Carioca da Gema

Type: Dance Club, Live Music, Local Picks

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Samba lovers of all ages flock to this downtown dance house, where the fleet of foot and supple of rump shimmy and shake around the dance floor. The club is housed in a tall and handsome colonial...  Read More


  • Best for Lapa's Best Nightlife Because: This is one of the best places in Rio to dance (or watch other people dance) samba
  • Best for Night Clubs Because: Less touristy than Rio Scenarium, Carioca da Gema attracts seriously fleet-footed locals.
  • Best for Dance Clubs Because: This great downtown samba club is a top place to see local sambistas strut their stuff.
  • Best for Nightlife near Estádio do Maracanã Because: Carioca da Gema attractd locals that are serious about dancing samba.
  • Best for Live Music Because: Fleet of foot locals head straight for this Lapa hot dancing hotspot at the weekends.