Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Culinary & nightlife

Our most recommended Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Culinary & nightlife

Rio de Janeiro: Rio Scenarium Entrance, Dinner, and Open Bar

1. Rio de Janeiro: Rio Scenarium Entrance, Dinner, and Open Bar

Discover Rio’s nightlife in one of the top neighborhood bars. Soak up the unique atmosphere of the Rio Scenarium, a former antique store located in the heart of Lapa. Explore the three-level culture pavilion interconnected by stairs and an elevator from the belle époque. Admire its relics, colorful décor, and obsolete items which are commonly used in film productions while listening to incredible live music.  Watch the best artists bring to life Brazilian music genres such as Samba, Forró, and MPB (Brazilian pop music). Skip the line through a fast track entrance and live a genuine local nightlife experience while enjoying the 3-hour open bar (selected drinks) and 3-course dinner service.

Rio: Lapa Nightlife Walking Tour, Caipirinha Class & Drinks

2. Rio: Lapa Nightlife Walking Tour, Caipirinha Class & Drinks

Discover famous nightlife in the Lapa neighborhood in a safe way on a guided walking tour. Enjoy alcoholic games, cachaça roulette, a treasure hunt, a caipirinha class, and shots. Receive a R$15.00 voucher to start the night at Selina hostel bar and first visit the Arches of Lapa and Escadaria Selaron. Learn a bit about the history of the neighborhood and its curiosities. Enjoy a free caipirinha, then visit the famous Casa da Cachaça where you will learn how to make your own. Find out about the best parties and bars, with lots of music of all styles, DJs, and live Samba. End the night in a super fun club dancing to different styles and enjoying some free shots.

Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian Cooking Class with 7 Recipes

3. Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian Cooking Class with 7 Recipes

Learn to make the delicious Brazilian food you love yourself, from simple recipes using ingredients found worldwide with this fun, hands-on cooking class in Copacabana. Choose from 2 mouth-watering menus (vegetarian menu available as well), and make your own delicious Brazilian meals and traditional cocktails. Choose the Bahian Seafood Moqueca menu to learn how to make Moqueca, a seafood coconut stew, and cassava sticks, or Aipim Frito. You'll wash these dishes down with 2 different Brazilian cocktails: the famous Caipirinha, made with limes, and Batida de Coco, a coconut cocktail. Feijoada, a black bean and meat stew, is the main dish of your 2nd menu choice. You'll also learn to make Aipim Frito, or cassava sticks, as well as the Brazilian Caipirinha cocktail made with limes, and Batida de Coco, a coconut cocktail. Once you've mixed your cocktails and cooked your first traditional Brazilian meal, enjoy eating what you've made with your cooking class.

Rio de Janeiro: Pub Crawl in Lapa

4. Rio de Janeiro: Pub Crawl in Lapa

Traveling is also about fun! Want an unforgettable night in Rio de Janeiro? Then Pub Crawl Lapa is for you! Stay until dawn in the most bohemian and vibrant neighborhood of the Marvelous City! Lapa is one of the “most carioca parts of Rio de Janeiro” due to its super democratic way. Full of traditional bars, samba circles, nightclubs with live music, and dance halls, it has space for all types of people and music! With a lot of samba, funk, DJ's, and with renowned names of Brazilian music! Making thousands of people meet in the neighborhood every night. One of the most incredible features of Lapa is that all the tribes meet there, making everything even more special. Representing what the carioca does best: welcoming everyone with joy and open arms! In our Pub Crawl you will be able to enjoy three to four of the best clubs in Rio's nightlife, win a welcome shot, free shots in our drinking games, and an unforgettable night with lots of fun! All this accompanied by an international group, full of lively people with whom you can make friends, and by our guides, who are experts in the area and know how to enjoy life like no one else! Our team will show you the best live music venues, where to buy cheap caipirinhas and how to walk the busy streets of Lapa. Buying our Pub Crawl you guarantee an amazing night for an affordable price, security, and being able to meet people from all corners of the planet. Our guides will accompany you for four hours, but after that, you are free to stay and enjoy the rest of the night!

Ginga Tropical: Brazilian Roots Shows with Optional Dinner

5. Ginga Tropical: Brazilian Roots Shows with Optional Dinner

Ginga Tropical: Brazilian roots will bring you a multicultural show with lots of joy and energy, gathering on stage various cultures of this tropical country. For about 3 hours, you are going to enjoy every Brazilian dance style. After your hotel pick-up, if you choose the show with dinner option, you will arrive at a traditional Barbecue Dinner, all you can eat style. Brazilian Churrascarias (barbecue places) offer a wide variety of sides and alternative options. In case you decide to stick with a vegetarian option, you will still leave delighted. For those who preferred the show only option, they will be picked up at their hotels before heading to the show by bus.  You will get to know every Brazilian region through dance performance and clothing. Ginga Tropical: Brazilian roots combines diversity and culture with The Journal of Theatre, the Northeast, the Amazon and the Pampas with its Folklore, Bahia with their mystical rituals and Rio de Janeiro with its incomparable bohemian Lapa, their dance halls and their legendary Tricksters. A breathtaking show, with fantastic drummers and beautiful Mulatas dressed in outstanding carnival costumes. Even when you think that the show is close to the end, you may be surprised with interactive dancers. It’s time to shake your hips, so don’t be shy because the show must go on!

Rio de Janeiro: Waterfront Dinner & Live Music Experience

6. Rio de Janeiro: Waterfront Dinner & Live Music Experience

Enjoy the nightlife of Rio de Janeiro at kiosks located on the waterfront of some of the most famous beaches in the world, Leblon Beach and Copacabana Beach. Enjoy an incredible dinner that includes a starter, main course, dessert, and drink. Enjoy the live music while enjoying the view of Rio de Janeiro's ocean. An experience that you definitely need to enjoy in the city of Rio. Monday - Arrastapé Menu Starter options: oxtail dumpling with sauce or cashew creamy dumpling. Main course: salted meat skewer, baião de dois (homogenous mixture of beans, rice and parsley), fried cassava and farofa. Dessert: creamy Cocada (a coconut candy) with tapioca ice cream. Drink options: water, soda, lemon caipirinha, lemon, strawberry or pineapple caipivodka. Only one drink per person. Tuesday - Samba Social Clube Menu Starter: portion of 6 pastéis (fried dough) stuffed with cheese, meat or shrimp. Main course: shrimp bobó (stewed shrimp with coconut milk, dende oil and manioc cream) or beef bait, rice, beans, farofa and French fries. Dessert: chocolate brownie with ice cream. Drink options: draft beer, caipirinha or soda. Only one drink per person. Wednesday - Coisa de Carioca Menu Starter options: bean broth served with bacon crispy, roasted garlic and chopped parsley on toast or tapioca dads with pepper jelly. Main course options: shrimp "escondidinho" (brazilian shrimp shepherd's pie) au gratin with cream cheese and mashed potatoes or beef and chicken skewers served with vinaigrette sauce, bacon farofa and fries. Dessert options: chocolate mousse or passion fruit pave. Drink options: Brahma draft beer, soda, lemon caipirinha, natural juice (pineapple, passion fruit or Swiss lemonade). Only one drink per person and mineral water with or without gas. Thursday - Mané Menu Starter: Coxão Mané - a snack prepared with pork rib meat and cheese filling. Accompanied by the best mustard in the world! Main course: Ribs Rice - Long-cooked, shredded ribs, mixed with seasonings, rib broth, and rice, all topped with bacon farofa, torched cheese on the table, and hard-boiled egg. Dessert: Pancake with dulce de leche and vanilla ice cream. Drink options: 750ml draft beer, soft drink or juice. Only one drink per person. Friday - La Carioca Menu Starter: ceviche - white fish, tiger milk, red onion, pepper, cilantro and lime. Main course: rice with seafood - typical Peruvian-style paella with octopus, scallops, shrimp and squid. Dessert: spicy brigadeiro - dark chocolate brigadeiro with pisco, slightly spicy. Drink options: pisco sour (Peruvian drink with pisco, sour mix, goma jarabe) or non-alcoholic drinks (on request). Only one drink per person.

Rio de Janeiro: Guided Food Tour with Tastings and Drinks

7. Rio de Janeiro: Guided Food Tour with Tastings and Drinks

In the company of a licensed guide, you will visit farmers markets, traditional restaurants and bars only known by the locals. The tour guide will be very informative about art, history, culture and the architecture of the neighbourhoods like Urca, Santa Teresa, Lapa, Gloria, Laranjeiras and downtown. The menu includes traditional food such as: Tapioca crepes and cheese bread (both gluten-free), açai, café, cachaça, caipirinha, pastel, coxinha, brigadeiro, sweets and cakes, sugarcane juice, Brazilian nuts, fruits, juices and craft beer. You can also choose one typical meal. This menu varies a little depending on the places visited. We also have options for vegetarians. The tour is vehicles with air conditioning. This tour is in small groups, (no more than 10 people).

Rio de Janeiro: 3-Hour Sailing Trip on Guanabara Bay

8. Rio de Janeiro: 3-Hour Sailing Trip on Guanabara Bay

Enjoy a 3-hour sail and see the iconic sights of Rio de Janeiro from Guanabara Bay. You will meet your guide at the Marina da Gloria, downtown Rio, at the pre-arranged time and board the Kamehameha for a short introductory session to the boat’s main facilities and safety systems. You will motor out of the marina and then sail towards the protected, calm waters of the bay. Your guide will point out the sights of Rio surrounding the bay, including Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Hill. You will also learn a bit about local history. At the end of the tour, you’ll be dropped off back at the starting point at the marina.

Rio de Janeiro: Samba Class and Samba Night Tour

9. Rio de Janeiro: Samba Class and Samba Night Tour

Do you feel nervous or unsure about heading out to dance in a new city? Let a Samba dance instructor get you started off on the right foot in Rio de Janeiro, and take a 1-hour Samba lesson at a professional studio in Ipanema. Your instructor will show you some of the key steps of Brazil's favorite dance during a class to get you warmed up. Then go for a night out in a typical Brazilian nightclub and practice the new moves and steps you learned just hours earlier. A lesson followed by night out is a great way to combine new technical skills, such as basic and intermediate steps, with the real dance club atmosphere. Get to know Rio's famous nightlife and meet some locals as you build confidence in your dancing and have a great night out!

Rio Culture and History through the Art of Traditional Foods

10. Rio Culture and History through the Art of Traditional Foods

Join a delicious guided walking food tour in Rio de Janeiro's lively Santa Teresa and Lapa neighborhoods where you will visit unique local restaurants and specialty shops and sample different foods and beverages, including cachaça. Enjoy foods that contain some of the most important elements found in traditional Brazilian cuisine like açai, tapioca, and manioc flour.  Hop on a charming tram ride going over the Lapa Arches aqueduct, and passing by Ruinas Park to marvel at panoramic views of the city as you make your way from downtown to Santa Teresa. Taste local beer, as well as delicious cachaça on your route, and learn about the culture and history of Rio de Janeiro and the family traditions behind each food locales you visit. Your local guide will answer any questions you might have.

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A great experience in what one newspaper describes as one of the top ten bars in the world. The atmosphere was great, music good and food and drink served well and were excellent My only criticism was that we were there far too early. It does not open until 8pm and we were picked up far too soon and so had to stand around waiting for it to open

Excellent tour with Pietro. Several clubs, different styles, nice (very nice) people. Everybody's extremely friendly. Pietro cares about everything. For us was only drinking, dancing, talking, having fun. Nicest evening I can imagine. Every time again. TOP

This was a great way to spend an evening in Rio. Despite a short menu we really enjoyed the food and the free flowing drinks were very enjoyed. Transport was smooth and our driver was helpful and friendly. Would recommend.

Top group, lots of fun, very committed and very nice :) thanks Max, for the recommendation for the fish restaurant in Lapa, went there 3 times in a row :) greetings Michael and Theresa from Germany.

Our guide dropped us off at the club and picked us up at the specified time and the time at the club was great! We had a wonderful dinner and night of dancing.