Carioca da Gema

Samba in Santa Teresa & Lapa

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 festive mixed crowd filling the dance floor most nights.

Monday night (when most other samba clubs are closed in Lapa) is particularly popular.