Spring is Here! New Menu at UCO Restaurant Arrives

As Buenos Aires bursts into shades of purple and pink, we’re quickly reminded why Spring is by far our favourite season at Fierro Hotel. Sunny afternoons and balmy evenings mean it’s the perfect season to be outdoors in Buenos Aires enjoying yourself – preferably with a cocktail or wine glass in hand. 

At UCO, Fierro Hotel’s in-house restaurant, we’ve created a brand new Spring menu to get you in the mood for Buenos Aires’ most picturesque season.

Fierro-Hotel-Patio

To be enjoyed inside or in the green surroundings of our newly refurbished garden patio, if you arrive here between 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM, you’ll have the bonus of being in time for our new happy hour. With a hugely extensive wine menu covering all regions of Argentina (not just your average Malbec) and a few of our latest cocktail concoctions, there’s likely a tipple for every taste.

We like to make sure our menus are always seasonal and incorporate locally produced food, with this in mind, our head chef, Francisco García, has been busy at work coming up with plenty of new culinary creations ready for you to sample. Highlights include our new spicy Peruvian style rice, made up of yellow hot pepper, coriander, lemon, white fish and prawns, it’ll certainly pack a punch for lovers of spice.

t-bone-fierro-uco

With a few new editions to our mains menu, perfect for sharing among friends is our T-Bone pork chops, served with potatoes, and roasted vegetables, weighing in at one kilo it’s an impressive dish to behold!

For self-confessed red meat lovers, there’s also our Patagonian lamb shoulder to try – cooked for 18 hours and served with baked humita, seasonal vegetables and a flavourful jus, the slow cooking time makes the meat irresistibly succulent.

patagonian-lamb-humita-fierro-uco.jpg

If you’re looking for something a little more vegetarian-friendly why not try our latest pasta creation. Made up of burrata cheese, smoked aubergine, roasted tomato, pistachio, and a sprinkling of black olive dust, the filling comes wrapped in a tortellini pasta shell – believe us when we say you’ll be back for more!

uco-restaurant-fierro-hotel-tortellini

Closing the three-course meal with a bang is our decadent dessert, the Alfa Centauri choco-galaxy. Consisting of hazelnut ice cream, pistachio fudge, and an eclair served with a berry and Cinzano granite, it’s truly out of this world.

For those who fancy something a little lighter, but nevertheless packed full of flavour, give our take on a Galub Jamun a try.  Made up of an Indian style sponge, homemade greek yoghurt, a confit of pear and spiced tea ice cream, the aromatic dessert is not to be missed.

chocogalaxia-dessert-fierro-uco

Don’t forget to take a look inside our next door wineshop and tasting space Cava UCO. With plenty of different labels to choose from, feel free to pop in for a tasting or perhaps to purchase what you most enjoyed drinking with your dinner. All guests who stay with us in the adjacent Fierro Hotel will receive a complimentary tasting.

 

5 Speakeasies in Buenos Aires

Outside of the U.S and Europe, Buenos Aires might just be the capital for speakeasies. Full to the brim of fabulous cocktail bars, they’re often exclusive and are perfect for a more special evening. Known for playing host to the city’s most talented bartenders, and serving up the most creatively mixed cocktails, these watering holes are sure to wow even the most discerning guests. A well-known city of the night, Buenos could offer you a lifetime of exploring hidden gems and trying tantalising tragos, but we know you’re short on time so we’ve chosen a selection of the unmissable one.

Anasagasti

Ph: The Bubble

Set in an old mansion located on the border of Recoleta and Palermo, you could be forgiven for thinking that a lucky someone still lives here. With no outdoor sign or obvious indication that the place is actually a cocktail bar, it’s up to you to trust the address and ring the bell. Inside the decor is grand and speaks of a golden age gone by, think velvet futons, throne-like seats, and gothic style candle lighting. Combining the old with the innovative – expect to see an excellent selection of spirits as well as quirky reinventions. Adventurous drinkers should look out for creative cocktail ingredients like blue cheese, pollen, and eucalyptus bitter on the list.

Anasagasti 2067

Victoria Brown

Ph: TripAdvisor

Curiously themed around legendary British monarch, Queen Victoria and her late supposed affair with her servant James Brown, by day the space is a cafe offering a delicious array of cakes. Come sundown though, a bouncer emerges and the back part is transformed into one of the most well-stocked cocktail bars in the city. Displaying an array of colorful concoctions in each cabinet, you’ll be hard pushed to make a decision and will want to try a bit of everything. Restyling classic cocktails, expect to find alternative reworks of negronis, caipirinhas, and martinis.

Costa Rica 4827

Uptown

Ph: Sauvage Magazine

Take a trip to the New York Subway and forget you’re in Buenos Aires at all. One of the more difficult bars in Buenos Aires to gain access to, make sure you’re dressed in your glad rags and look the part to fit in with some of the city’s most glam and trendy bar-goers. If you make it past the style conscious bouncers, you’ll find yourself in what looks like an old subway car before the doors open and you can walk into the bar itself. If it’s not just cocktails you’re after, make sure to check out their extensive sushi menu too.

Arévalo 2030

La Calle

Ph: The Bubble

Located behind legendary pizzeria, La Guitarrita, La Calle bar has made a name for itself in its own right. Best to head to this one a little later in the evening, catch the DJ in the converted VW camper van decks who’ll no doubt be playing a variety of house and electronic tunes, La Calle attracts a young hip crowd who will no doubt start dancing once it’s well past midnight. Serving up an eclectic list of specialist house cocktails, one of their iconic classics includes one served up in a mate gourd. La Calle is the speakeasy to go to if you don’t fancy finding out complicated passwords or dressing too glam.

Av. Cnel. Niceto Vega 4942

La Pasionaria

Ph: Savoteur

So not just strictly speaking a cocktail bar but a closed door eating experience too, La Pasionaria is as sophisticated a drinking spot as it gets. Located in a chic and stylish antique shop, by night the Palermo venue transforms into a live music performance space serving up gourmet food, complete with delectable cocktails. All seated around a communal dinner table, expect diners to be a varied bunch and for conversation to be a big part of the experience too. Well stocked with eclectic collectible items, you may just end up getting serious house envy or even walk away with a stash of new purchases ready to kit out your apartment with.

Godoy Cruz 1541

Buenos Aires Avenues: Av. Libertador

libertador

PH: Roger Schultz

Spanning from Retiro to Tigre, Av. Libertador is one of the main thoroughfares of Buenos Aires. It is also one of the more upscale Avenues in the city, and has much fewer bus lines than other avenues in BA. It is 30 km. long and is named after San Martín. From its most southern tip in Retiro to where it ends up north, here is what you will find on this emblematic avenue.

1-) Recoleta

The famous Recoleta Plaza Francia Park borders with this Avenue and has a great artisans fair. On the opposite hand is the Buenos Aires Fine Arts Museum. Also along this avenue is the stunning Museo de Arte Decorativo.

2-) Palermo

Continuing up the park lined Avenue, upon reaching Palermo, we will find the famous Monument to the Magna Carta and the Four Regions of Argentina (more commonly known as Monumento a los Españoles). At this intersection we also have the old BA Zoo, now an ecopark, on one corner, and the entrance to the renowned rose garden (Rosedal) on the other.  A little further up the road we will find the Palermo horse tracks before getting to Belgrano.

3-) Nuñez

In Nuñez, right at the border between the capital and the suburbs, is Memorial Museum and  Haroldo Conti cultural center, both which used to be a detention center during the military coup. It is a relevant historical spot with a exhibits and a lot of artistic programs aimed at bringing awareness to human rights issues.

4-) San Isidro

Once in the suburbs the high rise buildings mellow out and in San Isidro the avenue leads to the nearby historical Quinta Los Ombues and to the stunning Cathedral and park.

5-) Tigre

Finally, the avenue ends in the Tigre delta which is worthwhile exploring on a boat. You can find a list of suggested tours here.

 

Terrazas de Buenos Aires

spring

PH: John Hughes

Mientras los pájaros hacen sus nidos en las copas de los árboles, nosotros encontramos nuestros propios espacios verdes para disfrutar de unas copas, de buena música y de romances floridos de primavera. Aquí, nuestra selección de 5 terrazas porteñas para aprovechar la nueva estación.

SKY Bar en el Hotel Pulitzer: A partir del 20 de Octubre, el Pulitzer abre las puertas del SKY bar con DJs, tragos y vista panorámica de la ciudad incluida. Av. Maipu 907, downtown

Alvear Roof Bar: De jueves a domingo, a partir de las 18hs., este bar de Recoleta en lo alto del Alvear Palace es el lugar ideal para disfrutar de la hora mágica. Av. Alvear 1891, Recoleta

Crystal Bar- Alvear Icon: Para quienes además de aire quieran un poco de glamour, el Crystal Bar en el piso 32 del Alvear Icon en Palermo es el lugar indicado. Aime Paine 1130, Puerto Madero

Santa Terracita: Un bar a puertas cerradas en Chacarita que se caracteriza por su terraza y por su ambiente relajado y bajo perfil. Para conseguir la dirección hay que comunicarse con ellos vía  Facebook .

Sheldon Bar: Quienes prefieran quedarse en Palermo, pueden acercarse al Sheldon, conocido tanto por su terraza como por su ambiente animado. Honduras 4969, Palermo

Los huéspedes de Fierro Hotel también pueden disfrutar y tomarse un trago en la pequeña piscina con terraza, o sino, en el jardín del hotel. El hotel también cuenta con una suite con terraza y jacuzzi.

A Top a Terrace

drinks

While the birds nest in the treetops, we found our own rooftop hotspots to fly up to this Spring. Check out our pick of BA’s top 5 terraces for song singing and flower flirting now that the weather’s warming up again.

SKY Bar at the Hotel Pulitzer: From the 20th of October onwards, live DJ sets, drinks and a superb view of the city, all at the Pulitzer’s SKY bar. Av. Maipu 907, downtown

Alvear Roof Bar: Open from Thursday to Sunday from 6pm to midnight, this Recoleta centered rooftop bar is perfect for cocktails at magic hour. Av. Alvear 1891, Recoleta

Crystal Bar- Alvear Icon: For those that like glamour, the recently opened Crystal Bar on the 32nd floor of the Alvear Icon in Puerto Madero is the place to go. Aime Paine 1130, Puerto Madero

Santa Terracita: Much more low key and laid back is the closed door bar Santa Terracita in Chacarita.Send them a facebook message for instructions on how to get there. 

Sheldon Bar: For those that want to stay in Palermo, the Sheldon is popular both for its outdoor area and its lively music. Honduras 4969, Palermo

Fierro Hotel guests can also relax at the rooftop relax pool with a drink, or at the hotel garden.  For a private terrace with a jacuzzi, there’s always the Terrace Suite.

Avenidas de Buenos Aires: Pres. Figueroa Alcorta

alcorta

PH: Raul Antonio Alvarez

Los hinchas en horda con banderas, bocinazos, el tránsito de los porteños que van hacia el centro de la ciudad donde conviven bancos y librerías, torres, edificios bajos, local y extranjero, puentes y parques donde los adolescentes se besan. ¿Por dónde se empieza a conocer una ciudad tan grande como Buenos Aires? El mapa puede ser un lugar tan bueno como cualquiera para ver adónde van a ir los hinchas de River este domingo, adónde van a festejar los estudiantes el Día de la Primavera, para ver arte latinoamericano; en la Avenida Presidente Figueroa Alcorta.

La famosa avenida, que va desde el Estadio Monumental de River Plate hasta la Facultad de Derecho, se inauguró en 1910, en el centenario de la Revolución de Mayo. El afamado arquitecto y paisajista Carlos Thays ayudó a diseñarla.

Algunos de los puntos de mayor interés para explorar en esta avenida son:

Estadios

Estadio Monumental River Plate: Uno de los estadios más frecuentados de la ciudad, tanto por sus partidos de fútbol como por los recitales que ofrece. Además, tiene un pequeño museo. Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 7509, CABA

Estadio GEBA: Ubicado en Palermo, este pequeño estadio que linda con Figueroa Alcorta es uno de los elegidos por musicos internacionales.  Marcelino Freyre 3831, Palermo

Museos

MALBA: Este museo, que se convirtió en uno de los polos culturales de la ciudad, tiene una colección única de obras de arte latinoamericano del siglo XX. El museo también proyecta ciclos de cine, tiene muestras temporales de artistas internacionales, y ofrece conferencias y talleres relacionados al arte, a la estética y al lenguaje. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Parques

Parque 3 de Febrero: Carlos Thays también participó del diseño de este conjunto de 15 parques públicos y 21 clubes deportivos. Algunos de los puntos más emblemáticos en esta extensión de verde incluyen el Rosedal, el Museo Sívori, el Planetario y el Jardín Japonés.

Floralis Genérica: Ubicada en la Plaza de las Naciones Unidas en Recoleta, esta hermosa escultura metálica fue donada a la ciudad por el arquitecto Eduardo Catalano. La flor está diseñada para abrirse a la mañana a las 8 y cerrarse al atardecer. En las noches del 25 de mayo, del 21 de septiembre, y del 24 y 31 de diciembre, permanece abierta. Avenida Presidente Figueroa Alcorta 2301, Recoleta.

Con sus árboles y sombras, Figueroa Alcorta es una avenida que vale la pena recorrer a pie para apreciar también su arquitectura. Incluso tiene su propia canción:

Buenos Aires Avenues: Pres. Figueroa Alcorta

floralis

PH: Vinicius Pinheiro

A hoard of football fans waving flags and honking cars, a traffic jam of unruly commuters trying to get to the busy downtown area where bookstores and banks coexist, high rise, low rise, local and foreign, bridges and parks where teenagers kiss. Where do we begin the exploration of a city so big? A good place as any could be a map, and there, on the map of Buenos Aires, we can see where the River fans will be next Sunday, where students will celebrate Spring this Thursday, and some of the city’s best places to catch a glimpse of Latin American art; all on Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta.

This famous avenue that spans from the River Plate Monumental Stadium to the Buenos Aires Law School (Facultad de Derecho), was inaugurated in the 1910 centennial of the May revolution, and was planned with the help of the great landscape architect Carlos Thays.

Some of the avenues hotspots include:

Stadiums

River Plate Monumental Stadium: One of the most visited stadiums in the city, it hosts both football matches and live international acts. Plus, there is a River Plate museum close by to check out. Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 7509, CABA

Estadio GEBA: Right off Figueroa Alcorta, in Palermo, this smaller stadium is also often the host of live international acts. Marcelino Freyre 3831, Palermo

Museums

Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA): The museum, which has become one of the most popular cultural centers in the city, offers a unique collection of sculptures, drawings, paintings, collage, photographs and objects by twentieth century artists from Central and South America. The museum also hosts film screenings and interesting temporary exhibitions and conferences .  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Parks

Parque 3 de Febrero: Carlos Thays was also involved in the landscaping and design of this group of parks which is composed of 25 ha., and made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs.  Some of the highlights for those getting to know the city include the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden, the Sivori museum of art, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens which host a myriad of activities related to Japanese culture.

Floralis Genérica: Located in the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas in Recoleta, this beautiful metal flower sculpture was donated to the city by architect Eduardo Catalano. It has a built in system that allows it to open in the mornings at 8 am and to close at dusk. On the special nights of the 25th of May, the 21st of September, the 24th of December and the 31st of December, it remains open. Avenida Presidente Figueroa Alcorta 2301, Recoleta.

Shady, and full of trees, Figueroa Alcorta is also a nice Avenue to walk down as it has some beautiful architecture.

The Avenue even has its own song: