As might be expected of a city that is famous across the planet for its hedonistic, flamboyant carnival and its spectacular New Year's celebrations on the beach, Rio de Janeiro is no wallflower.
This is a place where party animals and exhibitionists will feel instantly at home - whether showcasing some samba steps in the nightclubs and street parties of downtown Lapa or charming the locals with their attempts at Portuguese at casual bars such as Santa Teresa's enduringly popular Bar do Mineiro.
While the summer season, especially the build up to carnival, is the time when Rio de Janeiro nightlife is at its liveliest, the city can be at its best when visited off-season. This is when the tourist crowds dispel, leaving more room on the dancefloor and making for what could arguably be described as a more authentically Brazilian experience.
However, nothing says 'I'm in Rio' more than slipping into a sparkling head dress and spangly swimwear (that goes for guys and gals alike) and dancing the samba along Ipanema beachfront - an experience that is all too likely a possibility when carnival fever takes hold, and those potent caipirinha cocktails take effect.
Whatever time of year you visit, and whatever your nightlife style, Rio de Janeiro will welcome you with open arms.
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