Local Nightlife in Rio de Janeiro

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  • Hanging out at off-the-beaten path Rio de Janeiro bar and clubs is often the best way to get a real taste of carioca culture. By avoiding the tourist hordes, you'll avoid bumped-up bar prices too, and you'll be bound to attract friendly curiosity from the locals.

    There's no need to head too far off-track in order to discover these often overlooked spots - often they are within spitting distance of more touristy locations.

    Up in the hills of Santa Teresa, for example, by staying on the tram until the end of the Paulo Mattos line instead of jumping off at the main bar and restaurant strip, yuo'll end up at Largo das Neves. This picturesque square is perfect for sidewalk drinking at Goyabeira, or, from Thursday through Saturday, sipping the wonderfully cheap, delicious and head-swimmingly powerful cocktails at Barraca do Jorginho. ANd it doesn't get more off-the-beaten track than Lagoinha, a club high on a mountainside that allows you to get a close up view of the Christ statue.

    The residential areas of Laranjeiras and Botafogo are also packed with good off-the-beaten-track nightlife options, including the hip Casa Rosa and eclectic Cinematheque.

    Clube Lagoinha

    Estrada Joaquim Mamede 125
    Santa Teresa

    Clubbing Reaches New Heights... read more

    Barraca do Jorginho

    Largo das Neves

    Cocktails and Conversation... read more

    Casa Rosa

    550 Rua Alice

    Local favorite on Laranjeiras Hills... read more

    Hideaway Pizzeria and Lounge

    308 Rua Das Laranjeiras

    Food, Drinks and Dance... read more

    Samba School Rehearsals


    Largo das Neves 13

    Santa Teresa's Tasty Secret... read more

    Espaço Bananeiras

    Ladeira do Castro 209

    Santa Teresa's Secret Garden... read more

    Cine Ideal

    Rua da Carioca 64

    Centro's Cinematic Soundsystem... read more

    Cinematheque JamClub

    Rua Voluntários da Pátria 53

    Cinematic Sounds... read more

    The Maze

    Rua Tavares Bastos 414
    Casa 66

    Rio's Jazziest Favela... read more
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