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Rio de Janeiro's Nightlife

By Viator, March 2015

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Rio de Janeiro’s reputation for caipirinha-fueled hedonism and pulsing samba beats precedes it, and if you’re heading to Brazil’s fun-loving cultural capital, you’ve likely set aside at least one night to party. The city’s nightlife is concentrated around two main areas – the Zona Sul (South Zone) clubs and the legendary Lapa District – with an abundance of botequins (street bars), gafieiras (dancehalls) and nightclubs clustered around the Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana neighborhoods, as well as along the waterfront of the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. 

Cariocas will find any excuse for a party, but the liveliest time of year is during the annual Carnival, when the entire city will be hosting parades, street parties and all-night club nights. Even if you can’t make it for the big event, you can still sample the Carnival spirit at a Plataforma Samba Show or, in the run up to Carnival, watch the Saturday night rehearsals held at Rio’s most famous samba schools.

Alternatively, take a Rio de Janeiro nightlife tour in Lapa and discover the city’s most bohemian district, where the many bars and clubs host some of the best local samba, baião, forró and gafieira bands.  You’ll even get to learn how to make Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha, made from cachaça, lime and sugar; tuck into local specialties like moqueca  (fish stew) and watch a live music show at the legendary Rio Scenarium, one of Rio’s most atmospheric venues.

Tours & Tickets

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Plataforma Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro

4 star rating: Recommended 189 Reviews

Revel in the excitement of Rio’s Carnival year-round at a nightly Platforma show, complete with samba music and professional dancers. Enjoy prime seating and ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 to 5 hours

From USD $114.99

Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Plataforma Samba Show

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

While at port in Rio, experience year-round Carnival at a Plataforma Show in Leblon. You’ll be mesmerized by professional drummers and costumed samba dancers ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3-5 hours

From USD $114.99

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parade Ticket with Optional Transport

Revel in the all-night excitement of Rio de Janeiro’s annual Carnival (Carnaval) parade, famous throughout Brazil – and the rest of the world – for its ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: Varies

From USD $189.99

Ginga Tropical Show in Rio de Janeiro

End a weekend in Rio on a high note with the Ginga Tropical Show, a Sunday night spectacular of music and dance. From your seat inside a historic social dance ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 1.5 hours or 4 hours

From USD $58.50
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5-Night Rio de Janeiro Carnival Package

Experience the thrill of Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival with a week of festivities that will make your head – and feet – spin! Take to the streets and the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $2,539.99

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