With live music on the menu every night, Carioca de Gema is a great place to sample the local samba scene. Situated in the heart of Lapa, the bar is a popular destination, so get there early if you want a table. Don’t worry though, table or not, you’ll soon be on your feet once the band takes to the stage. Dancing is infectious – even if you’re not exactly certain what to move when – and the locals are very forgiving. When you need a break, plump for the refreshing local gin and tonic, which will have you heading back to the dance floor for more in no time.
Carioca de GemaDancing shoes required at this local samba haven
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