Bar Plaza Dorrego

Address: Defensa 1096 / 98 – San Telmo

This place carries a great background, having been chosen as the meeting point by the youngsters who, under the military administrations, shared the dream of freedom. It is said the great writers Ernesto Sábato and Jorge Luis Borges would gather here in earlier times.
It is always crowded on Sundays during the San Telmo fair; therefore, finding a spot implies patience. In the center of the room there is an old register on the counter, which invites you to stand at the bar and have a beer. Its signature is the floors covered in peanut shells, as they are always at hand for guests to have with their drinks.

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Bar Seddon

Address: Defensa 695 – San Telmo

This bar is only twenty years old, thus being one of the youngest “Notables”. It started business on 25 de Mayo St., close to the corner of Córdoba Ave.
It deserves the honor of being among the Notables due to the impression of time freezing in its interior, for the classic decorative items, such as the old furniture, chandeliers, antique dealers’ display cabinets, a railroad clock and French and Italian Sculptures.
The classic are beer and peanuts, whiscola, cuba libre and tequila. It is a good option to have a candle-lit dinner.
Some days, it offers tango lessons, and there are excellent live blues and jazz during the weekend.

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El Coleccionista

Address: Av. Rivadavia 4929 – Caballito

It is located in front of the Parque Rivadavia Fair, and is the meeting point for different groups of collectors, tango ones certainly always there. Every weekend they gather here in order to snoop through the novelties, and sketch out new searches of unique objects. Patience is needed to find a table on such days either for breakfast (stretching until midday) or at teatime. Likewise, it is a meeting point for Caballito residents, who usually stop for some simple and fast lunch, prepared like “at home”.
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El C.O.D.O

Address: Guardia Vieja 4085 – Almagro

This recently redesigned restaurant opens at 10pm, offering pizza or pasta (you can repeat the dish or the beverages as many times as you want). After 1am it turns into a dance floor. This is where the best classics of the 70’s are revived, which makes this a very special place to go with nostalgic friends and who want to dance.

Bar 12 de Octubre

Address: Bulnes 331 – Almagro

It opened as a simple grocery store in 1930 under this name. However, it is popularly know as “El bar de Roberto” (Roberto’s bar), its owner, who has made this little place a home to his friends, putting his warmth into its manners and rituals. His passion for literature becomes evident by seeing the library “at hand” for those guests who wish spend their time reading a poem. It also displays old bottles of full-bodied drinks that accumulated as much dust as legends of the regular clients that would stop at the bar for a gin on their way to the “Mercado de Abasto” (the neighborhood was named after this whole-sale market, and it is located where the Abasto mall stands).
During the afternoon, the neighbors gather for a card game. And, from Thursday through Sunday, the night revives the bohemia of yesteryear, with rather young people that converge in search of the most genuine tango truth. All-time singers play “unplugged” some eternal classics, as well as some of those forgotten treasures that the audience sing along and celebrate. This is a genuine place where the porteño simplicity ritualizes through the meeting ceremony.

Bar 36 Billares

Address: Av de Mayo 1265 / 71 – Monserrat

This is one of the “Bares Notables” (literally “remarkable bars”, were considered so by law because of their close relation to the local culture), named in allusion to the porteño tradition of playing billiards. It offers some rooms on the ground floor, “half-hidden” behind the wooden screen that separates the coffee room from the billiard tables.
Its inauguration took place in 1894, and still keeps the original features on the façade, such as the red granite an the three streetlamps illuminating the entrance. Its interior displays tables typical of old porteño cafés, red granite floors, and a boisserie with large grape bunches engraved on it. The entrance to the basement is indicated by a sign that says “3 bandas, libre, cuadro, cassin, snooker” (ways of playing billiards), giving access to another billiards section. The whole place is thought out to protect the privacy of the players by clearly dividing the bar from the playing room. The crash of the balls, the smell of coffee and the mystery disclose countless characters that constitute the living history of Buenos Aires.
There are performances of popular musicians (especially tango ones) from time to time.
Regarding the regular consumption, coffee is typical in the morning, and picadas and a good beer are strongly recommended for the afternoon and evening, especially in warm seasons.

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Los 36 Billares

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