Archive | December, 2010

Buenos Aires NYE

15 Dec

For those who like to plan in advance like me, I am sure you have found it just a bit frustrating that it is near impossible to find any information whatsoever or reserve anything for NYE ahead of time in Buenos Aires.  I read in numerous articles that this is a quiet evening typically, with locals spending time with their families and hitting clubs after 2am.   Who wants to travel 11 hours to be stuck in their hotel room for the midnight toast with a bottle of wine or champagne waiting for something to open?

Since I have friends traveling with me who are only staying for a short time and none of us has ever been to Buenos Aires, we figured we would check the required tango show off the list, guarantee a dinner reservation, NYE party and transportation all in one shot.  We will be attending the NYE tango show at El Quenrandi (www.querandi.com.ar, Peru 302, Buenos Aires). Milena Scarcella was fabulously helpful in the booking process. Ask for her when you call. If you are envisioning a nice dinner and a bottle of wine with your honey, you might think the evening is not cheap at 250 USD, but a 3-course meal, open bar, a show and a party with transportation is a bargain at 250 USD, really, and after reading the horrors of finding transport on this eve as well as the fact that most places do not open until the small hours of the morning, we bit the bullet and booked a table for five.

I have been planing this trip for 5 months.  I have just today received some information from one of the many people I contacted over these months. Some NYE options (as well as Christmas Eve) are below, which you may find helpful if you are still in the dark and have as Plan B  mapping out the liquor stores close to your hotel in order to guarantee that toast on NYE!  Those I spoke with months ago warned me that no “events” would be posted until we got closer to the date, but I had no idea they would wait until this very late date.

Good luck, happy planning, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I hope this helps.

Christmas Eve

  • Quimbombó: Nature restaurant. A three course meal with all drinks included and a glass of champagne to toast at midnight. They will also have a buffet table at your service the whole evening. ARS $380 per person.
  • La Ventana: Tango show. It does include a three course dinner with all drinks included during the special Christmas show and after plus a glass of champagne to toast after midnight. A deserve table will be at your disposal and after midnight a DJ will play music during the party. Transportation included. US 150 per person.
  • Bice: Italian restaurant. A three course meal with all drinks included and a glass of champagne to toast at midnight, plus a ‘Santa Claus’ surprise after midnight. US 140 per person.
  • El Baqueano: Steak house restaurant. A five steps menu with all drinks included and a glass of champagne to toast at midnight, plus a Christmas’ deserves table the whole evening. ARS $ 440 per person.
  • Lo de Jesús: Steak house restaurant. A three course meal with all drinks included and a glass of champagne to toast at midnight. They will also have a buffet table at your service the whole evening. ARS $400 per person.
  • Pampa Picante: Steak house restaurant & tango show. A three course meal with all drinks included and a glass of champagne extra-brut to toast at midnight. They will also have a buffet table at your service the whole evening (they do also include another table with several deserves, buffet as well) plus a coffee service & petit fours. ARS 360 per person.
  • Casa Cruz: International cuisine restaurant. A three course meal with all drinks included and a glass of champagne to toast at midnight, plus a coffee or tea cup and Christmas’ sweets. US 200 per person.
  • La Vinería de Gualterio Bolivar: Argentinean restaurant. A sixteen steps menú, deserves and all drinks included. ARS 600 per person.
  • La Cabrera: Steak house restaurant. A three course dinner meal with all drinks included plus deserves table and a glass of champagne to toast at midnight. ARS 280 per person.
  • Piazzola Tango Show: As the name suggest, is a tango show and will offer that a night a tango gala with a special tango show for that evening with a three course dinner, all drinks during the event (including a glass of champagne to toast at midnight) and a party after midnight with surprises. Transportation includedUS 180 per person.
  • Sagardi – Euskal taberna: Bar & Spanish restaurant. A three course meal which does also include a two steps menu plus drinks included during the evening except alcoholic ones, they do include a glass of wine from ‘Torello Reserva’. ARS $320 per person.
  • Astrid & Gastón: Peruvian & International restaurant. Menu a-la-carte, all drinks included during the meal, they do require a minimum amount of ARS $300 total, not per person.

 

New Years’ Eve

 

  • Janio: Italian restaurant. A three course meal with all drinks included and a glass of champagne to toast at midnight. ARS $350 per person.
  • Ayres de Patagonia: Argentinean restaurant. A three course meal with all drinks included until 1 AM, there’ll be also a party after midnight with dj, fireworks and surprises. ARS $580 per person.
  • Casa Cruz: International cuisine restaurant. A three course meal with all drinks included and a glass of champagne to toast at midnight. US 240 per person.
  • La Ventana: Tango show. It does include a three course dinner with all drinks included during the special Christmas show and after plus a glass of champagne to toast after midnight. A deserve table will be at your disposal and after midnight a DJ will play music during the party. Transportation included. US 230 per person.
  • Astrid & Gastón: Peruvian & International restaurant. Menu a-la-carte, all drinks included during the meal, they do require a minimum amount of ARS $300 total, not per person.
  • Pampa Picante: Steak house restaurant & tango show. A three course meal with all drinks included and a glass of champagne extra-brut to toast at midnight. They will also have a buffet table at your service the whole evening (they do also include another table with several deserves, buffet as well) plus a coffee service & petit fours. ARS 360 per person.
  • El Baqueano: Steak house restaurant. A five steps menu with all drinks included and a glass of champagne to toast at midnight, plus a Christmas’ deserves table the whole evening. ARS $ 440 per person.
  • Rojo Tango: They’ll offer their traditional tango show with dinner & all drinks included during the show plus a glass of champagne to toast at midnight, after that, all guest can join ‘Latin Fever Party’ at Faena Hotel. Transportation included. US 600 per person.
  • Sagardi – Euskal taberna: Bar & Spanish restaurant. A three course meal which does also include a two steps menu plus drinks included during the evening except alcoholic ones, they do include a glass of wine from ‘Torello Reserva’. ARS $320 per person.
  • Café ‘Los Angelitos’ Tango Show: Regular program including a three course meal, the show, a midnight toast plus a celebration after midnight. Transportation included. US 380 per person.
  • Lo de Jesús: Steak house restaurant. A three course meal with all drinks included and a glass of champagne to toast at midnight. They will also have a buffet table at your service the whole evening. ARS $400 per person.
  • La Vinería de Gualterio Bolivar: Argentinean restaurant. A sixteen steps menu, deserves and all drinks included. ARS 600 per person.
  • Esquina Carlos Gardel: Tango show. It does include they tango show, a three course meal plus a party after midnight, all drinks during the event, a champagne to toast at midnight and it will be several surprises during the evening & night. Transportation included. US 300 per person.
  • Tegui: International restaurant. A five steps menu with all drinks included and a glass of champagne to toast at midnight. They will be a surprise after midnight. US 240 per person.
  • El Querandí: Tango show. As the name suggest, is a tango show and will offer that a night a tango gala with a special tango show for that evening with a three course dinner, all drinks during the event (including a glass of champagne to toast at midnight) and a themed party (20’s style) after midnight with surprises. Transportation included. US 250 per person.
  • La Cabrera: Steak house restaurant. A three course dinner meal with all drinks included plus a deserve table and a glass of champagne to toast at midnight. ARS 380 per person.
  • Cabaña Las Lilas: Steak house restaurant. A three course dinner meal with all drinks included plus a deserve table and a glass of champagne to toast at midnight. Tango quartet with dancers after midnight and live DJ. ARS 980 per person.
  • Marcelo: Italian restaurant. A three course meal with all drinks included and a glass of champagne to toast at midnight, a DJ will play music the whole evening. US 190 per person.
  • Chila: French & Argentinean fusion restaurant. A five steps menu, deserves and all drinks included. US 230 per person.
  • Asia de Cuba: Disco & Restaurant. A three course meal with all drinks included and a glass of champagne to toast at midnight. The disco will start at 1 AM. US 290 per person.
  • Piazzola Tango Show: As the name suggest, is a tango show and will offer that a night a tango gala with a special tango show for that evening with a three course dinner, all drinks during the event (including a glass of champagne to toast at midnight) and a party after midnight with surprises. US 180 per person.
  • Quimbombó: Nature restaurant. A three course meal with all drinks included and a glass of champagne to toast at midnight. They will also have a buffet table at your service the whole evening. ARS $380 per person.
  • Señor Tango: As the name suggest, is a tango show and will offer that a night a tango gala with a special tango show for that evening with a three course dinner, all drinks during the event (including a glass of champagne to toast at midnight) and a themed party after midnight with fireworks, lived DJ & surprises. Transportation included. US 350 per person & US 450 VIP.

 

As I mentioned above, the amount of taxis and private cars over the streets will be reduced due to the holidays; taxis and private cars could be requested until 18:30 hs at December 24th and December 31st, after that time, radio taxis will not be taking any services at all.

Hello world!

8 Dec

Welcome to my travel blog!  Please bear with me as I find my way around the site and get up and running.  In the very near future I will posting re: my upcoming birthday and New Year’s extravaganza in Chile and Argentina! 

This blog is being created to provide some laughs, which you will undoubtedly have at my expense, as well as valuable information and recommendations for other similar-minded travelers.  I am happy to answer any questions or provide accommodation, restaurant and itinerary tips for fellow travelers. Not only do I travel quite a bit for personal interests, but planning and sorting of travel logistics is a large part of my job.

I look forward to the journey!