Rio de Janeiro Nightlife

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  • Corcovado
  • Gamboa
  • Maracan� Stadium
  • Sugarloaf
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  • Barra da Tijuca
  • Centro
  • Copacabana
  • Ipanema
  • Leblon
  • Urca
  • Zona Oeste
  • Zona Sul
  • 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.

    Carioca da Gema

    Avenida Mem de Sa 79, Centro

    Great samba club second only to Rio Scenarium...
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    Lapa Street Party

    Rua da Lapa

    Lively street party... read more

    Rio Scenarium

    Rua do Lauradio, 20

    THE place to dance samba... read more


    Avenida Armendo Lombardi 999,
    Barra da Tijuca

    Flashy bar, flashy people... read more


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    354 Rua Barao da Torre, Ipanemaa

    Beautiful people, expensive drinks... read more

    Casa da Matriz

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    Rua Henrique Novaes 107, Botafogo

    Stylish bar away from the tourist trail... read more

    Casa Rosa

    550 Rua Alice

    Local favorite on Laranjeiras Hills... read more

    Cinematheque JamClub

    Rua Voluntários da Pátria 53

    Cinematic Sounds... read more


    115 Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno

    Late night drinking den... read more

    Armazém São Thiago – 'Bar do Gomes'

    Rua Áurea 26

    One of Rio's most charming bars... read more

    Ipanema Beach Bars

    Praia da Ipanema

    Drinks on the Beach... read more

    Copacabana Beach Kiosks

    Praia da Copacabana

    Beers By the Beach... read more

    Sunday Samba in Santa Teresa

    Largo do Curvelo

    Summer Sunday Samba... read more


    Avenida Mem de Sa, 35

    Funky Musical Mix... read more

    Bar do Bonde

    Rua Almirante Alexandrino 1458

    Live Music, Lively Local Atmosphere... read more


    Rua Pashcoal Carlos Magno 139

    Bohemian Hangout in Santa Teresa... read more

    Cine Santa

    Largo do Guimaraes 136

    Award Winning Cinema in Santa Teresa... read more

    Bar do Mineiro

    Rua Pascoal Carlos Magno, 99

    Good Food, Lively Atmosphere... read more

    Bar do Copa

    Avenida Atlântica, 1702
    Copacabana Palace Hotel

    Copacabana's Hottest Hangout... read more

    Cine Odeon

    Praça Floriano 7

    Top Spot for Film Buffs... read more
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