Rio Scenarium

Samba in Santa Teresa & Lapa

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, choro (romantic, improvised, samba-related music) or pagode (popular samba music) filling the air. Rio Scenarium receives much press outside Brazil, and attracts about twice as many foreigners as locals. Bring ID.

Prices are highest at weekends (count on R$50 and up).