Rio has literally hundreds of dance clubs. But you do not have a lifeteime to stay in town. We picked out the best venues for you. You will find the address, phone, and a map with directions and tips.
Now let's start with the basics. Rio has a zero tolerance policy to drivers under the influence, so even locals usually go partying by taxi. You must be 18 or older to enter most places, and this is also the legal age for drinking. Bring along some photo I.D. Drugs are illegal in Rio and you may be frisked. Closed spaces are non-smoking by law. Chic clubs frown upon people on flip-flops.
From Ipanema to Lapa
There is life on the West Side of Rio, and we have included some favorites. Most visitors stay on the strip from Leblon to Centro, though. The good news is chances are there's a great nightclub in a walking distance, or a short ride away. We have reviewed all clubs to give you an idea of what to expect. Click on the map numbers for details.
Big parties happen mostly on weekends or before holidays. We provide links to the webpages of all clubs suggested. Click on the names to find out what is happening. Sample the variety, and go easy on the caipirinhas, please.
What is happening in Rio tonight?
We thought you would never ask! To save you from the guesswork we keep a close track on what is happening each and every night, and we publish our listing with the best suggestions including e-flyers.
You can confirm your presence, see who the other confirmed guests are, and find more details about attractions, specials, and a lot more information. There is a newsfeed at the bottom of this page!
Some clubs open early, around 7. Many parties start at 9 or 10 p.m. On Fridays and weekends doors may open as late as 11:59 p.m. And there are after parties...