10 Best Nightclubs in Rio de Janeiro - Get Ready for Some Serious Booty-Shakin'

Lucy Bryson

By , Local Expert, Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro is a city that knows how to party. From the hedonistic revelry of Carnival to the city's massive New Year's celebrations, Rio loves nothing better than to let its collective hair down. It is hardly surprising then, that Rio de Janeiro nightclubs are both abundant and lively. What can come as a surprise to visitors, however, is the fact that the city's famous party spirit can actually be a little difficult to uncover.

Take a nocturnal walk through the touristic Zona Sul - the scenic South Zone that takes in such famous destinations as Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon - and one could easily come to the conclusion...  Read more »

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    Rio Scenarium

    Local Expert Tip: "Too shy to take to the dancefloor? Sip a caipirinha or two and feel those inhibitions slip away."

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    Carioca da Gema

    Local Expert Tip: "Carioca da Gema also run a very good pizzeria right next door - perfect for refuelling as the evening wears on."

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    Arcos da Lapa

    Local Expert Tip: "Keep valuables hidden and don't bring cameras here at night - while safety has improved in recent years, Lapa's street party continues to attract petty thieves."

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    00 (Zero Zero)

    Local Expert Tip: "Head here around 9pm to allow for leisurely dining in the restaurant before hitting the dancefloor at around 11, while there's still space to move your feet."

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    Casa da Matriz

    Local Expert Tip: "Casa da Matriz is less dressy than many Rio nightspots - think hip, funky and retro rather than uber-glam."

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    New Year's at Copacabana

    Local Expert Tip: "With a vast stage hosting performances from big name Brazilian DJs, clubbers can party right on the sands during Rio's new year celebrations"

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    Carnival in Rio

    Local Expert Tip: "Carnival in Rio turns the streets of the city into one giant open air dance club thanks to the thousands of blocos - street parties - that take place."

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    Nuth Lounge

    Local Expert Tip: "Barra da Tijuca is a half hour cab ride out of town, so it's worth getting a group together to split the fare."

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    Bar do Copa

    Local Expert Tip: "Guests at Copacabana Palace hotel are offered free entry to Bar do Copa on Thursdays"

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    Fosfobox is arguably the best-loved underground club in Rio.

    Local Expert Tip: "Things don't get going until after midnight, so take the metro here and enjoy a couple of pre-club drinks at one of the many informal bars nearby."



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