Entertainment

Top Choice Stadium in Zona Norte

Maracanã Football Stadium

For a quasi-psychedelic experience, go to a futebol match at Maracanã, Brazil’s temple to football (soccer). Matches here rate among the most exciting in the world, particularly during a championship game or when lo…
Top Choice Dance in Centro & Cinelândia

Ginga Tropical

For a look at Brazil's rich folkloric dances, book a ticket to an evening performance of Ginga Tropical. Some 16 different dance styles are represented, including a somewhat spooky Orixás performance, lightning-fast…
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 Live Music in Ipanema & Leblon

Vinícius Show Bar

Billing itself as the 'temple of bossa nova,' this place has been an icon in the neighborhood since 1989. The intimate space makes a fine setting to listen to first-rate bossa nova, and occasional Música Popular Bra…
Live Music in Botafogo & Urca

Olho da Rua

This multifunctional space hosts a wide range of live music and theatrical performances, DJ sets and other cultural and community events such as art exhibitions and yoga classes. In addition to the event space, ther…
Samba in Centro & Cinelândia

Pedra do Sal

The Monday- and Friday-night street parties are major draws for lovers of samba, whether they be Brazilian or foreign, rich or poor. The lively samba da mesa features a handful of changing players who belt out well-…
Live Music 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 set-up is simple: a handful of musicians gathered around a table playing samba, while…
Jazz in Santa Teresa & Lapa

TribOz

Not for lazy ears, this avant-garde jazz house, a little hidden gem among the sonic cognoscenti, is unique in Rio for its serious approach to performances. Run by an Australian ethnomusicologist, it sits in a shadie…
Live Music in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Beco do Rato

One of Lapa's classic bohemian spots, this tiny bar has excellent live groups playing to a samba-loving crowd. The outdoor seating and informal setting are an unbeatable mix. Marcio, the friendly owner, hails from M…
Samba in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Democráticus

Murals line the foyer of this 1867 mansion. The rhythms filter down from above. Follow the sound up the marble staircase and out into a large hall filled with tables, an enormous dance floor and a long stage covered…