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.

New in Town: The Steve

Just recently opened towards the end of 2013, The Steve is one of the great new bars in BA that are giving the famous porteño nights an even better rep. Funky animal portraits on the walls, a spacious and dim lit area with couches, stools, roulettes and candelabra make a perfect setting for a night of fun, drinks and tapas. Plus, they regularly host live funk and soul shows, as well as stand-up comedy. El Salvador 4968, Palermo

Fierro Loves Soho: Top 5 Bars

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The Palermo Soho streets are full of bars, cafés and restaurants. For a fast and easy bet, heading to either Plaza Serrano or Plaza Armenia is a simple way of finding a terrace and grabbing a beer, however if you’re looking to stop by the city’s finest spots for a mingle and a drink then check out our pick of top five bars in the Palermo Soho area!

Isabel- This glitzy posh bar with a dark seventies inspired interior is one of the best in the city.  Upbeat house music, pulsating ceiling lights, mirrors galore and a courtyard with a lit fireplace, never mind the superb cocktails, are the reason why this hotspot roars. 1664 Uriarte, Palermo Soho. 4834 6969.

Rio Café– A super stylish adult crowd gathers at this popular venue where cocktails rock and DJ´s set the rhythm of the late-night porteño partying scene. The café/bar also opens for lunch and dinner. Honduras 4772, Palermo Soho. 4832 2318

Rey de Copas– A new addition to the Palermo scene, this spacious and well decorated bar with an impressive bar has a small courtyard and a retractable roof which opens in the summer to let the fresh air in. Gorriti 5176, Palermo.

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 this is definitely a must in the Palermo area. Serrano 1222, Palermo Viejo. 4773-1967.

Congo  Bar-  An “it” place with a stylish and enthusiastic crowd that either hangs out, drink in hand, in the outdoor terrace or lounges around inside. Honduras 5329, Palermo. 4833-5857.

Fierro Loves Hollywood: Palermo’s Hottest Blocks

Palermo is divided into all sorts of funny sub categories (most unofficial) and new ones keep popping up all the time. Some of the better known ones include Palermo Viejo (or “old” Palermo), Palermo SOHO (where all the designer shops are), and Palermo Hollywood. New sub-Palermos also include Palermo Botánico (where the Botanical gardens are, you guessed it!), Palermo Zoo (another self-explanatory one), Palermo Queens (better known as Villa Crespo but rebaptized by some because it is supposedly one of the city’s transvestite epicenters), and Palermo Freud/Sensible (because a lot of psychologists have their practice in the area). Regardless of names, it is important to know that the popular neighborhood is divided into North and South of Juan B. Justo, Between Libertador Avenue and Santa Fé, and between Santa Fé and Avenida Córdoba.

Fierro Hotel is located in the glamorous Palermo Hollywood, which coined its name after radio stations and production companies began to open up in the area in the nineties. Its limits are Av. Córdoba, Santa Fé, Dorrego and Juan B. Justo and it is one of the liveliest areas in town in terms of dining, nightlife, shopping, art and more. Over the following weeks we will be reviewing the hottest spots for coffee, drinks, and why not even a manicure. Of course, brunch and dinner are always best at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, but there are some pretty great neighbors to get to know too.

Buenos Aires Culinary Week

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Starting tomorrow, Buenos Aires Culinary Week will bring new recipes, delicious food and restaurant discounts to the porteño palate.

The event, which will take place at different venues around the city until the 12th of October will include live cooking classes by celebrity chefs, a photography contest, a special gala and promotional prices at bars and restaurants.

Live cooking classes

5th of October at 4pm- Osvaldo Gross at Barrancas de Belgrano.

6th of October at 4pm- Guillermo Busquiazo at Av. Infanta Isabel and Av. Iraola in Palermo.

7th of October at 4pm- Soledad Nardelli at Av. Infanta Isabel and Av. Iraola in Palermo.

8th of October at 4pm- Dolli Irigoyen at Plaza de Mayo (Rivadavia and Reconquista.)

Other Events

9th and 11th of October at 7pm- Porteño Drinks Class by José Luis Jáuregui. ISEHG- Tucumán 1610, Downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com.

9th of October at 7pm- Photography contest at Foto Club Buenos Aires– Hipólito Yrigoyen 834, downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com.

10th of October at 6.30pm- Gala at the Museo Fernández Blanco– Suipacha 1422, downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com.

10th of October at 7pm- Special pastry class by the Mexican Pastry Tournament winners. ISEHG- Tucumán 1610, Downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com

12th of October at 6.30pm- Award ceremony for photography contest. AHRCC- Tucumán 1610, downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com

12th of October at 7pm- Coffee tasting event at ISEHG– Tucumán 1610, Downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com.

There will also be a series of specialized classes for chefs and culinary professionals. The full program is available here.

All events are free of charge and those specified above require a previous booking to participate. The list of restaurants and bars offering promotions and discounts is available here.

Spring at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant

Spring has sprung and with it, fresh new ingredients for Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, and great weather for drinks in Fierro Hotel’s garden.

The season kicks off today from 6-8pm with celebrity bartender Fede Cuco at the lead of a festive happy hour. The 2 for 45 peso special and HG`s tapas are not to be missed on this sun kissed evening!

Another event that is coming up is the GAJO dinner on the 1st of November.  GAJO is a deluxe culinary team made up of the city`s top chefs (including Hernán Gipponi) who combine their talents to deliver the best of fine dining at different venues around the city. Although we are more than a month away from the event it is imperative to book well in advance for this one!

Follow the Fierro Hotel and Hernán Gipponi Restaurant on Facebook to keep updated with our menu specials and spring events! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

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.

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.

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.