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New Year's Eve 2013 - Beyond Rio

Escape Rio for some unusual venues, big crowds and guns-blazing production by the beach or in the mountains.

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New Year's Eve 2013 - Beyond Rio

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Date Mon 31 Dec 2012

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Reveillon no Castelo

Itaipava Castle
, Kilometre 56, BR-040, Itaipava

Built in 1920, the medieval-style castle up in the mountains 100km north of Rio (don't worry, there's free parking for 1,000 cars) plays host to its first ever, and suitably sumptuous, New Year's party to see in 2013. A buffet of banquet-sized proportions is on the cards to keep energy levels up for the DJ's bumping house music and '80s-'90s classics, along with the covers group Seu Bando on stage. Nothing groundbreaking musically, then, but what the hell, you're in a castle!
Tickets R$450

HedKandi Reveillon
Pacha, Rua das Pedras 151, Buzios

The folk at Pacha have a lot of competition for New Year party space on the little peninsula of Búzios, so they're making plenty of noise about their beachfront location, weather-proof set up and fireworks display, but the music should be just as enticing. the UK Hedkandi DJ Rick Maia headlines, the open bar includes Absolut vodka and Chivas, and there's sushi on the all-inclusive buffet menu.
Tickets R$350-$900.

Reveillon Privilege Isla
Privilege Island
, Angra dos Reis

Rarely has a club been more aptly named. Strictly accessible only by boat, this is one for the yacht-owning fraternity, so either get to know some rich locals quickly or prepare to stow away for your kicks. Pete The Zouk is the New Year headliner, but the setting is absolutely jaw-dropping, and there is no chance of the open bar or buffet running out before sun up. Tickets R$590-$1,580

Reveillon Geriba Boutique
Geriba beach, Rua Gravatas, Búzios

With yet another Búzios attraction vying for the attentions, Geriba beach could start to look a lot like Copacabana, especially with the inclusion of Brazil's biggest-name in house music, Gui Boratto (right) at the helm. The organisers insist they'll keep things 'boutique' at the far right corner of the beach, though, so it could just be one of the best gatherings of the night for those looking to avoid the crowds and concetrate on the music.
Tickets R$320-$840

Words by Time Out Rio de Janeiro editors

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