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Top Nightlife Experiences in Rio de Janeiro

By Viator, March 2018

4 26 Reviews | Add your review

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.

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Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parade Ticket with Optional Transport, Rio de Janeiro, null
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Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parade Ticket with Optional Transport

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

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: Flexible

From USD $164.00
Private: Skip the Line Nightclub Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Concerts & Special Events
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Private: Skip the Line Nightclub Tour in Rio de Janeiro

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Experience Rio's world-famous nightlife hassle-free with a private driver and skip-the-line entrance to some of Rio's hottest nightclubs. With your in-the-know ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: Flexible

From USD $70.00
Samba Class and Night out to practice, Rio de Janeiro, Nightlife
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Samba Class and Night out to practice

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

You can’t leave Rio without learning some steps of one of the world’s most captivating rhythms . You don’t need to be a professional, nor even know anything ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Ginga Tropical - Brazilian Samba and Folklore Show, Rio de Janeiro, Dance Lessons
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Ginga Tropical - Brazilian Samba and Folklore Show

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

The Ginga Tropical concert, a dance and music spectacle, is a journey trough Brazil.  It is a dynamic and interactive concert has been running for five years ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $66.00
Authentic Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro with Dinner, Rio de Janeiro, Dinner Packages
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Authentic Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro with Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy a perfectly Brazilian combination of a steakhouse dinner followed by a samba show on this 4-hour tour with a small group. Experience Brazil's legendary ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $266.99
Rio Samba Experience: Dance Class and Night Out at the Rio Scenarium Samba Club, Rio de Janeiro, ... 
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Rio Samba Experience: Dance Class and Night Out at the Rio Scenarium Samba Club

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Learn the basic steps of samba and forro and then practice while having fun at one of the most samba clubs in Rio, the famous Rio Scenarium. This activity may ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Skip the Line: Lapa Pub Crawl and Caipirinha Making Class, Rio de Janeiro, Dance Lessons
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Skip the Line: Lapa Pub Crawl and Caipirinha Making Class

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Experience Rio's legendary night life with a 4-hour skip-the-line Pubcrawl! After you learn how to make Brazil's signature cocktail, Caipirinha, hit the city's ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $23.00
Private Rio Nightlife Tour with Skip the Line, Rio de Janeiro, Bar, Club & Pub Tours
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Private Rio Nightlife Tour with Skip the Line

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Experience the best that Rio de Janeiro's nightlife has to offer on this amazing dinner and drinks tour. Enjoy exclusive VIP treatment, listen and dance to ...  Read more

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

From USD $215.00
Skip the line: Ipanema Pub Crawl, Rio de Janeiro, Nightlife
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Skip the line: Ipanema Pub Crawl

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Experience Rio's famous nightlife with a 5-hour, skip-the-line pub crawl in Ipanema. Rio has amazing parties every day but if you don't know the right places ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $23.00
One Night in Rio - Best of Rio's Local Nightlife, Rio de Janeiro, Bar, Club & Pub Tours
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One Night in Rio - Best of Rio's Local Nightlife

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Looking for THE perfect night out in Rio but are unsure of the trendiest place to party? Our expert nightlife consultants will help pick the best club,  lounge ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.99

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