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Argentines drink comparatively little compared with other countries.  When they do drink, it’s usually beer or Fernet however wine and cocktails are becoming increasingly popular with most of the most trendy spots coming up with new drink creations all the time.  Porteños typically head to the pub to meet friends for a few beers after drinking at home before heading out to a nightclub.  ´After-Office´ drinks are gaining popularity here although only about 20% of workers in Buenos Aires will frequent a pub after work.

While we’ve covered the more fashionable bars in the Bars and Cafes section, here we give you a list of the more pubbier pubs in Buenos Aires – pubs where you’ll be able to order a pint (and pronounce the name of the place) with ease.

Soo o o o  o  o    o, it’s as easy as grabbing a few friends and heading to your local, OR if you are traveling alone or new to the city, a good option is to go on a pub crawl – The Buenos Aires Pub Crawl host pub-crawls in San Telmo, Palermo Soho and Microcentro 6 days a week and is a good deal at 60 pesos per outing.

R E C O L E T A – As this is a more upscale neighborhood, expect to pay a bit more for your beverages.  The area along Av. Santa Fe, from Av. Callao to Av. 9 de Julio is a river of pubs and around the Recoleta Cemetery are lots of touristy places. Shoeless Joes El Alamo Bar (Uruguay 1175, Recoleta) is basically a US expat bar – they have free beer and international drinks for girls everyday from 12pm to 12am and for the boys, happy hour from 3pm to 8pm with free pizza. The Buller Brewing Company (RM Ortiz 1827, Recoleta) was the first microbrewery in Buenos Aires – it has 6 boutique brews on tap all free of conservatives and additives.  The Druid In (Reconquista 1040, Recoleta) is old, tiny and un-pretentious, it offers a good selection of beers and is an excellent spot watch rugby and live Celtic music on occasion, as well as that it opens early so is perfect for the more alcoholic among us. The Shamrock (Rodríguez Peña 1220, Barrio Norte) is perhaps the most famous irish pub in BA – It’s a popular after-office but the main target market is tourists so they have a good range of imported beers. There is a dance floor downstairs where you can get your groove on later in the night.

D O W N T O W N –  While the center isn´t so well known for its wild nightlife, there are a few laid-back joints here which make it a worthwhile place to stop by.  Here we have the more classical older pubs mixed in with classy stripclubs if that’s your style.

S A N  T E L M O – Has more classical, older style, smaller pubs which make for an intimate, cosy vibe. La Puerta Roja (Chacabuco 733) always has a happening crowd, pumping good music with a pool table. Quality English pubs like Gibraltar (Peru 895, Happy Hour before 1 am every day) and American-style pubs such as the new ‘The North Side’ (Bolivar 497) bring a mix of locals and travelers alike, for those missing a taste of home after months of travel. The North Side features a list of cocktails created by famed Buenos Aires bartender, Coco – try the Jack Rabbit Slim. Both The North Side and Gibraltar serve food from their motherlands, have reasonable prices and big-screen TVs to catch the latest sport matches.

P A L E R M O – The home of the trendy pubs and great live music (see the Live Music section for more details) – watch what you wear in a pub here, if only to protect your self-esteem. For beer connoisseurs and fanatics, it is worth a trip to Antares (Armenia 1447), the Mar del Plata-based brewery´s pub has a great variety of beers and a menu which encourages you to sample their delights. Jackie O. (Baez 334, Palermo) is a popular English style bar with a wood-paneled interior, this stylee joint might not be the cheapest place to enjoy a jug but the sparkling atmosphere is worth it.


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