Buenos Aires Nightlife: BA Pub Crawl

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Buenos Aires is known for its vibrant nightlife that ends well into the morning. As a visitor it may be difficult to decide on where to go to capitalize on diversion. Fortunately for the “party like a rockstar” types, there is a dedicated group of partiers who have organized the BA Pub Crawl, a fun packed bar hop where people from different nationalities and cultures meet to discover just how wild the BA night can be.

The Pub Crawls are held every night of the week, and explore different areas of the city. Thus, Monday’s event may be in San Telmo, Wednesday’s in Recoleta, Saturday’s in Palermo Hollywood, and so on. This allows travelers to get to know different spots around the city, and to socialize with other like-minded people.

The dedicated organizers of the pub crawl also plan special events for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter for example, whilst also hosting theme nights such as the upcoming Stoplight Pub Crawl on Sunday the 29th of April where everyone attending is expected to wear something red, yellow or green.

Pub Crawls start at different meeting points at 10pm each night. They cost 100 pesos and include free pizza, beer and wine through registration hour (10-11pm), a free shooter at every bar, drink discounts and free club admissions.

More information on upcoming pub crawls and meeting points is available here.

St Patrick’s Day in Buenos Aires

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It may seem odd that Buenos Aires celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with such fervor, but actually, when you combine the local party lifestyle and the fact that Argentina has the 5th largest Irish community in the world, it starts to make sense. Below are some listed activities that will be taking place to commemorate the festivity this Saturday.

– The St. Patrick’s parade will take off at Arroyo and Suipacha, downtown, at 7pm, ending at Plaza San Martín. The parade will include traditional Irish music and dancing and a fairy and leprechaun costume contest.

– Meanwhile the nearby pubs around Reconquista Street in Retiro will be hosting their biggest night of the year, as it is the traditional city spot for St. Patrick’s Day feasting.  If you head in this direction, expect large crowds, a super street party and lively heavy drinking!.

– Another option, to celebrate with other fellow travelers, is the St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. The pub crawl costs $150 (pesos), and includes free wine and beer from 9-10pm, pizzas, a stop at three different bars with a free shooter at each, discounts on drinks and a last stop at the annual “Night Of The Drunken Leprechaun” party. Book your place in advance here.

-Uniclub in the Abasto area will be hosting an alternative St. Patrick’s Day party starting at 11.30pm.  Live music and two different dance floors with rock music, reggae, ska, 80s, 90s, cumbia, will be setting the pace.  Guardia Vieja 3360, Abasto. 4867-6764 info@uniclub.com.ar.

-Isenbeck Beer Festival: Although not an official St. Patrick’ s Day party, a beer festival seems to be a very appropriate place to celebrate. More information here.

-Of course all the pubs in town will be participating in this lively festivity. A full list of pubs can be found at the official 2012 St. Patrick’s Day webpage.

Other events taking place on Saturday:

The weekend will also be chock full of alternative activities for those who wish to steer clear of the fairies and leprechauns.  Several concerts will be offered on Saturday as well as other events.

Buenos Aires Ukraine celebrations will be taking place at the 3 de Febrero parks in Palermo. Traditional music and dances, as well as food and more will be on display.

The city government will also be hosting an audiovisual night in the city featuring FX booths,  animation workshops, screenings and more. From 5pm-10pm. Dorrego and Freire, Palermo.

Renowned guitarist Scott Henderson will be playing at the ND/Ateneo on Saturday as part of his Well to the Bone Tour 2012. Tickets available here.

Another famous guitarist will also be staging a live show on Saturday; Luis Salinas will be playing at La Trastienda at 11.30pm. Tickets here.

Roger Waters, the British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd, will be playing at the River Plate Stadium on Saturday and Sunday!  Tickets here.

Buenos Aires Nightlife on Carnival Weekend

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Friday 17th

Throughout Carnival weekend a series of street parades called murgas, a carnival tradition including rhythmic drums and costumes, will be celebrating around town starting 7pm. In Palermo they will be setting up at Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti and in San Telmo they will be at San Juan and Tacuarí. A map with other murga locations is available here.

Sandino Bar will be hosting a Back to the 80´s party starting at 11.30pm. Bolivar 624, San Telmo.

Babel Orkesta- This original group merges sounds from different cultures and forms a lively identity of its own. Their colorful and playful aesthetic is perfect to start getting into the Carnival mood. Ciudad Cultural Konex- Sarmiento 3131, Abasto- 4864-3200 – 12.30pm

Saturday 18th

La Boca Milonga at Vuelta de Rocha- starting at 6pm a special milonga featuring Adriana Varela, Max Van de Voorde and Solange Acosta will be held at the Vuelta de Rocha in La Boca.

Babel Orkesta– This original group merges sounds from different cultures and forms a lively identity of its own. Their colorful and playful aesthetic is perfect to start getting into the Carnival mood. Ciudad Cultural Konex- Sarmiento 3131, Abasto- 4864-3200 – 12.30pm

Throughout Carnival weekend a series of street parades called murgas, a carnival tradition including rhythmic drums and costumes, will be celebrating around town starting 7pm. In Palermo they will be setting up at Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti and in San Telmo they will be at San Juan and Tacuarí. A map with other murga locations is available here.

Sunday 19th

La Bomba del Tiempo- This percussion orchestra has gained quite a reputation for their upbeat shows full of rhythm. They will be staging a show at 7pm in the Anfiteatro Parque de la Costa, Tigre.

Fiesta Bubamara- These parties have become famous in Buenos Aires. Balkan music and lots of upbeat dancing are on the carnival weekend menu starting at midnight! Groove, Av. Sta Fe 4389, Palermo.

 Grito de Carnival en Buenos Aires- Those looking for serious Brazilian dancing are sure to find what they’re looking for at the Carnival party that will be held in Sala Siranush starting 11pm. Armenia 1353, Palermo. 4775-2678.

Throughout Carnival weekend a series of street parades called murgas, a carnival tradition including rhythmic drums and costumes, will be celebrating around town starting 7pm. In Palermo they will be setting up at Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti and in San Telmo they will be at San Juan and Tacuarí. A map with other murga locations is available here.

Monday 20th

La Bomba del Tiempo- This percussion orchestra has gained quite a reputation for their upbeat shows full of rhythm. They will be playing at Ciudad Cultural Konex 7pm and then continuing the party late into the night. . Ciudad Cultural Konex- Sarmiento 3131, Abasto- 4864-3200.

Throughout Carnival weekend a series of street parades called murgas, a carnival tradition including rhythmic drums and costumes, will be celebrating around town starting 7pm. In Palermo they will be setting up at Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti and in San Telmo they will be at San Juan and Tacuarí. A map with other murga locations is available here.

Fiesta Clandestina Especial Carnaval- This carnival foam party will guarantee a whole lot of fun with available costumes and surprise live acts. The party starts at 11pm at Groove. Av. Santa Fe 4389, Palermo.

Fiesta de Carnaval Mistico– Carnival festivities will also be taking center stage at Niceto Club starting at 11.45pm. Humboldt 1356 – Palermo.

Tuesday

Throughout Carnival weekend a series of street parades called murgas, a carnival tradition including rhythmic drums and costumes, will be celebrating around town starting 7pm. In Palermo they will be setting up at Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti and in San Telmo they will be at San Juan and Tacuarí. A map with other murga locations is available here.

Take it Outside

(Fierro Hotel garden)

Warm summer afternoons and nights are perfect for outdoor socializing and what better than great drinks and breezy terraces or gardens to do so?  Head to one of these city hot spots and quench your thirst for the seasons nighttime fun or afternoon lounging.

Ferona Club Social: This speakeasy is both a restaurant and a bar with various seating areas, quirky decor, D.J, and of course a lovely and popular terrace. If you’re looking for a house party feel and lively crowd then don’t miss out on this Palermo centered secret, which incidentally reopens today- the challenge is.. to find it!!

Milion: This beautiful French style 3 story house was discovered by its now owners in 1999. They immediately fell in love with the place and decided to restore it and give it back its splendor. Today, this lovely building is not only restored but also working as a swinging bar with plenty of seating space (although it is quickly taken), great cocktails, and a beautiful courtyard, ideal for summer days. The bar also has a restaurant but the food doesn’t really stand out so we recommend going for drinks. Paraná 1048, Recoleta. 4815-9925.

Congo: Congo Bar is one of the hottest nightspots in the Palermo scene and there is good reason for it. Trendy locals line up at the door well into the night, as is usual in the city, to trade the entrance fee for Congo currency which can then be exchanged for the first drink of the night. Once inside, the brown and beige leather interior serves as a backdrop for the beautiful men and women who either mill around the bar, are seated at one of the hard to get tables or are enjoying one of the famous “Bossa Nova” drinks in the garden, the Congo jewel. Honduras 5329, Palermo. 4833-5857

Sonoman: One of the first bars to open with the Palermo boom, Sonoman promises good music, outdoor and indoor bars and seating and a loyal upbeat crowd.  They also serve food and we recommend to get there early for drinks and good seating. Fitz Roy 1655, Palermo. 4775-7179

Olsen: Although Olsen is more Scandinavian restaurant than bar, it is actually a great place to go for drinks as they have an incredible selection of international vodkas, great cocktails, and one of the best outdoor seating areas in the city complete with comfy backyard sofa-chairs. You might want to try some smorrebrod whilst you’re at it as well. Gorriti 5870, Palermo. 4776-7677. olsen@fibertel.com.ar

Beer Hotspots in the City

(Photo by jACK TWO. Nice Maradona detail on the left!)

Beer is not exactly what Argentina is known for, however on a hot summer day, a cold brew on a nice terrace is mandatory. If Quilmes doesn’t quite do it for you, then we suggest you try some of the following bars where draught, imported, and artisan beers can be found.

Gibraltar and Bangalore: If you’re looking for great draught beer, an even better environment, decent music, some curry and some spice, you will love both The Gibraltar in San Telmo and it’s sister Bangalore in Palermo! Go early if you want a table and enjoy either dinner or drinks in these all-time favorite pubs.

Geno Beer Bar:  This beer bar in Palermo offers over 40 imported beers from around the world in a nice ambiance. They also serve deli sandwiches and a unique beer soup!

To try some Argentine artisan beer, Antares is the leading option. Antares is well known as they commercialize their beers around the country, and they host special activities including drinking games and the chance to watch the beer making process at their Buenos Aires venues. You can also taste some great Otro Mundo Argentine artisan beer at the Fierro hotel garden.

Other options in the city include the Dutch Van Koning in Cañitas which has a very good beer selection, and Irish pubs such as The Shamrock and Kilkenny, amongst others.

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!

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).