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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...

Live Music in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Blue Note Rio

In 2017 the famed NYC jazz club opened this Rio outpost (Blue Note's first venture into South America) in an entertainment complex on the edge of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. True to form, it's a classy venue with...

Samba in Centro & Praça Mauá

Pedra do Sal

The Monday- and Friday-night street parties here are major draws for lovers of samba, whether they're Brazilian or foreign, rich or poor. The lively samba da mesa features a handful of changing players who belt...

Live Music in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Clube Manouche

Downstairs from the main restaurant in Casa Camolese, Clube Manouche is an intimate music bar designed in the tradition of West Village clubs in New York City. Sight lines are excellent no matter where you sit,...

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...

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...

Live Music in Copacabana & Leme

Beco das Garrafas

Come to this club to connect to a small part of Brazilian history – and a big part of musical lore. It was on this lane where Tom Jobim and other innovators first unveiled bossa nova in the 1960s. Shuttered for...

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...

Live Music in Flamengo & Around

Maze Inn

Also known as the 'Casa do Bob' after owner Bob Nadkarni, the once-a-month event here is well worth attending. It's set in the guesthouse of the same name high up in Tavares Bastos (one of Rio's safest favelas)....

Horse Racing in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Jockey Club Brasileiro

One of the country's loveliest racetracks, with a great view of the mountains and Corcovado, the Joquei Clube (Jockey Club) seats 35,000. It lies on the Gávea side of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, opposite Praça...

Samba in Zona Norte

Renascença Clube

For an authentic slice of Rio, head to one of the massive open-air samba parties that happen several times a week in Andaraí. The setup is simple: a handful of musicians around a table play samba, while huge...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Live Music in Botafogo, Humaitá & Urca

Terra Brasilis

Just beside Praia Vermelha, Terra Brasilis has gorgeous views of Pão de Açúcar looming overhead. Jazzy Música Popular Brasileira (MPB) bands play from about 8pm on weeknights (and at 1pm on weekends), making for...

Samba in Centro & Praça Mauá

Trapiche Gamboa

A charming live-samba joint, Trapiche Gamboa is set in a multistory colonial edifice in Gamboa (just north of Centro) and has a friendly, mixed crowd and decent appetizers. It's a casual affair, with samba...

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...

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...

Performing Arts in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Cidade das Artes

Barra's grandest arts complex is an R$500-million venture that houses an 1800-seat concert hall, as well as theaters, a chamber music hall, a cinema and a restaurant. It's home to the Brazilian Symphony...