A concept club located right next to Rio's Planetarium, 00 (pronounced Zero Zero just to be sure) draws the wealthy Leblonners out of their apartments and onto the dance floor via its rather special sushi restaurant. The open air decking to the front of the venue provides a perfect escape from the dance floor if needed, serving up delicious Japanese seafood as well as an array of tropical fruit Caipirinhas and Caipivodkas. Inside the resident DJs spin an eclectic array of House, Electro and Drum n Bass as well as Brazilian classics, rock and pop.
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.
Cachambeer is where you should head to, if you wish to spend a casual evening out in Rio. A brainchild of Marcelo Novaes, Cachambeer replaced a former eatery and has been entertaining guests since its establishment in 2002. Cachambeer has become renowned for its small plates accompaniment, with the highlight being the ribs. The menu also includes delicious meat, seafood and chicken preparations. This is an ideal place to relax with food, drinks and friends.
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.
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).
The late starter of Rio clubs attracts a suitably devoted following of teenagers, students and music lovers into its unusual, welcoming walls. The shabby decoration and labyrinthine interior have been made into virtues, giving Casa Da Matriz the feel of a house party that has been going on for years. The main room and bar downstairs are invariably packed, while upstairs you will find a second dance floor, a chill out room complete with TV, and even a thrift shop if you feel the need to get a new-old T-Shirt or a memento of your night.