Spending New Year’s Eve in Buenos Aires
During this time of the year and as the end nears I am always a little bit more excited than the rest of the year, because I love celebrating the switch into a new year. For me, as an European, the New Year’s Eve has always been a really big thing, and the last 7 years I always tried to celebrate this special night in a different location. I have been to London, Cairo, Barcelona, Vienna and some other big cities, and so i was really happy, that I could spend the 2016 New Year’s Eve in one of the biggest cities in the world, Buenos Aires, the city that never sleeps.
So I expected a monster party with a huge amount of people around the Obelisk, one of the major landmarks of Buenos Aires city. Actually I could have asked my Argentine girlfriend beforehand about the NYE celebration in the city, but I decided not to because I wanted to be surprised – and believe me I REALLY WAS.
Finally when the 31st came, I got up early in the morning, and could not wait to go out on the streets to see what Buenos Aires had prepared for me. So I woke up my girlfriend and told her that we have to get out on the streets, to look for the perfect place to celebrate the night. At this time I did not notice her suspicious glance because I was too excited. When we arrived at the famous Obelisk where I expected a lot of people would be working on stages, I was shocked to see that there was NOTHING going on, and I just thought, “Well, that’s Argentina. They are going to start late…” So I was waiting and waiting, but as time went by I got more and more suspicious until I finally asked my girlfriend, “why are all the bars closed and where are all the people?” That was when she told me that there would be no big party, no huge organized fireworks, and no people coming together, and I finally realized that it was going to be a very different New Year’s Eve for me this year.
My 2016 New Year’s Eve was definitely different, and I have to say that in the end I really enjoyed my NYE here in Buenos Aires. Going out for dinner with the people you love, having a big Argentine asado, a bottle of wine and lighting your own fireworks from the top of the building – it was a perfect night! This year, I know better how to prepare for the 2017 NYE here in the city, and look forward to it more than ever.
This occasion is very family-oriented for the Argentine. I will be spending it with my Argentine girlfriend and her family. For the visitors who are in town and fancy going out, here are some of our suggestions.
New Year’s Eve dinner parties and celebrations in Buenos Aires:
Puerto Madero is a good spot to celebrate New Year’s Eve because of its restaurant-lined street, Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo, and also for its location and its open space, ideal for fireworks watching at midnight. Like all restaurants, they usually have a set NYE dinner includes drinks and champagne. Make sure to call ahead to make a reservation.
All the major luxurious hotels, like Alvear Palace Hotel, Park Hyatt, Four Seasons, Sofitel etc., which are mostly located in Recoleta, offer a night of entertainment and celebrations. If you love to dress up and fancy a gala-like event to welcome the New Year, this would be for you! Check out here and here to get an idea of what you’ll be in for. Since most of them don’t put their special events online, best is to call them to find out the details.
The many tango dinner shows in the city will also be business as usual on this special night. If you have yet to experience the Argentine tango on your trip, this would definitely make a night to remember. You will usually start with a tango class to have a taste of tango first hand, then you will wine and dine, followed by a professionally produced tango performance with beautiful, tantalizing dancing and singing. You can start your research here, here, here and here, but there are so many in town that whichever you choose, you will be in for a treat.
As you already know that Buenos Aires is known for its nightlife, there’s definitely no lack of partying to ring in on the new year. The only thing to remember is that no boliches (dance clubs) will be open before midnight. The doors are usually open at 1AM but probably more like 2AM, so you’ll have tons of time to sip on your bubblies, relax, refresh and then head out in your dancing shoes. This is a well-known fiesta at a popular club, a good place to start.
Have a safe one and enjoy your celebrations!
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Vamos Spanish wish you a Very Happy New Year! ¡Feliz Año Nuevo y muchas felicidades!