More and more people are discovering how amazing the nightlife of Fortaleza Brazil can be. Although the destination has recently become a popular tourist destination, the city is fast becoming a haven for visitors from all over the world.
Although the beaches are what attract people to Fortaleza, it is the nightlife that captivates them and makes them return year after year to try another flavor. Someone visiting Fortaleza for the first time may feel overwhelmed with the options, so I’ve taken the time to compile the best of Fortaleza nightlife in one concise place.
Every night in Fortaleza there is something fun and exciting to do. It all starts on Monday when 99% of tourists and locals head to ‘Forró do Pirata’. The place is only open on Mondays but it fills up to the brim with people dancing the forro, the most popular dance in the Northeast of Brazil. There is an entrance fee of R$15 that you pay for yourself in the atmosphere. The place buzzes late into the night, and at 4am they serve their special “survivor soup” to everyone who’s left.
On Tuesday nights, a great place to go out is Pagliuca Café, a bar/pub where the lights go out and the bar comes on. You will usually find more local people there, but they are always willing to meet foreigners.
On Wednesday you may want to visit the Pontal de Iracema at no. 680 and the Cais Bar at no. 696, are very trendy nightspots where you have to get there early to get a seat. These places offer a great combination of eating, drinking and live music.
If you get tired of the usual nightspots in Fortaleza, head to Praia do Futuro on a Thursday night and you’ll think you’re in Ibiza or the Greek islands for a while. Beautiful venue and great house music once a week. For a different feel, try getting there during the day for a very different “barraca de praia” experience. Think of Bora Bora in Brazil!
Maricupe is the place to be on a Friday night. This place is absolutely huge with 5 or 6 different rooms each with a different style of music blasting through the speakers. This place is usually full of upper class locals and you are more likely to meet people who speak a bit of English.
If you’re in the mood for some great rock music, Orbito is the place to be on a Saturday night. The place is set up like a giant garage. Chances are the bands are playing lots of covers of your favorite songs. The listening crowd is usually a younger crowd looking to rock out.
On Sunday night I was visiting the bars and clubs of Draggo do Mar. These places are a bit more seedy and full of many “working girls”, but the atmosphere is quite surreal and something you have to experience at least once in Fortaleza . This little strip of bars includes Cafe’ del Mar, Europa, Bikini Bar, Titanic and Alo Brazil. These places don’t get good after 11pm
There are plenty of other bars and clubs in Fortaleza worth checking out, but this is a good guide for your first week there. Do not miss the incredible nightlife of Fortaleza