A frontier city, where portuñol is spoken and brasilian reais have as much importance as the UYU, Rivera is a shopping town, with dozens of duty-free shops (called Free-shops) as well as great deals on local produce.
With an open border with Santana do Livramento, Rivera benefits from the brasilian industry, allowing for a mix of cultures.
Buses from Porto Alegre at 60 reais. Buses from Montevideo at 500 UYU.
Although this page is about Rivera, the brasilian food across the open border has more variety, better prices and is close to Rivera. You can still get good Chivitos, Pizzas, and the usual Uruguayan foods.
Very basic buget hotels include:
There's nicer hotels including a Casino and similar.
Like in most of Uruguay and Argentina, in Rivera clubbing starts around 2am and goes until the next morning.