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Bars and Pubs
Daytime is turning into twilight and evening is approaching. Classes are over for the day and you are ready to put the books aside for the day, sit back and unwind. Buenos Aires has tons of bars and pubs spread throughout all barrios in the city. The only difficulty is actually deciding which one to go to. Never fear! We have provided a list of some of the greatest bars and pubs in the city.
Bulnes 1250, Palermo
tel: (011) 4861 7492 (info)
bus: 26, 36, 92, 106, 128
18:00 - 02:00 Thu, 23:00 - 04:00 Fri & Sat
At the moment, this is one of BA's most popular gay bars. BA attracts a mixed but mostly gay crowd for its chilled-out atmosphere and stylish, minimalist bar. It's an ideal spot to drop in to after dinner but before hitting the dance clubs.
Clásica y ModernaAddress
Av Callao 892, Recoleta
tel: (011) 4812 8707 (info)
underground rail: Line D, Callao
08:00 - 01:00 Mon-Wed, 08:00 - 03:00 Fri & Sat
This eclectic multi-espacio is a cafe, bar, eatery, art space, bookstore and music venue in one. Jazz nights see an artsy, intellectual crowd lining up on the streets to hear some great music. Stop in to listen to some of the great poetry readings as well.
Club del VinoAddress
JA Cabrera 4737, Palermo Viejo
tel: (011) 4833 0048 (info)
bus: 15, 55, 57, 140, 168
This elegant spot, reminiscent of a small winery, is lit up with beautiful fairy lights from the outside. Inside there's a good restaurant, a pleasant fountain courtyard, an intimate theater that seats about 100, and a tiny so-called 'wine museum.' There are live jazz combos (along with tango, folk, blues and even flamenco) that regularly play here.
San Martín 941, Retiro
tel: (011) 4314 4787 (info)
bus: 61, 93, 130, 152
12:00 - 03:00 Mon-Sat
This tiny bohemian bar with red painted walls adorned with art has some of the friendliest service in BA, along with cheap beers and decent bistro food. This bar attracts many students, intellectuals, artists, and expats. You are just as likely to see book-readers at the bar as you are travelers at the window tables. It's the kind of place you can settle in at for hours.
Reconquista 921, Retiro
tel: (011) 4312 3377 (info)
bus: 93, 152
18:00 - 03:00 Sun-Thu, 18:00 - 06:00 Fri & Sat
This futuristic tavern is blue alright, from the glowing bar top to the corrugated-tin walls to the mood lighting that even gives fake tan a blue cast. It could have been in Bladerunner - if not for the pool tables, the big-screen TV and the darn good snack menu that keeps you anchored in the present.
Av Brasil 401, San Telmo
tel: (011) 4300 4313 (info)
bus: 10, 29, 39, 152 & others
Across the road from the Británico, this old wooden bar oozes just as much charm, with its lovely antique signs on the wall, glass cabinets lined with bottles of wine ready to be consumed and jars of preserved pickles and peppers on the counter. Popular with the old-timers who dress up and head here for afternoon tea, it is just as good for a beer.
Balcarce 869, San Telmo
tel: (011) 4300 6435 (info)
bus: 10, 20, 45, 74, 86
10:00 - 24:00
This groovy cafe-bar serves up some of the best coffee in town to a mostly gay crowd, along with great sandwiches and snack foods. The vibe is very laidback, although it gets packed on weekends, when it can be hard to get a table.
Serrano 1222, Palermo Viejo
tel: (011) 4773 1967 (info)
bus: 34, 39, 55, 168
20:00 - 03:00 Sun-Wed, 20:00 - 04:00 Thu, 20:00 - 05:00 Fri & Sat
With its vibrant red walls and retro 1950s American diner vibe, Mundo Bizarro has been a Palermo institution for some ten years. This is a great late night drinking spot where the DJs are good, the music is fun, and the cocktails keep coming.
cnr Perú & Carlos Calvo, San Telmo
tel: (011) 4300 4313 (info)
bus: 10, 20, 29, 45, 86 & others
07:30 - 01:30 Sun-Thu, 07:30 - 03:00 Fri & Sat
Operating since 1864, El Federal is a favorite San Telmo bar. Maybe it has to do with the atmospheric old wooden interior, with its long wooden bar, lowered floor, decorative arch and antique cash register. Mostly though, it is contagious vibe that seems to spread when its cozy rooms fill with locals. Order a bottle of red and a big wooden breadboard of picadas (the Argentine version of antipasto) and settle in for the night.
Buller Pub & BreweryAddress
Roberto M Ortiz 1827, Recoleta
tel: (011) 4808 9061 (info)
bus: 17, 61, 62, 93, 110
This place is well renowned for its tasty micro brewed beer. Highly recommended are the delicious Honey Beer (8.5%) and the refreshing India Pale Ale (6%): ideal on a hot day.
25 de Mayo 722, Retiro
tel: (011) 4312 8275 (info)
bus: 93, 130, 152
The dazzling lights above the big bar give this popular place a festive atmosphere, while the booths, bar lamps, and French House music, finds you wondering if you are really in Paris. That could also have something to do with the regulars, French expats and Argentines wishing they were in Paris.
La Peña del ColoradoAddress
Güemes 3657, Palermo
tel: (011) 4822 1038 (info)
Transport underground rail: Line D, Bulnes
20:00 - 02:00
This lively venue - which many porteños swear is the best peña (community venue where folk music is performed in a casual environment) in the city - packs in the many locals and travelers for the live folkórica shows on Friday and Saturday night. Moreover, there is spontaneous singing and strumming on other nights. There are decent northern Argentine dishes and if you have yet to try mate, now is your chance.