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(Photo by pieceofplastic)

Back in the days of prohibition, speakeasy bars popped up in New York attracting their clientele by the word of mouth of trusted customers.  Taking this same approach, Frank’s Bar recently opened in Palermo Hollywood promising an invite-only upscale clandestine night out.  To get in you need to dial a password into a faux-telephone booth which opens the secret door. Once inside you will surely be seduced by the superb drinks and the cool atmosphere with an in house erotic shop and international djs . A must find.

Recommended Bar: Milion

(Photo by ComandZed)

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 working as a swinging bar with plenty of seating space (although it is quickly taken), great cocktails, a beautiful courtyard and a restaurant. The stunning setting, the vibrant crowd, the music and the quality drinks make this bar well worth the visit.

Milion

Paraná 1048, Recoleta

4815-9925

5 Hot Nightspots in the Almagro Area

(La Catedral by Julie&Rebecca)

The Almagro neighborhood is one of the tango sources of the city that still keeps its nostalgic and colorful charm. The four blocks of flower shops, open day and night, around the area of what was once the flower market; the old typical Spanish style food stores; the intimate tango venues and bars, and a recent theatre boom make it a lively area where there is plenty to see and do.

El Bar de Roberto

Gardel and other tango passionates frequented this traditional bar, which was bought by a Spaniard from Asturias in the 1930s. Now a days it’s still kept as way back then,  with the same bottles adorning the walls and late night live tango sessions to charm the crowded audience.

El Bar de Roberto

Bulnes 331, Almagro

4862-0415

El Banderín

Another traditional spot in the Almagro scene, El Banderín is a place with a very personal identity.  This welcoming bar got its name from the many national and international football team flags (banderin), which are hanging from every bit of free space on the walls.  The flags were collected by one of its first owners so there is not only variety but also a few relics and the warm ambiance makes it a special place to visit and sit down for a few beers.

El Banderin

Guardia Vieja 3601, Almagro

4862-7757

La Catedral

This somewhat grungy alternative tango hall is popular amongst the younger more laid back tango crowds which start the night early with a tango class and then dance the night away into the dawn. Intimate live music shows are also put on. The ample space, the mismatched chairs, and the Carlos Gardel shrine add to its appeal whiles its vegetarian restaurant is loved by some and hated by others (eating can always happen elsewhere at the nearby Pierino for example, a family restaurant owned by Italians).

La Catedral

Sarmiento 4006, Almagro

155-325-1630

Centro Cultural Konex

The Centro Cultural Konex became increasingly popular thanks to its Monday evening super hit- La Bomba del Tiempo, a one of a kind percussion orchestra that slowly went building its public by word of mouth until the small crowd of enthusiasts became a packed event in the city week. The cultural center has a large open space and hosts quality art, music and theatre events such as the teatro ciego (blind theatre to experience with your other senses) and Medea Tango, which merges tango with theatre. A place to go to for good surprises.

Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Almagro

4864-3200

La Salsera

Also in Almagro is the very popular salsa club La Salsera. The Caribbean feel of the place, the welcoming people and atmosphere have attracted many tourists looking for the warmth and rhythm of the Latin soul. Salsa lessons are offered here and other events and cultural activities focusing on Latin-American culture are also part of the agenda.

La Salsera

Yatai 961, Almagro

4866-1829 
info@lasalsera.com

5 Great Bars Downtown

(Bar scene by Anoxlou)

Le Bar

Set in an old downtown building, reminiscent of the cities golden years,  with a yet vibrant futuristic and modern design, this four floor restaurant-bar with a terrace has become one of the cities top places to go to. The french food, the carefully cared for drinks, the ambiance and the varied music, often live, promises to deliver everything one could look for in a perfect outing.

Le Bar

Tucuman 422, Downtown

5219-0858

Open Mon-Sat from midday-2am.

Gran Bar Danzon

This trendy lounge bar offers a wonderful variety of wines and is usually full of people vouching for its quality and great atmosphere.  Their wine happy hours, Mon-Fri from 7pm-9pm and Sat-Sun from 8pm-10pm presents upcoming wine varieties in the market and is a great way to try something new.

Gran Bar Danzon

Libertad 1161, Downtown

4811-1108

La Cigale

A place for unpretentious, uninhibited fun bar where the crowd ranges in ages and styles but is always up for a good time. They have a varied well priced cocktail menu with in-house specialties such as the ‘Latin lover’ or the ‘Cucaracha slammer’ shot and  won the upstairs floor an intimate stage where live music is frequently played  and dancing takes place later.

La Cigale

25 de Mayo 597, Downtown

4893-2332

Open Mon-Fri 6pm-closing and Sat 8pm-closing

Jack the Ripper

This hidden English style bar is spacious and comfortable. The low lights, comfortable couches an excellent 80s brit-rock repertoire make it the favorite of many.

Jack the Ripper

Libertad 1275, Downtown

4816-7508

You Know my Name

Formerly known as El Living, this quirky lounge bar/ small nightclub club looks to recreate a living room feel with lamps, couches, retro TVs and screens. Video clips and film clips are screened in one of its rooms and there is a dance floor in the other. A laid back atmosphere, cheerful crowd and  late night partying complete the charm of this BA nightlife hotspot.

You Know my Name

M.T. de Alvear 1540, Downtown

+54 11 4815-3379 ‎

5 Great Bars in San Telmo

(Photo by Rob Ireton)

The nightlife in San Telmo is lively and colorful, integrating traditional spots and new upcoming places where foreigners and locals mingle.  We have filtered through  the many options and have come up with five great bars to recommend in the San Telmo area.

Doppelganger Bar

The Doppelganger is a trendy upscale bar specializing in cocktails. They have a menu of over a hundred cocktails made from top quality spirits and liqueurs placing an emphasis on gins and vodkas. The care they take in every detail of their drinks and the inviting dim lit atmosphere make this bar very well worth the visit!

Av. Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo
4300-0201
informacion@doppelganger.com.ar
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 7pm-closing. Saturday 8pm-closing.
Happy Hour: Tue-Fri 7pm-9pm

Gibraltar

A very popular English pub in the San Telmo are and with good reason! Great draught beer, delicious curries, and a friendly laid back atmosphere make Gibraltar a great place to begin or end an evening!

Peru 895, San Telmo
4632-5310
Opening Hours: 6pm-4am
Cash only

La Puerta Roja

La Puerta Roja is one of those bars with personality that people return to over and over. The name, which means Red Door, tells you where you have to knock if you want to get in. Once you do, the great atmosphere and the lively environment will keep you entertained all night long.

Chacabuco 733, San Telmo
4362-5649
Opening Hours: Everyday from 6pm-6am

Plasma

Plasma and Plasmita are the two bar/stages  at Plasma music production company.  It is a great place to go to listen to live music and discover new local and international sounds. The cared for acoustics and cool modern environment make this a excellent alternative for those who prioritize music.

Piedras 856, San Telmo
4307-9171

Bar El Federal

If traditional is what you’re looking for, El Federal is the place to go. The atmosphere is unmatched and you will get a real feel of typical Buenos Aires. Weather you go for coffee during the day, or for beers in the evening this beautiful bar is likely to find a place in your heart.

Carlos Calvo 599, San Telmo
4300-4313
Opening hours: Mon-Thur & Sun 8am-2am, Fri-Sat 8am-4am

5 Great Bars in the Palermo Area

(Mundo Bizarro: Photo by Bittermelon)

Isabel

A glitzy posh bar with a dark seventies inspired interior offering great drinks which you trade purchased casino chips (isabelinas) for.  Upbeat house music, pulsating ceiling lights and a courtyard with a lit fireplace complete the glamour of one of the best bars in the city.

1664 Uriarte, Palermo Soho

4834 6969

878

With one of the most interesting cocktail menus in town, this great closed door establishment is a great option for drinks any night of the week. The VIP bar in the back plays some great music, offers a great selection of whiskys and, has an indoor smoking area. (If you’re a guest at Fierro, access to the VIP can be arranged).

878

Thames 878, Villa Crespo

4773-1098

Bar 6

This trendy restaurant and bar is very popular amongst locals and foreigners. Oriental style carpets, lush couches and a resident dj give the place a great laid back ambiance in which to enjoy the evening.

Bar 6

Armenia 1676, Palermo

4833-6807

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, for which they have become famous, this is definitely a must in the Palermo area.

Mundo Bizarro

Serrano 1222, Palermo Viejo

4773-1967

Acabar

A lively and vaudevillesque atmosphere where you can play board games and choose one of their carefully prepared drinks made with fresh fruit. The colorfull decor and the vibrant crowd make for an upbeat and fun outing.

AcaBar

Honduras 5733, Palermo Viejo

4772-0845

Buenos Aires Nightlife #5

For those of you who prefer partying options that don’t involve excesively loud electronic music and huge nightclubs, or for those who are looking for some alternative fun, these three venues are worthwhile checking out!

El Living

El Living is a resto/lounge-club recreating a living room feel with lamps, couches, retro TVs and screens on which video clips and film clips are screened. The main room usually features classic 80’s and 90’s rock music whilst The Green Room has a more varied play list, both with vjs and a cool laid back atmosphere. This is definitely the place to go if you’re not that into heavy clubbing but still want a great late night out in the city with good music and a lively buzzing scene.

M.T. de Alvear 1540, Barrio Norte

+54 11 4815-3379 ‎

www.living.com.ar

living@living.com.ar

Club 74

This small disco, funk and soul nightclub opened in 1958 and has been kept alive by its owners ever since, evolving with the times and fashions until the 70’s and 80’s where they decided to remain. Now a day, the same vinyls from that era are spun for a fun loving crowd that dances uninhibited on its funky lit up dance floor on Saturdays. The psychedelic decor of the place also maintains the now retro style that was once the latest trend making this club an off the beaten path experience in itself.

Av. Figueroa Alcorta 7474, Belgrano

4782-4588

www.club74.com.ar

info@club74.com.ar

El Podesta Super Club de Copas

The Podesta is a popular club in Palermo with two seating and dancing areas where you can both move to 80’s, 90’s, classic dance tunes and moderate electronic music on the top floor,  or sit down for drinks and chat with friends.  The crowd is as cool as the place, which meshes both upbeat fun with laid back comfortable. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays.

Armenia 1740, Palermo

4832-2776

www.podestafotos.com