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Big names in the football world including Pelé, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, and Zico have played at the Estadio do Maracana. This stadium hosted the dramatic 1950 World Cup final where Uruguay stole the world championship from hosts Brazil in one of the most incredible matches in football history. Popularly known as the Maracanã, this arena is one of the largest stadiums in the world. In addition to football, the stadium also holds music concerts and has hosted performances by Tina Turner and Paul McCartney, among others. Guided tours of the venue are available that offer glimpses of the changing rooms, views of the pitch from the stands, and a chance to witness the bronzed footprints of Pelé. It was one of the host stadiums for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the venue for the final.
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.
Circo Voador is a venue that one can't easily forget, irrespective if you have been to a show there or have just seen it as you've passed by. A large tent-like structure, its name literally means the 'flying circus'. Located at Lapa, the venue is an open-air structure and takes advantage of Rio's tropical climate. Voador has played host to diverse genres in concerts and promises you a great time with the stars for company.
Teatro Odisséia has become an important landmark in the cultural scene of Rio de Janeiro. Its warehouse-industrial look gives it a casual and easy going atmosphere. It is more of a place for people to meet and exchange ideas, than a typical theater. If you want to dance, you can do that on the first floor of the building, where the bands perform. And the second floor has a small eatery where you can munch on oven fresh sandwiches. The floor above, is open for exhibitions and theatrical productions.
Finished in 1909, the Theatro Municipal was built along the lines of the Paris Opera. It is home to the city's orchestra, opera and ballet ensembles. It is built in the Neoclassical style, all in marble, granite and bronze, and is one of the most prestigious venues in the country for big performances. There is also a bar and restaurant, the famous and imposing Café do Teatro, decorated with Assyrian-style mosaics.
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.
Teatro Das Artes was inaugurated in 1995 and is located at the Gavea Shopping Center. It has 421 seats and features other theaters and rooms like the Actors Theatre, blue room and red room at Das Artes. The place can be used to hold small to medium sized events. The acoustics of this theater are excellent and watching a play here make for a pleasurable experience. Like the Teatro Clara Nunes, the Teatro Das Artes largely hosts comedies too.
The KM de Vantagens Hall (former Citibank Hall), located at Barra da Tijuca is never at a loss for events and concerts. Known for holding some of the best concerts in Rio de Janeiro, it boasts national and international acts including performances by superstars such as Deep Purple, Incubus and Megadeth to name a few. KM de Vantagens Hall is well recognized for its state-of-the-art technology and is well structured to hold screaming crowds a plenty.
The Cidade das Artes, or the City of Arts, is a state-of-the-art cultural center in Rio. It boasts great infrastructure and technical inventory to host events, shows, exhibitions and concerts of high calibre. It houses two concert halls, several multipurpose spaces, art galleries, theaters, as well as an on-site cafe and ample parking.