Credited for placing Rio de Janeiro’s historic Lapa district on the nightlife map, the Rio Scenarium bar and dance club is one of the city’s most popular late-night party spots. Set within a multi-story former antiques warehouse, this soaring renovated 19th-century space showcases an eclectic collection of over 2,000 antiques, brick-a-brack and other eccentric knick-knacks from the original space. This is where Rio’s samba-loving locals and tourists come to dance the night away to the sounds of live local samba bands. The crowd ranges from groups of young friends to older couples looking to show off their advanced samba skills on the dance floor. The potent cachaça-based cocktails and the tasty menu of dishes such as prawns flame-fried in rum are also a welcome distraction when you need a break from the dance floor. The dance floor action takes place on the ground level, while the upper floors tend to be quieter for people chatting while enjoy the eclectic ambiance. We recommend reserving a table and arriving by 9pm to ensure a front row sear of the action.
Rua do Lavrádio, 36, Centro, Rio de Janeiro
+55 (0) 21 3147-9007