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Nightlife in Buenos Aires

Local and international opera companies perform at the famous Teatro Colón, refurbished and reopened during the Argentine bicentennial in 2010. Aspiring dancers take tango classes at the traditional, high-ceilinged Salón Canning. Order a Fernet – Argentina's most popular spirit, herby, bitter and served with cola – at the palatial Milión club in Recoleta and descend the elegant staircase to drink outside under the stars. Hit the dance floor at Palermo's Niceto Club, but not until 2am, or you'll be dancing alone.

La Viruta, Buenos Aires. Photo by Clemmy Manzo
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Bar El Federal

Nostalgic spot

A bar and restaurant located on a quiet corner in San Telmo, Bar El Federal has been in business since 1864, and as a café notable, will continue to be preserved. Local patrons sit at the old tables whiling away their time looking out onto Buenos Aires' streets, chatting and drinking espresso. The original tile floor remains, and old signs, portraits and small antique adding machines decorate the space.



Address

Carlos Calvo 599, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4300-4313

Transport

Metro: Independencia

Cafe Tortoni, Buenos Aires. Photo by Jerome Richard/Frommers.com Community
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Café Tortoni

High-quality tango

Four times each day, high-quality yet inexpensive tango shows are held in the back room of the Café Tortoni. The price of the shows does not include dinner, but you can order what you want from the cafe's menu and pay for it separately. The tight space here is not for the claustrophobic. Visit their cumbersome website, look under the heading "cartalera," and click on a day of the week for more information and a description of all the upcoming shows including tango, jazz, children's theater, and more.



Address

Av. de Mayo 829, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4342-4328

Transport

Metro: Piedras

Website

Café Tortoni Website

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OMM Bar

Funky vibe

OMM has moved from its former location, adding a glamorous touch to its funky vibe, and with an expanded drinks and food menu. Still, it's all about the music in this dance bar.



Address

Honduras 5656, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4774-4224

Transport

Metro: Carranza

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Gran Bar Danzon

Intimate cocktail bar

A small, intimate bar, Danzon attracts a fashionable crowd with its small selection of international food and smart, relaxing lounge music. An excellent barman serves exquisite cocktails and a variety of liquors and wines.



Address

Libertad 1161, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4811-1108

Transport

Metro: San Martin

Website

Gran Bar Danzon Website

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Bar Macondo

Lively watering hole

Macondo Bar has sidewalk seating and lots of levels overlooking the action. Inside, the low-ceilinged restaurant twists around several staircases. DJs blast music of all kinds throughout the bar, from folkloric to techno to electronica. The food menu consists of sandwiches, pizzas and salads. It's a loud and busy place for sure, but the setup adds a certain sense of intimacy.



Address

Borges 1810, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4831-4174

Transport

Metro: Plaza Italia

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Milión

Town-house cocktails

Milión bar occupies an opulent town house in Buenos Aires' Recoleta neighbourhood. Elegant porteños locals perch on antique furniture and sip exquisite cocktails like 1920s film stars. Step through the French windows and down the grand staircase into the garden.



Address

1048 Paraná, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4815-9925

Transport

Metro: Callao

Website

Milión Website

Plaza Dorrego Bar, Buenos Aires. Photo by Sarah-Jane Walsh
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Bar Dorrego

Beer and monkey nuts

The old, wood-panelled Bar Dorrego is the heart of Buenos Aires' San Telmo neighbourhood. Locals and tourists sip beer and gobble free monkey nuts to mournful tango music. Soak up the evening ambience at a sought-after table in the square.



Address

1098 Defensa, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4361-0141

Transport

Metro: San Juan

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Asia de Cuba

Sophisticated nightspot

Come early for a meal at this supper club, and entertain yourself with sophisticated drinking and dancing under the golden Buddha. It's also a place where women are less likely to be harassed by men on the prowl.



Address

P. Dealessi 750, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4894-1328

Transport

Taxi

Website

Asia de Cuba Website

Niceto Club's frenetic dance floor. Courtesy of Niceto Club, © Nicolas Faig
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Niceto Club

International DJs and breakdancers

The hottest Latin and North American DJs spin the decks at Niceto Club in Buenos Aires' Palermo Hollywood neighbourhood. You might hear live reggae, rock or funk. Visit on Thursdays for the famous Club 69, a hip-hop night with breakdancers.



Address

5510 Niceto Vega, Buenos Aires 1414BFD

Telephone

+54 11/4779-9396

Transport

Bus to Avenida Córdoba or Avenida Juan B Justo

Website

Niceto Club Website

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Crobar

Mega club

One of Buenos Aires's most popular mega clubs, holding up to 3,000 people, Crobar is located under the train arches in the Bosques de Palermo park. Various DJs from around the world have played here, including Dutch sensation Armin van Buuren. Don't even think of heading here until 2am for dancing, but during the early evening, various concerts are also held here.



Address

Marcelo Freyre at Paseo de la Infanta, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4778-1500

Transport

Metro: Palermo

Website

Crobar Website

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Tequila

Salsa and techno

Tequila is a mega club with a great mix of Latin music and techno. Be aware that the club closes from December to March in Buenos Aires, and opens a temporary summer venue in La Barra, outside of Punta del Este in Uruguay.



Address

Av. Costanera Norte and La Pampa, Buenos Aires

Address

Av. Costanera Norte and La Pampa, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4781-6555

Transport

Taxi

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El Viejo Almacén

Authentic tango

The most famous of Buenos Aires' tango salons, the Almacén offers what some consider the city’s most authentic performance. Shows involve traditional Argentine-style tango (many other shows feature international-style tango). Dinner is served each night before the show starts, in the three-storey restaurant across the street. Guests may opt for dinner and the show or just the show.



Address

Independencia and Balcarce, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4307-6689

Transport

Metro: Independencia

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Salón Canning

Dance floor spectacular

Salón Canning is among the most authentic of all of the milongas. At the end of a long hallway, spectators crowd around the main dance floor to watch couples make their way around it. It is known for its extremely smooth, high-quality wooden parquet floor, considered one of the best for dancing in all of Buenos Aires.



Address

Scalabrini Ortiz 1331, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4832-6753

Transport

Taxi

Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. Photo by Eduardo Cando, Flickr - exedu
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Teatro Colón

World-class opera

World-renowned opera, ballet and classical music greats perform at the early-20th century Teatro Colón in downtown Buenos Aires. The grand opera house is also famous for its vast salons and exceptional acoustics. Lit up at night, the building is breathtaking.



Address

618 Cerrito, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/5533-5599

Transport

Metro: Tribunales.

Website

Teatro Colón Website

La Viruta, Buenos Aires. Photo by Clemmy Manzo
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La Viruta

Passionate tango dancing

Bodies stride and eyes smoulder across the room in La Viruta's basement milonga tango club in Buenos Aires' Palermo Viejo neighbourhood. Young expats and locals make up the crowd. Polish your moves at a class before the midnight dance.



Address

1366 Armenia, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4774-6357

Transport

Bus to Avenida Scalabrini Ortíz or Cabrera

Website

La Viruta Website

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