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This lively samba club is housed in a beautiful old building that doubles as a storage warehouse for props and antiques used by the city's film industry. As a result, you will find yourself shaking a leg to a backdrop of mannequins, antique furniture and other relics from the past. Spread over three floors, revelers can chose to enjoy a meal from the restaurant, or just strut their stuff on the dance floor among bohemian locals and tourists alike. The club frequently hosts excellent live music, from samba to forro - check the website for listings. Always packed on weekends.
One of Rio's oldest bars, Armazém São Thiago is also one of the most popular. A favorite among locals as well as tourists for its cheap food, cheap drinks and lively ambiance, the bar is always buzzing with activity. Fried shrimp with tartar sauce and fried codfish balls are the perfect accompaniments to the draft beers and whiskeys available. You might just leave the place making some great friends.
Known for its reasonably-priced drinks and large portions of home-cooked food, Bar do Mineiro is one of Santa Teresa's liveliest spots. The feijoada is the highlight of the menu, and the various pasteis are good, too. Drink options include beer and the ever-popular caipirinha.
Lapa is an area of Rio famed for its nightlife, and Leviano has quickly established itself as one of the most popular nightspots here. Brightly lit and with a large patio that spills out onto the street, Leviano is not easily missed. It's quite difficult to find place on the upstairs dance floor, where tourists and locals alike groove to the beats of Música Popular Brasileira (Brazilian Popular Music), funk and samba. Cocktails like the apple mojito are popular.
Meza Bar opened its doors in 2008 and has been popular ever since which is displayed by the queue waiting to be seated at this chic Humaita bar. The delish and creative dishes along with the equally innovative drinks have been the draw for locals to visit Meza again and again. Chances are that you might also be charmed by this affable place to come back for more.
Named after the famous German-American author, Bar Bukowski is a firm favorite with Rio's young bohemians. The converted colonial building regularly features live music on the top floor, while DJs spin indie and alternative tunes downstairs. The venue also features a large outdoor drinking area with comfy seating and a bar. Those who like narguiles (hookahs) can try out the different flavors offered here.
A bar where the real fun doesn't begin until midnight, Empório is one of Ipanema's most popular watering holes. Frequented by tourists and locals alike, Empório is known for its rock music, affordable drinks, dance floor and casual vibe. If you want a break from all the fancy, and often pretentious, bars Ipanema is so well known for, this would be a great spot to pick.
Garota de Ipanema is renowned in the city because this is where two famous Brazilian songwriters, Vinicius de Morais and Tom Jobim wrote their iconic song, 'Girl from Ipanema'. This family-friendly restaurant and bar has a warm ambiance and has its walls adorned with photos of celebrities. You will find many local famous names of the music and entertainment industry in the evening enjoying a meal and drinks. Serving good Brazilian fare and drinks, this trendy place has been a tourist attraction for many years now.
The prime location, relaxed ambiance and delicious bar snacks have combined to make Jobi one of the best-loved bars in Leblon. And you've no excuse not to visit the place – with opening hours that extend from 9am to 4am (5am at weekends), there's always a chance to fit in a drink here. The bar has been a favorite post-beach haunt since it opened in 1956, and its location in the lively nightlife strip of Baixo Leblon means Jobi remains packed right into the small hours. Many people rate the bar snacks here as the best in the city – don't miss the bolinhos do bacalhau (deep-fried cod and potato balls).