Asia de Cuba
Pierina Dealessi 750
This Puerto Madero stalwart starts out as a restaurant and then, around one in the morning, turns into a dance club. Wednesday and Friday nights tend to be the busiest. Weekend nights feature belly dancing shows. Attire is casually fashionable but there is no need to get out the stilettos.
Recently recommended by The New York Times as a “place to go,” Bahrein is a techno dance club set in a one-hundred year old bank. It is divided into three floors: an excellent restaurant, the Funky Room, and the Excess Room. Every Tuesday night they host a drum-and-bass party. Check out their website to get the details on what’s hot for the rest of the week.
Rafael Obligado y Sarmiento
An electronica and trance club that is open on Tuesday and Friday from 12:30am until late, Caix is serious about partying. Dress is casual but loca—what is most important at Caix is to have some of your own style and bring it onto the dance floor.
The Roxy Club
Federico Lacroze 3455
Club 69 is a Thursday night party at The Roxy Club complete with a drag show, disco and full-out party. The entertainment purports to be alternative, but don’t let that turn you off—it is “mainstream” underground and nothing too shocking. Drinks are a bit on the steep side. Don’t think of arriving before 2 am.
A popular nightclub in Palermo, Thursday night is home to Lost, one of the city’s best hip hop nights. The crowd is on the under 20 side of young. Friday and Saturday nights are home to high octane DJs. Like any respectable club, the dancing doesn’t start until around 2 am.
Rivadavia 3475 (and Sánchez de Loria)
This club is known for its huge venue and super live vibe. The music is Latin—specifically cumbia and cuarteto. The live acts are very good. Come to Fantástico Bailable late and stay until dawn.
M.T. de Alvear 1540
Once an apartment, this converted club and bar has two dance floors, one usually with older rock and one with primarily 80’s music. Music videos play on a big screen in the back and the crowd tends to be casual and over 25. Known for cheap drinks and chill atmosphere.
Dubbing itself the “spirit of Brazil in Buenos Aires,” this Brazilian club and bar is popular with Brazilians and Argentines who love to party. With two dance rooms, one for Brazilian music and one for rock, hip-hop, and techno, this classy club features good cocktails and all night energy. Go on a Wednesday to try traditional Brazilian food at their special dinner show.
In the city that doesn’t sleep, Museum offers something special: an “after office” party on Wednesday that actually starts at 7 pm. Don’t be fooled by the early hour, porteños know how to party at any hour. Museum boasts drink specials, lots of dancing, live bands, and an enormous venue in the historic San Telmo barrio.
The most consistently hip venue in Buenos Aires is surely Palermo Hollywood’s Niceto. Boasting a number of successful weekly parties, a well-designed physical space, and an excellent sound system, Niceto is the place the hippest bands play when their tour includes South America. From Brooklyn to Stockholm, Niceto brings in the cool kids for the next big thing—whether that means deejays, bands, or cutting edge performance art. The Wednesday night party, Zizek, is a party not to be missed. Run by an ex-pat from San Antonio, Texas, this night features creative mixes of cumbia, hip-hop, and electronica. This is absolutely one of the coolest parties in town and is the place to go to dance to cutting edge music. — By Eve Hyman and Gwen Kirby
Remodeled in 2005, this club has a red-lights, retro aesthetic and changes between café, concert hall, and dance hall depending on the night. With a space big enough for 700, this club gets international music acts. Tickets for shows should be bought online at http://www.latrastienda.com/.
Av. Costanera Norte and La Pampa
Short pants, caps, and sandals not allowed at this ultra trendy club in the heart of the city. The place to go to hear the newest, hippest music, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday there is almost certain to be a live band, so check the website to choose what night to go.
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