Live Music Venues in the City

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On your walks through the city you are bound to come across two things: One is the mouth watering smell of asados coming from backyards, terraces and neighborhood parrillas,  and the other is the sound of lingering music, floating through the open windows of homes and cars.  The asado bit is probably expected but the musical tendencies of the locals may be overlooked. Nevertheless, Buenos Aires is a highly musical city, and it’s not just tango but classical music, jazz, rock, pop and many other genres that Argentines both listen to and execute. Below are a few venues and concert halls to check out where both fantastic local musicians and international acts present thir music to the warm and welcoming crowds that await them.

 

Classical Music

 

Operas, ballets, concertists and top-notch orchestras are regularly featured at the stunning Colón Theatre, which was inaugurated in 1908 and is considered to be one of the top 5 concert venues in the world. A definite must on your visit! More information on their program here.

The Isaac Fernandez Blanco Hispanic Art Museums also hosts classical concerts regularly with a special emphasis on historic musical pieces, especially of the Baroque period. More information on their program here.

The Buenos Aires University of  Law in Recoleta hosts free concerts by local orchestras, choirs and instrumental players on Saturday afternoons all year round. More information on their program here.

Tango

El Viejo Almacen at the corner of Independencia and Balcarce in San Telmo has received renown tangueros such as “Polaco” Goyeneche, Aníbal Troilo, Osvaldo Pugliese and Horacio Salgán. Now a days the old colonial house stages a tango show featuring some of the city’s best tango singers and dancers.  More information here.

The Carlos Gardel Museum in Abasto hosts live concerts every Monday at 6.30pm and the first Sunday of every month. Additionally you get the chance to learn more about the local tango legend. More information here.

Gardel and other tango passionate frequented El Bar de Roberto in the Almagro neighborhood, which was bought by a Spaniard from Asturias in the 1930s. Now a days it still keeps the same bottles adorning the walls and spontaneous live tango sessions to charm the usually crowded venue. Tue-Sat 10.30pm. Bulnes 331, Almagro. 4862-0415

 

Jazz

Boris Club de Jazz is set in the heart of Palermo Hollywood.. Combining auteur cuisine with art and live jazz music, by both national and international acts, it is a recommended place for jazz enthusiasts and an overall good time.   More information on their program here.

Notorious is a jazz venue, restaurant, bar and record store all in one where you can listen to live music every day of the week. Their program features jazz, swing and samba by both national and international acts. More information on their program here.

Thelonius Club has a great vibe that makes it  a great bar just to go for drinks the plus is that they also have top jazz performers play on their intimate stage. More information on their program here.

 

Rock/Pop/Ethnic

Club Niceto offers live music and cutting edge theme based parties which makes it  the ultimate Buenos Aires funhouse. More information on their program here (and don’t miss their Thursday night club 69 parties for a walk on the wild side!).

La Trastienda in San Telmo is a small intimate theatre with great acoustics where local and international talents play jazz, reggae, blues, ethnic and rock amongst others. More information on upcoming events here.

 

There are of course many more places including bars, theatres, cultural centers and stadiums which stage live music. A more extenisve list of upcoming concerts and musical events in the city  with links to buy tickets in advance is available here.  

Buenos Aires Nightlife: Bar-Pub-Electro Club

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One of our favorite nightspots in the city, The Shamrock or Basement Club, in the heart of Recoleta, might appear to be the perfect place for a pint at first glance. However, and although ‘pinting’ is most definitely allowed, this is no ordinary pub as down the stairs, in the, you guessed it, basement, is a perfect sized electro club where some of the city’s best DJs make sure everyone dances to the break of dawn.  The early opening hours, the great crowd of locals and tourists alike, the Thursday happy hour, and the blasting beats make The Shamrock one of our top picks for great party nights!

 

The Shamrock

Rodriguez Peña 1220, Recoleta

4812-3584

Open from 6pm on weekdays and 8 pm Saturdays. Closed Sundays.

We Recommend: Cultura Cercana’s Tango Tour

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One of the trademarks of Buenos Aires is its melancholic and sensual tango music and dance. Knowing where to go to catch a glimpse of the real essence of this tradition is not always an easy task as there are many options, some which include dancing, others that include a theatre like show, and alternatives that serve dinner amongst others.

Cultura Cercana, a tour agency that aims at showing travelers the Argentine version of Argentina, offers a tango tour that acts as a filter of the available options sorting through the tourist traps to get to the places where the buzz is local and genuine. The tour also has the advantage of being guided by a couple of tango dancers who show what they can do and explain the meaning of each gesture and move. Additionally, they offer an optional tango lesson prior to the tour, should you want to try out some dancing yourself and work with reduced groups to keep the attention personalized.

Plus, they take you to and from the hotel.

More information on Cultura Cercana here.

Start the Night at Magdalena’s Party

This new laid back hot spot in Palermo brings foreigners and locals together for food, drinks, music by different DJs and a great atmosphere to satisfy all your pre party needs. Open late from Tuesdays to Sundays they have theme nights such as Tuesday tacos, Vegan Wednesdays,  pre-Lost Thursdays (where you can get free passes to Lost nightclub) and parties on Fridays and Saturdays. They also offer wine and whisky tastings and brunch… what more do you need!?

http://www.magdalenasparty.com

Thames 1795 , Palermo

4833.9127

5 Parties Not to Miss

Club Severino Cool Beats night by Francisco Marise

Club Severino

This is the place to go on a Monday night for some hip-hop, R&B, rap, pop and retro rock. A great place to start the week off partying and, a good option to continue the party after La Bomba del Tiempo.

Club Severino

Hipolito Yrigoyen 851, Downtown

Monday’s 11.30pm

Dengue Dancing at Gong

This Thursday underground party is set in a seventies style mirrored floor with red lights and plenty of retro dancers who move to the carefully selected music all night long. The place to go for a kitsch, sexy night of fun.

Dengue Dancing at Gong

Cordoba 634, Downtown

Happy Hour 11.30pm-12.30pm

Club 69 at Niceto Club

This wild Thursday party has been going for more than a decade now displaying a burlesque show, glitter clad transvestites, clowns and belly dancers and more. Bizarre, colorful, and entertaining this jam-packed party doesn’t stop until the break of dawn.

Niceto Club

Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo

Thursdays 11pm (Keep in mind that partying here doesn’t really start until 2am)

Ploox! at Wanna Club

These Friday parties have recently become a part of the city nightlife promising to be Miguel Salas and Will Aquinos next big hit after their popular Hip Hop Wednesday parties at Sugar. National and international DJs get  both the local and the foreign adult crowds going, promising a night of fun and non-stop dancing.

Ploox

Juan B. Justo 1636, Palermo

Fridays 12pm-6am

Fiestas Bubamara

This upbeat monthly party is inspired in Balcanic music and gipsy style.  They were born in 2002 from a wave of artistic youth who came across the films and music of Emir Kusturica  and decided to bring the increasingly popular gipsy aesthetic to the city nightlife. Now a days the parties have become so popular they have spread across the country offering boisterous nights of dancing, live acts and video projections in an unconventional party setting.

Check out Bubamaras Facebook page for news on their upcoming parties.

5 Best Hotels for Food and Drinks

For Breakfast

Hernan Gipponi at Fierro Hotel

The best 4-step gourmet breakfast in town, including fresh fruit juices, perfect pastries, Spanish hams and unique hot and cold breakfast dishes created by Chef Hernan Gipponi. This posh Palermo restaurant also serves a great Spanish inspired tasting menu for lunch and dinner with special wine selections by the Argentine wine association president, Andres Rosberg and resident sommelier Martin Bruno.

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220 6800

For Lunch

Chez Nous at Algodon Mansion

This bright and elegant restaurant in Recoleta offers a great menu of French-Argentine fusion cuisine. Plus they have an annex cognac bar and a glass-covered patio with a fireplace that is great for winter!

Montevideo 1647 – Recoleta

3530-7777

For 5 O’clock Tea

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L’Orangerie at the Alvear Palace

Tartlets, scones, and perfect cakes and all on delicate china plates make for the best teatime experience in the city. To accompany their afternoon treats they also offer a wide selection of special tea blends. Also in the Alvear Palace is La Bourgogne, one of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires.

Alvear, Av. 1891, Recoleta

4808-2100 int.1643

 

For Dinner, Wine and Cheese

Duhau Restaurant and Vinoteca at the Hyatt Hotel

This classy restaurant offering international cuisine specializes in wok and wooden grill preparations. The other thing they’re known for is their Vinoteca with a unique cheese room here you can taste an exclusive selection of Argentine wines and savory cheeses accompanied by chutneys and freshly baked breads.

Av. Alvear 1661, Recoleta

5171 1234

For Late Night Drinks

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Faena Hotel

This flamboyant hotel designed by Phillippe Starck offers top quality cocktails in the Library Lounge and in the Cabaret where they put on a fantastic tango show. A fashionable place full of character, well worth visiting on your night prowls in BA.

445 Martha Salotti, Puerto Madero

4010 9000

Whats up with Fernet?

(Vintage Fernet Branca add. Photo by stolen w-heels)

Those of you who have already gotten a taste of the local nightlife may have noticed the popularity of “Fernet con Coca”, a strange alcoholic beverage made up of, you guessed it, Fernet and Coke.  If there is a classic nightlife Argie drink, then this is definitely it.

The origins of Fernet are unclear. Some say it was originally concocted by a Swedish doctor as a medicine for cholera, others rumor it was invented by an apothecary who was looking for a cure for menstrual cramps,  and yet another theory (from an unreliable drunk source at a bar) states that it was prepared by an medicine woman in Sicily to expel demons from haunted widows. In any case, although the last theory sounds a bit dubious, we are almost certain Italian immigrants imported the beverage to Argentina.

Made of herbs and spices, there is a general consensus that the unique taste of Fernet is to be paired with Coke, and although many claim it to be an acquired taste, there are many more locals that love it. Our recommendation is to try it and see what its about.  After all, even if you don’t like it it’s still a great digestive, and anyway, clubbing doesn’t start until 2-3am so there’s plenty of time to drink up!