaus's downtown nightlife scene degenerates into the sleazy mix of sailors and whores traditional in a large port. Praça da Matriz itself remains reasonably safe, but it's best to stay off side streets like Rua Visconde de Mauá.

The city's best nightlife spot is out near the Tropical Hotel at Ponta Negra Beach. People stroll up and down the wide boulevard, there are regular concerts and events at the amphitheater, and a number of bars have live entertainment in the evening. Close to the waterfront you'll find a whole bunch of botequins that double as barracas (beach kiosks) during the day when the beach is crowded and open at night for a causal beer or snack. Most places open at 5 or 6pm on weekdays and stay open until at least 1 or 2am. On weekends many venues open at 11am and stay open until 3 or 4am. Inside the Tropical Hotel, the disco Studio Tropical Night (tel. 092/3659-5000) has DJs Thursday through Saturday.

Two popular gay bars can be found in Centro: Enigma's Bar, Rua Silva Ramos 1054, Centro (tel. 092/3234-7985), open Thursday through Sunday, offers live music and DJs. Turbo Seven, Rua Vivaldo Lima 33, Centro (tel. 092/3232-6793), features drag shows and go-go boys; only open on Saturday and Sunday, from 11pm onwards.

Ponta Negra
Go to ponta negra to spend the night, it's nice place out of manaus, long the rio negro, and there are several pubs and resturant, and on the dried season there is also the beach where it's possible to swim in the river.

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