Rio is a magnet for party-loving people on Reveillon (New Year's Eve). Not only does Copacabana Beach attract well over one million revellers whatever the weather, but pretty much every famous landmark, sports club or bar with enough room for a huge buffet table and space to churn out free drinks like there's no tomorrow hosts an event of some sort.
If the prices look astronomical, that's usually because they are. Factor in as much free booze and food as you can stomach, big-name DJs and some beautiful locations, however, and things start to look more appealing, so Time Out Rio has run down the ten most interesting and appetising of the all-inclusive blowouts that are worth forking out for.
What? 'Reveillon 2013'.
Why? Not the most imaginitively named of the NYE parties by a long chalk, but the line up is rather more promising. The party-starting sound of rap-reggae-rocksmiths O Rappa is ably supported by the hip hop-loving Eletrobase DJs and classic funkateers Orquestra Voadora.
Where? Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, Leblon.
How much will it cost me? R$90-$180 for girls, R$150-$300 for the boys, camarote R$250-$600.
What? 'Reveillon 00'.
Why? The chic Gávea club with the huge outdoor terrace, great music, excellent restaurant and awful bouncers opens its doors onto 2013 with the sound of Mauricio Lopes and the Tropical Beats' Ricardo Estrella and Nana Torres. The underground tech-house sound of New Year.
Where? 00 (Zero Zero), Gávea.
How much will it cost me? R$250-$500 for girls, R$290-$580 for boys.
What? 'Reveillon Modinha'.
Why? One of the best-loved regular parties on the carioca scene, Modinha usually mixes up the national and international party pleasing hits with some good honest samba, and the Carnival crew Empolga as Nove provide the rhythms tonight. Throw in Mexican food from Si Señor, a Japanese buffet, snacks, breakfast and an open bar that includes Mumm champagne, and those tickets start to look like decent value.
Where? Botafogo sports complex, Botafogo.
How much will it cost me? R$300-$600 for girls, R$330-$660 for boys.
What? 'Reveillon da Gávea Ciroc 2013'.
Why? This is a biggie, with three stages (pop, hip hop and rock) set in a beautiful venue in the hills above Gávea. Japanese fast food masters Koni provide the sustenance and, of course, as much Ciroc vodka and Red Bull (amongst others) will be lubricating the dancefloor as the masses can get down them included in the (not inconsiderable) price.
Where? Sociedade Germânia, Rua Antenor Ranger 210, Gávea.
How much will it cost me? R$370-$740 for girls, R$410-$820 boys.
What? 'Rio Reveillon'.
Why? The Jockey Club always throws a big end-of-year blowout, and they don't get much bigger than Monobloco, who will be taking to the stage around midnight with a host of DJs either side knocking out the party classics. It's a bit of a family affair, too, with a kids' area provided (albeit only for those who shell out for the VIP tickets or a camarote), and prices that look - relatively - good value.
Where? Jockey Club, Gávea.
How much will it cost me? R$270 for girls, R$290 boys, (VIP R$350-$380).
What? 'Reveillon Palaphita'.
Why? If you can't see the fireworks booming out over Copacabana Beach, you might as well set yourself up with a stunning view of a different kind, which is where Palaphita Kitch comes in. Set right beside the Lagoa, Favela Chique DJs and Suzy Kill will provide the music, whilst the open bar is better stocked than many you'll find; absinthe? check. sake? check. batidas? check. The food offerings include risottos, seafood grills and Amazonian specials, too.
Where? Palaphita Kitch, Lagoa.
How much will it cost me? From R$560, more on the night.
What? 'Reveillon do Jardim Botânico'.
Why? Up in the hills of Horto, the Clube dos Macacos - Monkey Club - is a classic, palm tree-lined Rio sports club. Fittingly, then, the music line up counts on the Santa Clara samba crew for the midnight magic, and the mighty DJ Marlboro, legend of funk carioca, will spin his signature sound as well as a good helping of fromage from the '80s and '90s.
Where? Clube dos Macacos, Rua Pacheco Leão 2038, Horto
How much will it cost me? From R$370-$740
What? 'Reveillon do Morro'.
Why? Another staple on Rio's NYE calendar, Morro da Urca rarely misses a chance to show off its perfect setting with an exclusive party. If you can face blowing the best part of R$1,000 you won't find a better place from which to see the Copacabana fireworks (but expect a bunfight for the prime viewing spots), while the music is definitely of the mainstream persuasion with Banda Soul de Quem Quiser and Salgueiro samba school.
Where? Morro da Urca, Urca.
How much will it cost me? R$610-R$980
What? 'Reveillon Cidade Maravilhosa'.
Why? The city's Modern Art Museum may sound like an unlikely spot to herald in the new year, but the sizeable terrace overlooking Guanabara Bay has hosted some kingsize electronic parties in the past. For NYE it's a similar story, with mainstream house music, some funk carioca from Rio's very own Timbaland aka Sany Pitbull (pictured), and even the cult of Sertanejo Universitario - country-pop - all represented.
Where? MAM Rio, Flamengo park.
How much will it cost me? R$300-$600 girls, R$350-$700 boys.
What? 'Reveillon Viva Lagoa'.
Why? The lakeside complex of restaurants and bars gets its very own reveillon this year, with the promise of lashings of pumping house music from Life is a Loop and Léo Janeiro. The equation here is as simple as the setting is picturesque - Chandon, vodka and energy drinks galore plus lots of big hands-in-the-air breakdowns. Big? yes. Clever? not so much.
Where? Lagoon, Lagoa.
How much will it cost me? R$350-$700 girls, R$390-$780 boys.