Nightlife in Rio de Janeiro – Your Guide to Going Out in Rio
“Where should we go tonight?” How many times have we not received that question! The nightlife in Rio de Janeiro has so much to offer: live music, nightclubs, bars, concerts, street parties and gay clubs. You name it. We will do our best to help you make the best choices!
Nightlife in Rio – Bars, Nightclubs, Live Music and Street Parties
To make it all easier, we have separated the information for you into various pages. Clicking the text links that follow will take you to there. Under Nightclubs in Rio you info about all the best clubs and some useful tips. Go to Live Music in Rio to find a list of the best Samba and live clubs in Rio. There is also the Gay Nightclubs in Rio page. Bars in Rio is with a collection listed by neighbourhood. Some nights there are less options around so it can be hard to find a place to go to, therefore we have the page Nightlife Suggestions for Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays where you find some of the few options around.
Nightlife in Rio has more to offer. Cariocas like to go out and go for low profile parties on the street, so read about those Street Parties in Rio to see where you can join the locals. All in all, Rio is a great place to party and the variety of options is great. Nightlife in Rio de Janeiro can really give you memories for life, go out there and have some fun!
Let’s get this thing about prices straight from the start. Rio is quite expensive compared to many other South American countries. There are ways to spend less though. Here are a few useful tips regarding spending money.
- Don’t drink imported – stick to nationally produced beverages.
- Don’t forget about the cover charge when you are in a live music place.
- Don’t forget about the almost obligatory 10% service charge when you are being served at a table.
- Don’t fall into the “drink card trap” – the boxes on that card gets checked faster than you think, beware!
- Do drink cheap beer before you enter the establishment, preferrably from the trunk of a vendors car just outside the club.
- Do check before you go in how much entrance is.
Copy of Passport
Always bring a copy of your passport with you. Actually, some clubs won’t let you in without one. Also helps to stop obnoxious policemen from harassing you since by law you actually always have to carry ID.
Although Havaianas is a very comfortable and cool footwear, it does not go as club gear here. Shorts and flip-flops are great for the corner bar, but if you are aiming for a more upscale place, you’d fit better in with pants and shoes. Most nightclubs simply won’t let you in wearing shorts or sandals.
Be careful with drugs. It’s not legal and the police here are not slack at all. Habitually they stop cars and taxis searching the passengers. Getting caught with drugs often result in a hefty bribe to the police or actually, in some cases, deportation.