OUT AND ABOUT
STUDY IN ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires is a city that shows two sides to itself, with a more relaxed atmosphere during the day and a happening party nightlife after dark. Porteños, the inhabitants of Buenos Aires, are real party people. Their love of life is obvious as soon as you hit up one of the dance clubs, which are packed nearly every night of the week. The flashier clubs of Buenos Aires are still among the best in South America, both for the music and for their quality. The variety of bars and clubs are numerous. Start your night out in a tranquil bar in the San Telmo neighborhood, and then continue on to one of Palermo´s trendy clubs. You can choose to spoil yourself with some exclusive cocktails in Puerto Madero or dance till dawn at one of the electronic clubs in the city center. If you still have some energy later in the early hours of the morning, visit one of the after parties at the Costanera Sur.
Argentineans start their nights out late compared to people in Europe and in the US. During the weekends, they dine around 11 p.m. and usually do not enter clubs before 3 A.M.
Prices tend to be quite high in clubs and are more comparable to what one might pay in Europe or in the US.
Are you looking to start shaking those hips? Check out some of these fun nightclubs to dance the night away.
Asia de CubaAddress
Dealessi 750, Puerto Madero
tel: (011) 4894 1328 (info)
bus: 2, 130, 152 & others
Start by chowing down some delicious sushi (which will also clear you of Asia's cover charge) before hitting up the dance floor. The diversity of music, sweaty bodies and scantily clad female show dancers have a way of keeping you cheering and dancing until the sun comes up. It is best to hit up this venue on Thursdays.
Lavalle 345, Microcentro
tel: (011) 4315 2403 (info)
underground rail: Line B, Florida
This place is best known to visit on Tuesdays where you can hear the best drum and bass in town. The weekends have its own flare with multi-floors, chill-out spaces and eclectic decor adds to the vibe. The beats get faster as the night wears on.
Rodríguez Peña 1220, Recoleta
tel: (011) 4812 3584 (info)
underground rail: Line B Callao
bus: 10, 21, 37, 101, 152
The Basement Club, located beneath the Shamrock Bar ( a popular bar for expats), pulls in the punters - a mix of expats, locals and travelers - for its house music and cheap drinks.
Adolfo Alsino 940, Microcentro
tel: (011) 4331 1277 (info)
bus: 10, 17, 59, 64, 86
Gorgeous Palacio Alsino, in an elegant old wrought-iron building, is currently one of BA's hottest clubs and the biggest night is Friday, for, you guessed it - the Big One! When a well known DJ hits up this venue it seems as if everyone in BA flocks to find refuge on the dance floor. If it all gets a bit much for you there are sofas up on the balcony upstairs. Fridays sees an equally huge gay night called Alsino.
Centro Cultural Torquato TassoAddress
Defensa 1575, San Telmo
tel: (011) 4307 6506 (info)
bus: 10, 22, 45, 64, 71
Serious tango musicians, both established and up-and-coming, hold performances at this fantastic local venue. This is also one of the better venues for taking tango classes and participating in milonga (social dancing) that follows (free on Sunday).
Rodríguez Peña 1082, Recoleta
tel: (011) 4811 0494 (info)
underground rail: Line D, Callao
Even after 20 years, this Recoleta landmark is still one of BA’s hottest gay clubs. Although some say it's not as good as it once was, it has a loyal (older) crowd of gay guys (no women) here to cruise.
Riobamba 416, Tribunales
tel: (011) 4953 2794 (info)
underground rail: Line B, Callao
This traditional old tango salon brings in some 2000 tangueros (traditional tango dancers) every week for its fun milongas (social dancing) and daily classes. This spot is very authentic and will inspire all to learn the fabulous dance called the Tango.
Perú 535, San Telmo
tel: (011) 4771 9628 (info)
underground rail: Line E, Belgrano
bus: 10, 20, 29, 45, 86 & others
20:00 - 02:00 Wed, 22:00 -late Fri-Sun
Set in a splendid grey-steel building designed by Gustave Eiffel, you would think you were walking around in the middle of a museum as opposed to a dance club. The interior is just as stunning and the sound and lighting is very chic. Midweek sees a more after-work crowd loosening their ties; while weekends see a more relaxed but well-dressed set hitting the dance floor for good house music and well-known DJs.
Sarmiento 1728, Tribunales
tel: (011) 4372 1737 (info)
underground rail: Line B, Callao
This dance club is located in an old mansion with a Brazilian magnet that draws in long lines of hip-wigglers. Latin beats and lithe stage dancers stir up excitement. If you are looking for something a bit more low key, move upstairs for a bit more intimacy. This spot is great on Sundays.