La Cava Jufré

Oenophiles should visit this wine bar which offers a selection of boutique producer varietals personally selected by owner Lito. It regularly hosts tasting evenings and also offers some light bar snacks to accompany the choice glasses.

El Boliche de Roberto

For an authentic place in the city to enjoy tango sans the tourists, El Boliche de Roberto is just the ticket. It has been around for over 120 years, and remains a true destination for some real porteño history. Aperitif hour starts around 7, when you’ll find regulars taking over the tables outside with card games and cigarettes.

Milión

Buenos Aires charm fills this 1913 French mansion in the chicest area of the city. Milión is a multi-level bar and restaurant that retains many of the house’s original features such as the bathroom fixtures, oak floors and even a wooden telephone.

Growlers

Taking over the cobbled lane between its sister neighbouring bars, Growlers really brings the right atmosphere for some street beers on a warm evening. Offering around 20 rotating taps and pub grub, Growlers has two other locations also great for a casual weekday outing. Be prepared to sit on the sidewalk as the place gets crowded.

Verne Club

Inspired by Jules Verne and his adventures, this dimly lit space tucked away in the quieter side of Palermo is furnished with Chesterfield sofas and vintage decor and gives off some reimagined gentleman’s club vibes. Its “around the world in 80 cocktails” menu is impeccable – you truly can’t go wrong when ordering.

Victoria Brown Bar

With all the speakeasy vibes and none of the hassle of getting in, Victoria Brown is an institution in the Buenos Aires cocktail scene. Tucked behind a cake and coffee shop, this once abandoned warehouse now pays tribute to the Victorian era. Try its delicate cocktail La Provence, lavender gin with ginger honey and citrus.

Strange Brewing

This brewery may be fairly new to the local craft beer scene, but it has some real credentials. Owner Ramiro and Thor met at Stanford University, where they would host weekly barbecue and beer parties to showcase their home brews. A hundred or so beers later, they embarked on a road trip back to Ramiro’s hometown and, once the third partner Howie joined them, they decided to finally open their own commercial brewery in the Colegiales area. You can feel the passion of the trio everywhere from the self-built space to the carefully crafted beers. We recommend an afternoon of beer sampling here.

Desarmadero Bar

You will not miss this bar; the facade of the building is covered in a salvaged metal structure by local urban artist Alfredo Segatori – in keeping with its motto of “beer + art”. This craft beer-forward bar champions local brews with 28 rotating taps, and offers a friendly environment ideal for big groups, with a killer rooftop terrace.

878 Bar

This discreet bar set in a former textile factory has been shortlisted as one of the top 50 bars in the world and it’s easy to see why. With exposed brickwork and high ceilings, the space balances class and cool effortlessly, and its cocktail list proves impossible to resist. With a generous happy hour from 7 to 9, 878 Bar is perfect for both a before-dinner tipple and a nightcap.

Boticario Bar

Set in an old pharmacy, this botanical-themed bar is equal parts cool speakeasy and trendy apothecary. As the name suggests, it focuses on craft cocktails with an emphasis on herbs, tinctures and bitters. Guest bartenders serve up special cocktails once a week, and every Tuesday is vinyl night. Arrive early to avoid the crowds and sip on specialty spiced gin and tonics.

Isabel

One of the hottest cocktail bars in Palermo. Gaby, the doorman, will always let you in as long as you are properly dressed and throw him a big smile. Once a month, Buenos Aires’ coolest photographer Michigan Rabbit throws a party at Isabel with the best local DJs. Follow him on Instagram for dates @MichiganRabbit.

La Florería Atlántico

The speakeasy trend has arrived in Buenos Aires and this is one of the best spots in Recoleta. From the outside it looks like a flower and wine shop; once inside, enter the bar through a refrigerator door. There are cocktails for every whim, so let the bartenders improvise something bespoke based on your likes.

Frank's

Another speakeasy, you have to know a password to get in (clues are given every day on their Facebook page). Once inside, enter this 1920-style sweetheart through a phone booth. Frank’s has killer cocktails and is a great place to spend a weeknight – have the password ready because the doormen are very strict.

Faena Pool Bar

Buenos Aires’ hottest hotel was designed by Philippe Starck and the pool bar is an absolute must – don’t be intimidated by the giant crown, everyone is welcome. A good spot for after-dinner drinks, the bar has good music and a sophisticated international crowd.

Cafe San Bernando

If you want to have a real porteño experience, head to this pool on a Tuesday for ping pong and other games. Perfect for large, loud groups if you are willing to share beers and interact with locals.

Bar Rodney

An iconic bar located in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Chacarita. Rock bands play in this bar a la calle, or street bar, which is a unique spot in Buenos aires thanks to its eclectic crowd.

  • +54 11 4854 5893
  • Rodney 400
    Chacarita

Tequila

Small and private, this is the trendiest club in Buenos Aires. Thursdays and Saturdays are the best days to enjoy good DJs. To get in, make sure to arrive before 2am or book a table, otherwise you might have to wait and queue for a very long time.

  • +54 11 4781 6555
  • Avenida Rafael Obligado 6211
    Costanera Norte

La Vermuteria Café San Juan

Rehydrate at La Vermuteria after a hectic day in the markets of San Telmo. The classy bar is joined to San Juan Canteen and serves a stellar selection of Vermouth. Ask for the snacks menu and order some very tasty tapas.

  • +54 11 4300 9344
  • Chile 474

Florería Atlántico

Follow the decadent scent of flowers, pass by an overspill of bloomage and enter the subterranean Florería Atlántico. The restaurant, located in Recoleta, serves sharing plates but inventive cocktails are the real appeal, with a well-stocked, worldly selection of spirits on tap.

La Bomba de Tiempo at Konex

For ear-tingling drumming on a Monday night, check out La Bomba de Tiempo (Time Bomb) at Ciudad Cultural Konex. A small orchestra of 16 percussionists improvise their set, rallying onlookers take to the floor for some impromptu dancing. A great place to meet friends before dinner.

Pachá

Isabel

La Florería Atlántico

Frank's

Faena Pool Bar

Cafe San Bernardo

Bar Rodney

Tequila

La Vermuteria Café San Juan

Florería Atlántico

La Bomba de Tiempo at Konex

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