(Photo via Gorriti Arts Center)

Opened during October of last year, the Gorriti Art Center may look like any other gray concrete building along Palermo’s Avenida Juan B. Justo: you could easily walk past it, oblivious to all the exciting and innovative cultural events that are taking place inside… but you shouldn’t.

If you were to enter, you’d find that the art center is a lot more snazzy than most. Kitted out with a beautiful floor to ceiling shelved bar run by Matias Granata – the previous head of speakeasies Frank’s and Anasagasti – cocktails are served up in curious and original vessels. No, we’re not talking another mate themed drink (Dear Palermo, we’re tired of those already. XOXO, Everyone): think Campbell’s soup tins along with Mexico’s Day of the Dead-themed glasses. Combined with creatively thought out food sequences by resident chefs, Nacho García Lucero and Charly Contrera (of Park Hyatt), the center offers its visitors a memorable eating and drinking experience along with arts events served as the main dish.

Matias Granata's take on the Campbell's soup tin. (Photo via Trip Advisor)
Calling Andy Warhol fans: Matias Granata’s take on the Campbell’s soup tin. (Photo via Trip Advisor)

 

Starting with perhaps the most creatively and immaculately designed bathrooms I’ve seen in all of Buenos Aires (I had serious bathroom envy), the center is down to a T, with every detail clearly thought out. Its style runs through into the audience, attracting a well heeled, suited and booted crowd. So if you’re going, plan to dress up at least a little.

The Gorriti Art Center aims to incorporate art, design and technology along with the avant garde in a specially designed space where projects, ideas, and experiences can all be exchanged. Promoting any kind of display which aims to spread culture, expression of ideas or innovation to the general public in a stylish and engaging way, it is the one stop place for a well rounded evening in contemporary culture – with a dash of elegance and style thrown in for good measure.

(Photo via Restorando Buenos Aires)
(Photo via Restorando Buenos Aires)

 

Recent events have included sommelier journalist Fabricio Portelli and comedian Alejandro Korol’s event “Vino con Humor.” Taking place on multiple dates throughout February, the duo, along with resident chef Charly Contrera, curated an exquisite five-course wine and food tasting menu; the event also included informative talks on each winery along with humorous observations made by Korol. The event proved to be so popular that a new date has already been added for Friday, March 2, with more to follow later in the month.

 

 

Other upcoming events include Buenos Aires’ third edition of DayBreaker, the sober early morning party that has taken over cities worldwide. Non-morning people, prepare for an  ugly reaction to the 5 AM alarm. Morning larks, it’s finally an opportunity to do something exciting that doesn’t encourage a post-midnight bedtime. Taking place on International Women’s Day (March 8th), what better excuse than this to channel your inner go-getting girl power and give yourself a motivational start to the day?

Buenos Aires' second edition of Daybreaker. (Photo via Daybreaker)
Buenos Aires’ second edition of Daybreaker. (Photo via Daybreaker)

 

Argentine actress Gloria Carrá will be presenting the Fiesta de Coronada on March 2, which accompanies the launch of her latest music video “Fiesta,” a cover of the classic by Rafaela Carrá. An unusual and unique opportunity to see Gloria Carrá in intimate surroundings, the tickets can be booked through Alternativa Teatral.

This is not all: the Gorriti Art Center has a varied and interesting program of events, which can be viewed here, so take a look in your spare time and consider saving some space in your calendar to enjoy all that it has to offer.