I went with some friends to Zero Zero lounge next to Rio’s planetarium. I thought it was a bit expensive when compared to other clubs I had been to, but the ambience was pretty hipster and sophisticated. They have a huge open-air lounge area with many couches, Indian wooden benches and the ambiance is candlelit, the décor surely adds a sexy, romantic feel to the place. The gorgeous trendy locals cruise around in fashion clothes and fancy drinks. This place is definitely worth a check.
Club 69 is a breakthrough nightclub. The sound system and the lights there are a reference and ispiration for every other (good) nightclub in Brazil. Once you get in there you feel like you're not on earth. It’s, basically, a black box with lights on the walls and ceiling - red, green, yellow, purple, orange, blue. It’s surely a designer club! Plus the fact the the place is packed with b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l Brazilians. My recommendation is: swallow down a couple of shots, get a real fancy drink and cruise. The place is great for meeting locals!
Rua Prudente de Morais, 416 - Ipanema
Lapa 40 Graus is a traditional samba house located right on samba’s birthplace, the Lapa neighborhood. Needless to say, it’s a must-try for everyone who wants to have a piece of the real samba experience. They have several dancefloors, with different bands playing, so even if you’re not into samba, you’ll definitely find something for you. I recommend it!
Clandestino Bar is this undeground club in Copacabana, right next to one of Rio’s most famous hostels, so there’s always a young crowd made of people from all around the world as well as Brazillians. It’s a great way of meeting new people. Since I went to Brazil all by myself, all my now close friends were also fellow travellers I met at Clandestino. They play different music every night (funk, soul, hip hop, pop, electro, etc.) so every night there’s a different crowd.
It's weird to explain what Hard Rock is, because most people know the place (they are all over the world!)
The one in Rio is a great nightclub for those who love to dance crazy, with arms and legs wide open because it’s spacious there. I danced 'carioca' funk all night and it was pretty funny! Almost forgot to praise the drinks - very creative and tasty.
Avenida das Américas, 700 - Barra da Tijuca - Rio de Janeiro
Me and some friends went to Rio last week and we had such a great time there. We really liked the people down there, very warm and kind. The beaches were simply amazing, it was just awesome to get up and walk a few blocks… and bam! You’re in the middle of a beautiful beach! We had the guts to also try the very popular samba, In a place called Casa Rosa Cultural. It’s a hidden place, I guess, but one of the greatest spots there. Plenty of samba lessons, and also some ‘circles’ of it, many great people to know. This trip was the best ever!
Rua Alice, 550
Rio de Janeiro is quite an amazing place. Imagine a huge, antique house that used to be a brothel (a fancy one) in one of the cutest neighborhoods of the city. Many decades after its closure, the house now keeps the same name, Casa Rosa, from the old times, but has nothing to do with prostitution anymore.
Nowadays, its a place that offers so many attractions you wouldn't believe. During the day, it operates as a cultural centrr with awesome classes for tourists. There you can learn, as a total beginner, with few classes, the samba dance and the capoeira.
If you think you will never get the way to manage such beautiful movements, you are mistaken!
At nights the place also works as a nightclub, with Brazilian sounds mainly. At Sundays, they offer samba with feijoada, the national and lovely dish included. A must!
Rua Alice 550, laranjeiras
Hideaway is a pizzaria and lounge in Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro. The place successfully combines a nice thin and crispy pizza with a big and modern place, full of young and beautiful people.
They also have shows (pop, Brazilian, jazz music) and a dance floor that mixes many styles of music. A complete night!
Rua das Laranjeiras, 308, Laranjeiras
A traditional "gafieira" where locals go to dance and hear great Brazilian popular music. Cheap and cheerful, with plain dusty floorboards, but the atmosphere is wonderful, especially at weekends, and the live bands are excellent. Sit back and watch expert dancers in their element, or take to the floor if you dare!
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