The Buenos Aires nightlife is possibly the most famous and varied of South America. There are bars and clubs for every taste and in almost every neighbourhood of the city. Palermo, Recoleta and San Telmo are the most crowded; however, the most exclusive parties take place in Puerto Madero and Costanera Norte. In this article, you will find the bars and clubs in Buenos Aires to visit in 2017. You cannot miss the bonus track we have prepared for the most curious travellers who want to live the best of the nightlife in Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires Nightlife: Bars in Palermo
The palermitana nightlife is one of the most important of the city. Even though clubs rule this neighbourhood, there are several ideal bars you can go to if you wish to spend a relaxing night on weekends or to have a drink before going to the club – where the party will not start before 2 am.
Milo Lockett Bar, at Costa Rica 5560, is one of those bars. This place is decorated with work of arts from Argentinian plastic artist Guillermo Emilio Lockett and you will also be able to taste delicious cocktails. The bar also offers gourmet sandwiches, vegetarian hamburgers and a great variety of salads. Milo Lockett Bar is opened every day from noon to 2 am.
Anasagasti Bar is all the rage in Palermo as well. You will find this bar on the first floor; you can also find a restaurant and a mysterious terrace. At Pasaje Anasagasti 2067, the bar is opened from Tuesday to Saturday from 7 pm.
You can also go to Verne Club, inspired by the French novelist Jules Verne – you cannot miss the cocktails from the End of the World section or the Miguel Strogoff prepared with vodka. The snacks menu is rather good but clients prepare the hot dogs. The Verne Club is located at Avenida Medrano 1475 and is opened everyday from 9 pm.
Buenos Aires Nightlife: Bars in San Telmo
Almost every corner of San Telmo offers the best artisanal beers for locals and tourists alike to enjoy for hours. The first bar you should visit in San Telmo is Gibraltar, considered by some experts of the nightlife in Buenos Aires the most crowded of San Telmo. Gibraltar clients usually have a certain ritual: pool game, a lot of draught beer (at a good price!) and some snacks – you can share them with friends since they serve a lot. This bar is at Perú 985 and is opened from Tuesday to Sunday from midnight.
If you’d rather have a cocktail than a beer, the Doppelgänger Bar is just what you need. The first thing you should know about this place is that it has a declaration that you will fall in love with. Besides describing how the cocktails and the ice are prepared and how the cups are chosen, you can read the following affirmation: “We guarantee our menu – that offers more than 100 cocktails. In Doppelgänger we are so sure of the final quality of our cocktails that our policy is the following: if you don’t like it, we change it and if you don’t want to change it, you won’t have to pay for it.” This bar is at Avenida Juan de Garay 500 and is opened from Tuesday to Saturday from 7 pm.
The third option in San Telmo is Krakow Bar, named after the capital of Poland. The atmosphere of this bar is ideal to chat with friends or to enjoy an evening with your soul mate. Krakow Bar offers many attractions such as draught beer, liquors, tapas, hamburgers, Happy Hour – every day from 21 – and a giant TV screen where they usually broadcast live sport events. You can find it at Venezuela 474 and it opens every day from 5 pm.
Buenos Aires Nightlife: Bars in Recoleta
In Recoleta, the youth of Buenos Aires is mostly present in the surroundings of the Recoleta Cemetery (Cementerio de Recoleta). In this neighbourhood, you will find museums, beautiful gardens and excellent bars recommended by the locals.
Milion (located between Barrio Norte and Recoleta, Paraná 1048) is a three-story mansion that was restored and accommodated to host a restaurant, a bar and lounges where you can enjoy good music. It is opened every day from noon to 4 pm and from 8 pm.
Another classical is Portezuelo, at Vicente López 2160. Its 35-year-old history makes it one of the best bars of Buenos Aires. You cannot miss the Parrillada de Mar (Sea barbeque) and amongst the cocktails they offer, the Bombón Portezuelo is one the favourite of the clients: Amarula Liquor, chocolate liquor, ice cream and bon o bon (Chocolate candy famous throughout Argentina). It opens every day from 6 pm.
However, if you are looking for a trendy option in Recoleta, you should go to the Presidente Bar where the cocktails are handly made by famous bartender Sebastiá García. Apart from its bar, Presidente Bar has a beautiful garden and a secret library. You can find it at Avenida Presidente Quintana 188 and it opens from Tuesday to Saturday from 8 pm.
Buenos Aires Nightlife: Nightclubs
If you wish to go to a club in Buenos Aires, the locals will all concur on this: enjoy a few drinks with friends before you go dancing, arrive at the club at around 2 am and be prepared to go to more than one club during the night; then, go back home with the sun already up.
Asia de Cuba (Pierina Dealessi 750) is a reference in Puerto Madero; this club has been designed so that locals and tourists alike can spend a really exclusive night, with exquisite oriental plates, a great variety of drinks and a dance floor where the music never stops.
Kika (Hondura 5339) and Rosebar (Honduras 5445) are two of the most crowded clubs of Palermo. From Tuesday to Saturday, both nightclubs always try to get the best Djs and to throw the best theme parties of the city.
You cannot miss Bayside (Complejo Punta Carrasco), one of the favourite clubs of Costanera Norte; its location is precisely one of its most lovely aspects. After a fun night with friends in Bayside, watching dawn of the River Plate is the perfect way of closing the weekend.
Another great reference is Niceto Club (Niceto Vega 55100). Unlike the other clubs, this one usually offers a great variety of national and international concerts, spectacles and thematic parties for everyone to enjoy.
Travelling tip: Book in advance your tickets to Kika, ensure your reservation with PR Avihai Yair (Whatsapp: +5491155117725) and receive a 5% discount mentioning Daytours4u. Avoid standing outside in waiting lines, get in without troubles or book a VIP table for groups.
Bonus Track: Speakeasy Bars in Buenos Aires
The speakeasies or hidden bars are all the rage in Buenos Aires. Why are they so special? They are truly hidden and since the directions of some of those bars have been revealed on social networks, the challenge is now to find the password – it changes every week – that will enable every curious to enter those exclusive places.
We offer you 7 of the most popular speakeasies, but remember that the password changes every week and you will be able to find it on the social networks of those bars. Good luck!
– Puerta Uno, Juramento 1667, Barrio Chino.
– La Puerta Roja, Chacabuco 733, San Telmo.
– Bar 878, Thames 878, Colegiales.
– Nicky Harrison, Malabia 1764, Palermo
– Florería Atlántico, Arroyo 872, Retiro.
– Frank’s Bar, Arévalo 1445, Villa Crespo
– J.W Bradley Bar, Godoy Cruz 1875, Palermo
By: Keilma Rojas, Venezuelan journalist, specialised in culture and actuality. Travel writer for Daytours4u / Translated to English by Grégory Noël