Renascença Clube

For an authentic slice of Rio, head to one of the massive open-air samba parties that happen several times a week in Andaraí. The set-up is simple: a handful of musicians gathered around a table playing samba, while huge dance-loving crowds (that join in on many of the songs) gather around. Monday nights (samba do trabalhador, or samba for the worker), which are lead by maestro Moacyr Luz, are excellent.

If you like samba, don’t mind big crowds and are up for a bit of adventure, then this place is for you – it’s well off the tourist circuit.