Also good on Wed to Sun
Approach index: 5
Entrance: over R$40
Get there at: 10pm
Ages 30 to 55
Dress up
A small and packed (always good) dance club in Botafogo, usually playing classic Rock and 80s dance.
Rua Voluntarios da Patria 449, Botafogo

Street Party

salgueiro36 OK


Also good on Wed
Approach index: 3
Entrance: Over R$30
Get there at: 11pm
Ages 25 to 65
Dress casual
Salgueiro samba school has won a lot of samba championships during carnival. At the same time, they are one of the clubs closest to the south side (R$35 cab from Ipanema to Salgueiro) and by far the funnest and most comfortable of these events. Hang out outside at the street party till midnight, then go in. Pricey entrance in January ($30 to $40), but worth it. Quadra do Salgueiro, Tijuca | Only happening between August and Carnival

Live Music

centro cultural carioca OK

Centro Cultural Carioca

Also good on Thu & Fri
Approach index: 2
Entrance: Over R$30
Get there at: 9pm
Ages 30 to 60
Dress up
Located right behind Lapa, CCC manages to get Rio’s best bands to perform every day. You can go in blindly and have a great time. Good food and drinks. Rua do Teatro 37, Praça Tiradentes, Centro.

feira sao cristovao OK

Feira de São Cristovão

Also good on Fri
Approach index: 2
Entrance: R$5
Get there at: 10pm
Ages 30 to 70
Dress casual
AKA Feira dos Paraibas, this arena has scores of bars, with live music stages at both ends, playing ultra cheesy arrocha, forro or axé. Extremely “latin” decoration makes this place anthropologically eye-opening. Lots of stalls sell Northeastern food, arts and crafts. Feira de São Cristovão.



Meza Bar

Also good all week
Approach index: 2
Entrance: Free
Get there anytime
Ages 25 to 65
Dress ice-cold
Rio’s hippest bar and food joint. A new drink is created every day, and the chef experiments with new ideas regularly. Better book a table on weekends.
Rua Capitao Salomao 69, Humaita

bar do mineiro

Bar do Mineiro

Good everyday
Approach index: 4
Entrance: free
Get there anytime
Ages 22 to 55
Dress casual
Bohemian carioca central. Always packed. Great Brazilian bar food. Ask for their caipi made with Ferreira Cachaça.
Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno, 99 – Santa Teresa

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