A Touch of Class: Emblematic Bars of Buenos Aires

Five Star — By Elizabeth Gleeson on March 31, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Feeling in the mood for a posh night out? Check out our picks for the finest spots for a little (pricey) drinky in Buenos Aires:

Duck downstairs at the Marriott Plaza Hotel in Plaza San Martin for a classic cocktail of the Manhattan/Old-Fashioned/Dry Martini variety. The sophisticated, dark wood-and-leather interior Plaza Bar also offers a champagne and oysters special every afternoon.

The Lobby Bar at the Alvear Palace Hotel is outfitted with sculpted marble pillars, crystal chandeliers, and carved wooden celing panels to boot, the perfect setting for one of the most classic of the upscale bars in Buenos Aires. Order up a round of Kir Royals or a glass of malbec; should you want to spring for the good stuff to match the ucpsale digs, see how a bottle of Cristal suits you.

The Lobby Bar by Eduardo Mineo

Soak up the spirits with a happy hour sampler picada at the New Brighton, located just a block off of noisy Calle Florida. A massive dish of complimentary cocktail sandwiches and cakes accompanies any drink (and helps soften the hurt of the pricey cocktails). A definite must for downtowners.

The Oak Bar at the Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt in Recoleta serves up cocktails in a bar fit for a king, with prices that only a king would turn up his nose at. At 60 pesos a pop, enjoy your Duhau Martini til the very last drop while soaking in the regal surroundings that used to serve as the personal library of Luis Duhau. If the evening agrees, snag a seat on the balcony overlooking the lush garden below.

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