5 Ways To Survive Winter In Buenos Aires Posted on 4 Aug 12:33 , 0 comments
Article by Claire McKeever.
Lets be honest, for those of us coming from the northern hemisphere, winter in Buenos Aires isn’t so unbearable. However, for a city that is used to warmer climates for pretty much 90% of the year, you can understand it’s not so easy for locals to get used to (don’t be surprised to find many escaping or hibernating for a while). For those of us left braving the dip in temperature, there are still lots of reasons to climb out from under that duvet and explore the city. With that being said, here are my pick of experiences to get you through the winter months (or ‘month’ may be a better way to put it):
August is unmistakably the month of tango in Buenos Aires, with the city being drawn indoors to milongas and it being the timing of the Annual Tango Festival. The festival hosts a wide range of tango related events across the city, including: first class performances*, free lessons, a history of tango in Argentina and markets selling tango related goods. Click here for a daily programme and here for tickets (tickets for some performances sell out fast so get in there quick if you’re wanting a slice of the action).
If you’re one for a cheap beer, greasy pizza and some competitive fun then JOBS bar will seal the deal. The bar itself is nothing to write home about but the sight of a ping pong table, darts board and board games definitely had me excited. Opening hours are available here.
Over winter, there are plenty of exhibitions and experiences that will keep you warm, whilst getting those creative juices flowing, including: various photography exhibitions as part of the International Festival of Light; Foto Ruta’s special ‘Bar Notable’ photography experiences, set in the warmth of some of the city’s oldest and most photogenic bars; creative writing courses with Walrus Books in San Telmo and Palermo; or a step back in time with Horrace Lannes’s ‘Elegancia y Glamour en El Cine Argentino’ at the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo.
I have to admit, when it comes to cocktails, I’m quite partial to a whiskey based treat (especially when the weather is a bit chillier). Whatever your tipple, Victoria Brown, Doppelgänger and Floreria Atlantico are fair game and their prohibition style settings make the experience just that extra bit special.
La Vida Latino
Throughout August, El Cultural San Martin will be featuring a series of Latin American films from Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Mexico – all in Spanish, so no doubt an aid to those of us learning the lingo and hungry for a greater understanding of this diverse region. A good excuse to snack up, get cosy and bask yourself in Latino culture for the afternoon.