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Buenos Aires Nightlife
Night owls won’t be disappointed by the after-dark action in Buenos Aires, that darts between brooding tango spectacles in traditional milongas (dance halls) and raucous all-nighters in booming boliches (nightclubs) where top-draw DJs start well after midnight and attract a mixed bunch of local and foreign party-goers. In every district an eclectic medley of bars abound, spanning from style-conscious cocktail lounges and sultry wine bars to the city’s latest trend of low-profile speakeasies.
Nightlife peaks from Thursday to Saturday, but on week nights BA still brims with plenty of other cultural attractions, including amazing opera at majestic colonial theatres and high-octane percussion sets staged in avant-garde cultural centres. Various websites offer events listings such as Vuenoz Airez (www.vuenosairez.com) but it’s also worthwhile checking the entertainment section of newspapers like English-language The Buenos Aires Herald (www.buenosairesherald.com) and La Nación (www.lanacion.com.ar). Most venues have box offices, but there are also a number of centralised carteleras (ticket agencies) such Ticketek (www.ticketek.com.ar).
Bars in Buenos Aires
One of Palermo Viejo’s hottest hangouts, Verne Club is the place to find something a bit more refined than a pint of Quilmes. Among its Persian rugs, inviting Chesterfield sofas and vinyl-spinning DJs, you’ll find expertly made cocktails, a relaxed atmosphere and gourmet panchos (hot dogs) to soak up all the booze.Address:
Tel: +54 11 4822 0980
Pass through an arched entrance to find Milión housed in a grand turn-of-the-century mansion complete with French windows that open onto a sweeping outdoor balcony and leafy garden. The drinks menu is a weighty tome of heady cocktails and rich Argentinean reds, and the elegant bar is complimented by a dining area and an in-house DJ playing laid-back tunes.Address:
Tel: +54 11 4815 9925
Dress to impress at this see-and-be-seen speakeasy that pulls out the stops with its sultry prohibition theme – there’s vintage wallpaper, pumping electro-jazz and bow-tied bartenders serving signature cocktails strong enough to make you swoon. Check its Facebook page for a password to get past the doormen, then be ready to dial in at a phone box for access to the hidden drinking lair.Address:
Tel: +54 11 4777 6541
Clubs in Buenos Aires
As one of the established ‘mega-clubs’ in Buenos Aires, Crobar offers mainstream house music that draws in a smartly dressed, wealthy set. If those tunes don’t cut it, there are myriad mezzanine levels and a back room playing everything from Latin pop to classic rock along with four bars providing refreshment for revellers.Address:
Tel: +54 11 4778 1500
Ultra hip hangout favoured by Porteños (Buenos Aires natives) and expats alike, Kika hosts some of the city’s most buzzing club nights with DJs playing an eclectic mix of drum’n’bass, classic hip hop and electro. Tuesday nights are a particular favourite and, despite the working week being in full swing, things don’t get going until the early hours.Address:
Tel: +54 11 4833 9171
One for the cool kids, Niceto offers a great assortment of club nights, from electro-cumbia (Latin urban music) to Thursday night’s weird and wonderful Club 69, which bubbles excitedly with flamboyant costumes, funky beats and a good helping of cross-dressing. It’s not all DJs and dressing up though as talented live music acts often take to the stage too.Address:
Tel: +54 11 4779 9396
Crobar, in Palermo, is one of the established ‘mega-clubs’ in Buenos Aires where you can dance to mainstream house music amid a smartly dressed, wealthy set. If those tunes don’t cut it, there are myriad mezzanine levels and a back room playing everything from Latin pop to classic rock. Revellers find refreshment at four bars churning out an assortment of drinks and dance to international DJs on Friday nights. Live music is sometimes on offer. Check local listings for details.Address:
Tel: (011) 4778 1500.
Live music in Buenos Aires
El Viejo Almacén
Established in 1969, El Viejo Almacén is one of Buenos Aires’ longest-standing show venues and can be found in a charming old colonial building in atmospheric San Telmo. Most come for dinner beforehand then cross the road to the small theatre where, on an intimate stage, tango dancers perform with high-octane glitz and glamour.Address:
Tel: +54 11 4307 7388
The refurbished Teatro Colón is home to the Buenos Aires Philharmonic orchestra who often hold free classical music recitals in the Salon Dorado (Gold Room). Tango is the dominant dance here, and shows are always worthy of such a majestic setting. Music lovers will also find incredible operas as well as ballet of the highest standard.Address:
Tel: +54 11 4378 7100
Ciudad Cultural Konex
This uber-cool cultural complex hosts an array of live music nights, but none are as good as La Bomba de Tiempo who bring their amazing and utterly unique percussion act to the stage on Monday nights. Those that miss them will find plenty of dynamic theatre and cutting-edge contemporary art to see too.Address:
Tel: +54 11 4864 3200
Ciudad Cultural Konex
This cool cultural complex hosts an array of live music nights, but none are as good as catching La Bomba de Tiempo, who bring their amazing and utterly unique percussion act to the stage on a Monday night. Like nothing else in Buenos Aires, this night will leave you wowed, but if you happen to miss them, there’s plenty of dynamic theatre and cutting-edge contemporary art hosted here as well.Address:
Tel: (011) 4864 3200.
Torquato Tasso is one of the most reliable live music venues in the city, with regular performances from the cream of Buenos Aires’ musicians, such as legendary tango group Sexteto Mayor. When dining during a show, dim lighting can make the identification of forkfuls somewhat tricky, but the music is first rate. The bar serves a solid Malbec, and those who fancy taking it one sultry step further can participate in their daily tango lessons.Address:
Tel: (011) 4307 6506.