Two cocktails filled with lime wedges on a napkin from Garota de Ipanema bar.

Bars and Nightclubs in Ipanema and Leblon

Both Ipanema and Leblon possess a vibrant nightlife that runs the gamut from laid-back, beloved sidewalk botequins to stylish bars, lounges, and a few nightclubs that attract an eternally fashionable crowd.

Beachgoers near a tent with a rainbow flag and beach chairs on the white sand of Ipanema beach.

Rio de Janeiro City’s Gay Scene

With a reputation as the “Marvelous City,” one would expect Rio to have more of a gay scene. However, as in many other cities in Brazil, instead of a gay neighborhood, gays, lesbians, and heteros mix socially all over the city. Here are some hot spots to check out.