Did you know that Buenos Aires is number 10th on the ranking of Cities that Never Sleep? And now that I am here to learn Spanish at AMAUTA Spanish School in Argentina, I know this is true.
I was surprised to find out that New York is actually on the 32th place on that same ranking, but I can totally see why Buenos Aires ranks so high!
Because if you want to go out and party, you can do this every day of the year, all night long, in a different bar or club. On specific days there are special activities in some bars that I strongly recommend. So here is our list of special recommendations, one for every day of the week.
On a Monday night there is only one ‘right thing’ to do: go to the Konex Cultural Center to see the drum group called ‘La Bomba de Tiempo’ plays here. La Bomba de Tiempo is a 17 piece improvisational drum group that uses a lot of different music types like Central American and African rhythms, samba and Argentine folk beats such as chacarera. The Konex Cultural center is an old cooking oil factory and on Monday there will be around 1500 people inside bringing an amazing atmosphere.
Tuesday night is the night for some tango in Buenos Aires. Let’s go to La Catedral. La Catedral is a restaurant/bar/(tango) dance club. The historical building of La Catedral is part of the artistic heritage of the neighborhood Almagro; it’s made out of wood from 1880. This is another factory with a height of 12 meters that with a beautiful atmosphere. There is a lovely restaurant where you can enjoy real typical Argentina food. But La Catedral is most famous for its tango classes and Tuesday is a great day to go here: the tango classes start at 19.30 and 21.00pm, don’t miss it!
The Rio Cafe in the trendy neighborhood of Palermo is the place to be on a Wednesday night. Just to hang out with a drink and your friends. It’s a nice place to go if you don’t want to go to a ‘boliche’ (Spanish for club”). But if you are a party animal or just feel like going, there are also many ‘boliches’ open on a Wednesday night as most of the bigger clubs in Buenos Aires are open on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night.
Thursday night is the night for students and there are many options where to go. Here are two special recommendations for your Thursday night in Buenos Aires.
The first one is Mundo Lingo. Mundo Lingo is a bar where students meet students from many different countries. Upon entering the bar, you get litle flags you can stick on your Tshirt: the flags indicate the language you speak. A perfection place for a language exchange! Mundo Lingo is also open in Wednesday, but I recommend Thursday.
The second tip is the student pub crawl. All students meet on a special place and just like other pub crawls you go with a group to different bars where you will meet many other students. Good fun!
Friday and Saturday night:
These are the nights that the real big “boliches” are open and all Buenos Aires will go out. Remember that the real fiesta starts late in Buenos Aires: 2.00 or 3.00 am. Before, people go out for dinner (dinner time in Buenos Aires is between 22.00 and 23.00 – also for Spanish students with their host families in Buenos Aires); others go to a cafe to have some drinks first. Some bars also turn into clubs after 3AM. Recommended boliches are: Esperanto, Kika, Cub Araoz, Asia de Cuba, Big One.
After a busy Friday or Sunday night, people in Buenos Aires slow down on Sunday night. As in many part of the world, Sunday is more like a family day. But still: Buenos Aires is the city that never sleeps. So if you insist on finding a fiesta, you’ll find one. For sure! But if you continue you Spanish classes in Buenos Aires on Monday, you might want to go to bed early. At least one day of the week in the exciting capital of Argentina, the city that never sleeps…