December 2013 in Buenos Aires

December is right around the corner, announcing the arrival of Summer in the Southern Hemisphere (rooftop pool season is back!), and also, end of the year parties, Christmas, and New Year- let’s celebrate!

Those who will be spending Christmas in the city can find a brief description of what to expect here, and here to catch a glimpse of what the local New Year is all about.  We will also be posting specific information for this year’s festivities throughout the month.

Below, all the fun stuff that will be happening in Buenos Aires this December.

San Telmo Tango Festival: From the 1st to the 8th of December, tango music and dancing will be present at the charming neighborhood’s parks and theatres. The festival kicks off this Sunday at Plaza Dorrego at 8pm!

International Artisans Fair: From the 3rd to the 8th of December, artisans from around the world will gather at La Rural where they will display their masterful crafts just in time for Christmas shopping.

Abierto Argentino de Polo: The  most important Polo tournament of the year will be taking place throughout the first week of December, with the final taking place on the 7th. Tickets here.

Gallery Nights- The last Gallery Night of the year will be taking place on Thursday the 12th of December starting at 7pm! More information here.

Thank Fierro It’s Friday– The best happy hour in the city, which takes place once a month at the Fierro Hotel garden  will be a toasting feast this month. Make sure to be there! (date to be confirmed- check out Fierro’s facebook page here for updates)

Un Ballo in Maschera- The Colón Theatre inaugurates their last opera of the season featuring a production of Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Tickets here.

Concerts

Stevie Wonder- 12th of December. Estadio Velez. Tickets here.

Steve Vai- 12th and 13th of December. Gran Rex. Tickets here.

Manu Chao- 14th of December. Estadio Ferro. Tickets here.

Buenos Aires Summer Break Fest- 14th of December- Featuring Incubus, Dave Mathews Band and S.O.J.A. Tickets here.

Fierro Loves Soho: Top 5 Restaurants

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Palermo Soho has a very broad range of restaurants to pick from although the tendency is towards joints that prioritize fast and on the go, since it’s a popular area where many a shopper wants to stop for a quick bite. However, there are a few gourmet neighborhood gems for the more demanding palates.

Don Julio– Meat eating whilst you’re visiting Buenos Aires is probably on your plans and Don Julio is the perfect place combining a relaxed homey environment, an amazing wine list and top quality meat. Guatemala 4699, Palermo. 4831-9564.

Nola– New Orleans and Mexican inspired gourmet food that might include fried chicken and crawfish are featured in this closed-door restaurant’s four-course menu feast. More information on how to get the restaurant’s secret coordinates here.

Las Pizarras Bistro- 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. Thames 2296, Palermo. 4775-0625.

El Preferido de Palermo- This typical bodegon that has been in Palermo since the 50’s has maintained its traditional style despite the areas modern boom.  The restaurant’s specialty is their potato tortilla, and other Spanish influenced dishes. Borges 2108, Palermo. 4774-6585.

Crizia- Crizia’s specialty are oysters and seafood and the dim lighting and romantic setting, make it the perfect spot for a romantic dinner date.  Gorriti 5143, Palermo. 4831-4979. 

Joan Miró at Usina del Arte

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A new retrospective of Catalan artist Joan Miró has recently been inaugurated at La Usina del Arte in La Boca, and will be taking place until the 20th of December. The exhibition, which commemorates the 120th anniversary of the artist’s birth, showcases 56 original pieces including xylographs, lithographs and illustrations, amongst others.  There are also seminars and talks about twentieth century art that are taking place as part of the event.

The exhibit is open from Tuesday to Friday from midday to 6pm and on weekends from 11am to 8pm. Tickets are 20 pesos. Agustín Caffarena 1, and Pedro de Mendoza, La Boca.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Today is the last chance to check out some of the great music being performed as part of the Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival! Find the full program here.

One Table, the city’s top Monday event, is the best place to start the week with glorious foods, great wines and a chance to share with lovely people. Book your place at 3220-6820.

Tuesday

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Head to La Boca and stop by Fundación PROA to check out the stunning Ron Mueck exhibit! The exhibit is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

While in the area, you can also stop by the Usina del Arte where an exhibition of Catalan artist Joan Miró is being held until the 20th of December. Agustín Caffarena and Av. Pedro de Mendoza, La Boca.

Wednesday

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Drizzly grey means indoor sightseeing. Stopping by to see the stunning murals by Nazareno Orlandi at the Casa de la Cultura and the Ateneo Grand Splendid (also a great place for coffee and books) is an excellent rainy day plan.

Later on, stop by La Catedral in Almagro where you can take a tango lesson staring at 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Thursday

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One of the city’s architectural landmarks is the famous Palacio Barolo, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri. Guided tours take place from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av. de Mayo 1370, downtown.

Friday

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Take a free tour of Buenos Aires with Jonathan, an Englishman in love with the city. Tours start every day at 11am at the center of Plaza Italia by the Garibaldi monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

Later on, stop for hotdogs and a drink at the posh Verne Cocktail Club owned by Fede Cuco, our celebrated happy hour bartender. Medrano 1475, Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday

Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

On Sunday, the Colón Theatre inaugurates their last opera of the season featuring a production of Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Tickets here.

Fierro Loves Soho: Deli Haven

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Since Soho is the Palermo shopping center, it is only to be expected that on the go and quick healthy food be available galore. Stop by any of these spots for a quick sandwich or a salad after a well deserved shopping spree and continue on to the rest of the city sites with your batteries recharged!

Efimero Festín- For a quick sandwich in tasty bread or a salad with many toppings, Efímero Festín is the place to go. They offer top quality gourmet products, plus they have a salad bar to pick your own veggies from, and all in a cozy Palermo style setting.  Uriarte 1411, Palermo.  4831-9867

Pain et Vin- Both a wine boutique and a bakery, this new Palermo venue is the best place to go for a white and yellow carb and cheese course with a red and purple drink to match.   Gorriti 5132, Palermo. 4832-5654.

A´ manger– Amazing cheeses and cold cuts, olives and pickles, as well as unique delicacies such as apple chutney, and all on display are what make this Palermo centered venue charming. A place to either sit and enjoy a great sandwich or to stop by for some takeaway grub on your way to the beautiful Palermo parks. Charcas 4001, Palermo. 

Baraka- This colorful and lively Palermo venue is only open during the day, and despite not serving alcohol is always full, which is a good sign. Their menu includes salads, sandwiches and dishes -such as the lamb burger- with a Middle Eastern spin. They also have a lovely terrace, which is perfect for sunny Spring days.  Gurruchaga 1450, Palermo. 4834-6427

Quimbombó– Overlooking Plaza Armenia in Palermo, this healthy restaurant offers vegetarian cuisine, fresh refreshing juices of all kinds and a lovely terrace to sit outside. Costa Rica 4652, Palermo.

Fierro Loves Soho: Top 5 Bars

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The Palermo Soho streets are full of bars, cafés and restaurants. For a fast and easy bet, heading to either Plaza Serrano or Plaza Armenia is a simple way of finding a terrace and grabbing a beer, however if you’re looking to stop by the city’s finest spots for a mingle and a drink then check out our pick of top five bars in the Palermo Soho area!

Isabel- This glitzy posh bar with a dark seventies inspired interior is one of the best in the city.  Upbeat house music, pulsating ceiling lights, mirrors galore and a courtyard with a lit fireplace, never mind the superb cocktails, are the reason why this hotspot roars. 1664 Uriarte, Palermo Soho. 4834 6969.

Rio Café– A super stylish adult crowd gathers at this popular venue where cocktails rock and DJ´s set the rhythm of the late-night porteño partying scene. The café/bar also opens for lunch and dinner. Honduras 4772, Palermo Soho. 4832 2318

Rey de Copas– A new addition to the Palermo scene, this spacious and well decorated bar with an impressive bar has a small courtyard and a retractable roof which opens in the summer to let the fresh air in. Gorriti 5176, Palermo.

Mundo Bizarro- As the name of the bar suggests, this bar prides itself on its unique bizarre ambiance. Combining American 40′s and 50′s elements, great music, interesting visuals and even better cocktails this is definitely a must in the Palermo area. Serrano 1222, Palermo Viejo. 4773-1967.

Congo  Bar-  An “it” place with a stylish and enthusiastic crowd that either hangs out, drink in hand, in the outdoor terrace or lounges around inside. Honduras 5329, Palermo. 4833-5857.