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Top Nightlife Experiences in Rio de Janeiro

By Viator, May 2018

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s fun-loving cultural capital, lives up to its reputation as a fantastic party destination. And although the city’s liveliest period is during Carnival, there are still plenty of clubs, samba shows, street parties, and live music year round. Here’s how to make the most of Rio de Janeiro’s impressive nightlife. 

Nightclub Tours & Pub Crawls
The city’s best after-hours spots are concentrated in the areas of Lapa and Zona Sul (South zone, which includes Botafogo, Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Santa Teresa). Nightlife tours and pub crawls are a great way to experience as much as possible—without having to wait in line. Take a VIP club tour or visit Rio Scenarium, one of the city’s most famous mega-clubs, where multiple stages make for a memorable night filled with music and Carioca dance. For a more relaxing evening, consider visit Urca, a residential neighborhood, where you can watch the sunset with Rio locals, cold beer in-hand. 

Samba Shows
The home of samba has a number of legendary dance schools (including Salgueiro, Mangueira, and Portela) where you can learn a few steps before heading out to a samba club to show off your moves in the wild.

Those who prefer to watch can catch a traditional samba show in downtown Rio, an experience made all the more enjoyable while feasting on a classic steak dinner and sipping caipirinhas. For a more informal setting, visit Pedra do Sal, a UNESCO heritage site and the birthplace of samba, which hosts street parties on Monday and Friday nights. Any night of the week, head to the neighborhood of Copacabana, where Bip Bip Bar, a hole-in-the-wall haunt, has hosted some of the city’s best samba, choro, and bossa nova musicians for the last 50 years.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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