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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

Bars

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  1. 1. Academia da Cachaça - Home of the national drink

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

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

    Telephone

    +55 021/2529-2680

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Academia da Cachaça Website

  2. 2. Bar dos Descasados - 19th-Century style

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    Bar dos Descasados, Rio de Janeiro. courtesy Nelly Pager

    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. Show this on map

    Address

    Rua Almirante Alexandrino 660, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2222-2755

    Transport

    Tram: Santa Teresa tramway

    Website

    Hotel Santa Teresa Website

  3. 3. Carioca da Gema - Samba hotspot

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    Rua Mem de Sá 79, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2221-0043

    Transport

    Metrô: Cinelandia

    Website

    Carioca da Gema Website

  4. 4. Rio Scenarium - Classic Rio bar

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

    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. 5. Venga - Casual nightspot

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    Rua Dias Ferreira 113, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2512-9826

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Venga Website

Clubs

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  1. 6. Baronetti - Fashionable dance club

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    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

  2. 7. Fosfobox - Underground place-to-be

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    Fosfobox, Rio de Janeiro. Courtesy Fosfobox

    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

  3. 8. Melt - Live music

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    Rua Rita Ludolf 47, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2249-9309

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Melt Website

  4. 9. Nuth - Swish nightclub

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    Av. Epitacio Pessoa 1244, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/3575-6850

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Nuth Website

  5. 10. Teatro Odisséia - Alternative sounds

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    66 Rua Mem de Sá, Centro, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 21/2226-9691

    Transport

    Metrô: Cinelandia

    Website

    Teatro Odisséia Website

Entertainment

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  1. 11. Bip Bip - Samba legends

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    Rua Almirante Gonçalves 50, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2267-9696

    Transport

    Metrô: Cantagalo

  2. 12. Circo Voador - Unique concert venue

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

    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.Show this on map

    Address

    Rua dos Arcos s/n, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2533-0354

    Transport

    Metrô: Cinelandia

    Website

    Circo Voador Website

  3. 13. Teatro Municipal - Virtuoso performances

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    Teatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Nick Breckenfield

    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. Show this on map

    Address

    Praça Marechal Floriano s/n, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2332-9195

    Transport

    Metrô: Cinelandia

    Website

    Teatro Municipal Website

  4. 14. Teatro Rival - Something for everyone

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    Rua Alvaro Alvim 33, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2240-4469

    Transport

    Metrô: Cinelandia

    Website

    Teatro Rival Website

  5. 15. Vivo Rio - International stars

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    Av. Infante Dom Henrique 85, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2272-2900

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Vivo Rio Website

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