Legendary nightlife, extraordinary architecture … and porteños (the Spanish word for the men of the port city Buenos Aires.) These are a few of the many of the reasons why Argentina’s capital city remains a gay travel mecca. Our 2019 guide to the Buenos Aires’ bars and clubs is an excellent way to find the best of the city.
For gay travelers, the city’s pride parade (the Marcha del Orgullo Gay) often takes place on first Saturday of November (this year, 29th Annual Pride Parade is scheduled to start at 11am on Saturday November 2, 2019.) This date is perfectly timed with the start of spring in South America. Tourists will find warm temperatures, hot guys, and blooming jacaranda trees.
If your inner child wants to go out with friends to do shots (also known as “chupitos” in Spanish,) this Palermo Soho bar is the place to drink the night away through a menu of fun and freaky combinations. Continue reading Chupitos Bar→
On any night of the week, doors may open at 9pm to hang and watch the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, or a film festival of campy comedies from Spain. The only real way to know what you’ll find on any given Wednesday is to check out Fiesta Jolie on Facebook or Twitter. Later on in the evening, the dancefloor heats up, and line of 20 and 30 somethings in search of a good time on a miercoles begins to multiply.
Drinks are relatively inexpensive (which is even better considering the is often no cover fee.) At Fiesta Jolie the boys love to make out, and so do the lesbians (who can comprise up to 40 percent of the crowd on any particular Wednesday.)
Most bartenders and doormen in Latin America do not speak English, but most can put together a few words and play a bit charades to communicate the basics. Don’t be afraid to go out if you’re not fluent in
activo – the role of the “top”
agua – water (in bars, you’ll need to specify “con gas” if you want it with gas, or “sin gas” without
bano – bathroom
barra libre – open bar / free drinks
boliches – nightclubs
cerveza – beer
canilla libre – open bar (see also “barra libre”)
chupito – a shot of alcohol
cuánto? – How much? (can also use Cuánto cuesta?)
cubierto – “cargo por cubierto” – literally “cover charge” (see also “entrada”)
entrada – entrance fee / cover (see also cubierto)