Carioca da Gema

Samba in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Although it's now surrounded by 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 nights (when most other samba clubs are closed in Lapa) are particularly popular.