Rio de Janeiro is famously one of the world's greatest party cities, but visitors looking for a wild night out in the upscale neighborhood of Ipanema will find the nightlife scene surprisingly sedate - at first glance, at least. This refined bairro is better known for its high end restaurants, chic bars and sophisticated lounges than its raucous party venues (most of these can be found downtown, in Lapa), but that's not to say that fun time is not to be had here. The well-to-do types that live in the neighborhood love to socialize over a few drinks and plates of food at late-opening bars such as Bar Astor and Devassa, while fans of Brazilian music can make the pilgrimage to Garota de Ipanema, the spot where Bossa Nova classic Girl From Ipanema was penned, before checking out live jazz at excellent beachfront venue Studio RJ. For a chance to meet fellow travelers as well as friendly Brazilians, there's a fun and flirtatious vibe at enduringly popular Irish bar Shenanigans, while the kiosks along the beachfront are wonderful places to sip a caipirinha against one of the most stunning backdrops imaginable. Whether it's a sunset drink and nibbles to start the evening or a last beer as the sun rises over the beach, Ipanema's beach bars are an integral part of Rio nightlife. For those lucky enough to be in Rio for the sensory explosion that is carnival, the myriad blocos, or street parties, that take place during this most famous of celebrations attract hundreds of thousands to shake their stuff en-mass to the sound of samba beats.
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