Buenos Aires Nightlife
There's a verb in Spanish which is 'Transnochar' meaning 'to cross the night' which simply doesn't exist in English. Buenos Aires adapting from its Spanish heritage does just that, crossing each night into the early (and late) morning hours with an excellent variety of nightlife options.
Lelé de Troya
Costa Rica 4901 @ Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Tel. (011.54.11) 4832-2726
$$$-$$$$. Beautiful, super romantic and down-home chic, this relaxed and charming Palermo gem is a total winner. Lush outdoor foliage dripping from a wrap around the street corner arbor greets you as you enter into a hidden paradise.
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Fin Del Mundo
Defensa 700 (@ Chile) ; Tel. + (00.54.11) 4994.5076
$$-$$$. Hipsters take heart: there are places in Buenos Aires where you don’t have to listen to Rock Nacional or techno.
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Honduras 5733 (@ Carranza); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4772.0845/4776.3634
$$-$$$. Acabar's claim to fame is games, atmosphere, and creative dining. Acabar offers a selection of food starting with appetizers such as the waffled-potato mix with scrambled egg, diced ham, peppers and onions...
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Pasaje Anselmo Aieta 1095 (@ Humberto Primo); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4362.2354
$$-$$$. For all you live music lovers who have had enough of "rock nacional," check out Todo Mundo! on Plaza Dorrego. They feature Latin, Cuban, and Flamenco, along with some jazz and blues, seven nights a week starting at 10pm.
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Café de la Subasta
54 Rio De Janeiro (@ Ave. Rivadavia); Tel. +54 (011) 4902.9207
$$. Subasta is a big old nightspot in Caballito. With wooden floors, murky lighting, and a really long bar it's a bit like a saloon from some old western film. There’s even an old piano hiding in a corner. Thankfully there’s no spitoons to be seen, though...
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Marcelo T. de Alvear 399 ; Tel. +(011.54.11) 4312.9179
$$$. The dank, cave-like confines of the Kilkenny are extremely popular among tourists and Portenos alike. The beer is pricey (Guinness runs you $16, while bottles of Warsteiner and Heineken are the cheapest options at $9), but the cocktails ($6-17) and "Pubs Grubs" (kebobs, chicken strips, veggie tempura, Celtic steak and potatoes with relish, $10) are quite reasonable.
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Asia de Cuba
Pierina Dealesi 750 (@ Azucena Villaflor); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4894.1328/29
$$-$$$. By day, Asia de Cuba is a fashionable Latin-Oriental fusion restaurant. By night, Asia de Cuba is a hot disco with music ranging from the latest techno craze, sometimes mixed with 80's classics...
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Bartolome Mitre 1552 (@ Parana)
$-$$. In and around an unmarked building a couple of blocks to the north of Congreso is where one can find all the young punks. Is there a better way to advertise what a club is about than using the name of one of the most famous representations of that scene? Apparently not, in Buenos Aires. Along with the They killed Kenny café and Emily, is CBGB's a punk rock and heavy metal bar with a focus on live music...
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Club Atlético Fernández Fierro
Sánchez de Bustamante 764 (@ Lavalle)
$-$$. For those who love tango music – this is the real deal. For those who don’t understand why others love tango music so much – come to C.A.F.F. and get a crash course on why. This is tango for the 21st century with young men whipping their bandoneónes around like their asses are on fire and belting out a huge and impassioned sound that Gardel himself might have trouble rivaling...
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Rivadavia 1132 (@ Cerrito); Tel. +(011.54.11)4381-6876
$$-$$$. In a new attempt to bring some nightlife to the financial district, which generally goes dead around 5pm, DeBar sprung up on a busy but uneventful block of Rivadavia. The green fluorescent lights attract from the street and the bar is modern and sparse...
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Peru 895 (@ Estados Unidos); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4362-5310
$$-$$$. If it werent for the ironic signs plastered about this dimly lit English pub, you might be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into Sherlock Holmes’ living room. The dark red walls are covered with vintage maps, and in a loft above the bar the owners have recreated an English study, complete with tattered old books and antique lamps.
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Magno Bar and Lounge
Gorriti 5577, at Fita Roy, Palermo, Buenos Aires; Tel. +(011.54.11) 4904.1185
$$. Magno is a chill hang out for groups of friends and couples. With WIFI, Magno draws a hip, working crowd in the afternoons when it offers a "light" menu.
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Araoz 2424 (@ Santa Fe); Tel. + (011.54.11) 4778-1500
$$. Past hulking bouncers you must go: they, and the ominous red-lit, deep-blue exterior is all that will tell you the MOD club is before you. And somehow, even though from the outside it looks like a big box dwarfed between apartment blocks, MOD is both cavernous and labyrinthine. In addition to the sunken and spacious (when empty) dance floor are two opposing upstairs zones where small bars serve customers who prefer seclusion...
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Ocho 7 Ocho
Thames 878 (@ Loyola) ; Tel. + (011.54.11) 4773-1098
$$$-$$$$. For those who have ever wondered what the term private actually means when it comes to bars, allow me to ruin the secret. If Ocho 7 Ocho is your model, a private bar is exactly like any other except that customers have to ring a doorbell and be inspected like cattle before they are let inside – though generally everyone is let inside.
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Avenida Costanera Norte (@ La Pampa); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4788-4280
$$$$-$$$$$. Pacha is one of the reasons that Buenos Aires is big on the international clubbing map. Poised on the river’s edge on Avenida Costanera Norte, this is one of the greatest spots in town to party all night, all morning, watch the sunrise over the river, and party some more...
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Remember El Alamo
Uruguay 1175/77 (@ Santa Fe) ; Tel. +(011.54.11) 4813.7060
$$$. This place is actually in Buenos Aires, but the almost entirely English-speaking clientele and American sports on four televisions might lead you to believe otherwise. A definite favorite among ex-pats, Remember El Alamo not only broadcasts all professional and collegiate athletics from the North continent, they offer delicacies such as chili-cheese nachos, buffalo wings, and possibly the only "big breakfast" (eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, and toast) in town.
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The Roxy Bar
Gorriti 5568 (@ Libertador) ; Tel. + (011.54.11) 4777-1230
$$$$-$$$$$. When the cabs pull slowly off Libertador and head around the windy street and under the bridge to the Roxy, fun seekers know that they have stumbled on to something special. The Roxy Bar is located under a dark bridge near the Planetarium on the outskirts of Palermo, just far enough from society to ensure that the place is properly sinful. This is a blissfully fun, decadent foray into that famous Buenos Aires nightlife that you have heard all about.
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Salguero 1884 (@ Güemes); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4829.1562
$$. Thelonious is a proper dark and smoky jazz club, with a shot of understated elegance and plenty of vibes. Make no mistake: this place is cool. Like a sax-playing wolf in sheep’s clothing it lurks...
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Rodríguez Peña 1220 (@ Arenales) ; Tel. + (011.54.11) 4812-3584
$$-$$$. For those that were wondering where the gringos go to drink when they are not around the corner at El Alamo, look no further than the Shamrock. This is an Irish themed bar though more Argentine modern than Dublin Pub in attitude and ambiance. Despite a tendency towards speaking English and high drink prices, The Shamrock is always stowed with friendly tourists and a smattering of locals that are ready to have a great time.
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Piedras 1856 (@ Av. Martin Garcia); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4307.9171
$$. Looking for a truly ‘underground’ place that is super chill while being quite hip at the same time? Look no further. Plasma, self-proclaimed as an ‘Artes Living Bar’ is exactly that and is what this reviewer has been looking for for many months now. The staff is also friendly and chill, catering to both foreigners and Porteños alike.
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Cecilia Grierson 225 (@ Olga Cossettini); Tel. +(011.54.11)4777.4781
$$$$. One of Buenos Aires’s landmark clubs, Opera Bay, is well worth a visit if only to admire its wannabe Sydney Opera House architecture. And to dance the night, and the best part of the following morning away, of course! Situated in Puerto Madero, right on the water, it has a decidedly maritime feel and views of the docks. A huge outside dance floor, half of which is covered with a glass ceiling, looks a lot like the deck of an old-fashioned cruise ship. A cruise ship that attracts hundreds of well-healed young porteños dancing till dawn, that is...
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Guatemala 4802 (@ Jorge Luis Borges); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4773.1967
$$$. One of the best places in Buenos Aires for gringos to rub shoulders with Porteños rubbing shoulders with gringos. The first thing to hit patrons is red lighting so eerie that you might feel you’ve died and gone to the dark side, but then again, that is kind of the idea...
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Parana 1048; Tel. (011.54.11) 4815.9925
$$$-$$$$. This bar is the posh of Porteño nightlife. Located in an 19th century mansion, one can sip on a $16 peso martini, dine on a filet of salmon or share tapas ($16-$30AR) while surrounded by large panels of modern art, and listening to the latest techno music from the live DJ stand.
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Kronopios Arte Bar
Av. Elcano 3640 (@ Alvarez Thomas); Tel. +54 (011) 4551-1752
$$. Kronopios is a party venue of the cheesy sort, located in Colegiales. It hosts events every Friday and Saturday night with such delights as eighties music, fancy dress, party games and lots and lots of baloons. The young crowd seem to absolutely love it as the MC gives it the holiday rep routine on the mike. This is a lot like Aya Napa or Cancún at spring break. The venue itself is small, down and dirty...
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Kim y Novak
Güemes 4900 (@ Godoy Cruz); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4773-7521
$-$$. When it comes to bars, and particularly names for bars, Kim y Novak says hot like Carlos Gardel says tango. What would one expect from a two-room bar in Palermo Viejo with a name like that except that that its clientele be strictly partiers? Two seconds in the door, provided they’ve made it past the riff raff lurking out front, visitors realize there’s not a person in the place who doesn’t plan to have an epic night...
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Jack the Ripper
$$$. Named for London's notorious and still unsolved murderer, recently portrayed by Johnney Depp in 'From Hell', this is the closest thing to a straight up traditional London pub, right down to the most fugal of details, including drinks poured straight from imported English jiggers and stiff prices.
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Bolivar 1190 (@ Av. San Juan)
$$. For anyone who has been wondering where the famous Buenos Aires nightlife has been hiding, look no further than this darkened corner of San Telmo. Real clubs that know that Buenos Aires nightlife don’t get going until around 3 or 4am and Fugees knows it. Getting inside usually involves a line and a borderline-invasive search – but it’s all well worth the trouble. This is the place to head for serious hip hop, serious dancing, serious drinks, and seriously buena onda...
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Armenia 1740 (@ El Salvador); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4832.2776
$$$. ”El Podesta, Super Club de Copas” is the claim, and one visit will have party-goers nodding emphatically in agreement. The club is extremely popular with Argentines and tourists alike. There are two quite large floors with both seating and dancing areas...
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Paseo de la Infanta (@ Marcelino Freyre); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4778.1500
$$-$$$. Crobar has earned its claim to fame as a popular boliche where DJs from around the globe come to spin and make a name for themselves, while the chicest of chic young porteños come to see and be seen. This is a place that was built for high fashion, high flirting, and dancing until long after the sun has come up...
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Charo Living Bar
Niceto Vega 4602 (@ Scalabrini Ortiz); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4776.1791
$$. Now this is an atmospheric little spot! With its red lighting, dark green walls and vaulted brick ceilings Charo Living Bar is nothing if not intimate. As the name suggests it does feel a bit like somebody’s living room; and quite a sexy one at that. The lounge area, with its saggy and soft white leather couches is pretty seductive. It seats about fifteen during the day and God knows how many after dark...
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Scalabrini Ortiz 1687 (@ Costa Rica); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4831.9717
$$. Cátulo is a pretty non-descript restaurant and bar in Palermo Viejo, which hosts gigs every weekend. The plain walls with landscape paintings and the standard restaurant furniture makes this a pretty unspectacular place with very little in the way of an identity. The positive side is that a group of friends can turn Cátulo into whatever they’re in the mood for; a raucous bar, a quiet eatery or a place to chill after a night out...
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Santiago Del Estero 437 (@ Belgrano) ; Tel. +(011.54.11) 4383.7090
$$-$$$. Barduck does attract some local customers, but it’s definitely more of an extranjero (foreigners’) establishment. Come here to meet other travelers, eat food that’s almost impossible to find elsewhere, and enjoy the party nights.
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Luis Maria Drago 236 (@ Julian Alvarez); Tel. + (011.54.11) 4858.0610
$$$. Casa Brandon flouts generalisations: a quiet club for pre-bar drinks one evening, a fashion runway the next, a cinema the following day. Topping it off, on every second Saturday Brandon creates the epicentre of Buenos Aires gay and creative youth with the popular Brandon Gay Day– a meeting that embodies activism, art, alcohol and amor...
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Bar Imaginario Cultural
Guardia Vieja 3799 (@ Bulnes); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4861.6652
$$-$$$. Imaginario Cultural is a fine bar in Abasto to settle down in for a few cocktails with friends or simply to enjoy some alone time. It has a very relaxed feel to it with its low lighting, plus the chilled music is at a reasonable volume so it is not a struggle to hear either oneself think or others talking...
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Lavalle 345 (@ 25 de Mayo); Tel. + (011.54.11) 4313-7470, 4312-2803
$$$-$$$$. Bahrein heats up the night air in Microcentro all by itself. This is a 3 story, heaving, throbbing den of sinful and sizzling activity. It is an oversized, overly cheesy caricature of itself and an absolute must-see for those who love to boogie.
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