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.

View from the soundboard over the crowd towards the stage at a busy music show.

Nightlife in Rio de Janeiro’s Lapa Bairro

After long decades of being down and (very) out, Rio’s former bohemian quarter par excellence got a new lease on life by retransforming itself into the city’s undisputed hot spot to listen and dance to live music.