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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This Week: 13-19th April 2015

Monday

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Check out the new MALBA exhibits featuring photographs by Annemarie Heinrich, and installations, choreographies and more under the name “Infinite Experience”. 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 new UCO after office event! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

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

Tuesday

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Huellas de lo real (Imprints of Reality), is the new photography exhibit taking place at Parque de la Memoria, featuring the works of Juan Travnik and Jonathan Molner. Rafael Obligado 6745, Costanera.

Try some mate, practice some Spanish and meet new people at the Tuesday Mate Conversation Club that starts at 6.30pm. Sign up at mateclubdeconversacion@gmail.com . Uruguay 862, downtown.

The Colón Theatre inaugurates their production of Werther with functions until the 21st of April. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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(From Blue Velvet by David Lynch)

The Buenos Aires international independent film festival (BAFICI) kicks off with a fantastic program of local, foreign, old and new films to discover! Find the full program here, and make sure to get tickets in advance!

Later on, the Stuttgart Bach Akademie’s Chorus and Orchestra will be presenting a concert at the Colón Theatre, starting at 8pm. Tickets here.

Thursday

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Get ready for a mouth watering weekend as the city’s top chefs cook up a storm at the MASTICAR food fair taking place from the 16th to the 19th of April just a few blocks away from Fierro. Mmm… Zapiola 50, Colegiales.

In the evening, the monthly Gallery nights will be taking place in the downtown circuit until 10pm. Find a map here.

Kiss will also be staging a live show at the Velez Stadium at 9pm. Tickets here.

Friday

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If you came to Buenos Aires and you’re not vegetarian, chances are you want some of that famous Argentine beef! Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely satisfy your meat cravings!

Later on, starting at 10 pm the Time Warp electronic festival will be taking place at Costa Salguero. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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Book your place at UCO´s unique weekend brunch, now revamped with an Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

Catch a film at the BAFICI independent film festival taking place until the 25th of April. More information here.

Don’t miss the MASTICAR gourmet food fair this weekend at El Dorrego. Zapiola 50, Colegiales.

On Saturday, starting at 10 pm the last day of the Time Warp electronic festival will be taking place at Costa Salguero. Tickets here.

Also on Saturday, Vernon Reid from Living Color will be staging a live show at the ND Teatro. Tickets here.

The Sivory Museum, next to the Palermo Rosedal offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

New in Town: Verne Club

Inspired by Jules Verne, the hottest new cocktail club in Palermo opened recently and is already hitting it big. The bar, owned by Germán Lacanna and star bartender Fede Cuco, who also whisks up the delicious cocktails of our own monthly happy hour event, offers top quality drinks in a relaxed and elegant atmosphere. Dim lighting, tasteful jazz and chesterfield sofas make for a warm and inviting setting, perfect for the winter season, while the carefully prepared cocktails with inspiring names based on the famed author’s writings are worthy of a poet’s praise.  Stop by on your nights out on the town and experience what the Porteño nightlife is all about. Medrano 1475, Palermo. 4822-0980.

April in Buenos Aires

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A month full of music and art is in store for us in Buenos Aires, with great international live acts, the independent film festival and book fair, and the 2013 gallery nights kick-off coming up.  Start penciling in your cultural schedule because this April the city is brimming with things to do!

10th-21st of April- BAFICI. The renowned international independent film festival is one of the hottest cultural events of the year. Make sure to start checking out the who is who and buy tickets in advance! More information here.

11th of April- Gallery Nights. The monthly art event starts its 2013 season at the hippest Palermo, Recoleta and Retiro art galleries. More information here.

25th of April- 13th of May- International Book Fair. Buenos Aires is a literary city and the annual book fair is a great place for browsing, shopping and seminars. The fair’s theme this year is books as bridges and there will be a special focus on Dutch literature. More information here.

28th – 30th of April- Tales of the Cocktail Tour. This three-day cocktail tour will include seminars by international and locally renowned bartenders, barhops, tango, asado and more. For more information contact Barbara at bsugasti@gmail.com

Live Music:

2nd- 3rd of April- Pepsi Music Festival. Line up includes Queens of the Stone Age and Pearl Jam. Tickets here.

2nd of April – A Perfect Circle and Tomahawk –  Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Tickets here.

6th of April- Regina Spektor- GEBA. Tickets here.

7th of April- Keane – Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

12th of April- The Cure- Estadio River Plate. Tickets here.

14th of April- Chuck Berry- Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Downtown Bistro: Dill and Drinks

Set in the heart of the Buenos Aires downtown area, just blocks away from Plaza San Martín, Dill and Drinks combines welcoming decor, scrumptious food and excellent cocktails. The small bistro offers a special summer menu complete with gazpacho, ceviche, vichyssoise and more, and for those who want to stop by in the afternoon, a great selection of tapas. Their cocktails are one of their specialties and they also have a top of the line wine selection. Additionally, their bright 50’s style decor makes for the ideal setting to enjoy a quality meal, delicious drinks and a lovely time in an area where the culinary options are generally limited. If in the neighborhood visiting Plaza San Martín, viewing the Kavanagh building or roaming the Retiro area, then this is definitely a good option to stop for lunch, drinks or dinner.  They also offer cocktail workshops. San Martín 986, Downtown. 4515-0675.

Hot Summer Nightspot: Soria

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Set in the heart of Palermo, Soria offers the perfect summer hangout since 2012. The outdoor terrace and patio are the bar’s big attraction although it has indoor refuge for the occasional stormy day. Deck chairs, plants and starry skies but also great drinks and DJs make it a place for both relaxing with a cold beer and dancing the night away. Soria also serves bar food and has a spot to park bicycles, keeping up with all the latest city trends. Gorriti 5151, Palermo. 4832-1745.

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.

Barman Fede Cuco at Fierro Hotel

Local celebrity bartender Fede Cuco has embarked on a special adventure. Known as the Cantinero Viajero (Travelling Bartender), he has taken upon paying visits to different bars around the city with a suitcase full of elixirs. This weekend he will be traveling to Fierro Hotel’s Hernán Gipponi Restaurant where he will prepare some of his unique recipes.

The menu will consist of five one-of-a-kind cocktails including a homemade Rob Roy matured in an oak barrel! He will also remind us of the wonders of an old time classic, the Chicago Fizz.  Other delectable drinks to be served include C&C Fizz, Multiple Choice Crusta, and Black & Tan.

Don’t miss this chance to share the stories of your trip with this unique traveler who will be at Fierro Hotel on Friday the 4th, and Saturday the 5th of May from 7pm onwards. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Top 5 Happy Hours in BA

Doppelganger: This trendy San Telmo bar specializes in cocktails made from top quality spirits and liqueurs placing an emphasis on gins and vodkas. Their happy hour menu consists of 30 different drinks to choose from, their 2*1 promo allows customers to pick two different cocktails from the list! Happy Hour: Tue-Fri 7pm-9pm. Av. Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo. 4300-0201

Gran Bar Danzón: 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 present exciting new wines in the market and are a great way to try something new. Libertad 1161, Downtown. 4811-1108.

Hernán Gipponi: Fierro Hotel’s ground floor restaurant has recently incorporated a happy hour on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 6pm-8pm featuring Argentine inspired drinks (35 pesos x 2) and a savory selection of tapas (happy hour menu here). An added plus is the lovely garden where guests can sit in to enjoy cocktails and snacks. Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800. info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Le Bar: Set in an old downtown building, reminiscent of the cities golden years,  and yet with a vibrant modern design, this four floor restaurant-bar with a terrace has become one of the city’s top places to go to.  Their happy hour is held on weekdays from 6pm-10pm,  and brings in a lot of nearby office-ers, and their special Thursday happy hour that runs on to 12pm is perfect for pre-party drinking. Tucuman 422, Downtown. 5219-0858. Open Mon-Sat from midday-2am.

Gibraltar: This popular English pub in the San Telmo area has  great draught beer, delicious curries, and a friendly laid back atmosphere, important assets for  a good happy hour. Their happy hour runs every day from 6pm-10pm and if you wish to stay on, the bar remains open well into the dawn.  Peru 895, San Telmo. 4632-5310. Opening Hours: 6pm-4am.

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
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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