Now that you’ve had a couple of days to recover from the inevitable Christmas postprandial somnolence, it’s time to rally. You’ve got some serious despidiendo to do, and the city is here to help you say goodbye to 2016 with its signature feasts and riotous parties. This weekend, our usual blend of cultural events, gallery openings, festivals, and concerts have been appropriately replaced with a condensed list of the essentials required to make the last weekend of your year count. Read on for all the ideas you need to plan accordingly, and if you need even more party ideas, check out this guide to Buenos Aires New Year’s celebratory glory.
Friday, December 30th
Before you run off to start your weekend of festivities, join No nos cuenten Cromañon, who are paying homage to those who were injured and lost their lives in the Cromañon tragedy 12 years ago. The march commemorating the incident stands to serve as a reminder of what happened, and to highlight the importance of safety regulation standards. Join the cause starting at the Obelisco, and show your solidarity for those who senselessly lost their lives in an entirely preventable catastrophe. There is no fee to participate, and you can find out more about the organization here.
Obelisco | Av. Corrientes and Av. 9 de Julio | 6:00 PM
There’s something electric about the style of New Orleans jazz that Woody Allen so famously gets to recreate at the Café Carlyle week after week, and the Bebop Club is bringing that electricity to the masses with their Woody Allen Night. Why not start off your final weekend of the year with a little big easy swing in San Telmo? If you’ve never seen him in action, you can check out his clarinet chops here. Tickets for your transportation to Woody’s world start at AR $75 and you can get yours right here.
Bebop Club | Moreno 364 | 9:00 PM
The fine folks with December or January birthdays know that competing with Santa Claus, the New Year’s baby, and the Three Kings, is no easy feat. The Club Cultural Matienzo can totally empathize, and has decided it’s high time to throw a massive birthday party for the afflicted. Nunca tuve un cumpleaños is doing it up right with food, drinks, DJs, and even a piñata to bring the focus back to the the less famous birthday havers. The best part? The event is free, and it doesn’t even have to be your birthday to participate. As if you needed another excuse to celebrate this weekend…
Club Cultural Matienzo | Pringles 1249 | 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM
If you’re sick of having to b.y.o. veggie burger to holiday asados or having to stick to the mediocre salad courses, Feria Vegana: Especial de Año Nuevo is your knight in shining armor with their gift of delicious convenience. They’re bringing together all of the big players in the vegan food game for one last hurrah this year, and you’re invited. Head on down to the Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca to fill up on all of your favorites, and take some goodies to-go for all of your New Year’s feasting needs. There’s no charge to get in and food prices vary.
Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca | Humahuaca 3508 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
What’s the secret to throwing a perfect end of the year party? If you’re asking Salón Pueyrredón Oficial, it’s adding a little Jamaican spice to the mix. We think their recipe is on point, with no less than three Jamaican inspired bands to keep your feet moving and your heart happy all night long. Los Aggrotones, Los Casettes, and No Hay Tu Tía will be joining forces for an epic evening of live music, and there will be DJs to make sure that there’s no excuse to slow down until breakfast time. Message the venue via their Facebook page for ticket info, and get yours at the door.
Salón Pueyrredón Oficial | Av. Santa Fe 4560 | 10:00 PM – 6:00 AM
Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean that Palermo Club’s La Mágica is on vacation. They’ve convinced Mala Fama and Fantasma to put on one final show for 2016, and it will surely be plenty of inspo to forego an early bedtime. Once the bands are spent, they’ve got DJs so that you’ve got plenty of music to test drive your best NYE dance moves to before the big night. Tickets to the cumbia-fest are AR $120 at the door, or AR $100 if you get them in advance here.
Palermo Club | Jorge Luis Borges 2454 | 11:30 PM – 7:00 AM
The legendary Fiesta Prófuga is back, and is making La Boca the place to be on Friday night. They’ve managed to bring together La Inconsciente, Flor y Nata, and of course, Los Prófugos Del Borda for the fourth edition of the epic night of music and dancing. There will be drink specials all night to enhance your ability to get down without emptying your wallet, and tickets to an entire evening’s worth of entertainment are AR $120 as long as you get them in advance by sending a private message here.
Teatro Verdi | Av. Almirante Brown 736 | 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM
If you’re of the opinion that Reggaeton is king for an ideal party situation, Double AA Club 4 is the correct destination for your Friday night adventures. Their Reggaeton & Trap Night will not disappoint with a lineup of no less than seven DJs, starting off with the more than capable hands of DJ Juanchil. The best part? If you’re a lady (and can manage to get to the venue before 1:30 AM), there’s no charge to get in. Otherwise, tickets are AR $100 and you can get yours at the door.
Double AA Club | Av. Cordoba 4175 | 11:30 PM – 7:00 AM
Saturday, December 31st
Swing into the new year with your friends at Lindy Hop al Aire Libre. The open air dance crew are setting up shop at their usual spot in the Parque Centenario (weather permitting), for a night of light-hearted fun. If you’ve never been, you can find the outdoor dance floor via Calle Lilo, right next to the Estacción Saludable. Your key to access a hoppin’ good time is free, and there might even be a meal involved depending on what the organizers can throw together. Inquire about your eating options via the Facebook page, or just show up for the swing extravaganza.
Parque Centenario | Leopoldo Marechal 900 | 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM
Here’s the first of a few options for hands free New Year’s Eve feasting: Il Ballo del Mattone is taking care of all of your cooking needs with their epic Italian carb fest options. Reserve your spot at the quirky Palermo hotspot here or by calling 4776-4247.
Il Ballo del Mattone | Gorriti 5737 | 8:00 PM
Sunae Asian Cantina will give your NYE the Filipino and Indonesian twist you didn’t know you needed with their prix fixe dinner. You can ogle at their glorious menu here, and reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 4776-8122. Your feast (including wine pairings) will set you back AR $1400.
Sunae Asian Cantina | Humboldt 1626 | 8:00 PM
Here’s a good option if figuring out transportation from dinner venue to party venue is raising your stress levels. Ralphs Bistro & Bar has got your all in one event, including food from their gourmet menu, an open bar, and an all night party to ring in 2017. Your one stop shop for an assuredly memorable affair will run you AR $1800 (cash), and you can reserve your spot by emailing email@example.com or by calling 4832-8940.
Ralphs Bistro & Bar | Gurruchaga 1830 | 9:00 PM
Ringing in the new year with family and a classy champagne toast is important, but getting to the boliche to dance your face off and show 2016 that there’s a new sheriff in town is perhaps the more entertaining component to proper celebratory procedure. Niceto Club is setting up two entire floors for the vital ritual so that you can spend the night with 1500 of your new best friends. Your tickets to a guaranteed good time will cost you AR $250 and you can get yours in advance here.
Niceto Club | Niceto Vega 5510 | 11:55 PM – 8:00 AM
Sub champagne for beer, and take the party outdoors with Grolwer’s Fiesta de Fin de Año. The artisanal brew obsessed conglomerate is donating their hipster corner of Buenos Aires for an unenclosed party option. There will be live music, DJs, and bien sûr, beer! There’s no charge to take part (but bring cash for beer), and no need to reserve your spot.
Growlers | Gurruchaga 1450 | 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM
Sunday, January 1st
Even though most of Buenos Aires will be sleeping past noon and firing up the grill for a requisite New Year’s pansada, there’s at least one venue that will welcome your tired bones for a little live music to start the year off right. The Boris 7ptet has graciously agreed to bust out a little big band for your listening pleasure. The group is headed up by Daniel Camelo and bases their improv off of the likes of Steve Swallow, John Scofield, Dewey Redman, Adam Rogers, etc. Tickets to the jazz fest will run you AR $150 and you can get yours in advance here.
Boris Club | Gorriti 5568 | 9:00 PM
Happy weekend (and 2017) y’all!