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By Tee Cardaci, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Often dismissed by Zona Sul residents as a soulless stretch of malls, traffic and condomínios fechados (gated condominiums), in reality Barra da Tijuca harbors a vibrant nightlife scene just waiting to be explored.

With my guide for the evening, artist, designer and Barra resident, Tam Arroba, I set off to see what was on offer.

11:30 PM: Any night out in Rio begins at a ponto (meeting point), and when going out in Barra, you would be hard-pressed to find a more classic ponto . . .

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