5 Hotspot Bars with a Fireplace in Buenos Aires

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(Photo by Fallonious Monk)

Winter chill is here, but that’s no reason to miss out on the vibrant BA nightlife. To make the best of it, here are 5 hotspots with a fireplace in Buenos Aires to turn up the heat.

Olsen

The Scandinavian know how to do winter, and al Olsen the great cuisine and decor, plus an amazing variety of vodkas and a fireplace, make this a top spot to stop by on chilly evenings. Gorriti 5870, Palermo.

The Oak Bar

For the classic who like to watch the wood burn with some quality whisky in hand, the Oak Bar in the Hyatt Hotel is just the place.  Av. Alvear 1661, Recoleta.

 The Steve

This Palermo centered bar is spacey, modern and serves some great cocktails. Stop by to get the night started by the flames of their chimney and get into the groove for a fun night in the town. El Salvador 4968, Palermo.

 Isabel

Posh and upbeat, Isabel is the place to go for sophisticated night owls that like their drinks done right. Unlike the other venues, this one has its always lit fireplace set outside in the courtyard. Uriarte 1664, Palermo

 Bangalore

This UK inspired pub that also serves curries is a great winter spot to drink draught beer during happy hour, they don’t always light their fireplace, but it’s still cozy and upbeat enough to keep the spirits high. Humboldt 1416, Palermo

This week: 6-12th of July

Monday

violetas

(Photo by Capitu (ou Marcela))

Check out the MALBA’s two new exhibits, one of controversial Argentine artist Rogelio Polesello, and the other of a collection of video art by different artists that depict important historical and socio-political events. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

In the afternoon, stop for some churros with dulce de leche at La Giralda or for some tea and sweet treats at the traditional Confitería Las Violetas and then work off those medialunas by dancing at the nearby Centro Cultural Konex where La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local musts, will be showing off their drumming skills. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

Tuesday

foucault

(Photo by thierry ehrmann)

Stop by the Centro Cultural Borges and check out artist Hugo Echarri’s exhibit inspired by Foucault’s famous Discipline and Punish. Florida 373, Dowtown.

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.

Wednesday

purgatorio

(Photo by José María Perez Nuñez)

One of the city’s architectural landmarks is the famous Palacio Barolo, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri. Guided tours take place from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av. de Mayo 1370, downtown.

From 9pm onwards you can stop by Isabel Bar in Palermo, one of the hottest nightspots for cocktails in the city. Uriarte 1664, Palermo. 

Thursday

pastelitos

(Photo by Jaan-Cornelius K.)

Thursday is a national holiday as Argentina celebrates its Independence Day. Stop by Avenida de Mayo for traditional hot chocolate and churros at one of the renowned café’s or head to Feria de Mataderos to catch some local folklore and other typical festivities.

Friday

Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely leave you satisfied.

At 10pm catch Fritz Lang’s masterpiece, Metropolis with live music by the National Film Chamber Orchestra at the MALBAAv. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday

Piano keyboard with phantom hands and Piano man Sheet Music and Mic. Black and white sepia image www.JamesInsogna.com

(Photo by Bo Insogna, TheLightningM)

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

Stop by the Palermo Rosedal where you can rent paddle boats to cruise the small lake alongside the ducks, and visit the Sivori Museum, which offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

Throughout the weekend, check out the performances taking place as part of the Festival Piano Piano at the Centro Cultural Kirchner. More information here

BAFICI Animation Film Festival 2013

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The 2013 BAFICI animation film festival kicks off today until the 28th of July. This second edition of the event is proof of the booming local industry and international popularity of animated films, in which 3D has taken protagonism. The festival will screen both local and international animated films, including 12 short film programs and 14 feature films that include movies for children (BAFICITO section) and adults (BAFICI section).  One of the most awaited releases of the year is Metegol (Foosball) a 3D film directed by Oscar winning director Juan José Campanella. At the Centro Cultural Recoleta, there will also be an exhibit of drawings, storyboards, and more related to the production of this ambitious film, which is the most expensive animated film produced in Latin America to date.

The program for the film festival can be acquired here. Tickets are sold from Wednesday to Sunday from 1pm to 9pm at the Centro Cultural San Martín.  Paraná and Sarmiento, Downtown. 

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by vagner carvhaleiro)

Stop by La Rural, the annual agricultural and livestock show, and get a feel for the Argentine campo, where so much of the local identity and economy has been forged. The fair takes place from the 19th to the 31st of July at La Rural. Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.

In the afternoon stop for some tea and sweet treats at the traditional Confitería Las Violetas and then shake off the cold at the nearby La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts. Centro Cultural Konex Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

Tuesday

(Photo by Andreas Ebling)

Fundación PROA in La Boca is showcasing two new exhibits. The first features Argentine and Brazilian contemporary pop art, realism and political art, and the second is a collection of works by Roberto Aizenberg and younger artists who have been inspired by him.  Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

Don´t miss the chance to see Russia’s top ballet dancers on stage at the Teatro Coliseo.  There will be three performances on the 31st of July and the 1st and 2nd of August at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Head to the Dorrego Flea Market in Palermo, which is often overlooked and is the perfect place to go on a treasure hunt.  Antiques and curious finds are waiting to be dug up and claimed in this charming neighborhood market. Open Tue-Sun 10am-7pm.  Av.Dorrego and Conde.

In the evening head to the new El Faro de Buenos Aires Milonga with live music, dancing and more at the special Palacio Barolo.  Wednesdays from 5pm-1am. Av. de Mayo 1370 P.B, Downtown.

Thursday

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Take a free tour of Buenos Aires with Jonathan, an Englishman in love with the city. Tours start every day at 11am at the center of Plaza Italia by the Garibaldi Horse monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and the Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

For a unique evening, book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

(Photo by Mulling it Over)

Stop by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes to check out the new Real/Virtual exhibit, featuring Argentine kinetic art from the 70´s. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 5288-9999

Later on, musician Francisco Fattoruso will be staging a live show at Boris Club de Jazz starting at 10pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862,  Palermo Hollywood.  3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Book your place for one of Norma’s cooking classes and learn to make typical Argentine food such as locro, empanadas and the delectable alfajor. Classes run every Saturday from 11am-2pm and include lunch. More information here.

Head to the Planetarium in Palermo for one of the special screenings of Journey to the Stars. You can also access the planetariums telescopes to get unique views of the sky. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan. 4772-9265

BAFICI Animated Film Festival

(drawings and photo by Mihow_Bitata full animation here)

The inaugural edition of the BAFICI animation film festival kicks off  tomorrow with a broad program of films from around the world. The festival, which has both a selection of films for adults, and one for children will take place at the Centro Cultural San Martin. Some of the most awaited titles include Arrugas, a feature film about Alzheimer’s by the Spanish Ignacio Ferreras that recently won the Goya award for best animated film; ¨Mundo exterior “, a group of short films by international directors; Plymptoons, a compilation of renowned animator Bill Plympton’s cartoons; the six-episode Russian saga Masha and the Bear and the Japanese The Secret World of Arriety, featuring a screenplay by the acclaimed Hayao Miyazaki.

Tickets to the festival are already on sale and are 20 pesos for adults, and 10 for students and children. They can be purchased online here, or at the Centro Cultural San Martín from midday to 9pm. Sarmiento 1551, downtown.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Suzienewshoes)

Head to the posh Recoleta neighborhood and stop by the Centro Cultural Recoleta where Daniel Mordzinski´s photography will be exhibited, showcasing pictures of Ernesto Sabato amongst other authors.

Should the afternoon get grey and stormy as the forecast says, head to the close by Alvear Palace Hotel for a decadent 5 o’clock tea served in the LOrangerie Restaurant from 4.30pm-7pm.

In the evening  head to Gran Bar Danzon for their wine happy hour from 7pm-9pm.

 

Centro Cultural Recoleta

Junín 1930, Recoleta

4803 1040

Open: Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm. Weekends 10am-9pm.

 

Alvear Palace Hotel 

Alvear, Av. 1891, Recoleta

4808-2100

 

Gran Bar Danzon

Libertad 1161, Downtown

4811-1108

 

Tuesday

(Wood carving from the Easter Island at the Ethnographic Museum by 10b travelling)

Find our more about the country’s ethnographic heritage at the Museo Etnografico.

In the evening head to the chic ¨Le Bar¨ for some great drinks and live music starting at 10pm.

 

Museo Etnografico

Moreno 350, San Telmo

4345-8196

Open: Tue-Fri 1pm- 7pm. Weekends 3pm-7pm.

 

Le Bar

Tucuman 422, Dowtown

5219-0858

 

Wednesday

(Photo by innercore)

Contact info@smileonsea.com to book an alternative riverside tour of Buenos Aires on a sailboat. More alternative tours here.

In the evening John Stowell and the Ale Demogli Quartet will be presenting Textures &Counterpoints at the Thelonious Jazz Club.

 

Thelonious

Salguero 1884, 1st floor, Palermo.

4829-1562

 

Thursday

Design enthusiasts will be able to catch a glimpse of the up and coming designer at the Design Fair being held at the Palermo University.

Book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association, Andres Rosberg, and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno.  Tastings cost 25 USD per person and start at 7pm.

 

Design Fair

Ecuador 933, Abasto

 

Fierro Hotel

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220 6800

recepcion@fierrohotel.com

 

Friday

(Photo by mariogeronimo)

Have a leisurely lunch overlooking the city at the German Club (Club Aleman) where not only are the food and view great but also quiet with a no cell phone policy.

In the evening Blind Melon will be playing in Club Niceto, tickets available here.

 

Club Aleman

4311-3313

Av. Corrientes 327, 21st floor.

 

Club Niceto

Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo

4799-9396

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by Morrisey)

Take a ride on the historic tram and visit the Caballito neighborhood. Every Saturday from 3pm-7.30pm and Sundays from 10am-1pm and 3pm-7.30pm starting from Emilio Mitre 500.

Highlights of the scientific and technological advances of the country, as well as special events and shows are being exhibited in Tecnopolis, a technology and innovation fair which will be open until August.  The fair is in the outskirts of the city so we suggest you have the hotel help coordinate transport. General Paz between Balbin and Constituyentes. Villa Martelli.

 

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Kara Brugman)

Have  a special lunch at the MALBA´s French restaurant, Cafe des Arts, and then spend the rainy afternoon browsing the museums permanent collection of Latin American art and the temporary exhibit of Argentine Contemporary art.

Liven up your evening at Notorious, where cheerful live Brazilian fusion music by Jonga Zambo will be playing.

 

MALBA

Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta

4808-6500

Open Thur-Mon 12-8pm. Tuesdays closed.

 

Notorious

Callao 966, Palermo

4813-6888

 

Tuesday

(Photo by bdeboikot)

The city museum ( Museo de la Ciudad) is showcasing a special exhibit on Boxing and other sports that have influenced the culture. For an afternoon submarino (hot milk with melted chocolate) in a picturesque corner of San Telmo, head to  traditional Bar Seddon, just a few blocks away.

In the evening head to the Wherever Bar in Palermo for their 5pm-9pm happy hour and British music.

 

Museo de la Ciudad

Defensa 219, San Telmo

4331-9855

Open Mon-Fri 11am-7pm. Sat-Sun 10am-8pm.

 

Bar Seddon

Defensa 695, San Telmo

4342-3700

 

Wherever Bar

Fray Justo Sta. Maria de Oro 2476, Palermo

4777-8029

 

Wednesday

(Photo by Gonzak)

Find out more about popular art and artisans work at the Museo de Jose Hernandez, where you will find ceramics, baskets, knits, instruments and other handmade traditional objects made from local materials.

Club Niceto and Ill Ballo del Mattone are cohosting an Art Party in the evening where some of the local contemporary work will be exhibited as well as live shows ending in an upbeat party that will last until dawn.

 

Museo Jose Hernandez

Av. Libertador 2373, Recoleta

4803-2384

Open: Wed-Fri 1pm-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm

 

Club Niceto 

Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.

4779-9396

 

Thursday

(Photo by Daniel Ivoskus)

Highlights of the scientific and technological advances of the country, as well as special events and shows are being exhibited in Tecnopolis, a technology and innovation fair which will be open until August.  The fair is in the outskirts of the city so we suggest you have the hotel help coordinate transport.

At 9pm renowned Blues musician  Vernon Harrington will be playing live at La Trastienda.

 

Tecnopolis

General Paz between Balbin and Constituyentes. Villa Martelli

 

La Trastienda

Balcarce 460, San Telmo

4342-7650

 

Friday

(Photo by tasito)

The annual cattle farming and agricultural fair will be taking place until the 26th of July at La Rural in Palermo,  showcasing cattle, horses, and other animals as well as regional products and goods and other aspects of the local industry.

In the evening the Centro Cultural Rojas is hosting a party inspired by Gaby Kerpel, a local music-theatre icon who was one of the founders of De La Guarda and who plays a fusion of electronic music with local folklore.

 

La Rural

Av. Sarmiento and Plaza Italia corner, Palermo

4777-5500

 

Centro Cultural Rojas

Av. Corrientes 2038

4954-5521

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Phot by Maria Teresa Adalid)

Saturday- Puerto Rican dub and reggae singer Mimi Maura will be playing at Club Niceto at 9pm. Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo. 4779-9396.

Saturday-Sunday: Catch one of the shows being staged at the International Puppet Festival.