This Week: March 3-10

Electronic music parties are on the agenda, while an ultra-hip Palermo gallery unveils its latest exhibition. Presenting the week, March 3-10, 2014.

Monday

In case you weren’t aware, we are still on carnival alert, with both Monday and Tuesday national holidays. Follow the beat of the drums and go shake your booty like you’re in Brazil. In all good carnaval-loving neighborhoods including Colegiales, Montserrat, Palermo, San Telmo and Villa Crespo…

Courtesy of BA City government

Courtesy of BA City government

Tuesday

Today is the last day for some city beach action, as Buenos Aires Playa ends its 2014 summer cycle, goddamit. Get down to one of these hotspots for some final tanning and chilling.

Courtesy of BA City government

Courtesy of BA City government

Wednesday

For one of the most buzzing happy hours in town, get down to Pony Line bar in Recoleta. Lady of the musical night SRZ checks the tunes, while the superb drinks list will keep the most demanding of palates content. From 8pm. Pony Line, Posadas 1086, Recoleta.

Courtesy of Four Seasons

Courtesy of Four Seasons

Thursday

Primafila‘s High on the Roof by Estamos Felices cycle continues every Thursday until the end of March. Expect a beautiful crowd starting the weekend early with this early-evening rooftop sessions. Entrance is free but by list only, so stop by for a yummy supper before shaking off the calories on the outdoor terrace.

Courtesy of Gastronomique

Courtesy of Gastronomique

Friday

Ultra-hip art gallery Miau Miau unveils its latest exhibition, Piques de ensueño by Constanza Alberione. Expect fragile portraits lovingly painted with tiny brush strokes. From 7pm. Miau Miau, Bulnes 2705, Palermo,

Courtesy of Miau Miau

Courtesy of Miau Miau

Later on, start your weekend off with a bang, courtesy of party organizers HISS, who have lined up a big one at Liv tonight. David August headlines the Palermo nightclub, and will be backed up Ricky Ryan and Yamil Colucci. Start throwing your finest shapes now. From midnight. Liv, Juan B. Justo 1658, Palermo.

Weekend

And if you still need to get your groove on, the big bad Pacha nightclub throws opens its door after a low-profile summer. Dutch wonder Sander Kleinenberg brings the club back to life – make sure you keep at it until dawn to watch the sun rise over the River Plate. Pacha, Avenida Rafael Obligado 6151, Costanera Norte.

Courtesy of DJ Guide

Courtesy of DJ Guide

Come Sunday, what better than an Hernán Gipponi seven-course brunch to fuel that empty tank? Last booking, 2pm. HG Restaurant, Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood.

Guest blog: Allie Lazar’s BA

allieFood blogger and writer Allie Lazar shares her favorite panoramas around Buenos Aires.

While most of my Buenos Aires domain consists of picking up forks and consuming chorizos by the mouthfuls, an essential part of porteño living means finding that idyllic city view and having a good old-fashioned zone-out session. Up high in the sky, walking over busy intersections, or gazing at terrifyingly awesome plastic surgery post ops, these are my favorite spots to really soak in the distinguishing views of what makes Buenos Aires bueno.

Courtesy of Daniel Estrada

Courtesy of Daniel Estrada

Tree Tunnels, Lake Sunset, Tranny Central @ Bosques de Palermo

We have a trifecta up in the Palermo woods: begin the afternoon chilling underneath the fairytale-like tree tunnels, move along to the lake and watch the sky turn vibrant pink and purple at sunset, and stick around to catch the trannies put on their Sunday best getting ready for the nightshift.

Courtesy of Fio via Foursquare

Courtesy of Fio via Foursquare

McCafé @ Recoleta Mall

Yes, I just recommended going to McCafé in Buenos Aires. If you are not familiar with McCafé, you really should be – he’s Ronald McDonald’s classier and more sophisticated younger brother (?) serving elegant coffees and luxurious medialunas. No, none of that is really true. But if you head up to the top floor, the most magical view of the Recoleta Cemetery will await you… of course as magical as magical can be while sitting in a McDonald’s.

Courtesy of Allie Lazar

Courtesy of Allie Lazar

Mirador of the City @ Panamericano Hotel

I’ve never quite bathed in such an iconic Buenos Aires view as at the Hotel Panamericano Club & Spa. High up on the 23rd floor, the space is enclosed head to toe in glass with skylights and massive windows. Nothing quite beats this view over Avenida 9 de Julio: look left and you see the Obelisco, right and you can glimpse Río de la Plata, and straight ahead a direct shot of the Teatro Colón. Extra bonus: find your way up here during purple blooming jacarandá flower season.

Courtesy of Allie Lazar

Courtesy of Allie Lazar

Bridge over Avenida Figueroa Alcorta @ Recoleta

Hovering over Figueroa Alcorta Avenue, this bridge gives a direct shot of the law faculty, the Bellas Artes museum, the defected solar flower sculpture, hippie haven Plaza Francia, and not to mention all the mental bus and car traffic below.

Courtesy of Buenos Aires Playa

Courtesy of Buenos Aires Playa

River, Hot Bods and Beachwear @ Buenos Aires Playa

No need to travel all the way to the ocean to get into the beach vacay mood – you can  stay in Buenos Aires and get the whole playa experience complete with city coastline: families, yellow umbrellas, beach volleyball, surf simulator, outdoor showers – you know, all the important stuff minus the actual ocean. The sand might be as artificial as some of the fake tetas and culos MILFs parading around, but you’ll feel as if you kinda-sorta-not-really are at the beach with a lovely river outlook. Moving even further north to Perú Beach or outside Alvear Abajo restaurant, there’s another more tranquilo view of the capital’s subdued skyline.

Courtesy of Allie Lazar

Courtesy of Allie Lazar

Coffee Town @ San Telmo Market 

Okay, so I guess I can’t write a whole blog post without mentioning something ingestible, but Coffee Town’s coffee hut inside the San Telmo market never fails as a prime spot for people watching: Nordic-looking confused tourists dressed as if they are ready to hike the Himalayas, loud Brazilians in Adidas track suits loudly asking where to find the San Telmo market, classic barrio characters roaming around hitting on anything in a skirt and regulars shopping for their daily dose of meat and veggies. Sit for a while and observe the weird and wonderful.

Allie Lazar is a freelance eater and writer. She shares her culinary finds on Pick Up The Fork.