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Emporio 37

Emporio 37 (Rua Maria Quiteria, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro) – reputed to be the oldest rock-themed bar in Rio, Emporio is popular simply because it’s opened after-hours (which explains why there isn’t a crowd until after 1:00 am). There are two dance floors for Brazilian and international rock music, which is ideal for the expat […]

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Circo Voador

Circo Voador (Rua doa Arcos, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro) – live musical acts are often booked here at this cultural space, complete with a variety of musical genres (from rock and metal (like AC/DC), to Samba, Pagode and Funk. For those wanting some breathing space from its often crowded dance floor, there’s a palm tree […]

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Carioca da Gema

Carioca da Gema (Av. Mem de Sá, Centro, Rio de Janeiro) — since the year 2000, this popular hangout spot offers the best of the Brazilian popular music (including Samba and Choro). With the best artists and musicians; the coldest beer, the best samba, and a large audience around the local carioca culture, this venue […]