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Arcos Da Lapa

Rua Riachuelo, 27, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20230-010, Brazil (Centro)
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Ranked #128 of 495 Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Went to the Arcs a couple of times, because of the area and what that has to deliver. I wouldn't say they were a monument. I agree with a number of reviews lots of shifty looking characters and it smells of urine EVERYWHERE. You have to go when in Rio, but go on a Sunday when there's the local food... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Center of nightlife. Avoid Copacabana and come here. Sadly the bonde is no longer running to Santa Teresa, but hopefully soon.

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Winter Haven, Florida
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112 reviews 112 reviews
51 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The Arcos seems simple, but being in Rio, it's wonderful. Night time with the bands, people and music, I'm sure it's livelier. We happened to passed by before we went to the depart Rio, so not much scene. Nevertheless, still a recommended place to go.

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Melbourne, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

It's really big Friday and Sat nights - starts late. Like if you don't show up until 10pm then you only missed one or two bands. it was 10$R up to 30$R for entrance to places with samba bands - but then you are not hounded for drinks constantly. And the mixed drinks were very strong. I like Carioca de... More

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Dallas, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Pros - international crowds, alot of bars packed in a few blocks, cheap drinks, great music, exciting atmosphere. Cons - can be rowdy and intimidating to some

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Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

If you are looking for a great place to hang out while in Rio you must visit Lapa. You can hang out in the streets drinking caipirinhas until the clubs get packed around 1 or 2 am. The stalls all serve cheap drinks and food. One thing I didn't know about the bars in this area is that you get... More

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B14
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Samba and Merengue til early hours... Very safe, buy all your Caipirinha at the small stalls where you'll make friends and can get advice of which bars will suit your music tastes. Best dancing and music in on the street though. Obviously, don't wear expensive watches etc and attract attention.

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Gramado, RS
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Best neighborhood to listen to Samba de Raiz in Rio. Many bars located side-by-side. Carioca da Gema is one of the most traditional ones.

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Bogota, Colombia
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Full of restaurants, bars, places to dance and street parties this place is a must whet you talk about Rio's night life. I really can't say anymore about it, you have so much places to go that you just have to decide what to do, but it's for sure that you won't get bored. Just pick a place, the best... More

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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Full of people everywhere, starts around 21 but gets really crowded at 2am. Lots of people selling caipirinhas in the street, carne a la parrilla. Bars are expensive but let's you find a place to sit. This place is for all kind of budgets. Just be careful as they say they steal a lot. I went three times and didn't... More

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