LGBT BA

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Beatrice Murch

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/

This Week: 21-28 April

Monday

Via BASA

Via BASA

Long weekend? Longer week ahead? One bar that’s open on the barman’s day of rest is BASA. Head downtown and snap up the Moscow Mule (photo) – head bartender Ludo makes the ginger beer in house. Happy hour from 7pm. BASA Basement Bar, Basavilbaso 1328, Retiro.

Via Jocelyn Mandryk

Via Jocelyn Mandryk

And at HG Restaurant, it’s the final night of our special Malbec-paired dinner in tribute to Malbec World Day. Check out our Facebook page for menu details, as there are some surprises – white Malbec, anyone?

Tuesday

Via Shop Hop BA

Via Shop Hop BA

Need to get your winter wardrobe fixed up? Allow cool hunter and stylist Sophie Lloyd from Shop Hop BA to lend an expert hand. Her bespoke shopping tours suit all budgets and styles – and can take in tango fashion to lovely leathers and appointment-only showrooms.

Wednesday

Via Cocina Sunae

Via Cocina Sunae

Southeast ASian restaurant Cocina Sunae recently started to open its doors on Wednesday nights. Avoid the weekend rush and treat yourself to a mid-week spice kick you won’t regret. For a real bang, order a ginger kamikaze.

Thursday

Courtesy of Club 69

Courtesy of Club 69

In what has become the autumn mid-week party of the moment, go and get High on the Roof in Recoleta at Primafila.  Expect a beautiful crowd starting the weekend early with these early-evening rooftop sessions that ends at 1am. Entrance is free but by list only, so stop by for supper before shaking off the calories on the outdoor terrace. Once you’re done but still need to groove, head to Palermo classic Club 69 for funk, break-dancing and drag acts.

Friday

Via Jocelyn Mandryk

Via Jocelyn Mandryk

We’ve got one word for you: TFIF! Our happy hour in the gorgeous back garden puts in its monthly appearance so it’s time to Thank Fierro It’s Friday. With cocktails by guest bartender Fede Cuco and tunes from Buddha Beats, start your weekend right with some hot tapas from Hernán Gipponi’s master hands, cool drinks and pumping tunes. From 6.30pm, Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood.

Weekend

Via Ursa

Via Ursa

A fashion and art combo is on at one of our fave galleries on Saturday as Galeria Mar Dulce hosts a pop-up clothing sale with Ursa. US designer and artist Elizabeth Gleeson brings her sustainable knitwear – much of it produced by a women’s group in a Buenos Aires slum – to Palermo. Think loose-knit cardigans in bright and breezy colours that are perfect for the coming winter months. From 3pm. Uriarte 1490, Palermo Soho.

Via Graffiti Mundo

Via Graffiti Mundo

Every Sunday, Graffiti Mundo runs a bike tour to check out some street art hotspots around the city. Get your pedal on and bring your artist’s eye to the three-to-four hour tour around Palermo and check out works such as this rather appropriate stencil by Cabaio.

 

This Week 10-17 March

Monday

Test your mettle against the quiz master extraordinaire at the Pub Quiz Buenos Aires tonight, in what is the final and triumphant quiz organised by tour guide Jonathan Evans. Fear not though, trivia fans, the quiz will continue as normal next month with a brand-new host (we hear he’s pretty tough)… With three rounds of 10 general knowledge questions and one themed round of 25 questions, you’ll either be breezing through with a perfect score or scratching your head in extreme bafflement. 7.30pm, La Cigale, 25 de Mayo 597 (corner of Tucumán). 15 pesos.

And of course, those in need of a fabulous feed should book at One Table – five course, five wine pairings, one chef – our very own Hernán Gipponi. Tel: 3220-6820. Reservation only.

Courtesy of Jocelyn Mandryk

Courtesy of Jocelyn Mandryk

Tuesday

For those of who you who like your comedy in English, get down to Gringo Standup this evening. Featuring local expat hero Daniel Tunnard (the Englishman who rode all the buses in Buenos Aires), Matt Roper AKA Wilfredo and the extremely hilarious Ana Carolina, you’ll be in for a rib-tickler of a night. The Cavern Pub, Av. Corrientes 1660, Paseo La Plaza. 10.30pm, 70 pesos.

Courtesy of Comedy in Buenos Aires (that porteños won't understand)

Courtesy of Comedy in Buenos Aires (that porteños won’t understand)

Wednesday

Ditch Palermo for one night only and head down to Retiro to one of the hippest bars in town. Part wine store, part florist and a whole lot of bar, Florería Atlántico was voted the best watering-hole in South America in 2013. What are you waiting for? We love the frogs’ legs and their grilled steak.

Courtesy of Florería Atlántico

Courtesy of Florería Atlántico

Thursday

In what has become the summer slash autumn mid-week party of the moment, go and get High on the Roof in Recoleta at Primafila.  Expect a beautiful crowd starting the weekend early with this early-evening rooftop sessions that ends at 1am. Entrance is free but by list only, so stop by for supper before shaking off the calories on the outdoor terrace. Once you’re done but still need to groove, head to Palermo classic Club 69 for funk, break-dancing and drag acts.

Courtesy of Club 69

Courtesy of Club 69

Friday

In what is likely to be the photographic exhibition of 2014, Mario Testino’s In Your Face opens today at the Malba. The Peruvian photographer has snapped some of the world’d good and great in his time. This is his first and long overdue Buenos Aires show. Malba, Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 7pm. Until June 16.

Courtesy of Malba

Courtesy of Malba

Weekend

For a touch of urban intervention, San Telmo is the place to go. Quirky musical and artistic combo Al Ver Verás provide the visuals and the sounds for “music to look at” at what is likely to be a most interesting night.  Chez Praliné, address on reservation.

Courtesy of Leticia Fraguela

Courtesy of Leticia Fraguela

And of course, we are taking reservations for our epic weekend brunch sessions. Go with an empty tummy, leave with it more than sufficiently filled. HG Restaurant, Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. Tel: 3220-6820.