Rua do Lavradio, 20 | Centro
Tuesday to Thursday from 6:30pm
Friday from 7pm
Saturday from 8pm
Lavishly decorated with antiques (does get kitschy at times), the beautiful colonial three-story mansion is already an attraction in itself. But more than that, Rio Scenarium has become an unmissable spot for anyone (cariocas and tourists alike) who wants to spend the night dancing samba, gafieira, pagode and other Brazilian rhythms in the heart of Lapa, the veritable samba district. On weekends, this huge venue attracts crowds (up to 2,000 people) to enjoy live music performances – yes, there will be lines. If you do not feel able to samba dance, the restaurant on the second floor serves nice meals, like grilled picanha (rump steak) with garlic farofa or the flambé shrimp with cachaça.