The Best Jazz Clubs in Buenos Aires

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Harry Stewart

Buenos Aires’ small but lively jazz scene has its roots in the early 20th century – Argentina’s economic heyday when a fast expanding upper-class would readily adopt new trends from abroad. Jazz from Europe became popularized throughout the city by the ubiquitous tango orchestras, but the genre eventually established its own following as the years went by. The scene took a hit during the dictatorship years of the 1970s, but has gradually been making a comeback, with a number of cool clubs popping up around the city. Let’s take a look at the best Buenos Aires has to offer.

1. Notorious

Nightclub, Pub, Bar, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, Argentina

© Courtesy of Notorious
This famously groovy club is almost as well-known as Thelonious, attracting a classy and sophisticated crowd. Guests arrive at a CD shop, pay for their tickets and head downstairs to discover an elegant restaurant type atmosphere situated below a wide stage. As one of the city’s premier jazz clubs, Notorious attracts some of the best local and international musicians, so booking a table is often essential.

2. Boris Jazz Club

Nightclub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, Argentina

Boris Jazz Club
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One of the city’s largest venues with a capacity of 200 people, Boris Jazz Club plays an important role in the Buenos Aires jazz scene. The club was purpose built for live music so the acoustics are superb, a major draw card for the true jazz aficionado. Boris emphasizes black and blue shades to create a moody atmosphere which is well appreciated by the mostly swanky, upmarket clientele. The food and drinks are great, although not as cheap as other places in town.

3. Café Vinilo

Building, Concert Hall

The stage at Cafe Vinilo
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A chic option in south Palermo, Café Vinilio is housed in an elegant colonial style building and hosts a wide variety of jazz musicians and sub genres. The club is popular for its intimate setting, great selection of food and drinks as well as a regularly changing art exhibition to admire between sets. Advance booking attracts a small discount but tables are allocated on a first come first served basis so it’s best to arrive early.

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