You’ve already eaten your way through Food Week, sampled your way through Masticar Food Fair, and sipped (or…more like guzzled) your way through many a Mendoza wine tasting. We know, you’re exhausted. But rally, friends: Buenos Aires Cocktail Week is almost here. Running from May 13 to May 20, the festival sends participants on a veritable scavenger hunt around the city in search of specialty drinks, neighborhood bar walks, pop-up tastings, mixology workshops, and — new this year — special discounts at top bars.
It can be overwhelming to choose which among the dozens of events to go to (and some events are already sold out!), so we’ve pared down the list, showing you just the best of the best to check out this Cocktail Week. Here’s the aperitifs, tastings, and tours that’ll spice up your happy hours this month.
Discover a secret bar inside a pizzeria
If you venture to La Pizzería Guitarrita, a classic porteño pizza joint in Palermo, you’ll get the expected: a delicious, cheesy slice of pizza. But hidden inside the pizzeria is a secluded bar, La Calle, fronted by inventive Buenos Aires bartender Mona Gallosi. On May 16 at 7 PM, you can join Gallosi in her secretive creation and discover her signature cocktails. If you’re interested, don’t forget to sign up before all twenty spots are gone.
Celebrate Sinatra’s 100th birthday with “one for the road”
At Tierra de Nadie, you can celebrate Frankie Boy’s 100th year the way he would’ve wanted you to: with large amounts of alcohol and red meat. The classic Palermo burger restaurant is partnering with Chaco Bar on May 16 for a night of vaguely Sinatra-themed food and drinks, including the “Sinatra Burger,” a cheesy, truffly concoction, and “The Lady is a Tramp,” a bourbon and citrus cocktail. If you want things “my way” — i.e. different from the set menu — all cocktails are AR $70 until midnight.
Explore the city’s architectural treasures
Does spending hours tipsily gazing at Buenos Aires’s architectural marvels sound like your idea of a perfect night? If so, then head to Alvear Art Hotel in Microcentro on May 17 — buy tickets here — for a cocktail-fueled architecture tour of the city. This is far from your typical walking tour: in addition to enjoying classic drinks, you’ll visit architecture firm atelier B, drink in (no pun intended) the skyline from the Bencich Building downtown, and end the night at historic bar Los Galgos to talk shop with other architecture/cocktail aficionados.
Tapas and Cocktails behind the Bamboo Curtain
For a Southeast-Asian take on the standard tapas and drinks combo, try Green Bamboo’s Cocktail Week event on May 18, starting at 8 PM. Their set menu features several unique variations on your everyday cocktails, including citrus, lemongrass, rice wine, and even lychee elements evocative of the flavors and smells of the Mekong Delta. Each menu includes a cocktail and three Vietnamese tapas, from fresh spring rolls spiced with peanuts to sugarcane-roasted chicken skewers.
After Hours at the Whisky Museum
Yep — Buenos Aires has a Whisky Museum. Does that make any sense? No. We get why Havana has a Rum Museum, but this one escapes us. Then again, why is besides the point: the real question is, now that you know it exists, how long before you pay a visit? Cocktail Week gives you the perfect excuse to check out the museum. On May 19 at 7 PM, the museum will be offering an exclusive tasting of many a rare scotch, including the Glenfarclas 10 year and the Tomatin Legacy. Sign up here before tickets run out.
Cocktail-themed Tours of Historic Barrios
Two tours will explore San Telmo and Palermo, taking participants to some of the neighborhoods’ most idiosyncratic bars. San Telmo’s tour starts at the historic Café Rivas, one of the barrio‘s oldest and most beloved bars, before hitting newer classics like Las del Barco and Döppelganger. In Palermo, you’ll wind among the neighborhood’s lively bar scene, checking out standouts from the cloistered courtyard at Soria to sleek gastropub Brukbar.