So you think you can dance? Rio de Janeiro dance clubs are the places to prove it. Whether you want to strut your samba stuff, shake your booty to some hip hop or show your cool credentials with your knowledge of 60s tropicalia, the dance clubs of Rio de Janeiro will welcome your presence on the dance floor.
For serious samba and down and dirty hip hop and Carioca funk, you'll need to head to Lapa, which is home to some of the best dance clubs in Rio.
Rio Scenarium and Carioca da Gema are firm samba favourites with locals and tourists alike, while Trapiche Gamboa has a more off-the-beaten track ambience.
There's hip hop non-stop on Friday and Saturday nights at Febarj and Club Six, while those who want to see and be seen head to more upscale spots in the Zona Sul and Barra da Tijuca. For a chance to dance with Rio's beautiful people, Bar do Copa, Baronetti and Nuth should be on your list.
Avenida Mem de Sa 79, Centro
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Avenida Mem de Sa, No. 373
Avenida Atlântica, 1702
Copacabana Palace Hotel
354 Rua Barao da Torre, Ipanemaa
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Avenida Armendo Lombardi 999,
Barra da Tijuca
Rua das Marrecas 38, Lapa
550 Rua Alice
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