Catching a soccer game at Rio de Janeiro’s mighty Maracana Stadium is reason enough to celebrate and the vibrant atmosphere on match days will really fire up the party spirit. Whether it’s a major international game or a local derby, soccer matches at Maracana mean singing, dancing and samba drums.
And while the immediate vicinity of the stadium is not recommended for after-dark exploring (and bars within one kilometer of the stadium are banned from selling alcohol in the hours before a game), the Maracana is just a quick metro ride from the lively nightlife of Lapa, where an enormous street party unfolds on weekends and holidays. Hip bars such as Leviano and Barzinho are popular spots with a young and funky crowd, while for live music and dancing look no further than classic samba spots Clube dos Democraticos, Carioca da Gema and Rio Scenarium.
If Lapa is a little too lively for your tastes, grab a cab up to the nearby Santa Teresa neighborhood, where cosy bars attract large crowds on weekend evenings for caipirinha-assisted socialising at popular spots such as Bar do Gomez and Bar do Mineiro.