Galeria Cafe

92% love it
Boutique dance club in heart of Ipanema
Packed with Ipanema cuties, this compact, upscale club features Brazilian music, Trash Pop, and standard club tunes. An offshoot of the neighboring art gallery, it also hosts art shows and spoken word performances.


    • Felipezsbrazil
      Felipezsbrazil Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Very Nice place
      the place is traditional in the south of the city (in Ipanema). tiny. music is pop and there are many beautiful boys.

    • Adrenalin
      Adrenalin Over a year ago

      Expensive & overcrowded but good location by beach
      Went to the Galeria Cafe last night for Treta Wednesdays which is when locals told us is the best night to go. KNOW BE4 YOU GO: Club offers $10 reals off cover if you email the guest list on their webpage before 8pm. They also offered free caprianhas for the first hour of being one (11pm-12am). You must have a valid form of ID. I always carry my California ID card which seems to work fine, however this one wanted passport which I leave in the hotel safe. I do carry color photo copies of my passport with me at all times in case I run into a need like this. They accepted the copy no problem. PAYING: similar format to clubs like "the week" and zero zero where you receive a card which you present each time you buy a drink. When you leave you pay you card out which includes all drinks and cover admission charge. They did take credit cards no problem. However, this is part of the entry line which takes forever. One person registers a massive line of people so the outdoor line takes forever. Get their early as it took us 45 minutes with only 15-20 people in front of us. Club is one large square. Its packed wall to wall. There are two bars, one on the side and one on the back and they are difficult to access. Be forewarned this club packs the crowds in tight. In will be overwhelming if you are clastrophobic. US clubs have occupancy ratings and would not allow this many people inside the club. Upstairs has a small balcony overlooking the dance floor. DJ played US dance music and occasional Brazillian pop songs. Everyone seemed to sing along to every song. If your comfortable with crowds and people knocking into you every 30 seconds you will have no problem. If this kind of action drives you nuts, stay away. Upstairs and second bar have low clearance so if your tall like i am 6'+ you will be ducking in those areas non-stop. Its the only good club on a Thursday. If other options exist next time Im here I will explore them. Its a in a good location, across from the gay beach and directly across the street from gay sauna Rio G to put things in prospective.

    • Anton12
      Anton12 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Anton was hear
      Very small Club need to show your ID to get in. Entre 24 Real . Pretty boring everybody is for himself and busy with there mobile phones. Girly music and boring crowd. Getting busy around 1am. The whole atmosphere looks to me pretty stupid .

    • soca
      soca Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Best place in town! They ask for ID because that's the law. Lot of fun every friday night.

    • freediver
      freediver Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Boring and complicated to get in. Nothing special

    • army63
      army63 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Long cue. Very expensive to get in (30 reals).

    • xmigxx
      xmigxx Over a year ago
      Loves it

      is small but a lot of fun, you need to go

    • Alpha123
      Alpha123 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      UNACCEPTABLE BAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I was not allowed to get in !!! The reception desk staff requires to register personal date from ID or Passport !!! There's no other venue in the world to ask for such kind of data to allow permission in the premises. Maybe the Owner wants to delegate the State Authorities as only Authorities (in the civilized world) have the right to ask demonstration and registration of personal data just to have a drink in their joint!!! Incidentally, has anybody wondered what's the use for it? what is the reason they register and keep records of their clients and what do they do with them????? Have they ever heard of the word privacy and do they have at least respect for those gay men who for some reason do not want to reveal their ID or ..... I thought the law of the jungle is applicable only in the rain forest not in the heart of Ipanema !!! Personally, I have no problem to show some identification (that certain night, I happened to go there by change having no any ID with me) however there must be a specific reason for it. Even if I had my ID along with me I would not allow them to register my personal data. What for ???? The Owners could at least publish their requirements for entrance, to enable us avoid thinking of going there. Whatever the case is, I am curious to know what's the reason for all this offensive entry refusal .........

    • jabo99
      jabo99 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Good place to start the night at midnight
      Decent crowd, pretty small place and hot brazilian men.