Start the night in true Brazilian style with a caipirinha at The Bar Surfshop in Arpoador. The Bar is a relatively new bar to the area but is proving to be one of the most popular hangouts with the young, trendy and beautiful. During the day, it is a surf shop that sells some of the best surfboards, equipment and surf-brand clothes in Rio. At night, it turns into a small yet hip bar with a trendy vibe and casual atmosphere. Try the watermelon caipirinhas that are served with a tiny bit of chili for a surprising kick.
A sunset on a date night is cliché but is there anything quite as romantic as being hand in hand watching the sun go down? After The Bar, head to Arpoador Rock, which is just five minutes away, and settle down to watch a magnificent sunset across the horizon next to the Two Brothers Peak. Be sure to bring some wine with you — there is a nearby Zona Sul Supermarket that sells a large selection of wine and even plastic wine cups for the ultimate charm overload.
After a delicious and satisfying dinner, cross over the road to one of Copacabana’s beachside kiosks for a taste of the sea breeze and a view that stretches out across the ocean. Enjoy a lime caipirinha there, a light and refreshing drink to follow a large dinner and enjoy the live samba bands and the social environment of groups of friends and other couples enjoying a night out. Go to Skol 360 for a more lively and party-mood kiosk, or for a quieter evening, head to one of the clubs near the Copacabana Fort, which are less crowded and calmer.
This is one of the most famous nightclubs in Rio de Janeiro and encapsulates everything that is Brazilian across its multiple-floored venue. Each floor is lavishly decorated with antiques and Brazilian memorabilia and has an overlooking balcony to the ground floor, opening up the venue to let the live band fill the air with its ear-pleasing and catchy tunes. It’s time to pack your stamina and show off your dancing skills as you and your date enjoy a night of dancing Brazilian style until the early hours of the morning. The music is a mix of samba, bossa nova, tropicalia or Brazilian pop music. The easiest way from Copacabana to Rio Scenarium is by taxi, which takes about 20 minutes.