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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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La Pasionaria

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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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A Top a Terrace

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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.

Uptown BA

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Palermo is well known for being one of the city’s gastronomic hotspots that includes both restaurants and hip buzzing bars. Uptown bar is the newest to join the local scene, and it’s definitely the talk of the town with its impressive NY style metro station decor that includes part of a subway train itself.

Right next to La Mar, one of BA’s top ceviche spots, and just a few block away from Fierro Hotel, this is definitely the place to experience the renowned Buenos Aires nightlife. Since the bar has just opened in May and has caused quite a hub, we recommend booking in advance.  Arevalo 2030, Palermo. (0054 11) 2101-4897

Palermo es conocido por ser un polo gastronómico donde confluyen algunos de los mejores restaurantes y bares de la ciudad. Uptown es una de las últimas novedades de la zona y se destaca por su decoración única que imita una estación de subterráneo neoyorquina, con vagón de subte incluido.

El bar está ubicado al lado de la reconocida cebicheria La Mar, a tan solo unas cuadras de Fierro Hotel y es el lugar indicado para conocer la famosa noche porte;a. Dado que Uptown abrió sus puertas en mayo y que goza de mucha popularidad recomendamos reservar con anticipación. Arevalo 2030, Palermo. (0054 11) 2101-4897

 

LGBT BA

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Buenos Aires is one of the LGBT capitals of Latin America, and this has been especially so since the legalization of same sex marriages came through in 2010, although Wong Kar Wai was already paving the way since 1997 with his film Happy Together about a couple from Hong Kong that visit Buenos Aires to save their relationship.

Although the local LGBT scene is thriving and there is a big community, both local and foreign, it is not so focused on specific LGBT spots so they aren’t necessarily the best places to stop by for drinks and dancing. Below, we have included a selection of top LGBT places, and other friendly glamorous hotspots to check out that are not just gay targeted.

Also, keep in mind that the annual Pride Parade will take place on the 26th of November, although,there are many political undertones this year that have created some controversy in the LGBT community regarding support of the event (Spanish speakers will be able to follow the discussion on the event’s facebook page here).

 LGBT Venues

Pride Café:  A great spot in San Telmo for a light lunch or coffee and a sweet treat. Their chocotorta is one of the best in the city! Balcarce 869, San Telmo

Casa Brandon: Self dubbed as a queer culture club that questions the idea of gender, this is a great spot to participate in artistic events and open minded get togethers with a mostly local crowd. Luis Maria Drago 236, Almagro

HumanClub and Rheo: are a gay party nights that take place at the well known Palermo centered Crobar. If you like all night dancing, this is definitely a place to go! More information here. Marcelino Freire & Av. Infanta Isabel, Palermo.

Other Glam Hotspots

Isabel: One of the most glamorous stylish bars in Palermo that also serves some of the best cocktails. Do stop by. Uriarte 1664, Palermo.

Milion: Set in a renovated french style house, this classy bar brings all kinds of people together and has a great outdoor area for the warmer months. Paraná 1048, downtown.

Frank’s Bar: One of the city’s most successful speakeasies and for good reason, it offers glamour, mystery and great cocktails. Arévalo 1445, Palermo.

Faena Library Lounge: Puerto Madero is a must and you can cap off your visit at the Faena Library Lounge which is top notch and very gay friendly. Martha Salotti 445, Puerto Madero.

Club 69: Niceto Club’s most famous party takes place on Thursday and is everything its name promises it to be. Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.

Online resources: 

http://www.gaybuenosaires4u.com/

http://www.thegayguide.com.ar/

https://www.nighttours.com/buenosaires/gayguide/

5 Hotspot Bars with a Fireplace in Buenos Aires

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Winter chill is here, but that’s no reason to miss out on the vibrant BA nightlife. To make the best of it, here are 5 hotspots with a fireplace in Buenos Aires to turn up the heat.

Olsen

The Scandinavian know how to do winter, and al Olsen the great cuisine and decor, plus an amazing variety of vodkas and a fireplace, make this a top spot to stop by on chilly evenings. Gorriti 5870, Palermo.

The Oak Bar

For the classic who like to watch the wood burn with some quality whisky in hand, the Oak Bar in the Hyatt Hotel is just the place.  Av. Alvear 1661, Recoleta.

 The Steve

This Palermo centered bar is spacey, modern and serves some great cocktails. Stop by to get the night started by the flames of their chimney and get into the groove for a fun night in the town. El Salvador 4968, Palermo.

 Isabel

Posh and upbeat, Isabel is the place to go for sophisticated night owls that like their drinks done right. Unlike the other venues, this one has its always lit fireplace set outside in the courtyard. Uriarte 1664, Palermo

 Bangalore

This UK inspired pub that also serves curries is a great winter spot to drink draught beer during happy hour, they don’t always light their fireplace, but it’s still cozy and upbeat enough to keep the spirits high. Humboldt 1416, Palermo

Buenos Aires Cóctel 2016

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Buenos Aires is known for its great bars, and for the next few days, with BA Cocktail week in full swing until the 21st, visiting them will be a must. Some of our favorites include 878, Verne, Isabel, Victoria Brown, Gran Bar Danzón, Florería Atlántico, and Casa Cavia. Of course, there are many more, and the full list of those participating in the event can be found here. Throughout the week, you will not only find cocktails at discount prices, and some of the city’s best bartenders shaking things up, but there will also be cocktail classes and unique pairings such as cocktail and a burger. The full program is available here.

Buenos Aires es conocida por sus excelentes bares, y en los próximos días, va a ser imperativo visitarlos ya que se estará llevando a cabo la Semana del Cóctel. Algunos de nuestros bares preferidos en la ciudad incluyen 878, Verne, Isabel, Victoria Brown, Gran Bar Danzón, Florería Atlántico y Casa Cavia. Por supuesto que hay muchos más, y la lista completa de todos los bares que participan del evento se puede encontrar aquí. Durante la semana, no solo se van a ofrecer tragos especiales y con descuento, sino que también habrá clases de coctelería y maridajes únicos tales como la combinación trago-hamburguesa. El programa completo se encuentra aquí.

Buenos Aires Agenda: January/Enero 2016

Monday/Lunes

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Check out the new MALBA exhibit of Belgian artist Francis Alÿs’s poetic-political artwork. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the UCO  happy hour! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

You can also head to the Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

El MALBA está exhibiendo una muestra del trabajo político-poético del artista belga Francis Alÿs. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

A la tarde, desde las 17.30 hasta las 19.30hs., abre  el jardín de Fierro Hotel para ofrecer cócteles en el happy hour de UCO restaurante. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

También a la tarde, a partir de las 19hs., se presenta la orquesta de percusión La Bomba del Tiempo en el Centro Cultural KonexSarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday/Martes

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The Botanical Gardens in Palermo are so shady and filled with character that they are well worth visiting with a camera, a book or a drawing pad on these hot summer days.

BAMA Cine Arte is screening The Hateful Eight, Tarantino’s latest film. Diagonal Norte 1150, downtown.

Por su sombra fresca y particular identidad, El Jardín Botánico en Palermo es el lugar ideal para pasear con la cámara, un libro o un bloc de dibujo.

Durante enero, el cineclub BAMA Cine Arte proyecta Los ocho más odiados, la última película de Quentin Tarantino. Diagonal Norte 1150, downtown.

Wednesday/ Miércoles

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Try a Parrilla Tour and taste all the typical local cuts, book your place for a Foto Ruta tour to get to know the city through your camera lens, or explore on an Off the Beaten Path Tour with Elisa and see where it takes you!

In the evening, Wiz Kalifa will be staging a live show at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

Probá los cortes de carne típicos de la Argentina con Parrilla Tour, reservá con Foto Ruta para conocer la ciudad a través del lente de una cámara, o explorá los recovecos menos conocidos de la ciudad con Elisa en uno de sus Off the Beaten Path tours.

A la noche, Wiz Kalifa se presenta en vivo en el Estadio Luna Park. Entradas aquí.

Thursday/ Jueves

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The warm summer weather is ideal for a laid back two hour bike tour which you can take from the Planetarium.Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, Palermo. 

At 9.30pm, stop by Boris Club de Jazz to listen to Diego Frenkel’s new work titled Ritmo. Tickets here. 

El clima cálido de verano es ideal para hacer un tour relajado en bicicleta partiendo del Planetario. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, Palermo.

A las 21.30hs. se presenta Diego Frenkel en Boris Club de Jazz para presentar su nuevo trabajo titulado Ritmo. Entradasaquí.

Friday/ Viernes

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If the weather is nice, a day trip to Tigre is a must while you’re in Buenos Aires. You can try a water sport, stop by the Mercado de Frutos where you can purchase local goods, go on a rollercoaster ride, stop by the newly inaugurated China Town, and even place your bets at the local Casino. Explore on your own or try a tour! 

In the evening, some outdoor drinks at  a nice bar with a terrace, or at Fierro’s outdoor garden!

Si el día está soleado, hacer una excursión al Tigre es una salida imperdible durante tu estadía en Buenos Aires. Se puede hacer deportes acuáticos, pasar por el Mercado de Frutos para comprar artesanías, subir a una montaña rusa, conocer el nuevo Barrio Chino de Tigre, e incluso probar suerte en el Casino. Explora por tu cuenta o súmate a un Tour.

A la noche, unos tragos al aire libre en algún bar con terraza o en el jardín de Fierro Hotel.

Saturday and Sunday/ Sábado y Domingo

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Book your place at UCO´s delicious weekend brunch, with a great Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

Chinese New Year celebrations will be taking place throughout the whole weekend at the Plaza Parques Nacionales on Figueroa Alcorta avenue, between Sucre and Echeverría in Belgrano.

Hacé tu reserva para degustar el brunch de UCO restaurante que  ofrece también una variante de desayuno irlandés. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

El Año Nuevo chino se festeja todo el fin de semana en la Plaza Parque Nacionales que queda sobre la Avenida Figueroa Alcorta, entre Sucre y Echeverría, en Belgrano.