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ALL th­ese clubs have live mu­sic and se­ri­ous danc­ing. Most serve food; all are closed on Sun­days and some on Mon­days. En­trance charges range from about $15 to $40. Rio Sce­nar­ium: This is a great place to start. Big place with a big heart; peo­ple of all ages. 20 rua do Lavra­dio; www.riosce­nar­ Car­i­oca da Gema: One of the first clubs to bring samba back to Lapa. 79 avenida Mem de Sa;­car­i­o­ Clube dos Demo­crati­cos: An 1867 ball­room now trans­formed by a young and en­thu­si­as­tic crowd. 91 rua do Ri­achuelo. Cen­tro Cul­tural Car­i­oca: Stripped brick walls and huge win­dows cre­ate a mod­ern in­dus­trial at­mos­phere. A place for se­ri­ous afi­ciona­dos. 237 rua de Setem­bro; www.cen­tro­cul­tur­al­car­i­ Best tip: Have a look at The web­site is in Por­tuguese but you can pick up de­tails of more bars and cafes. Car­ni­val: This is a great time to be in Rio but ex­pect ho­tel tar­iffs to dou­ble (at least). Book months in ad­vance; Car­ni­val in 2009 will run from Fe­bru­ary 21 to 25.

Stan­ley Ste­wart



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