Notable Bars Night: A way to explore Buenos Aires’ thriving culinary scene

Travel through the city (and back through time) to learn about, eat, and enjoy everything it has to offer

Notable Bars and Cafes. Credit: Buenos Aires city government

Buenos Aires is a city renowned for its culture and history, alongside some of the best cuisine in the world. Unsure where to start? The Herald has you covered. Look no further than the second annual “Noche de los Bares Notables”, or notable bars and restaurants night, coming this Friday, July 14. 

The event is a celebration recognizing the best food and culture of Buenos Aires’ Bares Notables, a label bestowed by BA city authorities to the most historic bars and cafes of the city. 

Here is a guide on everything to know for this event.

Starting at 5 p.m., there will be over 150 activities throughout the city open until midnight. Some of them will be inside the establishments, whereas others will take place directly in the streets, meaning you can walk along and take in the full experience without even stepping foot inside a restaurant or a bar.

Among the activities there’s theatrical and dance performances, historical tours, art shows, and of course, food and drinks.

In terms of eating, the Ministry has a handy interactive map with all the available locations offering promotions. If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, wanting to optimize all the potential food locations, head to the San Nicolás and Monserrat neighborhoods, where there is the highest concentration of available bites to eat. 

First on the list of recommendations: Bar El Federal. Located in the San Telmo neighborhood, this bar is a landmark of old Buenos Aires, with a Parisian flair. It offers classic Argentine dishes such as milanesa and dulce de leche. Whether you want a light bite or a full sit-down meal on your journey through Buenos Aires gastronomy, Bar El Federal has exactly what you need.

Another historic establishment to visit is Café Margot. A Boedo mainstay since 1904, the warm and cozy ambience offers refuge from the cold and dreary winter Buenos Aires is experiencing. Start your evening off early with a coffee and medialuna, or top it off with a beer and a hot sandwich, and soak in the welcoming atmosphere.

If you’re going on this expedition as a family outing, we recommend Las Violetas, a classic teahouse style cafe. A charming yet bustling option with the likes of tea sandwiches, finger food, and sweets (especially the chocolate cake), Las Violetas is a beacon of elegance served up on a shiny platter.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Buenos Aires, there will be three different tours from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. visiting notable historical cafes, with a tour guide to tell you all about these iconic establishments. 

Meant to bring together the Buenos Aires community, this event is meant for everyone: locals, tourists, and expats. 

For more information regarding schedules, directions and available activities, visit the Culture Ministry’s website. The ministry is hosting the event alongside the Chamber of Cafes and Bars and the Association of Hotels, Restaurants, Patisseries, and Pool Halls.


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