By visiting KLM.com you accept the use of cookies. Read more about cookies.

Nightlife in Rio de Janeiro

Book tickets for orchestral concerts in the neoclassic Teatro Municipal or international performing artists at Vivo Rio. Music lovers flock to antique-studded Rio Scenarium or cosy Carioca da Gema in Lapa for outstanding samba parties. The young and beautiful meet at upscale dance clubs in Ipanema like Baronetti and Nuth . Sample spicy, neat cachaças spirit at Leblon’s Academia da Cachaça. Most bars close at 2am, while many clubs stay open until 5am.

Bar dos Descasados, Rio de Janeiro. courtesy Nelly Pager
1

Academia da Cachaça

Home of the national drink

A field trip to the Academia da Cachaça puts the concept of advanced education in a whole new light. Here you can dispute and discuss the finer points of the fiery white cane liquor that is Brazil's national drink. Ask the bartenders for advice, and begin that lifelong intellectual quest for the perfect "white one." Just don't down them on an empty stomach.



Address

Rua Conde de Bernadote 26, loja G, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2529-2680

Transport

Taxi

Website

Academia da Cachaça Website

Bar dos Descasados, Rio de Janeiro. courtesy Nelly Pager
2

Bar dos Descasados

19th-Century style

Rio's most romantic patio bar sits tucked away inside the recently restored Hotel Santa Teresa. Spend a lazy afternoon or evening (or both, once you get comfortable you may not want to leave) lounging in a big comfy chair on the terrace of a 19th-century mansion. Order a caipirinha and enjoy the fabulous views of Santa Teresa and downtown. 



Address

Rua Almirante Alexandrino 660, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2222-2755

Transport

Tram: Santa Teresa tramway

Website

Hotel Santa Teresa Website

3

Carioca da Gema

Samba hotspot

One of the best little venues in town, Carioca da Gema offers all samba all the time. Even on weeknights when many other places are closed or slow, Carioca da Gema is often hopping. The busy nights are Friday and Saturday when latecomers will be left with standing room only. The show normally kicks off at 9pm so come early if you want to grab a spot close to the stage, and enjoy a bite to eat while waiting for things to heat up. Open Monday through Saturday.



Address

Rua Mem de Sá 79, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2221-0043

Transport

Metrô: Cinelandia

Website

Carioca da Gema Website

Rio Scenarium, Rio de Janeiro. Foto: Marina Herriges | Riotur
4

Rio Scenarium

Classic Rio bar

The Rio Scenarium is probably the most beautiful bar in Rio. Located in a renovated warehouse on the edge of Lapa, this antiques-store-turned-bar is one of the places that played a big role in reviving Lapa's nightlife several years ago when there were few classy options available. Recommended in all the guidebooks, don't make this your only stop when exploring Lapa's music scene.



Address

Rua do Lavradio 20, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2233-3239

Transport

Metrô: Carioca

Website

Rio Scenarium Website

5

Venga

Casual nightspot

Rio's first tapas bar, Venga forwent the trendy fusion route and opted for a classic Spanish approach. The bustling bar has a casual atmosphere, popular with Rio's 30-plus crowd. The kitchen serves some interesting minidishes, which most people accompany with a glass of sangria or Spanish wine. Smack in the middle of Leblon's nightlife district, the people-watching is superb! Monday to Friday 6pm to 1am, Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 1am.



Address

Rua Dias Ferreira 113, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2512-9826

Transport

Taxi

Website

Venga Website

6

Baronetti

Fashionable dance club

One of the most happening dance clubs in Rio, Baronneti attracts a well-to-do and attractive crowd in their 20s to 40s. There's no rubbing elbows with the riffraff here. What you get is a fine-looking classy upscale club, two floors of fabulous dance music to dance the night away, plenty of couches, and a chill-out space.



Address

Rua Barão da Torre 354, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2247-9100

Transport

Bus: 474

Website

Baronetti Website

Fosfobox, Rio de Janeiro. Courtesy Fosfobox
7

Fosfobox

Underground place-to-be

Fosfobox is Copacabana's trendy club du jour, or rather de nuit. Located in a small basement off Rua Siqueira Campos, the club only has room for about 150, who hear discs spun by a variety of DJs. On Thursday it's rock, Friday and Saturday are house and techno. Open Wednesday through Sunday.



Address

Rua Siqueira Campos 143, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2548-7498

Transport

Metrô: Siqueira Campos

Website

Fosfobox Website

8

Melt

Live music

Melt is a great unpretentious club that has been making quite a name for itself with excellent live music by a variety of interesting artists. Open daily, the small club offers a range of music, varying from hip-hop to salsa, dance, or samba-rock, and in the summer months samba on Sunday.



Address

Rua Rita Ludolf 47, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2249-9309

Transport

Taxi

Website

Melt Website

9

Nuth

Swish nightclub

A lovely, very upscale club in Lagoa, Nuth has a small restaurant upstairs, an outdoor patio section, and an indoor dance floor featuring lounge music early on and dance beats as the night goes on. Arrive early (before 10pm) if you want to make it past the doormen - VIPs and beautiful women get preference, and if you're not one of these, you may find yourself exiled to a long wait in the outside line. Open Tuesday through Saturday after 7pm to 4am.



Address

Av. Epitacio Pessoa 1244, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/3575-6850

Transport

Taxi

Website

Nuth Website

10

Teatro Odisséia

Alternative sounds

A three-storey building with a relaxed atmosphere, the Teatro Odisséia houses one of the best-known stages for alternative music in the city. Its weekly agenda offers a rhythmical round trip from reggae and ska to rock, Musica Popular Brasileira, samba-funk and rap.



Address

66 Rua Mem de Sá, Centro, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 21/2226-9691

Transport

Metrô: Cinelandia

Website

Teatro Odisséia Website

11

Bip Bip

Samba legends

Another internationally acclaimed botequim Bip Bip owes its fame to an outstanding musical program. Tuesday and Sunday nights are the best evenings to catch some great samba or pagode (a more mellow kind of samba); it's not unusual to see some Brazilian greats such as Beth Carvalho or Nelson Sargento, Walter Alfaiate, and others come out to sing and play.



Address

Rua Almirante Gonçalves 50, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2267-9696

Transport

Metrô: Cantagalo

Circo Voador, Rio de Janeiro. Photo courtesy of Ascom Riotur
12

Circo Voador

Unique concert venue

This large tentlike structure (the name translates as "flying circus") is located right beneath the aqueduct in Lapa. Modeled after the original '80s Circo that was the venue for avant-garde, up-and-coming artists, the new Circo Voador is one of the most eclectic venues in town, offering everything from samba and pagode, to house and funk. It's a great venue. The open structure is perfect for Rio's tropical climate and a large outdoor patio allows you plenty of space to take in the music under the stars, with the rambling of the streetcar on the arches overhead for company.



Address

Rua dos Arcos s/n, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2533-0354

Transport

Metrô: Cinelandia

Website

Circo Voador Website

Teatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Nick Breckenfield
13

Teatro Municipal

Virtuoso performances

Brazil's prime venue for the performing arts, the elegant Parisian-style Teatro Municipal stages everything from opera to ballet to symphony concerts. The Rio de Janeiro theater's ballet corps and symphony orchestra perform regularly throughout the year, and the theater also hosts many visiting companies.



Address

Praça Marechal Floriano s/n, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2332-9195

Transport

Metrô: Cinelandia

Website

Teatro Municipal Website

14

Teatro Rival

Something for everyone

Teatro Rival, a small theater in Rio de Janeiro, has recently received a major overhaul and is a great venue for seeing local and popular national acts, mostly of MPB. Ticket prices are quite reasonable. You may be looking at the next Marisa Monte or other of Brazil's many talented performers who haven't made it big internationally.



Address

Rua Alvaro Alvim 33, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2240-4469

Transport

Metrô: Cinelandia

Website

Teatro Rival Website

15

Vivo Rio

International stars

One of Rio's newest concert venues, the Vivo Rio is located right next to the Museu de Arte Moderno on Rio's downtown waterfront. It specializes in big-name concerts, with both Brazilian and foreign artists, with people like BB King, Maria Bethania, and Gilberto Gil. The only drawback here is the high ticket prices -- R$300 or more for a decent seat is not unheard of in this venue.



Address

Av. Infante Dom Henrique 85, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2272-2900

Transport

Taxi

Website

Vivo Rio Website

Choose month
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
Back to top
  • www.airfrance.com
  • www.skyteam.com