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.

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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

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

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.

Recommended Bar: Milion

(Photo by ComandZed)

This beautiful French style 3 story house was discovered by its now owners in 1999. They immediately fell in love with the place and decided to restore it and give it back its splendor. Today, this lovely building is not only restored but working as a swinging bar with plenty of seating space (although it is quickly taken), great cocktails, a beautiful courtyard and a restaurant. The stunning setting, the vibrant crowd, the music and the quality drinks make this bar well worth the visit.


Paraná 1048, Recoleta