Top 10 Date Ideas in Buenos Aires
So your Tinder game must be going strong, eh? You’ve bagged yourself a hot date (let’s hope their profile pic isn’t misleading), and you’re obsessing over every minute detail of how it’s going to go down. Or, perhaps you’ve met the lucky guy or gal the old fashioned way, or you’re in a long-term relationship that has remained committed to keeping the flame alive. Regardless, now begs the question, where do you take your (hopefully) gorgeous arm candy out for a night on the town?
If you’re feeling imaginative and are out to impress, a little creativity can go a long way. That’s where we come in, to give you the lowdown so you don’t even have to give it a second thought. Here’s our pick of some more of the more exciting, decidedly non-basic options out there.
Worried that your dodgy table manners are going to get in the way of impressing your dream date? Fear not, Teatro Ciego (Blind Theater) is here to rid you of your fears and allow you to dine without the other person actually seeing your face. That’s right, you could drop your main course all down yourself and your date would be none the wiser. On the contrary, it could be a shared romantic journey of discovery as you listen to live music and awaken your taste buds – the dark makes your sense of taste stronger, apparently. The only catch is you will be effectively blind for the whole charade, and won’t know what it is you’re eating – it is, after all, a dining in the dark experience.
Jorge Luis Borges 1974 | Tuesday – Sundays 9 PM | More info |
If you’re already planning your new home together, head to collector of beautiful things Gabriel Del Campo’s restaurant located on the loveliest San Telmo street, Napoles. Filled with everything from a vintage Maserati to antique chandeliers, you’ll be sure to develop some house envy and wish that you weren’t confined to your tiny monoambiente. If things are going well with the beau, after a copa (or three), perhaps you’ll splurge on a few treats for your love nest.
Av. Caseros 449 | Tues 9 AM – 12:30 AM | Wed – Thurs 10 AM – 12:30 AM | Fri – Sat 10 AM – 2 AM | Sun 10 AM – 5 PM | More info |
If you’re looking to impress – and ready to break the bank, head to Crizia and order up a dozen of their specialty oysters. If the conversation hits a lull, rest easy knowing that that oysters are known for their aphrodisiac qualities. Keep calm and let the bivalves do the mysterious work of attraction. A chic and sleek interior, along with an understated atmosphere, will make you seem quite the sophisticated catch.
Gorriti 5143 | Mon – Sat 7:30 PM – 1 AM | More info |
On the contrary, if you’re feeling a little a bit limited on the plata front, head to the Rosedal, Buenos Aires’ manicured rose garden. For a cheap and cheerful alternative to buying flowers, or in fact, parting your hard-earned pesos at all, a stroll around here should just do the trick. We advise against picking the roses, however tempting it may be, since that’s definitely against the rules.
Av. Isabel Infanta | Winter hours: Tues – Sun 8 AM – 6 PM | Summer hours: Tues – Sun 8 AM – 8 PM | More info |
Show off how cultured you are with a trip to Villa Crespo’s Microteatro. An alternative way of seeing theater, the 15-minute plays ensure the shows are always dynamic and full of energy. Shows are acted out in 15-square meter rooms; audience members are so close to the action they’ll almost feel part of it. With a well-stocked and lively bar, you can enjoy a Malbec-accompanied analysis straight after. It tends to get pretty packed come Friday or Saturday, so head there a little earlier and reserve a few tickets for whatever tickles your fancy. With just a few lines of description for each play, it really is potluck whatever you see, but the gamble of the game undoubtedly adds to the excitement.
Serrano 1139 | Tues 7 PM – 1 AM | Wed – Thurs 7 PM – 2 AM | Fri – Sat 7 PM – 3 AM | Sun 7 PM – 12 AM | More info |
If you’re still in Villa Crespo and looking to continue your night, head to 878 Bar for a nightcap. Technically a speakeasy, 878 was one of the first secret bars to open in Buenos Aires during the early 2000s. It retains a certain informality, meaning you needn’t worry about dressing up too much. The cocktails are creative but non-pretentious, making it an easy bar in which to shake up your usual drinks routine. Lovebirds can search for a dark corner and sneak a beso or two in between Negronis.
Thames 878 | Mon – Wed 7 PM – 2 AM | Thurs 7 PM – 3:30 AM | Fri 7 PM – 4:30 AM | Sat 8 PM – 4:30 AM | Sun 8 PM – 2 AM |
If the conversation between you two has begun to dry up, you might enjoy a night without the pressure of having to actually talk. Head to closed-door restaurant-cum-cooking class Fuego and prepare to wow your date with some culinary magic. One for the true foodie fans, watch your dinner be prepared by professional chef Nic as he gives you insider chef tips. Cuisines range from Nordic to French-Asian fusion and everything in between. Later, enjoy conversation with an eclectic collection of diners all seated in a beautifully furnished, wood-paneled room overlooking downtown Buenos Aires.
Av. Callao & Perón | Mon – Sat from 7:30 PM | More info |
Al Ver Verás
For those dates who think they know Buenos Aires far too well, take them on a surprise style evening led by visual artist group Al Ver Verás. Taking place on a secret downtown rooftop, Al Ver Verás projects patterns, visual stories, and light shows across nearby buildings, all to the tune of live music. With the exact location revealed on the day of the event, you can count on the date being a novelty for even the most discerning date. Get there on time and look out for their reasonably priced parrilla and cocktails too.
Timings, locations, and dates vary | See their Facebook Page |
Alvear Palace Hotel Rooftop Bar
Nothing screams serious romance like a rooftop bar. If you’re looking to pull out all the stops for that special someone, take them to the Alvear Palace for a treatsy round of aperitivos before your night gets underway. The grande dame of porteño luxury hotels, the Alvear’s 11th floor rooftop bar does not disappoint. Get there early for sunset vibes and stunning views up the Río de la Plata, order a round of perfectly crafted cocktails, and toast to a (now) blossoming romance.
Avenida Alvear 1891 | Tues – Sat 7 PM – 1 AM | More info |
There’s nothing like a bit of comedy to break the ice. With a show every night of the week, head to the Taburete Club de Comedia for a little laughing to help ease your nerves. A steady stream of both internationally and nationally known comics pass through the doors of this well-established club, bringing something for everyone. If you’re not much of a comic yourself, leave the role of the joking jester to the professionals and relax as your date eventually cracks a smile.
Jorge Luis Borges 1655 | Showtimes vary | More info |