Music in Rio de Janeiro

Popular Places

  • Corcovado
  • Gamboa
  • Maracan� Stadium
  • Sugarloaf
  • Neighborhoods

  • Barra da Tijuca
  • Centro
  • Copacabana
  • Ipanema
  • Leblon
  • Urca
  • Zona Oeste
  • Zona Sul
  • Rio is synoymous with samba, and live music in Rio de Janeiro is certainly samba-centric, but there's also plenty of opportunity to hear bossa nova, jazz, funk, hip hop and a whole lot more. In short, if you can shake your butt to it, the Brazilians will love it.

    Brazilians love music, and when in Rio de Janeiro you may here first-rate samba bands playing at even the most unassuming of neighborhood corner bars, and if you happen to be in Rio de Janeiro in the months leading up to Carnival...well, you won't be able to escape the samba sounds even if you try.

    To hear samba, bossa and other Brazilian sounds in an intimate setting, the very casual Bip Bip, in Copacabana, is well worth a visit, while for an edgier music scene, Lapa is the place to be. Take a trip to the Lapa Street Party on a Friday night, and you'll hear funk (that's Carioca Funk, a world away from US Funk), hip hop (pronounced hippy hoppy) and a whole lot more pouring out of the doors and windows of the many bars and clubs here.

    For a more sophisticated music scene, try Bar do Tom, in Leblon, where serious jazz fans gather to hear well-crafted versions of classic tracks.

    Rock music in Rio can seem a little neglected among all that booty-shaking, but head for the cluster of bars around Praca das Bandeiras on a Saturday night, and there will be plenty of opportunity for rocking out.

    Bip Bip

    Rua Almirante Gonçalves 50

    Jam with the locals... read more


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    Rua Joaquim Silva 138

    Live music, lively people... read more

    Lapa Street Party

    Rua da Lapa

    Lively street party... read more

    Rio Scenarium

    Rua do Lauradio, 20

    THE place to dance samba... read more

    Rua do Lavradio

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    Rua do Lavradio

    Step Back in Time... read more

    Carioca da Gema

    Avenida Mem de Sa 79, Centro

    Great samba club second only to Rio Scenarium...
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    Bar Do Tom

    Rua Adalberto Ferreira 32

    Live Music in Leblon... read more


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    Rua Rita Ludolf 47, Leblon

    Live music in a stylish atmosphere... read more

    Praca das Bandeiras

    Praca das Bandeiras

    Rock in Rio... read more

    Trapiche Gamboa

    Rua Sacadura Cabral 155

    Samba the Night Away... read more
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