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buenos aires for new years eve

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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    1. re: RicRios

      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. 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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      1. re: Paula76

        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.)

      2. 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

        1. 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

          1. 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. 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

              )

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

              )

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

              )

              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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              1. re: Paula76

                Great! Thank you so much for the links :)

                1. re: Abendschein

                  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!

                  1. re: yashyanthi

                    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..

                    1. re: yashyanthi

                      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 :)

                2. 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.

                  1. 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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                    1. re: americodoughlin

                      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.

                      1. re: americodoughlin

                        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!

                        1. re: DanielHall

                          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.

                          1. re: DDD

                            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!

                            1. re: DanielHall

                              Thank you, lots of options on that site.

                              1. re: DDD

                                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.

                                1. re: DDD

                                  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...

                                  1. re: DanielHall

                                    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