Buenos Aires Boliches: Nightlife in BA

Updated December 9th 2012

Perhaps more than any other, Buenos Aires is a city of the night. Many of the best things to do here are night-time pursuits, and locals find doing them in the depths of night utterly normal and natural. Meeting your grandmother for a coffee at 1am? Normal. Meeting friends at a bar at 2am? Normal.

Of course if you’re really determined to go an entire night without sleep, then you need something to do to fill that pesky 2am – 7am period. Enter boliches, the Buenos Aires nightclubs that rule the small hours of the day with an iron fist (made of cocktails and house music).

The best thing about the boliches in Buenos Aires is undoubtedly the almost complete lack of pretension. Everyone seems happy to chat to everyone, without the snobbery that you get in other cities. People generally don’t drink to excess either, which means that things stay civilized even at 7am when everyone’s trying to get a taxi home. In other parts of the world that time of the night generally resembles the 5th circle of hell, so that’s quite an achievement.

Really, you can’t say you’ve ‘done’ Buenos Aires until you’ve spend at least a couple of nights dancing until the sun comes up! You can use this guide to help you plan your assault on the wee hours. Note that a lot of clubs have email lists which, if you join them, will get you free entry if you arrive ‘early,’ which usually translates to ‘before 2am’. Unless you’ve really gone native that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

Note that most of the clubs listed here don’t open until the small hours of the morning, but we’ve listed opening times as if the day before extended until 7am the following day (which, to be fair, is pretty much how Porteños view things). Anyway, by ‘open from Friday at 2am’ we mean the 2am that follows Friday night, not the one that follows Thursday night. Claro?

Some of the best

1. The Roxy Disco (Arcos del Sol, Avenida Casares 4000)

For people who like Rock n Roll, The Roxy is the place to go. As much as Buenos Aires is know as a Club/Electric hotbed, at its heart, it is a Rock and Roll City. The Roxy attracts a younger crowd of locals – no tourists to speak of. The DJ´s will play all your favorite songs. At one moment you might be listening to the Beach Boys and the next moment AC/DC. For those who don´t like the idea of clubs, think of The Roxy as a bar that plays your favorite rock and rolls songs, only MUCH MUCH LOUDER. Unpretentious and a very positive vibe, The Roxy is usually left of of any tourist guide book, but if you miss it, you are missing one of the best clubs in Buenos Aires. It’s open from 1:30am on Friday and Saturday nights.

2. Niceto Club (Niceto Vega 5510)

Niceto is one of the stalwarts of the Buenos Aires clubbing scene, and its enduring success is a testament to how consistently good it is. By far the best-known night of the week at Niceto Club is Thursday, when the baroque Club 69 takes place, but don’t neglect Friday nights either, when the hipsters of Buenos Aires show up to dance to Indie Rock and Electro. Opening hours are from 12:30am on Thursday and Friday nights and from 1am on Saturday nights.

3. The Basement Club @ The Shamrock (Rodríguez Peña 1220)

A nightclub playing electronic music situated in an Irish pub – is nothing sacred? Apparently not, but the funny thing is that the combination works. Unsurprisingly The Basement Club is only small, but its mix of cheap drinks, glitter ball, good tunes from a rotating roster of DJs and interesting mix of laid-back expats and locals always ensures a fun time. Open from 9pm Thursday nights and from 1am Friday and Saturday nights.

4. Pachá (Avenida Costanera Rafael Obligado)

You know Pachá – it’s the club franchise with branches all over the world, most famously in Ibiza, Spain. The Buenos Aires branch is as impressive as you would expect from a global brand – it’s all-white on the outside, with a great location on the river. Inside there’s a large main dance area serviced by multiple bars and also a patio where more mellow tunes features. It’s a reliable option, though the crowd can be a little more stuck-up than in other venues. Open from midnight on Friday nights and from 1:30am on Saturday nights.

5. Jet Lounge (Avenida Rafael Obligado 4801)

A sexy and sophisticated club with a death-grip on Thursday nights. It begins each night with the vibe of a lounge bar (think cocktails, sushi and gorgeous people), but the dancing and partying ramps up later on. Don’t expect anything cutting-edge in the way of music, but it’s consistently danceable. It’s open from 12:30am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

6. Crobar (Paseo de la Infanta, Avenida del Libertador 3883)

You won’t get any points for originality for going to Crobar, but to most of us that’s less important than simply having a cracking night out. Crobar is famous and popular because it gives you just that. Friday nights feature international DJs and consistently good house/electronic music. Crobar is open from 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

7. Alsina (Adolfo Alsina 940)

The cavernous Alsina nightclub is best known for its Saturday night event, State. It puts on world-famous DJs such as Sasha and Carl Cox for your listening and dancing pleasure. With a capacity of 3000 it’s the perfect place for a night out if you have a group of two or three hundred. There’s a balcony with sofas upstairs for when you need a rest. On Saturday nights Alsina is open from 1am, and when that finishes the party re-starts on Sunday afternoons at 3pm, so you can get one last weekend session in before a well-earned rest.

8. Bahrein (Lavalle 343 y Reconquista)

A multi-level, multi-room nightclub in the microcentro. Its rooms include the ‘Funky Room’ (which plays commercial stuff), ‘XXS’ (where you’ll find darker beats and a sweatier vibe) and a chillout area. You can hear drum ‘n’ bass at Bahrein on Tuesday nights, when the well-known ‘+ 160’ club night takes place. Bahrein is located in a grand old ex-bank, so if you like clubbing in a place with vaulted ceilings and multiple chandeliers you’ll be like a pig in sh*t. Open from 12:30am on Tuesday through Saturday nights and from 9pm on Sunday nights.

9. Levitar (Godoy Cruz 1715)

Small and intimate, Levitar’s not-so-famous DJs play typical electronic music that’s reminiscent of the Berlin scene (or so I’m told). It has good vibes, and an outdoor terrace that’s really indoors and therefore perfect for smokers (don’t pretend that’s not important smokers). Levitar is a bar/boliche, so you can go there early if you like, but it only tends to really get going late (like 5am).

10. Cocoliche (Rivadavia 878)

Cocoliche is a cool microcentro spot that’s a favorite amongst the more hardcore Buenos Aires clubber. It’s a big-name club but still underground. Its dance floor is huge and its laser lights will keep you entertained whatever your state of inebriation. Open from 11pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

11. Asia de Cuba (Pierina Dealessi 750)

During the day Asia de Cuba is an Asian restaurant, but when night falls it slips into a phone booth and emerges as a boliche. It has a cool, smooth, upmarket kind of vibe, as you would perhaps expect in Puerto Madero. The people are generally very attractive but it’s dominated by tourists. If you want to go for the dancing/clubbing as opposed to dinner, don’t go before 1am (probably a good idea, as the restaurant is expensive and doesn’t get good reviews).

12. Caix (Complejo Costa Salguero)

Sure you COULD go to Caix at a normal time, say 2am on a Friday night, but that’s not really what it’s all about. Much better to head there at 10am on a Sunday after eight hours of dancing somewhere else. Yes, Caix is an after-hours club on Sundays. It has five dance floors to choose from. It’s open from 12:30am to 6am Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays…and 9am to 3pm on Sundays.

13. Kika (Honduras 5339)

Two rooms at the very cool Kika aim to please everyone by playing pop music in one and house in the other. It’s a mid-sized place, perfect for when you don’t want to waste time looking for your friends after you’ve had a few drinks. There are plenty of bars nearby (it’s in Palermo) where you can meet and wait until ‘the right time’ to go in (that is, 2-3am). The crowds are generally young and beautiful, especially in the VIP section. Kika is open from 1:30am on Friday and Saturday nights, earlier on Tuesday nights (see below).

14. Voodoo Motel (Dorrego 1735)

Why not spend your clubbing peso somewhere a little newer…like Voodoo Motel, which opened its doors recently, in 2008. On different nights you’ll hear house, electro, techno, cumbia and reggaeton, and some live performances mixed in with DJ sets. It’s very cool. Open Saturdays from 8pm.

Daily Club Recommendations

Picking a club earlier in the week isn’t so hard, but as the weekend approaches the options multiply and it starts to get hard to choose. But never fear! Just turn to the following list and you’ll be fine:

* Monday

La Cigale (25 de mayo 597)
La Cigale is in fact more of a bar than a boliche, but come on, it’s Monday night! Don’t worry, you can still stay until 4am and they have DJs (or sometimes live music). The bar has recently moved to a new location (25 de mayo 597) which features a pretty awesome design and more space. Happy hour runs from 6pm to 10pm. If you can’t make it on a Monday, Tuesdays are French Soirée Nights featuring techno, trance and French expats. Open from 6pm to 4am Monday to Friday and from 9pm to 6am on Saturdays.

Club Severino (Hipolito Yrigoyen 851)
Cheap drinks and good music, Club Serverino’s Monday night party is a great way to get your week started. Party themes tend to change each week so expect something new each Monday.

* Tuesday

Hype @ Kika (Honduras 5339)
Hype at Kika rules Tuesday nights. And why not? International DJs play beats from hip hop, dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass, and a big crowd comes to pack out the two rooms. You won’t find anywhere better on a Tuesday. Go before 1:30am to get discounted entry.

* Wednesday

Terrazas del Este (Av. Costanera y Sarmiento)
While the big Wednesday party in Buenos Aires used to be at Boutique in San Telmo, Terrazas del Este has taken over the reigns as the premiere Wednesday after office party. Located along the Rio Del Plata, the party officially starts at 7pm and serves pastas, sushi and other various dishes. Don’t let the early start time fool you; the party will go on all night.

* Thursday

Club 69 @ Niceto Club (Niceto Vega 5510)
Club 69 is a theater company who put on a transvestite show (…with B-Boys) at Niceto Club every Thursday night. It’s been running for 11 years now, which gives you an idea of its popularity. It draws a big crowd of mostly tourists and a fun night is pretty much guaranteed.


Lost @ Club Araoz (Araoz 2424)

If you are into Hip-Hop, Lost at Club Araoz on Thursdays is just your place. One of the top Hip-Hop parties in the city, Thursday night at Club Araoz also throws some Reggaeton into the mix.

* Friday

Crobar (Paseo de la Infanta, Avenida del Libertador 3883)
Crobar is a classic Buenos Aires boliche, and Friday nights is what it does best. You won’t see transvestites, a sweaty after-work crowd, French expats or Goths with multiple tattoos, but you will get a night of great house music from top DJs in pleasantly boisterous surroundings. ‘Nuff said.

* Saturday

Mandarine Club (Avendia Costanera Rafael Obligado)
Mandarine has been through a lot lately since it changed its name (it used to be called Mint), but now it’s well and truly back, and Saturdays (from 1am) are the best nights to check it out. Big crowds will help you get your dance on.

State @ Alsina (Adolfo Alsina 940) is the place to be when you want to see international DJs with a few thousand of your closest friends.

Jet (Av. Rafael Obligado, # 4801)
Looking to hang out with the rich and famous? Jet on Saturdays nights is the place. Make sure you plan your night accordingly, as Jet has one of the strictest door policies in the city. Try to get on a list or dress to impress.


* Sunday

Amerika (Gascón 1040)
F*ck yeah! Technically Amerika is a gay disco, but all are welcome and there’s always a huge crowd with plenty of people of every sexual orientation. Two dancefloors and four bars will help you forget that it’s really Monday morning. Open from midnight.

Club One (Adolfo Alsina 940)
Usually playing a nice mix of house music, Club One on Sundays will trip you out with its four story screen pulsating acid infused images against blinding strobe lights. Sounds like a great way to cure your hangover from Saturday night, right!?!?


22 Responses to “Buenos Aires Boliches: Nightlife in BA”

  1. Andi says:

    Loooooove Asia de Cuba! You HAVE to party all night to REALLY experience BsAs.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Ha! I went to three of these. I had a crazy experience at Amerika! It’s one of the stories in my memoir about living in Buenos Aires.

  3. No kidding — nightlife is king in BA, and Amerika is the best places to go dancing on Sunday night. In fact, lots of gay venues are fun for straight people, too, as Lisa Goldapple recently discovered in her round-up of the best of the gay nightlife scene in Buenos Aires. Check it out: http://www.therealargentina.com/argentinian-wine-blog/gay-venues-nightlife-in-buenos-aires/

  4. N.Brumer says:

    Dear Kika Nightclub;

    After paying the ridiculously overpriced entry free of 60 pesos, I (from Australia) and my friends from both (United Kingdom and United States) were assaulted by a pathetic excuse for a śecurity guard’ obviously so influenced by steroid usage that he determined our presence a threat. Using the term ´permisso’ he shoved his fat elbow into my friendś rib cage and staring him in the eyes continued to push him into a wall. We were doing nothing but dancing with a group of girls we brought to the club.

    We had no idea where this aggression came from. It was absolutely uncalled for. We spent over 400 pesos on champaign and vodka at the bar, and to be treated with such hostility and aggression for no reason other than this fools insecure anger at foreigners I am outraged.

    I will actively discourage any of my friends and work associates from ever attending your venue again. I am going to forward this email to the Lonely Planet Travel Guide, The Policia, and the Millhouse Hostel to also discourage people from attending your venue. I sincerely hope this costs you money and customers in the future.

    In order to avoid such emails I will give you 2 days to respond to this formal complaint with an apology acknowledging you have sternly warned your security staff to exercise more restraint and professionalism in their jobs, as well as a reduction in steroid consumption. If not, I hope to actively reduce your revenues by filing many formal complaints as to the actions of your so called śecurity staff´.

    I have traveled to many countries and never have been treated so poorly by staff at a venue. I once again wish to express my outrage at this pathetic manś aggression towards paying customers from a foreign country. As you know there are many tourists with money who frequent Buenos Aires, and I will do all in my power to alert them to what a shit fucking venue you operate under.

    Complements, N.Brumer.

  5. Véro says:

    Ok, I just got back from BA (March 2012), and here are some updates :
    Bahrein is over, it’s dead, DON’T GO THERE. We paid, went inside, it was empty except for a bunch of 15 year-olds wearing cheap clothes (the girls looked about 12), decided to stay a bit, had THE WORST drink ever (come on, how hard is it to make a Gin and Tonic), and promptly left.
    The Kika : Don’t even bother going there unless you want to hang out with a bunch of 18 years old boys in ugly jeans and white t-shirts, listening to bad music. It sucked. It’s always full though, and if you’re in that age group, you will probably love it.
    Konga : Great for a drink, but not for dancing
    Milion : Classy awesome funky place, great for drinks and dinner, MUST SEE old house… great decoration and styling, super friendly staff
    Shamrock/Basement : It was Ok… Upstairs feels like a college dormroom… very young kids, but pretty goof atmosphere. Downstairs is better, good DJ, pretty cute crowd. Not a bad place…

    BEST PLACE EVER : If you’re 25-40, like to dress nicely, like to look at beautiful people and listen to awesome music (not hip hop crap)…. Go to Isabel on Uriarte. We went there 5 nights in a row! Amazing place! There’s a cute inner courtyard at the back with a beautiful outdoor fireplace. The bathrooms will make your head spin (go see for yourself). If you want a classy, funky, glam place… GO TO ISABEL!!! We couldn’t get enough!

  6. sammy says:

    You guys definitely forgot to mention GOA/La France. It’s on Sarmiento and viamonte i believe. This place was legite, plenty of beautiful girls from 20+, no foreigners. you get to meet plenty of girls, decent music (not into the music they play here in BsAs but its not bad). Its just the place to be, the entrance line is at least a block long to go in and its a huge place. Entrance is 70 but if you get on a list its a little cheaper. Check it out and i gaurantee you’ll like it. I’ve been to las Terrazas which was fun too but not as great, i like locals more. I’ve been to liquid, shamrock,and crobar. From these i’d go to GOA, then las terrazas/crobar (close call), shamrock, then liquid. liquid blows, its just a bar where theres dancing basically, the music sucked and even worse was the sound system.

  7. Miu says:

    I went to Niceto last night and at first there was not a lot of people, but around 2 am it started getting full…Such a crazy night of drum and bass, around 3 to 4 dj’s & a crazy freak show. If you’re on the list you get a discount. If you’re into drum and bass/hard electronic music and want to party until daylight I definitely recommend the killerdrumz party.

  8. Tyler says:

    Hype@ Kika is garbage, especially after going to CLUBONE on sunday… i mean… kika was farther away, more expensive, shittier drinks and obnoxious people, it was like the tiny crappy expensive version of CLUBONE… with bad music and more assholes.

    CLUBONE is awesome…. i wish they had something going on last night and i would have went there again.

    Skip KIKA. I question this whole blog with that suggestion just existing on here.

  9. This seems like a solid guide. I’m just glad that there is something to do for dubstep fans too!

  10. Dubstep Yesterday says:

    Hi Dubstep today,

    There are a few dubstep nights about, search for a DJ called Daleduro, and a night called Bullybass.

    Even better though, check out ZZK at Nicetto Club for dubstep and other electronic music infused future sounds of Buenos Aires. Search for ZZK records or Future Sounds of Buenos Aires, for a taste of this new underground sound. It might even be the most exciting club in the world right now.

  11. Alejandra says:

    Argentinian men are so cute and they go very fast! In 5 minutes i had two boys inviting me for a dirink! Always there is an asshole but i did realy have fun.

  12. Jamie says:

    Does anyone know how to get on a guest list for one of these clubs – do they all have a guest list? My friend and I will be visiting BA for the next week and would love to check out the night life.

    Thanks!

    Jamie

  13. Rob says:

    Oh dear another article claiming night life in BA is amazing.

    Its soooo boring here. All the clubs are very commercial and the girls get groped constantly.

    The bar scene is rubbish so you have to wait around doing nothing until 2am!

    Please stop writing fictional stories about the ‘amazing’ night life here.

  14. The Babylonian says:

    I went to Asia de Cuba a few days ago and didn’t like it due to the fact that there were more men than women that night. I would instead prefer Club Makena in Palermo http://www.makenacantinaclub.com.ar/

  15. Debu Lee says:

    Hi every one~! My name is Deborah and I’m a promotor of L’arc and Rosebar, the most exclusive and coolest clubs in Buenos Aires~ Feel free to contact me for free cocktails, free entrance and VIP access. Facebook: Debu Lee, Cellphone and Whatsapp: 1564442969.
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    JOIN US AND EXPERIENCE THE REAL PARTIES OF BUENOS AIRES!
    (This post is dated 08/05/2013)

  16. Pamela says:

    If anyone is looking for a different kind of experience, head out to PLAY (nicaragua 4432, Palermo Soho)
    Modern bar lounge caters to the 25-40′s, dress code is enforced, good variety of drinks, they only serve brand makes (Skyy, absolut, Johnny Walkers…not some of the garbage some bars serve you that leave you with a headache). Good looking crowd and great music (not reggaeton, bailante crap) The bathrooms will make your head spin (go see for yourself). When you have had enough of dancing you can head upstairs to the spa (yes they have massage rooms for intimate encounters) and a rooftop terrace with Jaccuzzi. Caution: this is not for the closed minded! Some hot action may occur.

  17. dj tgb says:

    hey man thanks a bunch… definately the best BA guide ever… so muhc better than the trip advisor bullshit places hehehe

  18. rafael says:

    Tips for The week?

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