Any excuse to party in Buenos Aires is a good one, but the New Year is a surprisingly low-key event in the Argentine capital, with many porteños (city dwellers) escaping the city heat for the countryside and a number of bars and clubs closing their doors over the sweltering summer months. Those that do stay in the city typically spend New Year’s Eve eating and drinking with friends and families, before descending on the clubs around midnight to continue the celebration into the earlier hours.
With the city’s rooftop alive with house parties and family gatherings, the strike of midnight can be an atmospheric time in the capital – a siren blasts out all over the city and the skyline erupts in fireworks. Palermo, Recoleta and Puerto Madero are all good locations to watch the fireworks, including a number of amateur displays and rooftop explosions (there are no rules here over where or by whom fireworks can be lit, so don’t get too close!).
Once the clock has struck midnight, it’s time to head to the clubs or boliches (discos) – popular clubs like Niceto, Crobar, Pacha, Rumi and Asia de Cuba will all be hosting special New Year’s Parties, often with international DJs, but book your tickets in advance for the best deals and don’t even think about arriving before 11pm!
Another popular option for visitors to see in the New Year is to enjoy a dinner and tango show, many of which run special New Year celebrations, or book ahead at one of the few San Telmo or Palermo restaurants that remain open. Make sure you pre-arrange transport too, as taxis can be scarce.