This week at La Rural, the convention center in Palermo, is having its annual La Feria Internacional de Artesanías. In Buenos Aires where we already have our famous, very accessible weekend fairs that are filled with all kinds of regional arts and crafts, I wonder why we need another one and what makes it so special that requires an entrance fee. Since Christmas is just around the corner, it’s time to do my Christmas shopping anyway, so with a skeptical mind I went to check it out.
The fair is held over 6 days from December 3 – 8, and I picked a weekday to go so as to avoid the big crowd. It was a right choice because I really got to take my time going from one stall to another, examining the products and even chatting with the sellers who were also usually the artisans who made the products themselves. The selection and the quality of products were definitely of a much higher quality than the weekend fairs. Some of them were truly creatively designed, and even if they were not as unique as the others, they were very well-made. I was worried that these amazing handcrafts would throw me off my budget, but it was to the contrary, they all had a good range of affordable options. I actually had seen something similar in a regular store that charged way more. At the point, I knew I was at the right place for my mission!
The shopping experience became even more interesting when I realized I got to watch these talented craftsmen in action demonstrating their skills. I was able to see in first hand the techniques they used, which were passed down from generations. You got to see how they weaved beautiful patterns with bamboo, making them into baskets of different shapes and sizes, you got to see how they polished intricate woodwork, and some even brought in their traditional looms and made colorful yarn in front of you from the materials that their region is famous for. In many ways the fair is not just a commercial market, but a showcase of traditions and regional arts. Folk music and traditional dances were also performed during the evening hours.
I was genuinely impressed by the International Artisan Fair. Not only I was able to complete all of my Christmas shopping in one go, I was also able to find real cool gifts for everyone in my Argentine family-in-law, which in itself was no small task since getting them a well-crafted mate or another leather belt just would not cut it. So, whether you love to shop or hate shopping but you have to do it like me, then I’d highly recommend you to give this fair a shot. Even if you don’t end up buying anything, you may learn one thing or two about different cultures and traditions.
Picking up from International Cuisine in Buenos Aires Part 1, here are more ethnic food places for you to check out.
There are definitely more to explore and discover, but for now I hope these lists will give you a good overview of the International food scene in Buenos Aires and that they will come in handy when your taste buds are asking for something different.
Part 2 – includes food from Asia and some of Europe:
Chipper – Palermo – Just came into the scene earlier 2013. They are the first and only ‘fish and chips’ place in town and are affiliated to the National Federation of Fish Friers.
Gibralta – San Telmo – THE famous English pub with good beer in Buenos Aires. In any other circumstances, pub food would not be qualified as a ‘cuisine’ but in this case, they will have to be counted as one of the international food offerings. This is where you can find the beef pot pie or the traditional English breakfast on weekends to cure your homesickness.
Barrio Chino (Chinatown) in Belgrano has many to choose from but the hidden gems are actually somewhere else:
Bai Fu (Scalabrini Ortiz 152, Villa Crespo Tel. 4587-7073) – Cantonese cuisine
Shi Yuan (Tagle 2531, Recoleta Tel. 4804-0607) – a more well put together Chinese restaurant serves Northern Chinese cuisine including the peking duck dish.
Da Dong Fan Dian (Vera 468, Villa Crespo Tel. 4857-6314) – great dumplings and noodles
La Bourgogne (Alvear Palace Hotel) – Recoleta – the best French restaurant in Buenos Aires
Brasserie Petanque – San Telmo – one of the longstanding reputable French restaurants
Le Blé – This patisserie seemed to have taken over the town by storm in the last year or so, by opening up 6 branches all over. It’s not that difficult now if you want your real buttery croissants fix (sorry medialunas)!
ABC - Microcentro
Der Keller (Juramento 2784, Belgrano Tel. 4780-1011)
Untertürkheim - a German bar in San Telmo. They serve a small menu of German-style pub food to go with your beer.
Zum Edelweiss (Libertad 431, San Nicolás Tel. 4382-3351)
These will be good options for vegetarian too.
Tandoor – (Barrio Norte) Recoleta
Resto Vrindavan – Palermo
Taj Mahal – Palermo
Krishna – Palermo
Mumbai – Palermo
Delhi Masala (Defensa 714, San Telmo Tel. 4300-3790)
Delhi Danbar (Viamonte 359, Microcentro Tel. 4894-0778)
Most of the ‘obvious’, easily seen Japanese restaurants and chains in town are sub par, but there are still some real authentic ones:
Yuki (Pasco 740, Congreso Tel. 4942-7510) – it’s the real deal sushi place that serves more than just salmon. It’s a tiny place and with its indisputable ‘best sushi in town’ reputation, reservation is a must.
Sukiyaki (Pasaje San Lorenzo 304, San Telmo Tel. 4361-8805). Reservation a must. Not your typical Japanese restaurant. Food is prepared by an eccentric owner and chef Ito San.
Kitayama – Belgrano
Niji – Belgrano – traditional family-style Japanese cuisine i.e. not just sushi. Reservation only.
Sashimiya – San Cristóbal
Fukuro Noodle Bar – Palermo – very first Japanese ramen place in BsAs
Biwon (Junín 548, Balvanera Tel. 4372-1146)
Una Cancion Coreana – Flores. Very authentic traditional korean food. Not in the best area, so go with someone who knows or take a taxi to and from.
BBQ town – Korean bbq in Chinatown, Belgrano
Kil Chong (Campana 714 Planta Alta, Floresta Tel. 4674-5900) – Call to confirm opening hours. Menu only available in Korean!
Daore Korean BBQ (Bacacay 3236, Floresta Tel. 4612-9072)
Gengis’ House – Recoleta
Cocina Sunae – Closed door restaurant in Colegiales
Koh Lanta (Thai) – Palermo
Green Bamboo (Vietnamese) – Palermo
Sudestada (Guatemala 5602, Palermo Tel. 4776-3777)
Oviedo - (Barrio Norte) Recoleta
Palacio Español - Monserrat
Sagardi – Basque cooking. They have restaurants all over in Spain and one here in San Telmo.
El Burladero – Recoleta
El Casal de Catalunya – it is part of the Catalán Cultural Center in San Telmo. Serves traditional Catalán food and is famous for their suckling pig, which is only available on Wednesday nights or you can call to order in advance.
Tancat - Microcentro
Club Sueco - Microcentro
Finally, there is Melão, an ethnic restaurant in its truest sense. Not only they serve ‘todo el sabor del mundo‘ (all the flavors in the world), from Korean to Carribean to Irish you name it, they also sell ethnic food products and hold ethnic cuisine cooking classes in its unassuming cozy space in Villa Crespo.
So, what are you going to have for dinner tonight?
We all know that Argentine cuisine is famous for its asado (barbeque), and you’ll have no trouble finding a parrilla (Argentine grill house) during your stay in Buenos Aires. You can easily have steak everyday if you want, with the occasional Italian pasta or pizza thrown in as part of the local diet, but one can only eat so many steak and pasta right? It’s always nice, or even necessary, to mix it up with other flavors once in a while.
As Buenos Aires has become a travel hot spot in the last decade, the demand for international cuisine has also grown. Many ethnic food restaurants have since joined the dining scene and with the growing sophistication of local and foreigner diners alike, we have seen a dramatic improvement in variety and quality in recent years. Nowadays, if you ask “where can I have so-and-so food?”, rather than blank stares, you will very likely receive more than one recommendation to choose from. In terms of how good or authentic they are, that’ll depend on the eye of the beholder.
This list below by no means is exhaustive but it does include a mix of budget and fancy places so that there’s something for everyone should a craving strike, whatever it may be. Since the list grew a lot bigger than initially anticipated, it’ll be split into a two-parter. Part 2 will follow soon, stay tune!
Part 1 includes cuisine from the Americas, Africa and part of Europe:
El Buen Sabor - Villa Crespo
Boteco do Brasil – Palermo
Me Leva Brasil – Palermo
Maluco Beleza - San Nicolás – Not just a place to have dinner. They have Lambazouk dance classes and also shows on Wednesdays.
La Bodeguita del Medio - Las Cañitas – Famously hail from Havana for its mojitos, now they have opened doors here in Buenos Aires.
Restaurante Cuba Mía – Monserrat – a place to eat and to dance to live music all night long. They also have dance classes everyday.
Mojitos de Cuba – Caballito – salsa classes, dinner and show
I Latina – a Colombian/Latin American closed door fine dining in Villa Crespo
Los Recuerdos - Barrio Norte, Recoleta
Ermak – Almagro – Russian/Ukrainian home cooking
El Molino Dorado (Quito 4100, Almagro Tel. 3528-8940) – family-run Russian restaurant
Mykonos – Las Cañitas
El Griego Loco – Closed door restaurant in Palermo. Fridays only.
Turandot – Palermo
La Fábrica del Taco – Palermo
Lupita – Las Cañitas/Palermo/Puerto Madero
Tijuana Cocina Mex & Bar – Palermo
El Salto de Las Ranas – Barrio Norte, Recoleta
Maria Felix – Palermo
Ay Wey! – Mainly a home-cook catering but also does pop up once in a while. Keep an eye on their Facebook page.
Sarkis (Thames 1101, Villa Crespo Tel. 4772-4911) A very popular place. Specialized in Armenian cuisine.
Medio Oriente – Palermo
Hanan - Palermo
Demashk (Charcas 3816, Palermo Tel. 4833-6699) – famous for their shawarma
Siniór Shawarma – Palermo – Awesome cheap eat.
Falafel One – Villa Crespo
Turquesa (Estado De Israel 4714, Almagro Tel.4861-2102)
Restaurant Armenia – Palermo
Habibi – San Telmo
Chan Chan (Hipólito Yrigoyen 1390, Congreso Tel. 4382-8492) – famous cheap eat
Contigo Perú – Belgrano
Bardot – Palermo – contemporary Peruvian cuisine
Sipan – Microcentro/Palermo - more specifically they are a Peruvian/Japanese fusion restaurant, and considered by many as the best Peruvian restaurant in town.
La Casa Polaca – Palermo
Arepera Buenos Aires – Villa Crespo
Caracas Bar – Palermo
La Arepería – arepa delivery!
(Photo credit: Sydney International Food Festival)
Beautiful landscapes with high mountains and the famous La Pampa, a long and massive coastline, big cities like Buenos Aires and a healthy mixture of cultures – these are just a few things that make Argentina a country worth visiting. But, as I personally know , it is always hard to understand and follow the different customs of a foreign country without committing a faux pas. So I decided to give you some helpful tips which will help you to avoid disapproval glances.
• Do not be offended by Argentines’ open, direct and loud communication style. That’s just the way they are.
• Don’t be intimidated when Argentines look you directly in the eye in public places or by the way Argentine men tend to stare at women.
• Do not eat on the street or on public transportation.
• Do not drink alcohol in public places (you will see people or group of youngsters do this but they’ll be seen as uneducated), or on public transportation.
• Do not show up on time to someone’s house for a party in Argentina which is considered rude. Be there 30 to 60 minutes late or even 2 to 3 hours late is normal. Argentines often use nicknames that recall physical traits. Don’t be surprised or offended if you have dark features (skin, hair, or eyes, etc.) and people call you ‘negro’ (black). They often use nicknames like ‘gordo/a’ (fat); ‘flaco/a’ (skinny) etc in an endearing manner. [Note: they have other derogatory words.
• Do not be offended by Argentine humour which can sometimes be insulting, such as poking fun at your appearance, weight, or attire.
• Do not head to a bar until 11:30 pm. The nightlife in Buenos Aires is considered to be among the best in the world.
• Do not talk about sensitive topics about their relationship with the USA, Brazil or Great Britain, which could cause strong reactions.
• Do not voice your opinion, being a foreigner, on Argentine politics or religion uninvited.
• No need to tip taxi drivers, except they help you with your luggage.
• Never never never compare dulce de leche with caramel, or mate with tea.
• Do not put your feet on the furniture.
• Do expect a kiss on the cheek for greeting, which is the typical greeting form in Argentina, even to a total stranger no matter boy or girl. The meeting ends with a kiss and a “chau”.
• Do ask before taking pictures of people, especially children.
• Do dress nice and be presentable because Argentina is a very fashion-conscious country.
• Do expect a late dinner in Argentina. People will usually have dinner at 9pm or 10pm, and even later on weekends.
• Do tip 10% at restaurants, even though it’s not ‘mandatory’ except high-end places, and one peso per bag to hotel porters.
• Do bring a gift for your dinner/party hosts, such as flowers, candy, pastries, chocolate, or a bottle of wine. When receive a gift, open it right away and show how happy you are.
• Do try yerba mate, which is a national drink and a cultural ritual as well. The mate is passed clockwise and shared as a sign of friendship.
• Do learn to dance the tango or at least watch others dance it. Dress nicely, no jeans, sneakers, or other too casual attire.
• Do carry enough small change. Only A few stores have change for bills over 20, and taxis never have change for anything over a 10.
• Do go to the post office to mail letters or postcards, not the mail box. And do not mail things that are important as the Argentine postal service is not very reliable.
• If you are invited to an asado (an Argentine BBQ), you can just sit back and relax if you are a man. The women, even guests, will help out in setting up the table, preparing the salads, snacks, and desserts. The men are in charge of the meat, and everything that goes on the grill.
• Do be patient and respect the queue. Many day-to-day chores are done in person in Argentina, as opposed to online, so you’ll see a lot of people doing lines everywhere, at supermarkets, banks, post offices etc.
Now you are prepared to go to this wonderful country and you can impress all the Argentines by showing how much proper etiquette you know, but even if you fail one or twice, don’t be worried, in fact Argentines are very helpful and relaxed people.
Saludos and have a nice trip!
Every year in the beginning of November, Buenos Aires brings you our LGBT Pride Parade. This annual event, Marcha del Orgullo, will take place this Saturday November 9 at Plaza de Mayo. It is an occasion not only for the LGBT community but for everyone who embraces diversity and equality in civil rights no matter your sexual orientation.
On this front, we really have something to celebrate about. Just 3 years ago, Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage. It didn’t just stop there either. The Ley de Identidad de Genero (Gender Identity Law) was also passed in 2012, which is a big step forward in granting transgender rights. Under this law, not only sex-change surgery and therapy are now covered by both public and private health care plans, but most importantly, anyone who identifies oneself to be of a certain gender but born in the ‘wrong’ body, can now request to change his or her gender, image and birth name officially without doctors’ or judges’ approval, and also not having to go through physical changes. The recent case of a 6 years old girl, Luana, who was born physically a boy, has successfully changed her identity officially and received her new ID documents under this law.
This Saturday thousands of people from every corner of Argentina and the world will be in town to participate in this celebration. The event will kick off at 3pm at Plaza de Mayo with ceremony and music, and then the highly anticipated parade will begin at 6pm, moving from Plaza de Mayo towards Congreso. If you’d like to join in the fun, I’d highly recommend you to go early in order find yourself a good spot for the festivities.
Halloween is not widely celebrated in Argentina, so in Buenos Aires you probably won’t see children dressed up in costumes wandering the city streets, trick-or-treating at apartment buildings after buildings. However, we could still get you into the mood by telling you one of the famous ghost stories of Buenos Aires. It happened at the well-known Recoleta cemetery and is known as “La Dama de Blanco” (The Lady in White).
The story goes like this a young man met a beautiful girl dressed in white at the corner of Vicente López and Azcuénaga (where the cemetery is located), and he took her out on a date. During the night, the girl felt cold so the young gentleman gave her his jacket, and she spilled some drink on it. The next day, when the young man went to her home to get his jacket, he met the girl’s mother who told him that the girl he was looking for had actually passed away for a long time and she was buried in the Recoleta cemetery. The young man couldn’t believe it so he went to the cemetery and found that his drink-stained jacket was draped over the crypt with the girl’s name on it. The young man went mad or killed himself.
This alleged lady in white was called Luz María García Velloso. She was only 15 years old when she died from leukemia in 1925. Her resting place can actually be found easily at the cemetery. It is close to the entrance, on the right side of the main path.
Another version of this story has it that young men claimed that they were seduced by a pretty blonde lady dressed in all white at the same street corner mentioned above. After a night of romance, they said goodbye. The men would follow her and found her returning to the cemetery and disappeared while walking among the tombstones. They realized then that they had been with a ghost. For years young porteños would avoid picking up girls at that street corner. Even an Argentine actor and film director Arturo García Buhr swore that he had met her.
This famous Buenos Aires urban legend has also been made into a movie called “Fantasmas de Buenos Aires” (Buenos Aires Ghosts) by Enrique Santos Discépolo in 1942. To get you more into the Halloween spirit, you can watch this old movie on Youtube tonight.
Many people come to Argentina thinking that many products should be cheaper than back home in North America and Europe. And while some items are more affordable (steak, anyone?), there are many important everyday items that aren’t. Below are some tips and advice to help you pack appropriately and save some time and avoid any unnecessary expenses during your Argentine adventure.
Clothing: This falls under the “expensive column” – so my advice goes as follows:
…if the weather changes drastically: You’re not likely to have much luck finding something inexpensive that you can wear once or twice and then toss at the end of your trip. Regardless of when you’re coming, bring 1-2 pieces of clothing that would be appropriate for the opposite of the weather you’re expecting. This means lighter clothing in case it’s warm during winter and maybe a light jacket or sweater during summer – the weather can be very unpredictable!
…if it rains: little umbrellas can be purchased quite cheaply (under US$10) and many kiosks and convenience stores will pull them out and put them on display when it’s raining. You can also find very expensive ones, so keep an eye on where you shop. However, if you prefer a raincoat you’ll definitely want to bring one. And as for rain boots: they’re very expensive, you are much better off bringing a pair of shoes (or two) that you don’t mind getting wet (Crocs, anyone?)
…if you like to go out: many clubs (but certainly not all) have a dress-code. If you think you may be going out a lot, bring at least one outfit that will be suitable for slightly nicer places (button-down shirts for guys, for example, and no tennis sneakers!!)
…if you like to shop: There are a lot of local and international brands, but the prices are likely to be the same or more expensive than at home. In particular brands like Zara, Lacoste, and Nike are very expensive here in comparison to North America and Europe.
…if you like it cold: The Patagonia-bound can rely on renting things like boots, jackets, ski equipment, etc. However, any imported brands (such as the North Face) will be much more expensive than in North America and Europe, so don’t expect to save any money if you want to buy this sort of equipment here.
Electronics: You probably have read this all over the place, but electronics here are very expensive (this article will shed some light on this matter). My advice:
…if you like technology: Any camera, computer, tablet, smartphone is definitely better brought from home. Keep an eye on the voltage though (here its 220-240v); most computers/tablet chargers will come with transformers, but if you DO need a transformer, bring it with you from home.
…if personal grooming is important: bring an electric razor, straightener, blow dryer, curling iron, whatever from home, but as I mentioned above keep an eye on the voltage and bring a transformer if necessary. As with other electronics, there is no “cheap” one down here that you can use during your trip and then toss later on.
…if you love Apple: While some items are available here, such as MacBooks and iPads, they’re typically 3-4 times more expensive (as you can see from the article I mentioned earlier), and they do NOT have iPhones available.
…if you like to talk on the phone: phones (like everything else) are expensive here (are you noticing a pattern by now?), but SIM cards are very cheap. You’ll want an UNLOCKED GSM cell phone (In the United States, companies such as Verizon and Sprint use another system, CDMA, that is not compatible with GSM).
…if you like to chat: Buenos Aires is a VERY Wi-Fi-friendly city, so any device that can connect to Wi-Fi (cell phone, tablet, computer) will come in handy. However keep in mind that such devices ARE very expensive here, so be sure to take good care of them!
…if you’re adaptable: one thing you can find easily and cheaply here (hardware stores or in the streets) is plug adapters – they have two plug types here: Australian and European, but you never know if you’ll wind up with one or the other or both. Visit this page for more information on what the plugs look like and where they’re used.
…if you take pills: bring your prescriptions, of course, but you can get any sort of over-the-counter medicines for colds, headaches, etc., and there are 24-hour pharmacies all over the place. However there is not a big “pill culture” here as I have observed in the United States, where every pharmacy and Wal-Mart has whole aisles dedicated to vitamins and supplements. Since these can be hard to find at all, in the quantity you need, and often they’re just plain expensive, you’re better off bringing what you’ll need down here.
…if you’re a girl (boys can skip this part, since it seriously does not apply to them): Sometimes I hear rumors of people finding tampons with applicators, but these reports are a bit spotty and I have not yet been able to corroborate any such stories. If you’re in a pinch, OB’s are easily available as well as sanitary napkins at any/all pharmacies, but if you’re a fan of the applicator, then very sincerely: bring some with you. And it will take up space in your luggage on the way here, but will free up some space on the way back home :) So it’s like an extra bonus.
…if you like make-up: a lot of big brands are here (MAC Cosmetics, Lancome, Neutrogena, Revlon, Maybelline, etc.), but they’re much more expensive than back home – so if you run out of something or lose it while you’re here, you can certainly find a replacement/alternative, but it’s recommended that you bring everything you need from home. As with make-up, designer perfumes are also very expensive, as are big nail polish brands like OPI. As an aside, if you really like to get your nails done, there are many manicure/pedicure places but keep in mind that the typical ones are more like a get-in, get-out style than the all-pampered-big-chair-style, which they do exist but at high-end luxurious spas. So, you may want to come prepared with supplies of your own if you like to keep your nails in good shape.
…if you need info: you don’t need to bring a map of the city or a dictionary, since these can easily be purchased all over the city. In particular, you’ll be able to find a “rioplatense” Spanish dictionary that contains specific words and phrases used in Buenos Aires.
…if you like to eat (or drink): peanut butter and hot sauce can be found easily here nowadays but since they are not part of the typical Argentine diet, options are limited. Tea drinkers often say the tea here is weak, and imported brands are (you guessed it!) expensive. If you have a particular standard or needs in your diet, it’s better to bring your own. Lastly, maple syrup or any type of pancake syrup is still absent from the market place.
For a lot of people who come to Buenos Aires to learn and improve Spanish, they want to do more than just grasp correctly all the necessary grammar and tenses (yes, there are quite a few of them!) in the classrooms. They also want to put their knowledge into action and practice their Spanish communication skills with native speakers. However, sometimes it turned out to be harder than one thought since making local friends require a decent amount of time and courage to strike up conversations with strangers!
Given many people want to make new friends but do not know how to go about doing it, there are actually many organized language exchange events available weekly in the city. Below are a few of them for you to consider and they are suitable for all levels.
They are pretty much the most well-known and the most established in offering such activities. As its name entails, they focus on English and Spanish exchange, where Argentines who want to practice their English will be paired up with foreigners who want to practice their Spanish. Participants will take turn conversing with different partners according to the designated times for each language. They currently meet 3 times a week in Recoleta and Palermo, and there’s a cover charge. This is a good option for those who are a little bit shy and would prefer a more organized format to break the ice.
Their intercambio de idioma events are not only restricted to the typical English<>Spanish, but also open to other languages. Each participant will be given country flag stickers indicating which language(s) he/she speaks and wants to practice. This way, it could be an exchange of any combinations you can think of: French <> Spanish, Portuguese <> Spanish, Chinese <> Spanish or even Russian <> Spanish. They currently meet twice a week and are free-of-charge!
Alles Gut Tandem
With the increase of German-native speakers in town learning Spanish, which in turn gives Argentines, who are studying German, a great (and not easy to come by) opportunity to practice their German with a native speaker, Alles Gut was born! They currently meet on Fridays and it’s free!
Buenos Aires Swap
You have probably noticed that all of the language exchange functions so far take place in Palermo and Recoleta. This new English<>Spanish exchange is a great addition to the mix because they meet up in San Telmo. They currently meet every Tuesday and has a cover charge that includes 1 drink.
For those who have the time and prefer DIY, check out these sites to find your own language exchange partner:
Couchsurfing - within the Buenos Aires forum, they have a language exchange group where you can post your request or reply to others.
Now that you know there are choices out there, you no longer need to only rely on the daily chit chat you have with the taxi driver or your portero (doorman)!
Buenos Aires is not called the Latin American “city that never sleeps” for nothing. Once you are under the spell of Buenos Aires´ nigthlife you will see why. From the trendy Palermo neighborhood with all its fancy bars and clubs to beautiful ancient San Telmo – the city offers everything for everybody. I personally know that it can be very difficult to find the right place to have a drink because of the wide range of bars and lounges. So I have decided to help out a little bit and created a list which is based on the main 3 types of drink preferences:
For The Cocktail Lovers
1) Frank’s Bar – Arévalo 1445, Palermo
The first and now famous speakeasy in Buenos Aires. Perfect mixed cocktails and a real nice bar atmosphere with smooth vibes make this place unique. To enter you will need a password, check out their social media for weekly clues.
2) 878 – Thames 878, Palermo
Voted as one of the best bars in town by Food and Wine magazine. This well-stocked bar run by hip porteños definitely calls you to stay a little longer. Try the Juan Collins – the Argentine version of a Tom Collins.
3) Jackie O – Báez 334, Las Cañitas
Loud music and a bit on the pricy side but their excellent cocktails are what make this place special. At this popular bar, you can enjoy your drinks and dance until the sun rises.
4) Mundo Bizarro – Serrano 1222, Palermo
They have been serving all the classics since 1997 and it’s known as the “Original Casa de los Cocktails” in Buenos Aires. This is a place where you can sip your Manhattan while watching B movies on their TV. The vibe is old-school American cocktail lounge but you are in Argentina!
5) Milion – Paraná 1048, Recoleta
This bar/restaurant is housed in a beautiful french-style house, with a gorgeous backyard garden. After dinner hours, the upper floors will open up where each room is adorned with an eclectic mix of furniture. Make a pick from their impressive drink menu and soon enough you’d feel like you are in a big private party than at a bar.
6) Isabel – Uriarte 1664, Palermo
They take their cocktail drinks very seriously. It is one of those fancy trendy places that everyone needs to go there at least once.
For The Beer Lovers
1.) Buller Pub – Paraguay 426, Microcentro and Presidente Roberto M. Ortiz, Recoleta
Beer lovers will welcome the sight of the stainless-steel tanks above the bar. Enjoy tasty microbrews like the delicious Honey Beer or the refreshing India Pale Ale and have a good time.
2.) Gibraltar – Peru 895, San Telmo
A real British pub which does exactly what it should, serving well-priced beer in pint glasses and an exhaustive collection of whiskies. The pub is packed all nights, especially from Thursdays to Saturdays, when it gets louder and louder. Happy hour is from 6-10pm daily.
3) Shanghai Dragon – Aráoz 1199, Palermo
Same owner as Gibraltar’s, so it’s practically the same as its San Telmo counterpart with a great offering of beer selections, the only difference is that they serve Asian food. It is a very popular place among the Palermo/Villa Crespo crowd, especially during their Happy hours from 5pm till 10 pm daily.
4) Antares – Armenia 1447, Palermo
With 30 different types of beers, a “beer of the month” and the daily happy hour from 6-10 pm. This bar offers everything a beer lover needs.
5) Breoghan Brew Bar – Bolivar 860, San Telmo
A perfect place to get your friends together and enjoy one of the cities’ best craft beer, and a place with the most varied and imported beers. Breoghan Beer is produced by themselves and the teams are on display in the bar.
6) Parque de la Cervecería – Triunvirato 700, Quilmes
Because of its size, the Quilmes beer garden is situated a little bit outside of the city center, but if you have nothing to do on a sunny day, this could be the perfect opportunity to take a short bus/train trip to Quilmes, and visit their huge beer garden, the brewery, and of course – have a fresh ice cold Quilmes.
For the Wine Lovers
1) “La Bodega” of the Gran Bar Danzon – Libertad 1161, Recoleta
At this unique place you can enjoy different Argentine Wines, accompanied with different regional and international cheeses.
2) Duhau Vinoteca – Av. Alvear 1661, Recoleta
The Vinoteca de Palacio is the vinoteca of the Park Hyatt Hotel in Buenos Aires. Top national and international wines can be found on the wine list.
3) Aldos – Moreno 372, Microcentro
It is a beautiful little restaurant with a big wine list. The wine is served from a professional sommellier who knows everything about each bottle they offer.
4) Las Nazarenas – Reconquista 1132, Microcentro
Their Rincón de Vino (wine corner) is my favourite place in Buenos Aires to have a nice bottle of wine with friends or your girl/boyfriend in a pretty atmosphere. Their wine list is a really really big!
5) Pain et Vin – Gorriti 5132, Palermo
As its name entails, they specialize in bread (they made their own!) and wine. If you care for a great glass of wine during the day pair with simple yet delicious sandwich made with thick and really good home-made bread, then this is the place for you. They also offer wine-tasting sessions occasionally in the evening featuring different bodegas.
6) Bar du Marché – Nicaragua 5946, Palermo
Not only they have 50 different wine by the glass to choose from, they also have the degustación (tasting) at an affordable price where you get to try 3 wines and 3 cheeses of your choice.
I hope I could help you a bit with this little list.
As we get into the warmer months (not the hottest yet mind you!), it is also the time for big music festivals in Buenos Aires. If you love outdoor music events, then these are for you:
Personal Fest is one of the annual music festival staples. Since 2004, they have been bringing a great mix of popular international and Latin American bands to rock the city over a 2-day festival. This year, the international headliners are Aerosmith, Muse, Whitesnake and Jane’s Addiction. Saturday October 12 and Sunday October 13. Ticket at TopShow.
Creamfields, since 2001, has grown to become one of the most anticipated dance music festivals, not only locally but also in the world (I didn’t make this up). It is one of those events that even if you just rolled into town, as long as you’re here around this time of the year, you’ll soon find out about Creamfields because everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, whether they are going or not, will start talking about it one way or the other. This year, it’ll take place on Saturday November 9, and just a heads up, Underworld is one of the headliners. (Say what?!) Yup, get your ticket at Multiticket.
We have a new addition to this season’s list of music festivals, and it is the Planeta Terra Festival. The festival itself is not new but it is for Buenos Aires. Planeta Terra Festival, which originates in São Paulo, Brazil, is in fact considered to be one of the most important music festivals in Latin America. This year,other than their usual São Paulo gig on November 9, they will also come to Buenos Aires on November 14. Looks like the line up won’t be exactly the same, but Beck, Lana del Rey and Travis are still on the bill! Ticket at Ticketek.
This one doesn’t count as a real music festival but it is so cool that I feel I should mention it. PM Open Air Music started in summer 2012. It was a weekly music fest with a different line up of local DJ’s and independent musicians every Saturday in an unassuming outdoor space in Palermo Soho. As the word spread, it had gotten so popular that people had to wait for other people to leave to make space in order to get in. It took a break in the winter and now it’s back for its second season, slated to begin this Saturday October 5! The event has moved to a much bigger space, a warehouse a couple blocks behind MALBA. [Note: The address you see on their FB page or anywhere else on the www is not easy to find and it's quite confusing. Take note of their instructions using Alcorta shopping, ex-KDT or MALBA as the landmark guide. Or, use this from the Saldias warehouse site.] It is not as convenient as before but it’s closer than you think! I predict that this will become THE THING to do on a Saturday afternoon this summer. Get there before 5pm for free entry, or get on the list for AR$50 after 5pm, or AR$70 at the door. Here is their event page for this Saturday. Also, check out their Facebook page often for updates and specific information.
Last but not least, we’ll have our Annual International Jazz Festival from Nov. 20 – 25, 2013. The program is not out yet as I’m writing this, but if past years’ were any indications, we’ll be in for a lot of great performances by both international and national musicians. Many of these concerts would be free too! Keep an eye on their Official site for further information.
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