Tourists and locals of all ages find common ground at this gigantic, multi-level space in Lapa where live Samba, MPB, chorro and forró bands are given prominence on Rio Scenarium’s various stages. It’s nearly impossible not to get swept up in the dancing here. Similar to the music selection, Rio Scenarium also showcases lots of variety on it’s menu. After selecting a table, diners can choose between seafoods, meats, pastas and a good mix of appetizers. The festive ambience is refined by waist high antique vases, vintage phones, and gigantic whimsical chandeliers. The self-dubbed culture hall was once an antiques shop and later a film/opera house. Arrive around 9pm for a table. Just an hour later and the place is packed, by 11pm the line is out the door.