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.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub
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, Argentina, $$$
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.
Frank’s, Arévalo 1443, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Café San Bernardo
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.
Café San Bernardo, Corrientes 5436, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4855-3956
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.
Harrison Speakeasy, Malabia 1764, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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.
Señor Duncan, Avenida Rivadavia 3832, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4958-3633
From its industrial garage-door exterior to the interior decorated with recycled iron shutters, this Palermo bar is like no other. In hot weather, the roof can be retracted, and the party never ends; a cheeky sign behind the bar reads ‘happy hour, 4-5am’.
Festival, Gorriti 5741, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4775-6733