The Best Samba Clubs In Rio De Janeiro

Rio Scenarium
Rio Scenarium | © courtesy of Rio Scenarium
Sarah Brown

Ask anyone what music they think of when they hear Rio de Janeiro and they’ll almost definitely say: “samba”. Samba is the life blood of Rio with its rhythmic beats that relentlessly course down the streets throughout the city, putting an unshakeable spring in everyone’s step. Whether you can dance to samba or not, a visit to a samba club is a must in Rio.

1. Democráticos

Music Venue, Theater, Concert Hall, Building, Sports Center

Clube dos Democráticos
© courtesy of Clube dos Democráticos
This is the local’s favorite place to go for samba so expect to see a flurry of legs, snaking bodies and radiant smiles because this is where those that are serious about samba come out to play. Although less touristy here, the locals in the club are friendly and not everyone dances, so you won’t feel like you’re sticking out for being a spectator. Democráticos is set in a large, 19th century mansion and it feels particularly grand when you go up the marble staircase to reach the second floor where a live samba band is playing.

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