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Rio de Janeiro, known as the marvellous city (“Cidade Maravilhosa”) by the local Cariocas, proudly offers a great and diversified nightlife and parties 24/7. Bars, clubs, restaurants and live music can be found at nearly every nook and corner of the city.

You can enjoy music from all round the world from native Brazilian music to the hip international numbers. The performance shows are also a great opportunity enjoy Rio’s party culture. Here we provide the best hotspots currently in trend, highlighting why Rio de Janeiro is one of the coolest and fun places in the world to visit.

Restaurants

Tia Palmira

Tia Palmira

Tia Palmira is a seafood famous for its crabmeat, grilled fish and shrimp pastries. Do not miss out on the fabulous Cariocas feast, which is served only on the weekends and involves an outside buffet overlooking the beautiful ocean.

Gero

Part of the famous Fasano Group of Hotel’s, Gero has won several awards and is the favoured venue for socialites, journalists, and high society. Try the restaurant’s Italian specialities like pasta, lamb cutlets stuffed with folie grass and farfalle pasta bow-ties.

Zazá Bistrô Tropical

The restaurant offers Thai, South American and International cuisine. Try their namorado fish fillet served with a purée of banana and palm heart or prawn ravioli served with grilled salmon in a saffron sauce. The Arabian designed restaurant with classy interiors and decadent food.

Bars

Bardot

This unique bar allows locals to play the saxophone for the crowd. Along with wine and whisky, also do try the local drink, Caiparinhas. Happy hour is on Mondays.

Palaphita Kitch

Located next to the lake, this open air bar with a difference is decorated with bamboo furniture and flickering light torches for an eco-friendly and striking atmosphere. A popular nightspot, Palaphita Kitch is the place to get some exciting range of cocktails.

Baronetti

The Baronetti bar is located in the upmarket location of Ipanema. It has attractive interiors with a dance floor and DJ’s that play American music. Try their exciting cocktails and delicious sushi.

Live Music

Trapiche Gamboa

Opened in 2004, this nightclub is filled with Carioca music lovers who shake the dance floor to the samba rhythm. Tap your feet to the beat of Brazilian music as you relax yourself with a cold beer and a pastel. This place is one of the gay-friendly clubs in Gamboa.

Rio Scenarium

Spread over three floors, the ground floor has a restaurant and the second level includes a club. The club plays live samba and choro music from Tuesday to Saturday.

Clube dos Democraticos

One of the oldest clubs in Rio, Clube dos Democraticos plays forró, roda de samba, gafieira, MPB and choro from Wednesday to Saturday. During the Carnival season, you can get to be a part of their live samba acts presented on the spacious dance floor.

Nigtclubs

Miroir

Set across two floors, one with a dance floor and other with a huge VIP section, including a smoking balcony that is in direct view of the imposing Statue of Christ.

Fosfobox

Located in the heart of Copacabana, Fosfobox is one of the few underground gay-friendly nightclubs to spin a nice rotation of occasional international DJs to the pop, glam rock, indie-rock and hip hop music.

Leviano

Leviano is a Lapa’s prime serious music venue playing virtually every type of tunes imaginable. The upstairs houses a dance floor packed with locals and tourists jolting to everything from MPB to bass-heavy favela funk. With an open-air sidewalk patio and tantalizing seafood menu...

Recommended Activities

Plataforma Samba Show

Duration: 3 to 5 hours (approx.)

Rio de Janeiro Helicopter Tour

Duration: 1 hour (approx.)

Rio de Janeiro Combo Tour

Duration: 8 hours (approx.)