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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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