5 Speakeasies in Buenos Aires

Outside of the U.S and Europe, Buenos Aires might just be the capital for speakeasies. Full to the brim of fabulous cocktail bars, they’re often exclusive and are perfect for a more special evening. Known for playing host to the city’s most talented bartenders, and serving up the most creatively mixed cocktails, these watering holes are sure to wow even the most discerning guests. A well-known city of the night, Buenos could offer you a lifetime of exploring hidden gems and trying tantalising tragos, but we know you’re short on time so we’ve chosen a selection of the unmissable one.

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Set in an old mansion located on the border of Recoleta and Palermo, you could be forgiven for thinking that a lucky someone still lives here. With no outdoor sign or obvious indication that the place is actually a cocktail bar, it’s up to you to trust the address and ring the bell. Inside the decor is grand and speaks of a golden age gone by, think velvet futons, throne-like seats, and gothic style candle lighting. Combining the old with the innovative – expect to see an excellent selection of spirits as well as quirky reinventions. Adventurous drinkers should look out for creative cocktail ingredients like blue cheese, pollen, and eucalyptus bitter on the list.

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Victoria Brown

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Curiously themed around legendary British monarch, Queen Victoria and her late supposed affair with her servant James Brown, by day the space is a cafe offering a delicious array of cakes. Come sundown though, a bouncer emerges and the back part is transformed into one of the most well-stocked cocktail bars in the city. Displaying an array of colorful concoctions in each cabinet, you’ll be hard pushed to make a decision and will want to try a bit of everything. Restyling classic cocktails, expect to find alternative reworks of negronis, caipirinhas, and martinis.

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Uptown

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Take a trip to the New York Subway and forget you’re in Buenos Aires at all. One of the more difficult bars in Buenos Aires to gain access to, make sure you’re dressed in your glad rags and look the part to fit in with some of the city’s most glam and trendy bar-goers. If you make it past the style conscious bouncers, you’ll find yourself in what looks like an old subway car before the doors open and you can walk into the bar itself. If it’s not just cocktails you’re after, make sure to check out their extensive sushi menu too.

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La Calle

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Located behind legendary pizzeria, La Guitarrita, La Calle bar has made a name for itself in its own right. Best to head to this one a little later in the evening, catch the DJ in the converted VW camper van decks who’ll no doubt be playing a variety of house and electronic tunes, La Calle attracts a young hip crowd who will no doubt start dancing once it’s well past midnight. Serving up an eclectic list of specialist house cocktails, one of their iconic classics includes one served up in a mate gourd. La Calle is the speakeasy to go to if you don’t fancy finding out complicated passwords or dressing too glam.

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La Pasionaria

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So not just strictly speaking a cocktail bar but a closed door eating experience too, La Pasionaria is as sophisticated a drinking spot as it gets. Located in a chic and stylish antique shop, by night the Palermo venue transforms into a live music performance space serving up gourmet food, complete with delectable cocktails. All seated around a communal dinner table, expect diners to be a varied bunch and for conversation to be a big part of the experience too. Well stocked with eclectic collectible items, you may just end up getting serious house envy or even walk away with a stash of new purchases ready to kit out your apartment with.

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Things to Do in Buenos Aires in August 2018

Independent Tango Festival FACAFF (3 – 31st) will be taking over the legendary Almagro milonga, CAFF (Sanchez de Bustamante 772). With 60 tango artists, both musicians and dancers, taking part in the 21 day festival, it’s unmissable for both seasoned tango fans and total newbies alike. Day tickets are priced at AR $100, making it an absolute steal to see some world class tango. The full program can be viewed here.

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Centro Cultural San Martín (Sarmiento 1551)  is well known for its high profile selection of jazz artists who come to perform every Tuesday. This August is no different, with performances by Argentine composer and double bassist Jorge Lopez Ruiz Cuarteto (August 14th)  as well as singer Ludmila Fernández (August 14th), a full program of talented jazz artists are expected to take to the stage. Even better, entrance is free! See the full schedule here.

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Art

El Mundo Entero es un Bauhaus is the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo’s latest exhibition exploring the short life (14 years) of the controversial and avant-garde art school as well as the lasting impact the foundation has had on worldwide design. Consisting of photographs, documents and some of the objects themselves it’s not one to miss. Set in one of Buenos Aires’ most beautiful and historic museums, the interior alone warrants a visit. Entrance is free.

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Malba is currently showing a monumental retrospective detailing the works of legendary north American artists Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince. Famed for their controversial use of appropriation, whichever side of the debate you side with, their work is considered to be pillars of North American modern art and should be seen in the flesh. Entrance is AR $140.

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The exciting reopening of a brand new MAMBA museum (Av. San Juan350), is marked by a new exhibition examining the links between U.S, European art, and Latin American art between the years of 1955 and 1986. With much of the collection on loan from the MMK museum in Frankfurt, it’s a chance to see how each region’s art world has at times run in parallel or merged with one another. Entrance is AR $30. 

 

 

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Also be sure to check out Cava Uco, our new wine tasting space and shop next door to Fierro Hotel. Hotel guests receive one complimentary wine tasting!

Cava Uco Opens Next Door to Fierro Hotel

Thinking of heading to Buenos Aires? Are you a wine lover? We have just the place for you… New kid on the wine block, Cava UCO, our recently opened wine tasting space and shop located next door to the Fierro hotel is offering every guest at the hotel a complimentary wine tasting. Designed for both seasoned wine lovers and tasting novices, each personal session consists of a sample of at least one sparkling, a white and red wine. We like to make each tasting bespoke so if visitors are keen to explore a particular bodega or type of wine, requests are more than welcome.

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We all know we like Malbec (particularly Argentine) but there’s so much more to the Argentine world of wine that’s begging to be discovered. It can become far too easy to order that favorite, but safe glass of Malbec with your steak and never try anything else. You may not even know what you’re missing out on. That’s why Cava UCO is here to broaden your wine horizons and let you in on some of the bodegas’ best-kept secrets.

uco-bottlesManuel one of our three sommeliers explains that the idea is to show visitors, the variety on offer from all regions all over the country, and try something a little out of the ordinary. Individually chosen from independent wine bodegas from less obvious wine regions like Patagonia, Cafayate and even the province of Buenos Aires, you can forget about tasting an obvious Malbec. This is about being a little more adventurous and discovering a wine you may not have thought of otherwise. Homemade tapas from the UCO restaurant including bruschetta served with a specially selected Zuccardi olive oil from Mendoza will also be on hand to stop any tasters from feeling too tipsy.

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Around 45 minutes in length, with a maximum number of around 10 people, tastings are relaxed but also informative. Expect to get a good grounding in what makes Argentine wine unique and more to the point how the wine varies from province to province. With an included voucher worth AR $200 to spend on any wine of your choice, you’ll likely come away with a new favorite wine and perhaps a few bottles too.

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Although free for Fierro Hotel guests, members of the public can easily reserve via email restaurant@fierrohotel.com or in person at the shop (Soler 5858). The price is AR $500 per person with an included wine voucher redeemable to the value of AR $200. Feel free to pop into the shop any time from now and check out our vast selection of wines and temperature controlled wine cellar. Cava Uco is open from midday until 8PM, Tuesday through to Sunday. Follow us on Facebook for wine-related updates

Buenos Aires Agenda May/Mayo 2018

EVENTS/ EVENTOS

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Annual International Book Fair- Buenos Aires is a literary city and its international book fair is a great opportunity to find books, readers and writers all in one place. This year it is from the 26th of April to the 14th of May at La Rural in Palermo.

Feria del Libro- Buenos Aires es una ciudad literaria y la Feria Internacional del Libro es el lugar ideal para encontrar libros, lectores y escritores, todos en un mismo espacio. Este año se lleva a cabo del 26 al 14 de mayo en La Rural en Palermo.

City Tango Dance Championship- from the 9th to the 20th of May some of the best tango dancers shine their shoes and show what they know at the Tango Dance Championship. Find the full program here.

TangoBA- Del 9 al 20 de mayo se lleva a cabo el campeonato de tango de la ciudad en el que se presentan los mejores bailarines del género para mostrar su habilidad. El programa completo se encuentra disponible aquí. 

25 de Mayo celebrations- Every 25th of May, the Argentine people celebrate the May revolution which marked a turning point in the country’s independence process. Stop by Feria de Mataderos to catch some typical dances and try the locro and pastelitos.

Festejos del 25 de mayo- El 25 de mayo se festeja la revolución de mayo, uno de los pasos hacia la independencia nacional. En Feria de Mataderos se festeja con danzas típicas, locro y pastelitos.

SPECIAL UCO PROMO FOR OUR READERS: Stop by  UCO Restaurant and get a free taste of our homemade preserves, compliments of insidebuenosaires.com. Hotel Fierro, Soler 5862, Palermo. 011 3220-6820.

PROMO ESPECIAL UCO PARA NUESTROS LECTORES: Los invitamos a pasar por UCO Restaurant para probar algunas de nuestras conservas caseras.  Hotel Fierro, Soler 5862, Palermo. 011 3220-6820.

ART/ARTE

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The MALBA is showcasing a photography exhibit on the topic of peronism as seen through the lens of artist Sara Facio. Also, discover David Lamelas conceptual art, and Irene Kopelman’s artistic take on science. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

El MALBA tiene en exhibición una muestra de fotografía que retrata el peronismo a través del lente de la artista Sara Facio. También se puede apreciar el arte conceptual de David Lamelas, y el cruce entre ciencia y arte de Irene Kopelman. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

The MNBA fine arts museum is spotlighting an exhibit that showcases works from the Renaissance to Romantic period. Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

El MNBA invita a recorrer los periodos del Renacimiento hasta el Romanticismo en una muestra especial que reúne importantes obras de la historia del arte. Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 

FUNDACIÓN PROA is showcasing the works of Argentine photographers spanning from 1850 to 2010. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

FUNDACIÓN PROA tiene en exposición una muestra que compila la obra de renombrados fotógrafos argentinos, y que traza una línea histórica que abarca desde 1850 a 2010. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

BAFICI 2018

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The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, best known as BAFICI was created 19 year ago.  As a “B Side” of the more traditional “A” Mar del Plata Film Fest, BAFICI emerged as a beacon for the independent film scene worldwide. Back then, it
showcased an ample spectrum of films including the works of a young Pablo Trapero (Crane World, 1999), Samira Makhmalbaf (The Apple, 1998) and Laurent Cantet (Human Resources, 1999), amongst others. This eclectic influence has always been the heart of BAFICI, and in its present edition we are happy to recommend three interesting options for this rainy weekend.

Creature from the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold, 1954). Friday 20th 19:00hs, Parque Centenario Amphitheatre. Following the success of Guillermo del Toro “The Shape of Water”, we invite you to enjoy the cult horror masterpiece that inspired it.

Contrapelota (Diego Crespo, 2018). Saturday 21st 15.45hs, Village Recoleta. A passionate debut film for local screenwriter Diego Crespo, Contrapelota explores the incredible world of an amateur soccer league through a 4 story approach. Asado and Malbec isn’t enough. To really know Argentina, you must experience its love for this beautiful sport.

Cartoon Saloon Short Films (Various, 2009/17). Sunday 22nd. 18.30hs, Village Recoleta. If you think animation is just for kids, you’re missing on a whole lot of art! From the Irish studio responsible for the heartfelt, beautifully crafted stories such as Song of the Sea (2014) and The Secret of Kells (2009), here’s a chance to enjoy Cartoon Saloon’s short films on the big screen.

Find the full program and information about tickets here.

Buenos Aires Agenda: April/Abril 2018

EVENTS/ EVENTOS

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Cocktail Week:  07/04-14/04: Time to go out on the town and enjoy some of the cocktail offers around the city bars, plus cocktail clases, pop ups and more! Find the full program here.

Semana del Cóctel: 07/04- 14/04: La mejor semana para salir a recorrer los bares porteños y probar cócteles, asistir a charlas y disfrutar de eventos sorpresa. La agenda completa se puede encontrar aquí

Malbec Day: 17/04: Keep up with April’s boozy note and make sure you enjoy a good bottle of Malbec on the 17th!

Día mundial del Malbec: 17/04 ¡No olvides de degustar una buena botella de Malbec el 17 de este abril espirituoso!

BAFICI Independent Film Festival: 11/04-22/04: Catch some international indie flicks at this year’s cinematographic bash! Find the full program here.

BAFICI festival de cine independiente: 11/04-22/04: ¡Disfrutá de lo mejor del cine indie internacional en este festín anual de películas! El programa completo se encuentra disponible aquí. 

SPECIAL UCO PROMO FOR OUR READERS: Stop by for lunch at UCO Restaurant and get a free glass of wine, compliments of insidebuenosaires.com. Hotel Fierro, Soler 5862, Palermo. 011 3220-6820.

PROMO ESPECIAL UCO PARA NUESTROS LECTORES: Los invitamos a pasar por UCO Restaurant a disfrutar de un rico almuerzo acompañado de una copa de vino de cortesía. Hotel Fierro, Soler 5862, Palermo. 011 3220-6820.

 

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The MALBA is showcasing a photography exhibit on the topic of peronism as seen through the lens of artist Sara Facio. Also, discover David Lamelas conceptual art, and Irene Kopelman’s artistic take on science. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

El MALBA tiene en exhibición una muestra de fotografía que retrata el peronismo a través del lente de la artista Sara Facio. También se puede apreciar el arte conceptual de David Lamelas, y el cruce entre ciencia y arte de Irene Kopelman. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

The MNBA fine arts museum is spotlighting an exhibit that showcases works from the Renaissance to Romantic period. Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

El MNBA invita a recorrer los periodos del Renacimiento hasta el Romanticismo en una muestra especial que reúne importantes obras de la historia del arte. Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 

FUNDACIÓN PROA inaugurates a special photography exhibit on the 21st of April that will showcase the works of Argentine photographers spanning from 1850 to 2010. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

FUNDACIÓN PROA inaugura una muestra especial de fotografía el 21 de Abril en la que se expone la obra de renombrados fotógrafos argentinos, trazando una línea histórica que abarca desde 1850 a 2010. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

St. Patrick’s Day

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At Fierro Hotel and UCO Restaurant we would like to wish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day and invite you to stop by to try our special Irish breakfast which we serve piping hot every day!

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Fierro Hotel y UCO Restaurant le desean un feliz día de San Patricio, no se pierda de probar nuestro especial desayuno irlandés. 

Soler 5862, Palermo

Tel: 011 3220-6820