New Year’s Eve Parties in Buenos Aires

The year is coming to an end and what better way to transition from the old to the new than by dancing all night long to celebrate the blessings of 2011 and welcome those to come in 2012?   Below is the list of Buenos Aires New Year parties to celebrate all night long.

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Niceto Club– To celebrate the New Year Palermo based Niceto Club is putting on one of their Piso Compartido parties in which language school students, expats, hostel and hotel guests and locals are welcome to a wild wild party-Niceto style! Niceto Vega 5510– Palermo. 4779 9396.  info@nicetoclub.com

 Isabel- The glamorous Palermitan Isabel bar will be hosting a glitzy NewYear´s Eve Party. Options include Dinner at Isabel and staying for the bash, or dinner at the next-door Sipan with and added plus for a ticket to the party, or just plain buying tickets for the party. Uriarte 1664, Palermo Soho. 4834 6969.

Crobar: The famous Dutch DJ, Sander Van Doorn, will be playing a unique New Years set list at this Palermo based nightclub. Marcelo Freire and Paseo de la Infanta, Palermo. 4788-1500. info@crobar.com.ar

Pacha Clubland: The London Dj´s Layo and Bushwacka are sure to put on a hell of a party at the Pacha Clubland New Years party. The other great thing about this party is the outdoor terrace overlooking the river with a pretty sight at dawn. Av. Rafael Obligado 6151, Costanera. 4788-4280. info@pachabuenosaires.com

Boutique (ex Museum)– British DJ Simon Patterson will be in charge of the music at the Happy New Year party at this San Telmo centered nightclub designed by Gustav Eiffel. Perú 535, San Telmo. 43429235

Rumi- This Belgrano centered nightclub with a great atmosphere and a glitzy crowd will host their annual End of the Year Party where dance music will be the star. Figueroa Alcorta 6442, Belgrano. 4782-1398

Asia de Cuba- Overlooking Puerto Madero, Asia de Cuba is a polished and modern nightclub. The oriental decor and classic 80´s and techno music make this a popular venue for local and foreign party people. Olga Cossentini 751- Puerto Madero. 4894-1328. 

Honduras HollywoodThis disco bar in Palermo will be hosting a Fiesta de la Espuma (foam party) to end the year surrounded by bubbles! Honduras 5535, Palermo. 4899-0095. 

Maluco Beleza At the Brazilian Maluco Beleza the end of the year will be celebrated with a Noche de Blanco party; this means everyone must wear white. Sarmiento 1728, Downtown. 4732-1737. info@malucobeleza.com.ar

Tutti i Fiocchi Block party Tutti i Fiocchi bar in Palermo will host a block party on the street with music by cubo. Gorriti 5900, Palermo. 4779-9554.

Planetarium 2012- Another outdoors option is the Planetarium party, which will be an all night electronic fest.  Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán.

We wish you a Happy New Year and all the best for a wonderful 2012!

Open on New Year in Buenos Aires

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During New Years many of the local attractions close. We put together a list of some of the places that will remain open (other than many of the city restaurants, cafes and bars).

-The MALBA museum will be open on the 31st from midday-6pm. City museums run by the government (find a list here) will also remain open on Saturday the 31st of December from 10am-7pm. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Palacio Barolo will be offering a nocturnal tour on the 31st finishing at their lighthouse for a midnight toast under the spark of fireworks.  The high altitude makes it an ideal viewing spot of the city skies. Cost for the tour is 50 USD/ person and includes midnight drinks and snacks as well as a bilingual tour guide.  Reservations must be made in advance and the tour starts at 11pm sharp.  Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52. (54-11) 4381-1885. info@palaciobarolotours.com.ar

-The ecological reserve in Puerto Madero will be open all weekend from 8am-6pm. Please note that if it should rain it will remain closed. Av. Tristán Achával Rodríguez 1550 Costanera Sur. 4893-1640/1580

-The Buque Museo Fragata in Puerto Madero is a frigate commissioned by the navy in 1898 to be used as a training vessel.  It will be open all weekend on its regular timetable from 10am to 7pm for visitors to roam on the deck and check out the memorabilia displayed. It will remain closed in the case of rain. Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 980, Puerto Madero. 4334 – 9386

-The Recoleta Cemetery will be open all weekend on its regular timetable from 7am-5.45.

-The San Telmo antique market will also remain open this Sunday as usual, all though it may be scanter of exhibitors.

-On the 1st of January at 4pm the monthly “Masa Critica” will kick off from the Obelisco. This event gathers bike riders once a month to ride around the city in thus promoting the use of bicycles as transport. If you would like to join you can rent a bike for 85 pesos from the 31st Dec-2nd Jan at Bici Naranja. They will be open on the 31st until 2pm and will also be offering a city tour on the 1st, also at 4pm. for 145 pesos. More information on Bici Naranja here.

-In the evening of the 1st starting at 9.30pm Notorious will be offering a live music tribute to Django Reinhardt and swing music. Callao 966, Palermo. 4813-6888.

Transport

Transport on New Year´s Eve can be complicated. Your best bet is to plan in advance.

– Keep in mind that radio taxis will work until 8pm-10pm on the 31st depending on the company, and will start up again on the 1st at approximately 6am.

– Trains will be working until 10pm on the 31st and resuming their service at approximately 6am.

– Subways will qork on Saturday the 31st from 5am-11pm, and on Sunday the 1st of Jan from 8am-10pm.

– Buses will be the only transport that will be operating all night long although with a low frequency (every 20 min. Approximately).

New Year in Buenos Aires

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The New Year celebrations in Buenos Aires are similar to Christmas festivities; families and friends gather for a dinner (Vittel Thoné included), at midnight everyone toasts to the New Year whilst abundant fireworks adorn the city sky and afterwards late night partying to the early dawn takes place all around.

Some special options for the New Year are listed below. (A list of parties will be posted on Friday, and a list of open restaurants can be found here.)

Japanese Gardens: Although these beautiful Palermo gardens will be closed on the weekend of the 31st-1st, from the 26th-30th of December they will be inviting guests to strike a big bell which is traditionally done in the temples of Japan on the 31st to let go of the old year through the bells vibrations whilst making a wish for the year to come.

Palacio Barolo: On the 31st this stunning architectural landmark full of references to Dante Alighieri will be offering a nocturnal tour finishing at their lighthouse for a midnight toast under the spark of fireworks.  The high altitude makes it an ideal viewing spot of the city skies. Cost for the tour is 50 USD/ person and includes midnight drinks and snacks as well as a bilingual tour guide.  Reservations must be made in advance and the tour starts at 11pm sharp.  Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52. (54-11) 4381-1885. info@palaciobarolotours.com.ar

Puerto Madero: Midnight in Puerto Madero is a lovely site as the fireworks burst in the sky by the river and the boats who sometimes turn on their sirens as the clock strikes twelve.

The obelisco on 9 de Julio Avenue is also a popular meeting point at midnight for spectacular fireworks.

Keep in mind transport is very limited on New Year´s Eve throught the night until dawn so book your cab rides in advance.  And whatever you do, don’t forget your pink undies that night. It is a local tradition to wear them on New Years Eve for good luck!

New Year’s Eve Dining Options

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Hernán Gipponi Restaurant- Fierro hotel´s star restaurant will be offering a very special New Years Eve tasting menu with wine pairings and a New Years brunch for all those who wish to join us in saying farewell to the old and in welcoming the new.  Reservations must be made in advance with a credit card as a no-show policy will be applied and 50% of the tasting menu will be charged per person should the reservation not show. Reservation priority will be given to hotel guests. New Years menu 175USD/person. New Years brunch 100 pesos/person for hotel guests, and 150 pesos/ person for external customers. To book your place please call 3220 6820  or email  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar. Soler 5862, Palermo.

Casa Cruz- This posh Palermo restaurant will also be offering a New Years Eve tasting menu complete with wine pairing, champagne and additional beverages. The Casa Cruz New Years dinner is priced at 240USD /person and must be booked in advance. Uriarte 1658, Palermo. 4833-1112. info@casacruz-restaurant.com

Ill Ballo del Mattone- If what you´re looking for is a fun loving trattoria with great pasta and a lively atmosphere then you should book your place at Ill Ballo´s New Years Dinner which will cost 300pesos/person. Gorriti 5737/5950, Palermo. 4776-4247.reservas@ilballo.tv .

La Maison Another option is the French La Maison New Years Dinner with wine pairings which is priced at 500pesos/person. Honduras 5774, Palermo. 3979 2970 info@lamaisonba.com

Tegui- This chic auteur restaurant hidden in Palermo is offering a 5 step tasting menu, high end wine and champagne for 240USD/person. Additionally they will be handing party favors out at midnight to get the party started. Costa Rica 5852, Palermo. 5291-3333.

Las Pizarras- A unique concept is behind the ever-changing dishes determined by what Chef Rodrigo Castillo picks daily from the market. The resulting menu is displayed in the evening on chalk boards (pizarras) promising a singular dinning experience imbued with flavors, freshness and overall quality.  What might you find on Las Pizarro chalkboards?  Pate, quail, duck, beef, homemade raviolis, and fish amongst other delicacies. For New Years the popular chef will be serving a 4 step tasting menu high end wines and champagne for 80USD/person. Thames 2296, Palermo. 4775-0625

Confiteria La Ideal- For a more traditional twist this gorgeous old cafe and tango house will be offering a New Years Dinner complete with tango show, champagne and after midnight dancing. Suipacha 380, Downtown, 5265 8069.

Sipan- This upscale Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant will be offering a special New Years dinner at their Palermo location. For the occasion they will be serving a set menu, with complimentary drinks and live Afro-Peruvian music. The dinner menu will be 250USD/person or 330USD including tickets to the next door party at Isabel Bar. Reserve your place from Thursday onwards. Paraguay 624, Downtown. 4315-0763. info@sipan.com.ar.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

 

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Purchase an online PDF of Buenos Aires Domes (U.S $3.99) from Endless Mile and go on a dome hunt to discover these local architectural landmarks and the city while you’re at it!

In the evening don’t miss out on La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts. Centro Cultural Konex, Sarmiento 3131, Abasto, 4864-3200.

For some great post dancing pizza, head to nearby Los Cocos and order a fugazetta pizza, an onion and mozzarella local specialty. Av. Córdoba 3303, Almagro, 4963-0457.

Tuesday

 

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If you’re in the Recoleta area, visiting the cemetery or the MALBA, stop by the Centro Cultural Recoleta where x200mas, an art exhibit of predictions for the next 200 years, is being showcased. Junin 1930, Recoleta. 4803-1040

The impressive Colón Theatre will be staging the famous Le Corsair ballet, interpreted by the American Ballet Theatre starting at 8.30pm. Cerrito 628, Downtown. 4378 7100

Wednesday

 

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La Manzana de las Luces is a block of historical buildings that housed the first public school, university and library. On this block is the San Ignacio church, the oldest in Buenos Aires. A mysterious set of tunnels, dating back to the 1700’s is another of this landmarks attractions that can be toured starting 3pm. Perú 272, San Telmo.

Later on head to hip bar Le Bar for great drinks and live music by Ven Fresca. Tucuman 422, Downtown. 5219-0858

Thursday

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The Lunfardo and Tango book fair in San Telmo, offers a variety of tango paraphernalia, readings and shows. The fair will be held until the 30th of December from 3pm-9pm at the Academia Porteña del Lunfardo and is the perfect chance to get to know this interesting aspect of the local culture better. Estados Unidos 1379, San Telmo. 4383.2393

Book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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Spend some time browsing books and sitting down for a read over coffee at the stunning Ateneo Grand Splendid. The impressive bookstore is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Av. Santa Fe 1860. 4813.6052

Later on head to Doppelganger Bar in San Telmo for some of the city’s best drinks and atmosphere and some pre New Year fun! Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo, 4300 0201

Saturday and Sunday

 

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Book your place at one of the city restaurants for a memorable New Year Eve dinner. Some suggestions are HG Restaurant at the Fierro Hotel, which will be serving a special tasting menu, or the traditional Confiteria La Ideal, which will be offering a special tango show with dinner, a midnight toast and dancing.

On the 31st the stunning Palacio Barolo will be offering a nocturnal tour finishing at their lighthouse for a midnight toast under the light of fireworks. Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52. (54-11) 4381-1885. info@palaciobarolotours.com.ar

Christmas Eve Parties in Buenos Aires

In Buenos Aires, the real Christmas Eve celebrations begin once midnight has passed after eating, toasting, lighting fireworks and opening presents. That’s when the city comes alive with Porteño style late night partying until the break of dawn.  So where to go to join the fun? Read on-

Niceto Club: Offering live music and cutting edge theme based parties this is definitely a Buenos Aires funhouse. For Christmas this year they will be hosting two parties; the Magic Christmas Party, featuring trance music by DJ Javier Brussola, and the Januca party celebrating the Jewish “party of lights.” Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo. 4779 9396 / info@nicetoclub.com

Clubland at Pacha: One of the biggest clubs in town, Pacha is famous for its Saturday night house and techno dance floor which hosts international and local DJs. This weekend will be no exception as the city’s most fervent partiers gather to celebrate Christmas. Av. Rafael Obligado 6151, Costanera. 4788-4280. info@pachabuenosaires.com

 Crobar: This popular club in Palermo offers two dance floors, a VIP lounge and some great house and electronic music. This year they will be pumping up Christmas with DJs Aldo Haydar and Facundo Lacogneta. Marcelo Freire and Paseo de la Infanta, Palermo. 4788-1500. info@crobar.com.ar

Club Araoz: This Palermo centered club will be playing dance, hip-hop, regeton, rock and pop tunes to celebrate Christmas with its happy clubbers. Araoz 2424, Palermo. 4832-9751. info@clubaraoz.com.ar

Rumi: Rumi is a Belgrano centered nightclub with a great atmosphere and a glitzy crowd.  This Saturday they will host their annual Christmas bash where dance music will be the star. Figueroa Alcorta 6442, Belgrano. 4782-1398.

Boris Club de Jazz: Lovers of live music should definitely head to Boris to celebrate Christmas with 0km who will be playing funk, rock, pop and soul covers. Gorriti 5568, Palermo. 4777-0012. info@borisclub.com.ar.

Maluco Beleza: No one knows how to party better than Brazilians, and at Maluco Beleza that’s the way to party. If samba gets your feet going then this is where you will want to tap your toes this Christmas.  Sarmiento 1728, Downtown. 4732-1737. info@malucobeleza.com.ar

La Viruta Tango: Dancing kicks off from 12.30pm onwards at this tango hotspot where previous dinner with reservation will also be served for the occasion.  Armenia 1366, Palermo. 4779-0030.

Bars will also be open from 1am onwards (approximately).

Argentina Christmas Cuisine

The  local Christmas menu has incorporated recipes from many of its different immigrants. Because it is summer in Argentine during the holiday season, there is usually a spread of cold cuts (including cold chicken and turkey, cooked the day before) and salads, whilst asados are also very popular. The midnight toast is traditionally done with cider and accompanied by sweets.  Below is a description of the most typical local Christmas dishes.

Asado: Alright, saying that asado is a typical Christmas staple might be an overstatement considering asado is a local staple period! But on Christmas Eve,  the parrillas get going and the city streets are filled with the sizzling aroma of the Argentine barbeque. Additionally, the Christmas asado is often more elaborate than the usual and it is common to find roast suckling pig on the menu.

Vitel Thoné: This is probably THE most typical holiday platter in Argentina and is predictably an imported recipe from Italy. The cold dish consists of  sliced veal covered in a sauce made from anchovies, tuna, mayonnaise, cream and capers. Recipe here.

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Piononos: The origin of this dish is not quite clear although there is a sweet version of pionono in Spain. In Argentina they are made in both sweet and salty variations and consist of a thin flat sponge cake which is filled with ham, palm heart, mayonnaise, and other variations for salty versions (with the contrast of the sweet dough), and with dulce de leche (what did you expect?) and fruits and whipped  cream for sweet versions.  Once the ingredients are layered on the sponge cake it is rolled up and voila! Recipe here.

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Pan Dulce: Like Vitel Thoné, Pan Dulce is another really typical holiday staple that was also imported by the Italian immigrants. The brioche like high-rise dough filled with dried fruits and nuts is the perfect complement to the sweet cider brought out at midnight on Christmas Eve.  Recipe hereand add some drops of orange blossom water to that for the special local flavor!

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Turrón: The popular Spanish Christmas specialty was incorporated into the local traditions, where it is common to serve peanut and honey turron with the pan dulce at midnight.

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