La Confitería is the place to be right now. Haunt of artists, musicians and general movers and shakers of the BA scene, this venue has all the old-timey charm of former dance hall, with a huge terrace on the roof for you to escape the mass of sweaty bodies raving or grooving downstairs. The bar selection is fairly rudimentary, so don’t expect fancy cocktails, but do expect a damn good time.
Av. Federico Lacroze, 2963 Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4555 4991
Veritable king of the cultural centre, Chacarita’s Santos 4040 has made a name for itself as one of the city’s premier venues for live music, performance, art and fun times. The ping pong area out the back is ideal for chilling out and mingling, while the main room is perfect for dancing to the improvised jams that happen every Tuesday at La Grande, one of Buenos Aires’ favourite weeknight activities.
This boxing and martial arts gym in Villa Crespo doubles as an anti-fascist community centre and hardcore garage and punk venue. Not for the faint-hearted, to attend an event at La Cultura del Barrio you’ll need to bring grit and possibly a change of clothes, because things can get heated, literally. Mosh pits and high octane involvement are the order of the day, but this is underground fun at its best.
This tiny cultural space on a side street in Palermo Soho is off the chain right now, especially among a younger, but discerning, crowd. Weekly jazz nights, art exhibitions and DJ sets by international artists are what keep people coming back to POMO. Be sure you know who’s playing, as the door policy can be exclusive.
Santa Rosa 5157, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 6228 1568