Top 5 Whisky Bars in the City

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Cafe de Los Incas: This charming Tudor style cafe on Av. De los Incas in Villa Urquiza is famous for it’s selection of over 350 types of single malts, pure malts and blends. It is the official whisky club’s venue. Av. De los Incas 3909, Villa Urquiza. 4553-1727.

Wherever Bar: This Palermo based bar is known for two things, its whiskies and its British rock. The comfortable leather couches, and low lighting complement the leisurely drinking to perfection. Wherever also serves some great food and cocktails, and occasionally hosts whisky tasting events. Fray Just S.M.de Oro 2476, Palermo. 4777-8029.

Portezuelo: Located in front of the famous Recoleta cemetery this whisky bar is ideal for visitors looking for a languid pause, glass in hand, after a long day touring the city. It has over 150 whiskies, including some collector gems, and they offer whisky tastings. Vicente Lopez 2160, Recoleta. 4806 9462.

Gibraltar: A San Telmo nightlife classic, this British pub is known for its top-quality draught beer and its selection of whiskies. They also serve some pretty decent curries and are always abuzz until late. Peru 895, San Telmo. 4632-5310.

Korova: Though not strictly a whisky bar, this charming off the beaten path closed door venue in Olivos is a great place for hard to find whisky’s and single malts, as well as for rocking cocktails. The place, the people and the music make it worthwhile too! Ramseyer 1475, Olivos. 4790-6191.

Buenos Aires Nightlife: BA Pub Crawl

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Buenos Aires is known for its vibrant nightlife that ends well into the morning. As a visitor it may be difficult to decide on where to go to capitalize on diversion. Fortunately for the “party like a rockstar” types, there is a dedicated group of partiers who have organized the BA Pub Crawl, a fun packed bar hop where people from different nationalities and cultures meet to discover just how wild the BA night can be.

The Pub Crawls are held every night of the week, and explore different areas of the city. Thus, Monday’s event may be in San Telmo, Wednesday’s in Recoleta, Saturday’s in Palermo Hollywood, and so on. This allows travelers to get to know different spots around the city, and to socialize with other like-minded people.

The dedicated organizers of the pub crawl also plan special events for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter for example, whilst also hosting theme nights such as the upcoming Stoplight Pub Crawl on Sunday the 29th of April where everyone attending is expected to wear something red, yellow or green.

Pub Crawls start at different meeting points at 10pm each night. They cost 100 pesos and include free pizza, beer and wine through registration hour (10-11pm), a free shooter at every bar, drink discounts and free club admissions.

More information on upcoming pub crawls and meeting points is available here.

5 Great Bars Downtown

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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

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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

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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