Located in an attractive old house, Casa da Matriz (Rua Henrique Novaes 107, Botafogo, tel. 21/2266-1014, www.casadamatriz.com.br, 11 p.m.–close Mon. and Wed.–Sat., cover R$10–25) hosts some of the most happening dance parties in town, courtesy of an eclectic roster of house DJs and a styling, alternative crowd with a proclivity for contemporary sounds. Monday’s A Maldita (“The Damned”) festas promise that you’ll begin the week feeling trashed. If you need a breather, check out the rotating photo exhibits or flake out in the lounge.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition