Best Places to Dance in Rio

Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New — By Lucy Bryson on September 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Whatever your groove, you’ll find a place to bust some moves in Rio de Janeiro. This sizzling city is a place where the dance party never ends, and while samba provides the musical backdrop to many of Rio de Janeiro’s festivities, the musical menu doesn’t end there.

Pumping hip hop, sultry forro (an accordian-led musical style from Brazil’s northeast) and tinny funk (nothing like funk as you may know it, but a sort of Miami Bass/Reggaeton fusion that has emerged from Rio’s favelas) blast out from Rio de Janeiro’s bars and clubs, while those who like their music a little more tranquil can relax to the sounds of jazz or bossa nova.

While Brazilians have dancing in their blood, don’t feel shy about trying out your dance moves, as locals will be happy to teach you how to shake it lke a true carioca.

Whatever type of music floats your musical boat, the best place to find it is Lapa, Rio’s party central. From Rough and ready funk and hip hop clubs to swinging samba joints, you’ll find musical mayhem going on in Lapa every night of the week.

Two of the most celebrated spots for samba in Lapa are Rio Scenarium and Carioca da Gema, while Febarj is a popular spot for hiphop and R&B, particularly busy on Friday nights. If you want to dance but don’t want your style to be cramped by sticking to just one musical style, your best bet is to head to Manifesta, close to the Lapa arches, where diverse DJ sets embrace everything from electro and funk to forro and samba rock.

Photo courtesy of Manifesta Lapa


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