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A beautiful Carnaval-type show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil In Rio de Janeiro, the night is always young. Even if the sun is peaking out from the start of a new day, the Cariocas are sure to be out enjoying themselves. Whether it be attending a rehersal for the magnificent Carnaval, dancing in one of Rio's many dance halls, or enjoying some cold, refreshing beer and the sounds of Rio at one of the many botequins, the people of the Marvelous City know how to have a good time.

Art and Entertainment Listings
A good source for listings of art and entertainment events is the Friday edition of the O Globe or the Jornal do Brasil newspapers. These include a detailed listing of all the goings-on around town.
O Globo Website (in Portuguese)
Jornal do Brasil Website (in Portuguese)

Theater and the Performing Arts
Rio de Janeiro has a strong theater tradition. Numerous comedies, musicals and other plays often make their debut in Rio before being exported to other Brazilian cities. The performing-arts season in Brazil runs from April to December, with many shows, musicals and plays being performed in the theaters, and sometimes, right in the streets of Rio.

Teatro Municipal
This theater, located in Centro Rio, boasts beautiful architecture alongside being Brazils premier performing arts venue. Come here to hear some excellent opera, symphony orchestral concerts, and ballet.
Praca Marechal Floriano (Centro)
Website (in Portuguese)

Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil
This theater, which used to be the Bank of Brasil building, gets about 2 million visitors a year. The excellent space offers a tea salon, library facilities, and various cultural programs. There are also regular art and photography exhibits.
Rua Primeiro de Marco 66 (Centro)
Website (in Portuguese)

Teatro Rival
This small theater brings to the viewers local and popular national acts. Come enjoy performances done by talented artists who have not made it onto the international scale.. at least, not yet.
Rua Alvaro Alvim 33 (Centro)
Website (in Portuguese)

Aside from the mentioned venues, many Botequins now offer live music and excellent food and the quintessential Carioca air.

Carioca da Gema
This little restaurant has a menu in which all the dishes are named after a famous samba song, and when you look up from your table, you get to experience live samba by the different nightly performers. This is a current hot spot, so arrive early if you want a seat.
Rua Mem de Sa 79, Lapa. (Downtown)

ATL Hall
This is Latin America's largest concert venue, and hosts many international and Brazilian stars. It is a little out of the way, but this 10,000 seat audotorium is well worth it.
Av. Ayrton Senna 3000 (Barra da Tijuca)

Seeped in tradition, this old auditorium may not be modern and fancy, but has the history of having all of Brazil's "greats" perform here at one time or another.
Across from the Rio Sul shopping center.
Av. Venceslau Bras 215 (Botafogo)
Website (in Portuguese)

Dance Clubs

The Bed Room
Located just past the Sheraton Hotel, the club resembles a giant bedroom with 19 big soft beds surrounding the dance floor. This is a hot spot for the young and beautiful.
Estrada da Joa 150 (Sao Conrado)

Meli Melo
Located in Lagoa, this club has a sushi bar, a cyber-cafe, and two dance floors. Celebrity spottings are very common.
Av. Rio Branco 277 (Cinelandia)

Bars, Pubs and Botequins
Botequins are the best places to truly feel the essence of Rio. Selected below are some of the more popular ones.

Arco do Teles
This is one of the best people-watching spots in Rio.

Bip Bip
This Botequin offers its fame to the outstanding musical program it offers. Tuesday and Sunday nights are the best evenings for samba and pagode.

This trendy little place is open until 4:30 am, and is busy any night of the week.

Academia da Cachaca
Huge selection of various liquors and wines to sample and taste.
Rua Conde de Bernadote 26, loja G (Leblon)

Skylab Bar
Located on the 30th floor of the Rio Othon, sip on a drink and savor the sights.
Hotel Rio Othon, Av. Atlantica 3264, (Copacabana)

Traditional Brazilian Music
This is only open on Fridays and Saturdays, where many students from dance schools come to show off, yet novices are made to feel just as welcome. This place has been around for many years and is still very popular. Come early to get a table.
Praca Tiradentes 79 (Centro)

This is a popular gafieira (traditional dance hall). A wonderful place to observe the more elderly folks dress up in suits and dresses and strut their stuff.
Rua Frei Caneca 4 (Centro)

Asa Branca
Dancing here goes into the wee hours of the night, or the next morning, to the great rhythms of samba, pagode, choro, and the very popular forro.
Av. Mem de Sa 17 (Lapa)

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