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By Chris | June 27 2007
Renowned continent-wide for its excellent nightlife, which starts long after sundown and ends well after dawn has arrived, it would be a sin not to explore what Buenos Aires has to offer after dark.
Observe our recommendations to point you in the right direction.
Testament to Argentina’s position as one of the world’s wealthiest cities at the turn of the 20th century, the Teatro Colón (Columbus Theater) is a magnificent structure widely regarded as one of South America’s most elegant edifices.
Completed in 1908 and re-opened in early 2010 following a lengthy period of refurbishment, the theater plays host to all manner of concerts, plays and expositions. A must-see during your stay in Buenos Aires.
An intimate, traditional tango experience steeped in luxury, the Rojo Tango show at the Faena takes pride of place as the premier showcase of one of the cornerstones of Buenos Aires’ cultural heritage.
Sit in awe amid fine velvet upholstery and classy low lighting, as the Rojo’s elegant dancers whisk you back to Argentina’s turn of the century golden age. The option to indulge in gourmet cuisine as you enjoy the spectacle is also highly recommended.
The embodiment of Buenos Aires’ café culture, the iconic Café Tortoni was opened by a French immigrant in 1858.
Since then, its reputation has grown as a place steeped in the essence of the city. Once a popular hangout for artists, writers and musicians, Tortoni is now one of the most famous evening spots in the whole country.
Arguably South America’s most iconic football club, Boca Juniors is steeped in history.
Deeply rooted in the working class neighbourhood of La Boca, the club’s rivalry with more affluent fellow porteño outfit River Plate makes for one of the most famous derbies in world football. Based at La Bombonera (the Chocolate Box), with its steep stands and electric atmosphere courtesy of legendary fan group La Doce (the Twelfth Man), Boca is the club that gave Diego Maradona his first shot at the big time. A match day visit is unmissable for fans of the sport.
+54 11 5777 1212
Estadio Alberto J. Armando, Brandsen 805
One of Argentina’s ‘big two’ clubs, River Plate is recognised globally as one of the biggest names in world football.
The imposing Estadio Monumental, capacity 66,000, was the site of the 1978 World Cup final, an event etched in the memory of every Argentine football fan as it heralded the national side’s first triumph. Past Millonario greats have included Gabriel Batistuta, Hernán Crespo and Claudio Caniggia. Games are usually played on Saturdays and Sundays, with kick-off times varying according to TV schedules.
+54 11 4789 1200
Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Avenida Pte. Figueroa Alcorta 7597
This is a traditional venue and one perfect for introducing outsiders to one of the quintessential elements of Buenos Aires’ rich culture.
Tango is now recognized globally as an integral aspect of the River Plate region’s development into one of Latin America’s most culturally distinct areas, and the dance has been practised in the Argentine capital since the late 19th century. Originally an exclusively working class pursuit, tango has evolved to the status of a refined pastime, and Esquina Carlos Gardel is a great place for those seeking an initiation into the discipline to get a first taste of this historically and socially significant movement.
+54 11 4867 6363
Carlos Gardel 3200, C1215AAB
This intimate live music venue situated in the heart of the Bohemian district of San Telmo draws the finest artists from all over the world, attracted to its intimate ambiance and popularity among genuine music lovers. In addition to showcasing international stars, La Trastienda promotes local talent, with Argentine musicians featuring prominently on the schedule and drawing enthusiastic crowds.
The venue is a great place to get a feel for the famous Buenos Aires nightlife, and to broaden your musical horizons while you’re at it. Founded in 1993, La Trastienda has seating capacity for 400 people and additional standing room for a thousand more.
+54 11 4342 7650
Situated in up-market Recoleta, La Biela is a fashionable bar and café that originally achieved fame as a favored hangout for motorsport enthusiasts.
Nowadays, crowds are drawn to the exquisite menu and delectable drinks and coffees on offer as much as the prestige of being seen in one of Buenos Aires’ most exclusive venues. La Biela’s location couldn’t be more ideal: situated opposite the renowned church of Nuestra Senora del Pilar and the adjoining Recoleta Cemetery, the café is located right in the heart of one of Buenos Aires’ most desirable districts, meaning you will not have to go out of your way to enjoy one of the city’s finest lunch spots.
+54 11 4804 0449
Avenida Quintana 600