Rio de Janeiro 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…
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 exce…
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 out …
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, and …
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 …
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 year…
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 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). The…
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 Santos …