Brazil entertainment

Top Choice Live Music in Copacabana & Leme

Bip Bip

For years Bip Bip has been one of the city's favorite spots to catch a live roda de samba (informal samba played around a table), despite it being just a storefront with a few battered tables. As the evening progres…
Top Choice Samba in São Paulo

Vila do Samba

A 'can't miss' stalwart in São Paulo's live samba scene, Vila do Samba – named as such due to its location inside a charming set of town-house villas – is worth a trip to the northern district of Casa Verde, which i…
Top Choice Live Music in Brasília

Outro Calaf

The city's top dance floor is everybody's favorite; the excellent live samba, pagode (popular samba), sertanejo and choro keep things pumping. Owner Venceslau Calaf has long been a driving force in the live music sc…
Top Choice Theater in Ilhabela

Teatro de Vermelhos

This extraordinary 1100-seat theater in the jungle was inaugurated in 2016 as part of Ilhabela's new Centro Cultural Baía dos Vermelhos. It hosts the annual Festival de Vermelhos in September: a two-day music, perfo…
Top Choice Live Music in Alter do Chão

Espaço Gastronômico

There's always something worth seeing at this cool music-restaurant space at the east end of the waterfront promenade. There's live carimbó Saturday nights in season, and guest bands play rock, forró, samba, reggae …
Top Choice Live Music in Salvador

Jam no MAM

Saturday-evening jazz and bossa nova at MAM is a must for music lovers. Go early to see the museum first and catch the views at sunset. Though the venue is located within walking distance of the Pelourinho, muggings…
Top Choice Live Music in Belém

Casa do Gilson

Come here for Belém’s best live music. Opened in 1987, Gilson’s attracts crowds with first-rate samba, choro (improvised samba-like genre) and other music, and terrific food and atmosphere. It’s between ruas Nova an…
Top Choice Live Music in Avenida Paulista, Jardins & Around


Hands down one of the best places to see live music in the world, this intimate bar inside the Hotel Fasano recalls prewar Milan and attracts top jazz and popular Brazilian musicians who normally play far larger ven…
Top Choice Classical Music in Tiradentes

Organ Concerts

Friday visitors should make a beeline for the glittering gold interior of Igreja Matriz de Santo Antônio for weekly live concerts performed on the church's 18th-century organ.
Top Choice Live Music in Itaúnas

Bar Forró

This ever-popular forró-themed bar with its huge dance floor is the center of the action during New Year's, Carnaval and the Festival do Forró in July.