I love going to concerts. So when I was in argentina I’ve heard about Quilmes rock festival in Buenos Aires, the biggest rock event in town that takes place every year.
In 2008 lasted 4 days at the end of march and one day was dedicated to local rock bands while the others had the international artists. I went the first day to see Black Label Society, Korn, Ozzy Osbourne and more. The festival took place at the River Plate Stadium and I payed 130 pesos(26euros) for a ticket at the arena.
The people started to go there very early, there were a lot of long waiting and waiting outside, there’s a strict security check… and at the end there were more than 30.000 inside. The strange thing was that they didn’t have beers inside the stadium, not even Quilmes beer that was the officially supporters of the festival! But the argentian fans are crazy enough so probably they don’t need extra bust from alcohol :)
You can take tickets from the website below but I preferred to go to the ticket booth of ticketek that is located at Microcentro, Viamonte 560 (Galería).
Dress Code: an old black tshirt with the logo of motorhead will be ok :)
There's certainly a lot of bars in the Palermo area but there didn't seem to be too many with any live bands playing. This joint fills the bill.
This place had live music on when I went on the Thursday night. There were 2 bands, both quite different. The first was 2 keyboards, a bass guitar and vocals playing music that unsurprisingly had an electronic beat but there was a bit of a Talking Heads feel about them. The second band were a 2 guitar, bass and drums combo who were dressed up like something from 1950s US diner and the music had a bit of a feel like that to it also. Both these bands played their own material.
Once the 2nd band finished there was a dj spinning the tunes. There were a few people in the audience wearing Ramones tshirts and while there was a couple of Ramones tracks played, there was other styles of music played as well. What they didn't play was chart music. It was all a little bit off mainstream. Its a welcome change from the other bars in Palermo which while enjoyable, a lot of them are much of a muchness.
It rocked on til after 5 am.
See the website.
Dress Code: Jeans, tshirt.
I highly recommend PubCrawl Buenos Aires http://www.pubcrawlba.com/pub/index.php?lang=en
Concept is pretty simple, they announce a bar for a particular day, people meet there, then you walk over to couple more bars and end at a club. Its a great way to meet people if you are new in town and don't know much about the night life. I did this about 3 times in dec 09, always had a blast..
This place does FREE BEER !!!
Not a joke!
For Girls : Free beer and free national drinks everyday noon to midnite
For Guys : incredible HAPPY HOUR with free pizza - 3PM-8PM.
Uruguay 1175/77 - Buenos Aires - Phone (54 11) 4813-7324
More tips and info available here -
Paddy in Buenos Aires
Dress Code: Casual
I went there with some friends.
You have to be at least 18th years old, they might ask you for your I.D to confirm your age.
Entrance ticket $Arg 20.00 including a drink like: Gancia, cuba libre, tequila, destornillador...
Dinner up to 23.00 pm (no idea about the price)
Dancing up to 5.00 pm ( only electronic music)
Dress Code: no flip-flops (even is summer here)
no shorts for men
no dirty or tore clothes!
What fascinates about this place, is the collection that the owner has of beer paraphanalia. Thousands upon thousands of beer mats, bottles, cans, old-fashioned taps and the likes. The owner, Ango, has taken years to build his collection and only been opened literalry a year. If your spanish is good and the boss is around you can get a little tour of this beer bar museum. Its quite something!
Its a quiet place with usually a few locals inside, but dont expect a mad bustly atmosphere. If you want that then go to one of the many Irish pubs around.
Dress Code: None
If you don't like huge clubs and latin music, then this is the place to go. Until 2 am this is just a bar, where you can have cocktails, beers, energy drinks, etc. Then as from that time the waiters move the tables aside and it becomes a club. There are two dancefloors, the one downstairs plays pop, disco music and music from the 80s and 90s. The one upstairs only plays electro music.
This is the kind of place where you go over and over again!
it s basically a pub, plus there are pool tables... so it s just a different place to share amusement and to have fun among friends, as it offers a variety of drinks, games and good music.
Ambience : Chill Out
Decorated in deep blue with details in red, the modern decor of the bar is even on the baize of the pool tables, which is of a striking turquoise rather than the traditional green.
The Bar :
Visitors have the chance to taste premium beer self-poured directly from the original icy draw draft beer dispenser, unique in the country.
-Food: pizza, fondeau, tex mex, special home-made hamburgers.*
-Music: soul, funk, dance, varied
-Games: pool, darts and some board games
-Drinks: very elaborate cocktails, international barmen. Direct draw draft beer dispensers at your own the table.
-Credit cards: all credit cards
It is Open every day.
*Food: From morning to midday, there are "executive menus". In the evening, the menu is varied. Among the specialties, the "Bastoncitos de pollo y muzzarella" (chicken sticks with muzzarella cheese), pizzas or Uruguayan "chivitos" are outstanding.
Dress Code: casual, though at happy hour it s full of white collars.
The party in B.A. doesn't start til late, and I mean late......being from Miami, I am used to leaving late for the night spots but even Miami has to take a back seat for the Buenos Aires night life to get going. Usually around 2:30 a.m. Recoleta at night is very fun, and crowded with young hip and wealthy Portenos (the name for Buenos Aires residents) the clubs are jammed pack with all types of music and doings......Spent the night having a great time, drinking top wines and champagnes and it didn't break my bank account as it would have done in South Beach.
Palermo is a big neighbourhood, divided in different areas, one of them is Palemo Soho refering to Soho in New York City. It is full of restaurants and bars, also discos. You can choose a table outside and have dinner while watching people walking around...meeting friends in this area is very exciting. Don't miss a night in this area, specially from Thursday to Sunday when more and more people go out. During the day you will find a lot of stores that sell art objects, clothes and shoes, excellent for sightseeing!!! Good luck!!!
Dress Code: No dress code required. Just feel comfortable!!!
This is a wonderful small place to hear some good Jazz music and it was good for us it all starts at 9:30 instead of the wee hours that are more common. We heard Fatz Fernandez an excellent and well known musician.
We had dinner too during the show which was very good. We were happy we had made reservations the night before as the place was full.
As is typical of Argentina the whole night cost us a fraction of what we would pay at home.
Cover charge 40 pesos ( $10.00)
Dress Code: Smart Casual
A good way to enjoy BUENOS AIRES NIGHTLIFE is getting the BA night pass..
I was in Hostel Suites Florida and I paid $40 pesos (12 USD) for that pass, that consists of a booklet of coupons It has more than 10 bars and night clubs to go without queues. I also get free drinks, special discounts and drinks tasting.
Each day you have 2 or more options to go out. You don´t need to wait until the weekend to go out .
With that I went to:
+160, Bahrein, Club Araoz, Sunset, Crobar, a tango Club called IDEAL, Kika, Fusion Bar, Antares Palermo....
I dont know where else you can buy it.... but maybe in facebook thay have a page..
maybe you can conctact them there
Es un lugar rodeado de recuerdos españoles en el corazón de buenos aires, se podrá encontrar música Flamenca, gustar de comidas típicas Españolas y ver shows en vivo con los mejores exponentes argentinos e internacionales en danzas Flamencas. Se pasa una velada muy especial.
0800-vino is a new concept in wine delivery, they deliverer the best wines to your doorstep within the hour.
They also arrange private and public tastings and classes in English and Spanish, tailor made to the customer’s requirements and personally hosted by Nigel Tollerman, Argentina’s no. 1 native English sommelier and founder of 0800-VINO.
Public tasting information
Facebook : cero ochocientos vino
Twitter : 0800vinos
Internations : Event Buenos Aires
Asmallworld : Event Buenos Aires
Dress Code: no dress code
Dada is located on San Martin, near Paraguay. If you happen to find yourself in the Microcentro (if not it's definitely worth the trip) this is a place you're sure to return to. It's a local bar with amazing food, friendly staff that will welcome you over and over again, and a cool, artsy vibe. It's one of my favorite places in BA.
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