With the abundance of parades all over the world, Carnival-seeking travelers may be overwhelmed with options. Luckily, there is a Carnival for everyone: whether you love music, history, food, parades or the beach, one of the world's most marvelous celebrations will suit your tastes.
Rio isn't the only city that knows how to celebrate Carnival in style. In the week leading up to Lent, millions of people across Latin America take to the streets for dancing, live music, drinking and revelry – and a range of other unusual and surprising traditions.
Rio de Janeiro is famous for its stunning beaches, verdant surroundings, and kaleidoscopic Carnival. However, away from the white sands, the often under-explored city center contains many inconspicuous bars that retain an old-world charm and unique carioca style. Here are eight of the best hidden bars that Rio’s historic city center has to offer.