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lulueats Jul 29, 2009 02:54 PM

Looking for some advice on whether this is a good time to travel to Argentina. We were hoping to leave on Boxing Day, stay through new years eve...and enjoy some wonderful restaurants, wine tours etc. I've heard that many of the locals take holidays at that time and so do alot of the restaurants etc. Anyone experience Buenos Aires at this time of year?

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    RicRios RE: lulueats Jul 30, 2009 12:55 PM

    For those among us unclear of the concept:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day

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      lulueats RE: RicRios Aug 4, 2009 06:44 AM

      thanks, Boxing Day is the day after Christmas...thats when we hope to leave Canada and be in Buenos Aires for New Years Eve and that next week after. Not sure though that this is the best time to experience Argentina...rumour is thats when people from the area take off...and shut down. Would love to know if anyone has travelled at there at that time of year.

    2. Paula76 RE: lulueats Aug 4, 2009 07:26 AM

      Hi there. I am from Buenos Aires although I live in the UK. I spent New Year's Eve there the year before last and, true to my recollection from growing up, nothing much happens. It tends to be ridiculously hot and most people would celebrate with friends or at private parties. You might want to check the city's government website for public events:

      http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar/agenda/

      Personally, I would spend New Year's anywhere but in Buenos Aires. For a wine tour, I would definetely recommend Cafayate in Salta. Mendoza is beautiful but Cafayate is much more than that...the food is properly indigenous (and delicious); the landscape, breathtaking, the wines absolutely amazing and the local culture a lot more interesting.

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        lmnopm RE: Paula76 Sep 6, 2009 09:46 AM

        If you are going to be there on New Year's Eve, the first thing you must do when you arrive is schedule a New Year's Eve dinner at a restaurant that will be open. Otherwise, you will be without anything to do, in the world's most boring "New Year's Eve at Midnight" major city. People are either (1) home or with friends, or (2) out for a special dinner. Otherwise, the city shuts down at about 9PM. At 2 AM, the city is alive again with the clubs opening. (I don't live there, but I have a place there, yet I spend every New Year's Eve in Chile.)

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        sababa RE: lulueats Nov 20, 2009 07:23 AM

        I agree with lmnopm, Buenos Aires is always amazing but December is kind of empty, which is honestly an advantage somehow if you are walking across the streets but regarding Christmas and New Year eve, you should book in advance a restaurant/party otherwise could be really boring and frustrating to stay at the hotel alone. However there is no reason to panic, there are plenty of activities for foreign, many restaurants will be open, and there will be many like you looking for something nice to do. You can book for example a tango dinner show, the venues have special menus and celebrations for the activities, look at this link http://tinyurl.com/ykjk8og

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          sababa RE: lulueats Nov 20, 2009 07:24 AM

          Buenos Aires is always amazing but December is kind of empty, which is honestly an advantage somehow if you are walking across the streets but regarding Christmas and New Year eve, you should book in advance a restaurant/party otherwise could be really boring and frustrating to stay at the hotel alone. However there is no reason to panic, there are plenty of activities for foreign, many restaurants will be open, and there will be many like you looking for something nice to do. You can book for example a tango dinner show, the venues have special menus and celebrations for the activities, look at this link http://tinyurl.com/ykjk8og

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            Abendschein RE: lulueats Dec 7, 2009 08:08 AM

            Any recent advice on this topic ?

            Would love to spend NYE at a supper club type place (ie good music, good crowd, maybe even some dancing later on into the night). Given how tricky transport can be, suggestions in the San Telmo area would be ideal.

            1. Paula76 RE: lulueats Dec 8, 2009 04:57 AM

              As I suspected, it is very difficult to find any New Year's events going on in Buenos Aires on the web but I found the following information for those who are interested:

              http://www.cuisine.com.ar/detalle?id=... (New Year dinners at BA hotels

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              http://www.eventoscampestres.com.ar/a... (New Year's at an estancia

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              http://www.argentinaconcierge.com/tag... (Restaurants open for New Year's

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              I hope it helps! Trendy bars in Puerto Madero and Palermo tend to be open too so it might be an idea to ring a few and ask in case you're interested.

              Paula

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                Abendschein RE: Paula76 Dec 8, 2009 05:11 PM

                Great! Thank you so much for the links :)

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                  yashyanthi RE: Abendschein Dec 29, 2009 04:03 PM

                  what did you decide in the end? we just landed today (dec 29th) and are trying to figure out what to do for new years!

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                    Jgill RE: yashyanthi Dec 30, 2009 02:59 PM

                    The concierge at the hotel here (Park Tower) had a book of all the places that were open, along with menus and prices. We endedup booking Estilo Campo which is in Puerto Madero for $170USD/ person. This also includes a mini-tango show..

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                      Abendschein RE: yashyanthi Jan 10, 2010 08:41 AM

                      Sorry! Just seeing this now. I ended up going to a house party :) I heard the InterContinental had a pretty good event going on though, for future reference. Casa Cruz as well, which I'm sure would have been awesome. Not sure if it was an open event (although it was a prix fixe menu, I believe) but I would certainly consider it as an option next year :)

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                  bsastraveler RE: lulueats Nov 23, 2010 08:39 AM

                  New Years Eve is a wonderful time to be in Bs As, museums, discotheques, pub's, and restaurants do not close for the season. However is important that if you decide to go out for dinner on New Years Eve, you need to register prior to time, due to many families do a reserve for that day.

                  It’s true that many of local people left Bs As to go to other cities to spend par t of the summer in the beach, but still there are things to do in Bs As. For example all the Tango Houses makes unique Tango Dinner shows for New Years Eve that goes until the other day, with fascinating performances that reflects the mixture of local culture with the spirit of the season.

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                    americodoughlin RE: lulueats Dec 13, 2011 02:20 AM

                    I will be in Buenos Aires for this Ney Year´s Eve 2012 and i don´t know yet for dinner, but heard about this party:
                    http://www.pisocompartido.com.ar/fies...

                    Another restaurant suggestion???
                    Cheers!

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                      DDD RE: americodoughlin Dec 14, 2011 08:53 PM

                      I'll be there with the family (kids 10 and 7), we'll be in Palermo near Museo Evita. We're interested in a nice dinner, a show/tago is not really needed but would be ok. We're hoping to spend around $200 or less - would e happy with a good restaurant just having an ordinary dinner. Can anyone recommend a place nearby that would fit the bill? We'd be more than happy with a good steak and local wines.

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                        DanielHall RE: americodoughlin Dec 20, 2011 08:26 AM

                        Try an authentic Porteno experience at one of the tango houses in Buenos Aires a list of which can be seen at:

                        http://www.bsas4u.com/christmas-year-...

                        They have a promo on at the moment where when you purchase a NYE tango show, you get entered into a raffle to win a flight in a helicopter over Buenos Aires. You also receive a free airport transfer and a classic city tour!

                        Sounds like a great and affordable way to celebrate the New Year!

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                          DDD RE: DanielHall Dec 20, 2011 07:09 PM

                          I appreciate the tip....sounds great, but, for me, not affordable (prices are $250-$700 pp and we are 2 adults with 2 kids). I would be very happy to find an open restaurant, with decent food/service for under $75 per person. I don't need a show, just a good meal in Palermo near the Botanical Gardens / Museo Evita area.

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                            DanielHall RE: DDD Dec 21, 2011 04:32 AM

                            Restaurants will either be closed or will charge you double the normal price as it is NYE. However, you should check the local Restaurant Guide, GuiaOleo (http://www.guiaoleo.com.ar/) which might help you to find out where to go. Just make sure you have all your plans sorted before you get to Buenos Aires as it can be quite difficult to organise everything once you are there.

                            Hope this helps!

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                              DDD RE: DanielHall Dec 21, 2011 06:08 PM

                              Thank you, lots of options on that site.

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                                DDD RE: DDD Jan 3, 2012 09:57 AM

                                We went to Mott - huge rip off. The food was very diassapointing. The service was friendly. Had a couple of meals at Don Julio's - very good. Osaka was also pretty good, but pretty expensive. Also had an unfortunate lunch at Mama racha - the staff is totally clueless.

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                                  DanielHall RE: DDD Jan 3, 2012 10:45 AM

                                  I am sorry you didn't have the most enjoyable experience with the restaurants and hope it didn't affect your overall visit to Buenos Aires.

                                  For those interested, here are the reviews of the restaurants DDD visited:

                                  Mott: http://www.guiaoleo.com.ar/restaurant...
                                  Don Julio: http://www.guiaoleo.com.ar/restaurant...
                                  Osaka: http://www.guiaoleo.com.ar/restaurant...
                                  Mama Racha: http://www.guiaoleo.com.ar/restaurant...

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                                    DDD RE: DanielHall Jan 10, 2012 06:33 PM

                                    Hi Daniel,
                                    Just returned a couple of days ago...We actually had many lovely meals in BA. I'm sorry if my previous post gave the impression that we were disappointed in general. We actually had a fantastic time in BA, it is an amazing city. We felt safe, walked hours every day and really felt the friendliness of the people. We thought the food, wine and don't forget ice cream was really good overall. I think we had some not so great dining experiences our first couple of days in the city, but once I stuck more to the places I researched, things went really well. I reviewed a few of the other restaurants we went to in greater detail on this post (Jan 7):

                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/809352

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