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“Best nightlife!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rio Scenarium

Rio Scenarium
Rua Do Lavradio 20, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20230-070, Brazil (Centro)
+55 21-3147-9000
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Ranked #7 of 8,471 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
Cuisines: Brazilian, Bar
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Centro
Brooklyn, New York
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42 restaurant reviews
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“Best nightlife!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Unique experience first walking in. The closest equivalent i could think of in NYC to describe this place is Webter Hall. However, Rio Scenarium had so much more to offer than just multiple floors of dancing. No tourist trap either! The place was packed with locals the night we visited.

It's set in a colonial house, with 4-5 floors but with there is a shaft reuniting them all where you can look down on the band playing. The decor itself is worth checking the place out. Many walls were harboring beautiful collections of antiques .

We were recommended to come in early so we got to experience all the live bossa nova and samba music. There were people of all ages (15-70s) enjoying themselves. We did not need to make any reservation only paid for our tickets (don't lose it, you need it at the end to pay and get out). Can't comment on the food, we were told to eat elsewhere before coming in

Overall this a unique, great experience.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Coolest restaurant I've ever been to”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

The decor, music, vibe are all indescribable. The food is excellent and service is flawless. This restaurant and the nearby bar area in Lapa were the highlight of our trip. I'm so thankful we left the touristy boring beach areas. This is the real Rio experience. More than just dinner, people are Samba dancing and turning the restaurant into a club after dinner.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Broadbeach, Australia
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“GREAT FUN!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

A group of 8 of us visited this bar late last night & had a blast...go through a couple of dodgy areas to get there but the end result was worth it...although we all thought the R35 entry was a little steep the rest is just bloody great fun...great live music even for us gringos..it's a must do!!!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Comblain-au-Pont, Belgium
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“a must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Even if Rio in the end is not as spectacular as we all -foreigners- might think, this bar certainly is! So make sure you bring enough money (Rio in general, and Scenarium also, for sure is expensive), as your night will be great! With excellent live music, beautiful (they do exist!) & dancing people and sipping your cool drinks...don't arrive to early, and stay LATE.

Food is nothing special, so if you are hungry make sure you eat before getting in!

tip: do like the Brazilians, take a picture of your self in front of the stage ;-)

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Make reservations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

Nice place and friendly staff. Make reservations before you go to get better seats. Food is not that great but drinks, atmosphere, performances are interesting.

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