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Live Music in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro has an assorted live music panorama that plays jazz, roda de samba, traditional forró, MPB, gafieira and choro music.

Some of the clubs in Rio are known for live music that starts from 11p.m until the early hours of the morning. Music lovers can enjoy foot tapping live music, while relishing appetizers, snacks and beverages. In the city that is the birthplace of Bossa Nova and Samba, you can enjoy a great night out even if you don’t feel like dancing, by listening to the fantastic live sounds that the bars and clubs of Rio have to offer.

Trapiche Gamboa

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.

Clube dos Democraticos

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.

Rio Scenarium

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.

Carioca da Gema

Carioca da Gema

Carioca da Gema, famous in Rio for its live music, starts kicking only after 11 p.m. It plays Samba & Chorniho music from Monday to Saturday. All kinds of appetizers, snacks and beverages are also available

Casa da Matriz

Casa da Matriz

Located in a small house with two dance floors, bars and lounge rooms, it is visited by the young crowd. The clubs play music like indie rock, pop-rock, R&B music, funk, hip hop, samba, Brazilian popular music, drum and bass, reggae and break beat. The place also offers a t-shirt store to buy one and keep as a memory from Brazil.

Bip Bip

Bip Bip

Bip Bip is a place where renowned local musicians pop round to play native Brazilian music such as Bossa Nova, Samba, Choro and Pagode. The artistes play around casually while the audience gather around them while standing or around the tables.

Alfredo Melo, the owner, also collects donations supporting the local social causes. The musicians that perform here are mostly for the cause that they are supporting rather than for the money. This club is worth a visit for its unusual kind of music and sound.

  Morro da Urca (Verão do Morro)

Morro da Urca (Verão do Morro)

The "Verão do Morro" or the ‘Summer on the mountain’ series is a trendy summer concert series in which you can enjoy grooving to the music of the hot and happening names in Rio. The shows generally start at around midnight in the covered amphitheatre on Urca with a capacity of 1650 people. You can enjoy great music, wild dancing and drinking at the club. To catch up with the event you can get the cable car that rises to the renowned Sugarloaf mountain.

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.)

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