Waling into Bar El Federal is like stepping back in time. Wooden boards laden with picadas (bite-sized mouthfuls of cheese, meats and pickles) are enjoyed by young, old, locals and tourists alike in this historic San Telmo watering hole. The area behind the bar is sunken, putting the bar top at table height, and so making a great spot to pull up a chair, order a red wine, and get chatting face to face to friendly bar staff.
Buenos Aires Nightlife
Buenos Aires is rightly famed for its tango, but the city offers more than dancing up a storm at a milonga (tango bar). The party scene here is legendary, with most places only getting busy past midnight and kicking on well into the early hours.
The popularity of the leafy Palermo neighbourhood continues to grow, as the hip and fashionable head to Las Cañitas and Palermo Hollywood to seek out the trendiest bars, clubs and restaurants. The now-polished Puerto Madero seduces with sunset drinks and dining, but many visitors are equally as enamoured with afternoon refreshments at one of the countless street side bars in San Telmo.
Buenos Aires brims with cultural offerings too. So whether it’s ballet and opera, or art and an evening concert, there is plenty to pass the hours.
The entertainment sections of The Buenos Aires Herald (www.buenosairesherald.com), Clarín (www.clarin.com) and La Nación (www.lanacion.com.ar) all list events. Tickets can be bought at venues, but there are also a number of centralised carteleras (ticket agencies), such as Cartelera on Lavelle 835 (tel: (011) 4322 9263) and Ticketek (tel: (011) 5237 7200; www.ticketek.com.ar).