The 10 Best Bars In Buenos Aires, Argentina

Photo of Madeleine Bazil
9 February 2017

Take a siesta in the afternoon to prepare, because Buenos Aires does not sleep and porteños often don’t start their nights out until midnight. From Palermo to San Telmo to Retiro and beyond, the city is full of top-quality watering holes. Read on for the 10 best bars in Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires by night | © camilo_marino/Flickr

Verne Club

Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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This stylish cocktail bar, named for author Jules Verne, is just a couple of years old and already is one of the hottest bars in the city. Each cocktail is named for a Verne writing, and is impeccably crafted; perfect to enjoy amidst the bar’s low lighting, Chesterfield sofas, and background jazz music.


For a trendy evening with Buenos Aires’ best and brightest, head to Leitmotiv to see and be seen. The drinks are elegantly made and in the summertime, the rooftop terrace is packed with revelers dancing to live DJs.

Leitmotiv, Cabrera 5696, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4777-0743


Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Palermo | © Mariano García-Gaspar/Flickr
Secrecy is the name of the game at this Palermo Hollywood speakeasy. Here’s the rundown: find out the password from the bar’s Facebook page, knock on the front door and give the password to the bouncer, and receive a four digit code from him in return. Type that code into a phone booth, which will then open to reveal the interior of this lively and fun-loving bar.

Victoria Brown

Bar, Coffee Shop, Coffee, Contemporary, Pub Grub, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
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Victoria Brown
Victoria Brown | Courtesy of Victoria Brown

Though not a speakeasy, this Palermo Soho boîte is in fact hidden; a bakery by day, keep an eye out for the rear door of the café, which opens to a mural of Queen Victoria leading to a chic and intriguing bar.

Café San Bernardo

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires
Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires | © Nicolás Santiago Romero Escalada/Flickr
For a casual and fun evening, head over to this neighborhood bar in Villa Crespo, which by night transforms into a lively den consisting of an energetic crowd, cheap beer, and competitive games of table tennis, table football, and pool.

Harrison Speakeasy

Bar, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, $$$
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There’s no guarantee of getting into this password-only Prohibition-themed bar, but that’s what makes it all the more exciting. Located behind the sushi restaurant Nicky NY, your best bet is making friends with an existing member of the speakeasy, or by charming the pants off your sushi waiter.

Señor Duncan

Bar, Argentina, South American, $$$
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Almagro street art, Buenos Aires
Almagro street art, Buenos Aires | © Wally Gobetz/Flickr
For an offbeat experience, ring the bell at this Almagro bar, housed in an old mansion chock-full of stained glass and other quirky decor. There’s always something interesting going on here, from live piano music to theater to an open-mic night to swing-dancing, so come prepared to be surprised, or take a peek at the Facebook page to see what’s going on.

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