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Buenos Aires nightlife has a worldwide fame, from bars of many different kinds to partying up until 8am, it seems like options never run out in BA.

So for all the party lovers here is a list of the top 10 bars to get a fancy cocktail regardless the time!

 

For a long night… Mundo Bizarro

 

Mundo Bizarro is also very well know for our unique ambience, music selection and visuals. MB is the home of Kustom Kulture and the Bizarre. If you dig the spirit of American Cocktail Lounges of the 40’s and 50’s, you found the place to get your “drink on” in Palermo viejo. This bar has been around since 1997, they have a wide menu with all classics and “custom creation”

cocktails by bartender extraordinaire Pablo Pignatta!



To enjoy the evening… Million

 

This beautiful bar is located in the heart of Recoleta, and it is a stunning Resto bar, with a little of a 20’s vibe. Opened in 1999 and the bar, built over 120 years ago, has an exquisite menu and all classics when it comes to cocketelerie, the house itself will take you all the way back to the past and you can enjoy every part of it, from some drinks at the garden, to a delightful brunch at the living room, perfect for a calm elegant evening!

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(Guest blog by Ashley)

There are several sites on the internet listing “things you must do while in Buenos Aires”. After 9 months here I have accomplished several including; 28. Sprinting across Av. 9 de Julio in one bolt, http://argentinastravel.com/549/9-de-julio-is-it-the-widest-street-in-the-world/

29.Spending an afternoon reading in Ateneo’s book store, http://www.flickr.com/photos/proserpina_/101350718/

30. Eating pizza from Guerrin on Av. Corrients etc http://www.pizzeria-guerrin.com.ar/

But even with all my time in Buenos Aires there were a few I had missed. It wasn’t until my boyfriend’s dad came to visit that was motivated to get out and cross of the last few experiences off my list. Thursday morning when Chip arrived, we walked around to 1.Plaza de Mayo http://www.flickr.com/photos/faw/38877372/ and up Av. de Mayo to Café Tortoni.

2.Café Tortoni http://www.cafetortoni.com.ar makes everyone’s list. I’d passed it with long lines of tourists waiting to get in. The interior of the space remained a mystery however, as all the windows are closed with heavy curtains.  We walked in and my jaw dropped, marble, wood, stained glass and waiters in tuxedos. We took a seat and ordered a3.traditional Argentine breakfast; 3 media lunas and café con leche. . http://www.akworld.net/webblog/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/cafe_con_leche.jpg

Afterwards we walked through our neighborhood of San Telmo and showed Chip a few of our favorite spots like 4. Plaza Dorrego http://akworld.net/BAweekly/?p=296 , and 5. Defensa Street  http://z.about.com/d/gaytravel/1/0/E/G/-/-/Defensa_Street_1.jpg before stopping in at his hotel. Later that afternoon the two headed for 6.Recoleta Cemeteryhttp://www.recoletacemetery.com/ another staple on the list. I stayed in to work, something that you should avoid at all costs if visiting BA.

7. La Cabrerra, BA’s most famous steak house. http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/central-and-south-america/argentina/buenos-aires/60725/la-cabrera/restaurant-detail.html , We heard the rumors. We read the reviews online. But nothing could prepare us for the monster cut of steak and smorgasbord of sides they put before us. We walked out with half a cow in a doggie bag. I recently read recently that Argentina has a per capita consumption of beef per year of 143 lbs. I am convinced La Cabrera has something to do with this. http://worldfocus.org/blog/2009/07/20/meat-lovers-mourn-argentinas-disappearing-beef/6393/

But no matter how much steak you eat there is always room for 8. Gelatto http://www.freddo.com.ar/ We tried to walk a bit of it off by passing 9.BA‘s narrowest house in San Telmohttp://image12.webshots.com/13/1/21/41/139512141XJERTP_fs.jpg

The next morning we woke early. I made crepes, delicious and not on the list but the 10. Dulce de Leche I filled them with is. We boarded the bus and headed for 11. The Mataderos street fair. http://www.gotraveltoargentina.com/argentina_flea_market.html Sadly death took on a new meaning in Mataderos as we took the 45 minute bus ride out to discover there was in fact no fair that day. We wandered a few blocks noting the roughness of the barrio; stray dogs, broken glass, cracked pavement and headed for the nearby safety of 12. a Hole in the wall parilla,http://www.akworld.net/webblog/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/parilla.jpg where we 13. ate asado and 14. drank Quilmes.  http://www.quilmes.com.ar/
On the way home Stu and his dad repeated # 8.

15. We napped. Naps are universal for all travel lists.
Around 6 we  went to 16. The MALBA
http://www.malba.org.ar/web/home.php for some modern art. On top of the permanent greats like Frida Kahlo Diego Rivera we swung to the top floor for a peculiar temporary exhibit.  We walked out scratching our heads as one should when leaving a modern art museum.

We walked around a bit before heading back to our place. We made the night extra special by opening Stu’s 17. Good bottle of wine, http://www.anuvawines.com/ the Las Perdices Don Juan. https://www.anuvawines.com/wine/blend/don-juan-reserve-blend-2006/ The boys taunted our kitten with  small scraps of cow from the night before.

For Chips last day in town we walked around 18. La Boca http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/South_America/Argentina/Distrito_Federal/Buenos_Aires-1541981/General_Tips-Buenos_Aires-La_Boca-BR-1.html , probably my least favorite on the list aside from 19. Dog poop. It continues to amaze me how exhausting two blocks can feel when you are harassed by people trying to sell you something. “No I don’t want to buy a pair of jeans for my dog. And no I would not like to “prove” a cup of coffee”.

From there we took a taxi for # 20Conversation in broken Spanish with a Porteno cabi- This one includes several parts or cannot be considered complete. You must talk about a) Politics, both Bush and Obama. b) asado and meat. c) Soccer and currently d) Michael Jackson. http://www.citytax.com.ar/flota-radiotaxi/laflota-radiotaxi8.jpg

We exited at 21. Plaza Serrano in Palermo. http://argentinastravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/plaza-serrano-feria.jpg The afternoon was spent walking around the neighborhood with a stop for lunch in one of the city’s top rated restaurants; Sarki’s. http://www.guiaoleo.com.ar/detail.php?ID=48 We enjoyed some wine and excellent food. This place makes my list at # 22.

We continued walking and made our way through Alto Palermo and past the 23. The Pollo Fields.http://www.tomhopkinsstudio.com/index.php#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=4&p=0&a=0&at=0 We showed Chip the Anuva Head Quarters and experienced a rare phenomenon in this city, rain, not on the list.

Walking some more we all felt the need for a little caffeine. Stuart indirectly repeated #8 again with a coffee milk shake. We warmed our bones and relaxed a bit before splashing through the streets to La Cava Jufre.

We made reservations for a jazz concert and arrived early to snag the giant velvet couch. We ordered a terrific bottle of wine and waited for the show to start. We could not have asked for a better night. We enjoyed a Jazz quartet’s long set with the best seat in the house.

By 2 am we made it back to our apt. The 4 days flew by so quickly it felt weird to say good bye. But we felt proud for accomplishing so much. Next time we will have a few more things to cross off; including 24. Peruvian Chicken in Abasto, http://www.guiaoleo.com.ar/detail.php?ID=2543 24. Wine Tasting https://www.anuvawines.com/wine-tasting/ and oh yeah maybe 25. Tango, http://minuet.dance.ohio-state.edu/~nicholas53/Images/Words/Passionate/tango2.jpg 26. Leather, and some http://animalsneedkisses.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/cow.jpg 27. Mate. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/55/Mate_calabaza_fondo_blanco.jpg

If you had less than 24 hour vacation in Buenos Aires what would you do? Our guests yesterday, Lauren and Joann flew down that morning from the states for a mini-escape. With a bit of luck the two saw open seats for Buenos Aires and jumped at the chance.

With their departure scheduled for 9 pm their time was short, and their goals were high. A whirl wind day of steak, shopping and wine was in the works. When they explained their itinerary I had to ask, were these condensed out of the country excursions a norm? Apparently yes. Joann works for United and every so often takes advantage of the flight vacancies. I became envious at the mention of a past weekend trip to Rome.

While in Buenos Aires for 10 hours, the two had lunch at the famous La Cabrera http://www.parrillalacabrera.com.ar/, a great choice for the ultimate Argentine experience. We were excited to share our wine with them and hear more of their stories. By 6:30 we had their taxi waiting and wished them a safe flight.

We at Anuva had yet another successful wine tasting in Buenos Aires. The attendance was strikingly international, complete with Sydney-sider, native Argentine, and a wonderful German couple.

The wines tasted, as well, were a big hit. The viticultural quintuplet began with the Anecon Torrontés from Vinos de los Andes. A smooth and flowery white wine, one of the German guests was surprised to find that this typically Argentine white wine was her favorite, as she expected to be most impressed by the more traditional Malbec varietal. The Torrontés paired really well with grapefruit and melon that we served, pleasantly surprise our guests. Las Perdices Sauvignon Blanc followed, and turned out to be even more popular than the first with its marked dryness and intense citrus notes.

A powerhouse trio of classically Argentine reds from Mendoza came next: Familia Mayol Bonarda, Don Juan Reserve Blend, also from Las Perdices, and a Cavagnaro Reserve Malbec. Far and away the last two reserve wines were the evening favorites. The reserve blend was an immediate hit with it’s intoxicating nose of spiced dark chocolates and tobacco which, over the following 30 minutes evolved into a cacophony of plums and raspberries. The Cavagnero Reserve Malbec was an appropriately rich and round finish to the evening. Described as “buttery, rich and hedonistic,” this is a perfect description as well of our satisfied states as the tasting came to a close and the conversation drifted from grape production to laughter and stories of the sobremesa (the table talk “over the table” after food and wine have been consumed).

It turns out that there is quite a fan base out there for Buenos Aires and Argentina in general. A lovely couple from New York visited me today to taste wine, since they weren’t going to go to Mendoza this time around. “None of the wineries there have wine clubs or ship to the U.S.,” said one of them. Well, it’s not exactly that extreme but more than half of the wineries in Argentina still don’t export.

And thus exists the mission of our company: to find the best of the never before exported wines of Argentina and make them available to the U.S. public. Hopefully I will be seeing Arthur and Beth again when I visit New York to share some more of Anuva’s Wines with them and their friends.

Yesterday afternoon we had a great tasting with a larger group over at El Estanciero in Las Cañitas. It was a group of 13 undergrad and graduate students from around the world who are a part of an international honors exchange program. One of them actually is a trained sommelier from China who worked for a company that, amongst others, imported Argentine wines. Small world huh?

They were just finishing up after many seeming grueling weeks, studying in India, South Africa, and finally here Argentina. Cheersing to who was the group leader that day or how they were going to incorporate old 90’s pop songs into their final presentations, it seemed like they had been through a lot together, and the tasting yesterday was the culmination of it all.

The torrontés was the big hit of the afternoon, which was a new varietal to many of the tasters there. Regardless, they were able to pick out the floral frutiness of its nose (“I smell chrysanthemum,” I heard one remark), and its lightness and smooth finish was a great complement to the sunny, Buenos Aires afternoon.

PS, watch out for pictures of the afternoon up on here soon, as well as on our Facebook group!

Lidia, Leyla and Ed graced the Anuva office with their presence tonight for a lovely evening of wine learning, wine appreciation and, of course, witty banter. My philosophy has always been that wine is something to be talked about and also must be talked over. And that’s what we did…

About wine warmed the room enough to the point where over wine created an intimate chemistry. We began with several “how to’s” and a couple more tidbits of information, and we progressed into a discussion of University, Humanities and Kubrick over lovely, lovely Naiara Malbec, Anecon Torrontés, Hom Sparkling, and other gems.

Sean Connery and other lesser known British and Scottish speaking actors may or may not have made appearances during the evening. We heard their voices, but could not confirm nor disconfirm their presence.

Almost 3 hours went by before we noticed the time and I had to send them off to enjoy copious amounts of beef at El Pobre Luis, one of my favorites for asado.

New York meets Chinese-American meets Indian meets Colombian. Perhaps even more subgenres of nationalities and ethnicities came together last night in my humble abode to share gorgeous Malbec, Pinot Noir, Bonarda, Torrontés, Malbec blend, Sparkling White, and yes, another Malbec.

I was a bit caught off guard with an enthusiastic early arrival, but the group meshed extremely well and showed a very high level of curiosity about wine. I personally remained impressed about the ability of people to come together and share over bottles, glasses and picada.

The selections of the evening were all from the Anuva wine club with various people identifying various favorites. New York went with Mayol Bonarda, Indian-English went with Naiara Malbec, our lovely facilitator of the evening went with Naiara Malbec Reserve, but I think that the overall crowd favorites had to be the Hom Espumante and the Don Juan Reserve Malbec blend.

This was actually the second time that the lovely facilitator came to taste wine with me! How fantastic is that?!

She leaves on Sunday otherwise I would consider hiring her. Hint, hint.

One of the greatest things about wine, is that wine is meant to be shared. Whether it’s a young malbec, oaked chardonnay, bold bonarda or blend, 750mL means that groups of people can share. And if you’re not sharing, then it might be time to find a 12 step program.

Last night we shared some great wines. But more important than Cavagnaro’s Malbec and its old-world style, or the ever so full Naiara Reserve Malbec, was the sharing of stories.

Two Americans, a French girl, a Nigerian man, a Canadian and, yes, a native Argentinean were in attendence and the sharing was plentiful. Fascinating to me, the only person who ALWAYS attends Anuva’s wine tastings, is how the night’s conversation inevitable centers around wine and pleasantries until a “certain amount” of wine has been metabolized, lubricating the conversation to allow for a more free-flowing discussion of international politics, economics and yes religion.

Analogies such as Americans are to Canadians as Argentines are to Uruguayans got big laughs. But I imagine that would only be funny to people who have lived in Argentina and the U.S.

Also, how is wine consumed in Nigeria, one person asked? Evidently, the same as everywhere else.

They drink it.

Two fabulous Aussies came over last night, courtesy of their hotel to taste great micro-production wines from Argentina in the capital city of Buenos Aires. Of course we had plenty of Malbec and Malbec Reserve but also Torrontés, Cabernet, and a Sparkling White (aka, Champagne).

While the subjects of full-body, palate, typical varietals from Argentina, the terroir of Argentina, and the future of the wine industry in Argentina and the world were all discussed (in our convenient Buenos Aires setting), much of our cultural background was also shared. Just to hint at what that cultural background was, certain films have referred to it a “Drewish” and we had a hilarious time defining the words meshugana, mazel tov, and mensch

The winners of the evening were the Malbecs of course but surprising to me was how much the Anecon Torrontés proved successful in this cold winter weather. In summertime, in the U.S. it has be selling like crazy. Loving the floral, sweet nose and the light citric flavor, one of our guests could not resist getting a good fill of this before heading back to Australia, where Anecon Torrontés much less Torrontés in general doesn’t exist.

“Put us on your list for when you ship to Australia,” they said in an email I received today.

Right at the top, baby. Right at the top.

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