Rio de Janeiro Nightlife

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...
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Rio Scenarium

Rua do Lauradio, 20

THE place to dance samba...
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Avenida Armendo Lombardi 999,
Barra da Tijuca

Flashy bar, flashy people...
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354 Rua Barao da Torre, Ipanemaa

Beautiful people, expensive drinks...
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Casa da Matriz

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Rua Henrique Novaes 107, Botafogo

Stylish bar away from the tourist trail...
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Casa Rosa

550 Rua Alice

Local favorite on Laranjeiras Hills...
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Cinematheque JamClub

Rua Voluntários da Pátria 53

Cinematic Sounds...
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115 Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno

Late night drinking den...
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Armazém São Thiago – 'Bar do Gomes'

Rua Áurea 26

One of Rio's most charming bars...
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Ipanema Beach Bars

Praia da Ipanema

Drinks on the Beach...
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Copacabana Beach Kiosks

Praia da Copacabana

Beers By the Beach...
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Sunday Samba in Santa Teresa

Largo do Curvelo

Summer Sunday Samba...
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Avenida Mem de Sa, 35

Funky Musical Mix...
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Bar do Bonde

Rua Almirante Alexandrino 1458

Live Music, Lively Local Atmosphere...
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Rua Pashcoal Carlos Magno 139

Bohemian Hangout in Santa Teresa...
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Cine Santa

Largo do Guimaraes 136

Award Winning Cinema in Santa Teresa...
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Bar do Mineiro

Rua Pascoal Carlos Magno, 99

Good Food, Lively Atmosphere...
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Bar do Copa

Avenida Atlântica, 1702
Copacabana Palace Hotel

Copacabana's Hottest Hangout...
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Cine Odeon

Praça Floriano 7

Top Spot for Film Buffs...
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