Samba Until Dawn
For the party animals, what could be a better way to end the night than dancing Samba?
Are you brave enough to dance the Samba?
Visiting the Sambadrome, the Carnival Museum and some of Río de Janeiro's main Samba Schools is all very well, but there will be those who do not learn much. These visitors can demonstrate their newly-acquired Samba skills, or simply their self-confidence, in the numerous nightclubs where the Brazilian rhythms play until dawn. The Lapa neighbourhood is the ideal place to go for this, with bars like Bar Carioca da Gema (www.barcariocadagema.com.br) on Avenida Mem de Sá. A good time and a great atmosphere are guaranteed here, especially from Wednesday to Saturday, when it is usually at full capacity. Another, less-crowded, alternative is Ava Branca on the same street, with live Samba almost every night of the week. One of the most well-known places in Río de Janeiro is Semente Bar on Joaquim Silva Street. Despite its small interior and surrounding space, young caipirinha fans congregate to enjoy the Batucada beat.