Santa Teresa & Lapa entertainment

Samba in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Rio Scenarium

One of the city's most photogenic nightspots, Rio Scenarium has three floors, each lavishly decorated with antiques. Balconies overlook the stage on the 1st floor, where dancers keep time to the jazz-infused samba, …
Jazz in Santa Teresa & Lapa

TribOz

Not for lazy ears, this avant-garde jazz house known to the sonic cognoscenti is unique in Rio for its serious approach to performances. Run by an Australian ethnomusicologist, it sits in a shadier part of old Lapa …
Samba in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Carioca da Gema

Although it's now surrounded by other clubs, Carioca da Gema was one of Lapa's pioneers when it opened in 2000. This small, warmly lit club still attracts some of the city's best samba bands, and you'll find a festi…
Live Music in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Beco do Rato

One of Lapa's classic bohemian spots, this tiny bar in a battered part of the neighborhood has excellent live groups playing to a samba-loving crowd. The outdoor seating and informal setting are an unbeatable mix. F…
Live Music in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Paiol 08

This multilevel bar and live-music venue has an upstairs terrace with great views of the old aqueduct. The stage inside hosts an eclectic lineup of DJs, live samba, MPB, jazz, rock and cabaret performances. Paiol al…
Samba in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Clube dos Democráticos

Murals line the foyer of this 1867 mansion and rhythms filter down from above. Follow the sound up the marble staircase and out to a large table-filled hall, an enormous dance floor and a long stage covered with mus…
Live Music in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Favela Hype

Santa Teresa's best-loved clothing shop transforms into a neighborhood party space with live music several times a week. Come on Friday (8pm) for samba and other Brazilian sounds. On Saturday (also 8pm) you can catc…
Concert Venue in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Circo Voador

In a curvilinear building behind the Arcos da Lapa, Circo Voador hosts big-name Brazilian and international artists. The acoustics here are excellent, and after a show you'll find plenty of other musical options in …
Samba in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Sacrilégio

A short stroll past the Arcos da Lapa you'll find Sacrilégio, a key spot for catching live samba bands in an intimate setting. The garden makes a fine spot for imbibing a few cold chopes while the music filters thro…
Live Music in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Lapa 40 Graus

This impressive multistory music venue and pool hall has tables for lounging on the 1st floor, more than a dozen pool tables on the 2nd floor, and a small stage and dancing couples on the top floor. There are usuall…