Rio nightlife is famous the world over, and bars and clubs in Rio de Janeiro are the perfect spots for getting to know the locals.
If you can bust a few moves all the better, but make sure you know what you're doing, as dancing in Rio de Janeiro is a serious business.
Partiers in Rio de Janeiro can practice their samba moves at clubs such as our number one pick, Carioca da Gema, and the popular Rio Scenarium, both of which are located in the downtown party district of Lapa.
For more upscale Rio de Janeiro nightlife, look to the bars and clubs of Ipanema, Leblon and Barra da Tijuca. Nightlife here tends to wear its Western influences on its sleeve, so feel free to showcase your gringo dance moves.
Funkier and more eclectic nightspots can be found in residential areas such as Laranjeiras and Botafogo, with Casa Rosa and Cinematheque being good cases in point, while leafy Santa Teresa has some very welcoming drinking dens.
Nightlife hotspots change with alarming frequency, but enduringly popular spots for Rio's beautiful people are Nuth, in Barra da Tijuca, and Baronetti, in Ipanema. Bar d'Hotel, above the Marina All Suites Hotel in Leblon, attracts a chic crowd, while Londres, at Hotel Fasano Rio in Ipanema is the hangout of choice for visiting rock stars, actors and models.
Avenida Mem de Sa 79, Centro
Great samba club second only to Rio Scenarium...
Avenida Armendo Lombardi 999,
Barra da Tijuca
354 Rua Barao da Torre, Ipanemaa
Beautiful people, expensive drinks... read more
Rua Henrique Novaes 107, Botafogo
Stylish bar away from the tourist trail... read more
550 Rua Alice
Local favorite on Laranjeiras Hills... read more
Rua Voluntários da Pátria 53
115 Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno
Rua Almirante Alexandrino 1458
Live Music, Lively Local Atmosphere... read more
Rua Pashcoal Carlos Magno 139
Bohemian Hangout in Santa Teresa... read more
Largo do Guimaraes 136
Award Winning Cinema in Santa Teresa... read more
Rua Pascoal Carlos Magno, 99
Avenida Atlântica, 1702
Copacabana Palace Hotel