Rio Scenarium

Rio Scenarium, Rio de Janeiro: Hours, Address, Rio Scenarium Reviews: 4.5/5

Rio Scenarium
4.5
Bars & Clubs • Dance Clubs & Discos
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Tuesday
7:30 PM - 2:30 AM
Wednesday
7:30 PM - 2:30 AM
Thursday
7:30 PM - 3:00 AM
Friday
7:30 PM - 4:30 AM
Saturday
8:00 PM - 4:30 AM
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The area
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Neighborhood: Centro
Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
How to get there
  • Presidente Vargas • 8 min walk
  • Carioca • 8 min walk
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suramericana
Rio Cuarto, Argentina5 contributions
I visited the Rio Scenarium on a Saturday night in March 2006, recommended to me by a Brazilian friend. I went with another woman from the U.S., and we were impressed by the atmosphere, the music, the yummy food, and the dance party going on in the back room!

We arrived around 10pm, and the two-story Rio Scenarium was already packed. There was a R$20 (about $10 US) cover charge for the evening, which included live performances by two different Samba groups. Check their website or call for the current performance schedule and cover charges. Although I speak a little Portuguese, I was happy to find that most staff I interacted with spoke at least some English.

The whole place is filled with antiques, most from theaters, hence the name. It makes you feel like you're out for a night on the town in the grand style of Old Rio. We were seated at a table for two upstairs, and because of the large open center of the building, we had a good view of the stage down on the first floor. We ordered finger foods (tasty seafood and veggie treats), as well as, of course, caipirinhas. While I can't dance samba, it was fun for me to watch couples get up and dance to the music. Most of the open floor space upstairs and down was used for dancing.

After two different groups played and it approached 2am (still very early by Brazilian standards), my friend and I reluctantly headed for the door. One of the servers asked if we liked the d.j., and since we hadn't seen a d.j. anywhere, we were confused. Either my Portuguese was horribly wrong, or there was something else to see. Turned out the latter was true: there was a whole other room on the second floor we hadn't seen or heard-- a great big dance party. It was a younger crowd, mostly 20- and 30-somethings, and we fit right in. We stayed there, dancing up a sweat, until 3:30am. The Rio Scenarium was a great place for a night out, and I can't wait to go back!

Tips: Located on Rua do Lavradio, near Praça Tiradentes-- a reasonable cab ride from where I was staying in Copacabana. When you arrive, hold on to the card you get at the door. It is your tab, and you pay on your way out. Credit cards are accepted.
Written November 25, 2006
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Sofi NS
Athens, Greece12,739 contributions
For me, if you wanna see Rio's beauty and glamour you don't go to Copacabana. You go to Rio Scenarium and the area around it. The place itself has grown larger over the years as it acquired adjacent rooms and incorporated then into the concept bar. You take at the entrance a card where all your orders, drink and food are charged there and you pay as you exit at the cashiers. There are 3 stories on the building each decorated into a unique concept, from classic to bizarre. The decorator nailed it. From a wall full of clocks to music instruments and furnitures all is carefully chosen and placed. The band playing on the first floor can be seen through an atrium from all other floors. The food menu is limited to 10-12 basic dishes but is enough for the occasion. There are also prive rooms. I adored it.
Written September 1, 2019
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CamiMasdeu
Tortuguitas, Argentina49 contributions
After reading a million reviews about Rio Scenarium and some recommendations, I was still unsure about what to expect and if we were going to like it.
We were in Rio for 4 days for my husbands birthday and no kids. We went to all the best restaurants and recommended attractions and after having seeing it all I have to say this is definitely a MUST when visiting Rio!
Reservations are highly recommended so you can get a good table on the first floor infront of the band. The show usually starts at 8:30pm and depending on the day they have different artists and type of music. Ours was Samba and Bossanova. Food is not great at all but bare in mind you are not there for the food! The picanha didn't look good so we just ordered some empanadas and grilled shrimp and rice and it was OK. The service, by our two waiters named Eduardo was impeccable and better than many Michelin star restaurants and 5* hotels! We were taken care by them like royalty! Every additional beer we ordered they changed our glass and brought ice cold ones! Kudos to them because they were AMAZING and made our night a truly fantastic one!
The ambiance is really lively, fun, unique and relaxed... you will see all kinds of people and dress codes.
If you want to have fun, listen to some great live music, dance, people watchor meet someone, this is the place to be! On the second floor there is even a nightclub if you prefer more Dance/Electronic music. We were there for a while and it was great!
We were there from 8:30pm to 1:30am! Trust me and don't miss the chance to visit it!
Written September 11, 2017
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ABGSC
Washington DC, DC83 contributions
Couples
This is literally a tourist trap. We waited for about 30 minutes to get into this ramshackle club. I didn’t mind so much as we chatted with fellow line standers and listed to music. There is no VIP or bottle service at this venue. Scenarium is a three level old mansion with effectively folding tables and chairs scattered about that they serve drinks and food at. We were forewarned about the food so stayed away. On the second floor there is a connection to a dance club. That part was ok. The DJ played a mix of Brazilian, Latin and American top 40 hits. One positive thing about this club is that you will likely find some English speaking patrons and to some degree staff.

The problem comes when you go to leave the venue. Instead of using credit cards or cash to pay as you go, they take your photo upon entry and give you a house charge card to charge your drinks/food on. At the end of the night everyone has to queue up, turn in their cards and pay their tab. This resulted in an hour long line TO GET OUT OF THE CLUB!

If you go and you’re even thinking about leaving, get in line. There is nothing worse than feeling trapped in a venue in a place that is not your own. God only knows what would happen if you lost your card and someone else started charging to it or if a waiter mixed them up.

Besides being a fire hazard of mass proportions and a museum of junk (read armless statues not like Venus) this place just isn’t worth it. Enjoy it from the outside and visit a better bar on the same street.
Written February 23, 2020
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selwyn a
Melbourne, Australia533 contributions
Couples
Need to arrive early to get a decent table. Long lines & very slow moving as well. Virtually no English & no well organised. Great samba music but food & drinks pretty limited & lots of deep fried options. Drinks beer & Caiperinhia only. Staff not well trained & unaware of what was included in cover charge. Great ambience with lots of eclectic art & collectables on display. The street outside is also entertaining & quite safe
Written March 8, 2020
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Aamnas-Travels
Scotland, UK23 contributions
Friends
If you're around Rio at the weekend I think a night out to Rio Scenarium is a must. We unfortunately didn't anticipate how popular this place would be on a Saturday night so weren't able to get a dinner reservation, but went for drinks after. There are several bars (specialising in every type of cocktail) split over three floors and also a club.

The decor is brilliant; very vintage and luxurious, with lots of quirky items on display. There are two live bands (on separate floors) playing jazz / samba throughout the evening until just after midnight, after which the DJ takes over in the club. The atmosphere is fun and friendly, and the scenarium caters to people of all ages in my opinion (there are plenty of places to lounge if you're looking for a quieter evening, or you can go clubbing). Be prepared to meet plenty of tourists and locals alike. You're guaranteed to have a great time even if you can't samba at all.

Overall I would say this place is suitable for anyone looking to have a fun evening out. Just bear in mind it is quite expensive (has a R$50 entry fee, and you don't pay for drinks until you're leaving the scenarium at the end of the night....)
Written July 14, 2017
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Preshie143
London, UK73 contributions
Friends
Scam! Do not go. We ended up here after a recommendation and from the reviews from the locals, we decided to give the place a try. I'm not one for Samba but thought it would be a nice experience while in Rio.
Once entering the venue, there are no signs that there is an entry fee. We took our seats, had something to eat and then went downstairs to dance to the live music until we decided to leave. At this point, the service and atmosphere was below average. I was secretly wishing that I had gone to the bar in my hotel.

On entry, you are presented with a card which records everything you eat/drink. You then pay when you exit the restaurant.
On leaving, we noticed a charge of 65 BRL each. Once we asked what the charge was for, we were told that it was an entry fee. There are no signs of explaining that there is an entry fee in Portuguese or English at the door and no one notifies you of this.
We asked for a manager, Maldo Moises, who was extremely rude and told us that it was our fault that we couldn't pay! The point was not that we couldn't pay but that we were not told of the charge and he could not point us to anywhere on entry or on a leaflet which advertises a door charge. He was speaking to both a Corporate Banker and an Energy Economist. His poor attitude and lack
of customer service was the issue.
Do not come here. It is a trap. The food is not great and the service is awful. The 1 star reviews are very accurate.
Written February 28, 2017
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Dan H
Stockholm, Sweden29 contributions
Friends
This a great samba club, but don’t eat here. Tried strips which they had not even warmed up! Since the music is so good I gave them a three but the food is zero!
Written January 26, 2020
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dhteodoro
Geneva, Switzerland2 contributions
Friends
I fight started on the first floor, next to the band and no security appeared. Then, I guy that was in the fight got a gun out of his bag and shot the other guy, 1 meter away from him. No security came. Only his friends split up the fight. He was not put out of the place by any security. He stayed there and was treated as he was the victim. The staff justified he was a cop. Despite having a metal detector in the entrance, they allowed him to enter armed. The place put everyone lives at risk allowing this cop entering the place with a gun. After the fight and shot, there was blood on the floor. The only action that the staff did quickly was to clean it. There were 50% or more tourists in the place. It happened less than 1 meter from us and we have no idea of what happened to the guy that was shot.
Written August 12, 2016
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Dear dhteodoro, At august 11th, an Federal Agent arrived at Rio Scenarium and, upon entering, the metal detector advising that the agent was carrying a weapon. In accordance with standard procedure, security staff requested that he present his license and identify the weapon for the required safety registration, which he did. The federal agent presented his identification and invoked the Federal Law which allows for the possession of firearms in public and private places. During a misunderstanding with a client, the agent took out his weapon and fired at the client. The 5th Police Precinct was called and two officers charged the federal agent, bringing him to the police station. He was detained in flagrant violation in accordance with the Anti-Terrorism Law in effect during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The victim, who was conscious, received first aid on the spot and was taken by ambulance to Hospital Souza Aguiar, where he is well and in the process of recovery. We’re very sorry about that. We always worked to protect and do the best as possible for our clients and was the first time this ever happened. We’ll work to do the best and never occur again. Please, we’d like to invite you to come back to revel out this bad impression. Our sincere apologies Scenarium Group
Written August 15, 2016
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Manuela Hollós
Rio de Janeiro, RJ73 contributions
Friends
Rio Scenarium became a place for foreigners and, as a carioca(born and raised in Rio), I can tell that I don't feel like I'm in my own city. I dont know what happened, but I work with tourism in Rio and I noticed that foreigners from all over the world, when asks for night life tips gets Rio Scenarium as the first one. Sometimes they get disappointed because they dont get to know people from here, when most of them are looking for local experiences... It's also expensive if you compare to any other place in Lapa. My suggestion is: go to Mem de Sá avenue, in Lapa, and go for a walk to check out what's going on, I'm sure you can find a lot of options, specially on friday nights.
Written September 17, 2012
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Rio Scenarium is open:
  • Tue - Wed 7:30 PM - 2:30 AM
  • Thu - Thu 7:30 PM - 3:00 AM
  • Fri - Fri 7:30 PM - 4:30 AM
  • Sat - Sat 8:00 PM - 4:30 AM
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