This Week: 30 June-6 July

Monday

Via MP

Via MP

World Cup mania continues into its third wee and one of the hot drinking spots is Magdalena’s Party. With two giant screens and a whole heap of food and drink promos as well as a great international crowd, head to this expat haunt for all your Mundial needs – expect a big turnout for Tuesday’s Argentina game. Thames 1795, Palermo Soho.

 

Tuesday

 

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The question is, Argentina or Switzerland? And there’s only one answer of course: AR-GEN-TINA! For big-screen action and bigger crowd action, get down to Plaza San Martín or Parque Centenario in your light blue-and-white finery and pray it doesn’t get to penalty shootouts (again.) Also check out this guide of where to eat and drink the world cup games in Buenos Aires.

 

Wednesday

 

 

Via PicGifs

Via PicGifs

 

Argentina’s favourite cartoonist, Joaquín Lavado AKA Quino who created the effervescent Mafalda, bounces back in a brand-new exhibition. Quino por Mafalda is taking over the MuHu (Museo del Humor) Munich Factory in Puerto Madero until October 31. Edificio de la Munich, Av. de los Italianos 851, Costanera Sur, Mon-Fri 11-6pm weekends, 10-8pm.10 pesos.

 

Thursday

Courtesy of Florería Atlántico

Courtesy of Florería Atlántico

 

Ditch Palermo (for one night only) and head south 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. Arroyo 872, Retiro. Tel: 4313-6093.

 

Friday

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Spice up your life with an early dinner, as recommended by our guest blogger Florencia. She says: “You can never go wrong with Korean BBQ. Belen Jung’s Bab offers enough meat to make any Argie feel at home even though it’s located in the heart of the Barrio Coreano. Pork belly (samgyeopsal), skirt steak (anchangsal), marinated beef (bulgogi) and other cuts can be picked from the menu and you get to grill it yourself. In Argentina, the parrilla is usually far from the table and the asador misses all the fun. So it’s quite smart and convenient to have the parrilla set, literally, right on the table. The menu includes loads of veggie banchan (side dishes), kimchi, rice and soup. Best time to go? Korean dinner time, around 6.30/7pm.” Moron 3155, Flores.

 

Weekend

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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.

 

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.

Guest blog: Jocelyn Mandryk’s Buenos Aires

Photographer Jocelyn Mandryk shares her mix ‘n match tips – your wardrobe can complement your cocktail.

Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan culture hub of expression; a place where dogs wear onesies, everyone goes by their nickname, and couture can be anything from faux fur to Roberto Cavalli. But when and how to dress while visiting the city that only sleeps during the day? Climate and company are worthy considerations, but I say veto these factors and dress for your cocktail… as in, the one that’s currently in your hand. Here are my favorite liquid BA indulgences and how they fit with your closet.

Hot damn, that Negroni is upstaging me.

Hot damn, that Negroni is upstaging me.

Negroni To offset the ruby red flamboyance of anything made with Campari, both women and men should stick to neutral tones such as beige, off-white, terracotta, or my personal fave, warm greys. You can let yourself go with a shiny pair of shoes to bolster this look. For virgins to the Negroni, this cocktail packs a punch, so your wardrobe doesn’t need to. Be natural, let your skin tone do the talking – guaranteed, your drink will do the rest.

Best places to get one in Buenos Aires: Negroni, Milion, Mundo Bizarro

Don't be bashful with Mary

Don’t be bashful with Mary

Bloody Mary
It’s all about the florals and patterns – this is not a subtle drink, people. It’s Sunday morning brunch at 4pm and it’s time to sober up… and then down again. Dress loud, and use a straw. Ask for extra salt ‘n peppa, and tuck a napkin into your plunging neckline. For the gentlemen, colored socks, or a Hawaiian shirt will be fine. There’s no need for sunglasses as an accessory. We all know you’ve chosen to indulge in your vices on the Day of the Lord and we’re totally cool with it. It’s no time to be bashful.
Best places to get one in Buenos Aires: Florería Atlántico, 878, Hernán Gipponi Restaurant
Fernet 'n Coke - a cocktail or a remedy?

Fernet ‘n Coke – a cocktail or a remedy?

Fernet & Coke
It’s debatable on whether we’d call this a cocktail or a remedy, but nonetheless it’s a liquid staple in Argentina, so if you find yourself drinking one out of a plastic cup or otherwise here’s what you need to wear: Leather (or pleather if you’re on a budget ). You’re not fooling anyone with this drink and an innocent white cardigan, so tap into your rebellious side and go for leather boots, pants, jacket, or even gloves if it’s chilly out. Cross your legs and try not to burp. When your tongue feels a bit numb, just point to the glass and have the bartender bring you another round. No talking necessary.
Best places to get one in Buenos Aires: Anywhere! Everywhere! But Gibraltar, La Puerta Roja and MOTT for mint-flavor Fernet and Sprite are my picks.
You're Betty Draper and everyone wants to be you

B is for Bellini and Betty Draper – and everyone wants to be you

Bellini 
Elegance is the name of the game and it’s time to go a bit more formal. Often served in a Champagne flute as the first drink of the evening, Bellinis should be matched with a pair of diamond studs or a tennis bracelet. For the gentlemen, this is where you wear cuff-links or a dress watch, and maybe even carry a money clip. Go with a classic tones such as black, white, navy or royal blue. You’re Betty Draper going to a polo match and everyone wants to be you – dress accordingly.
Best places to get one in Buenos Aires: Faena Hotel, Gran Bar Danzón, Doppleganger
This drink is fun-loving

This drink is fun-loving

Caipirinha
My personal favorite first date preference – consequtive caiprinas…emphasis on the consecutive. This drink is fun-loving and relaxes the mood and conversation. Great for a hot summer’s night or a rainy one where you wish you were in Rio.
Ladies: Skinny jeans, mini skirts, or short shorts and a  brightly colored top. Pony tails, head bands, or tousled long hair pairs nicely. If you’re doing a passion fruit caipi, consider wearing some colorful earrings or lime green accents – you’ll give off a tropical vibe.
Gents: Bermudas, graphic Ts, bright colored polo shirt, maybe a V-neck if you’ve got a nice chest. Your wardrobe shouldn’t look like your trying too hard because you’re sipping on a Caipirinha – you’re already trying hard enough.
Best places to get one in Buenos Aires: Boteco do Brasil, La Fábrica de Tacos, Green Bamboo
jossPhotographer Jocelyn Mandryk is a co-owner of Foto-Ruta. Collages compiled by Jocelyn.