in Rio de Janeiro is fantastic. There is
no shortage of cafes, bars and clubs for
all types of visitors to enjoy. Cariocas
(Rio citizens) like the nightlife. It starts
late (midnight is early) and continues until
nightlife is as hard to resist as its beaches.
Options range from samba shows to sultry
dance halls called forrós, a rhythmic
music style that originated in Brazil's
northeast during World War II. You'll find
spots that feature the sounds of big band,
rock, and everything in between. One of
the happiest mediums is música popular
brasileira (MPB), the generic term for popular
Brazilian music, which ranges from pop to
and lounges often ask for a nominal cover.
Plain but pleasant bars called choperias
attract an unattached crowd. An ice-cold
chopp or Brazilian draft beer, is the order
of the day or night. "Baixos Gay,"
the Botafogo neighborhood around Rua Visconde
Silva and Rua Real Grandeza, has the city's
highest concentration of lesbian and gay
bars and cafés.
danceterias (discos) offer flashing lights
and loud music. At a number of places, including
samba clubs, you can dance to live Brazilian
music. Gafieiras are old-fashioned ballroom
dance halls, usually patronized by an equally
are also many performing arts options. For
current listings, pick up the bilingual
Rio Guia, published by Riotur, the city's
tourist board; Este Mês no Rio/This
Month in Rio is also a good source of information.
The entertainment sections of the Portuguese-language
newspapers Jornal do Brasil and O Globo
both publish schedules of events in their
has a number of orchestras. The Orquestra
Sinfônica Brasileira and the Orquestra
do Teatro Municipal are the most prominent.
Tickets to performing arts events are inexpensive
by international standards and may be purchased
at the theater or concert hall box offices.