Six Bars – The Hidden Gems of BA
Some of you may already know that Buenos Aires is world-famous for having a buzzing vibrant nightlife. So if you’re a nocturnal party-loving person – you’re in for a treat. There is a reason why we call it ‘the city that never sleeps,’ because it’s true to say that it really doesn’t. This effervescent city is the home to plenty of Speakeasy bars dotted around – some more exclusive than others. So if you’re up for a challenge of finding one of these hidden gems then you’re in the right place. Depending on your budget and what drinks you fancy there is definitely a bar for you. Take your pick from a throng of hidden bars from coffee shops to telephone boxes – they’re everywhere. If you’re just passing through for a few days you should really check one of these out if you can and if you’re up to the challenge of cracking the code just to get into one of these exclusive hang-outs. Our blog gives some hot tips on some of the world’s best-hidden bars.
If you’re not up to the challenge of the Harrison you can always hit up its twin sister Frank’s. It’s easy to miss as the huge iron door blends in with the houses on the cobbled streets of Palermo Hollywood. This one isn’t as exclusive but you still need a password to get through the first hurdle of entering. This can be found by answering a riddle on Facebook where you have then whispered a code, which enabled you to pass through an old telephone box. Drinks are quite pricey compared to other Speakeasies ranging from about 200 to 250 pesos but the cocktails are extremely sophisticated and well made. Dress code is smart casual, some girls wear dresses and heels but others in jeans and sandals so it’s whatever you feel most comfortable in! If you’re looking for a dinner date this is a perfect venue as the food is also to die for. Top cocktail would be the Firecracker as it arrives with an unexpected fiery surprise.
Open Tue-Wed 9pm-12.30am, Thurs 9pm-2am, Fri 9pm-4am, Sat 9pm-4am, Malabia 1764, no phone or website
The Harrison Speakeasy, Palermo
The one at the top of the list is ‘The Harrison Speakeasy’ on Malabia 1764 in the neighbourhood of Palermo. This top-secret exclusive prohibition bar is located behind Nicky NY Sushi but the question is how do you enter. In order to get in, you need to have a few contacts or splash out on a meal and try charming one of the waiters. I won’t give too much away, but if you do manage to wangle your way in you certainly won’t regret this one. You can’t book or ring up for this one, in fact, you can’t even take photos – see I told you it was exclusive.
Open Mon-Fri 9pm-3am. Arévalo 1443. Restorando.com.ar 011 4777-6541
Floreria Atlantico, Recoleta
Rated for being one of the top 10 bars in the world, this one really is worth a visit. When strolling through the streets of Recoleta in the day this is your average florist. By night, it is much more. You let yourself in through the flower shop, taking the stairs, which lead you into an underground treasure chest luring you in with its pulsating energetic atmosphere. Definitely try the gin Principe de los Apóstoles which is enriched with a dash of Argentina’s infamous herbal drink – mate. This bar is owned by one of the capital’s legendary cocktail professionals – Giovannoni. There is also a small menu of tapas eats which are ideal for sharing among small groups.
Tip: To avoid queuing for a while, this bar is worth booking in advance particularly on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s a top spot.
Open Mon-Wed 7pm-2am, Thur 7pm-3am, Fri 7pm-3.30am, Sat 8pm-3.30am, Sun 8pm-2am, Arroyo 872, +54 11 4313 6093, floreriaatlantico.com.ar
Victoria Brown Bar, Palermo
If you’re looking for a more chilled out vibe then this speakeasy is right up your street. This bar welcomes all and nothing is required except a reservation. In this ordinary daytime café look for a door near a huge painting of Queen Victoria which will then lead you to a chic bar nostalgic of the Industrial Revolution. What’s helpful about the menu is that it advises which cocktail is best suited for you according to your taste palette.
Open Tues-Sat from 8pm-4am. Costa Rica 4827, Palermo Viejo. www.restorando.com.ar 011 4831-0831
Bar Isabel, Palermo
In the midst of the hustle and bustle on the Palermo streets at night is Bar Isabel. Another exclusive bar, her tables are limited so you will need to sign up to get on the guest list in order to try one of the finest cocktails in town. For twenties twist, drinks are paid for with casino poker chips which you buy on entering. We think the standout cocktail is the house Cruz 3.0 but the martinis are also mind-blowing. Make you sure you smell the beautiful Jasmine scented courtyard.
Open Tues-Fri from 19:30pm-5am & Sat open from 9pm-5am Uriate 1664, Palermo Soho. www.barisabel.com 011 4834-6969
878 Bar, Villa Crespo
Word on the street is Villa Crespo is the new Palermo. On the border between Palermo and Villa Crespo is this mysterious bar tucked away behind a pair of huge wooden doors. It’s easy to miss, with only a street number and a doorman many people make the mistake of walking straight past. Once you’re in you’ll be soon seduced by the romantic and intimate ambience. This one is definitely a good place to take a date or to unwind after a stressful day at work. There is an extensive list of drinks to choose from, the fine wines and whiskeys look just as appealing as the cocktails. They also feature a cocktail of the day each time just to mix things up.
Open Mon-Fri from 7 pm and Sat-Sun open from 8 pm. Thames 878, Villa Crespo. www.878bar.com.ar 011 4773-1098