The Cult of After Office in Buenos Aires


As the name “after office” implies, the original concept was a place to go straight from work to eat and have a few drinks to relax after a hard day’s work.  In Buenos Aires the reality now is far removed from that definition, the after office is like a mini-Saturday night stuffed in the middle of the week.  The only mini thing about it is the duration (up to 2 or 3 AM at the most) because people still have to go to work the next day.  The norm is to start out around 7 pm with happy hour and finger food in a cocktail atmosphere until the ties come off and the alcohol works its way into the system. By around 9 pm the music changes and everyone goes into dance club mode shaking it to old school beats from the 70s , 80s, and 90s.  It seems that the joy of being out on a weekday just makes you forget that it is a weekday and before you know it it’s 2 am and time to go home.  The place to go during the week are:

WEDNESDAY: Terrazas del Este, Avenida Costanera Norte Rafael Obligado 2221 (and Avenida Sarmiento), Capital Federal.  Terrazas del Este is ideal for the summer months as it is located on the Buenos Aires waterfront with a large deck and gardens overlooking the river.  It has four dance floors playing different types of music and several private living rooms for seating. To reserve a table.living room contact info@terrazasdeleste.com.

THURSDAY:  Darwin, Avenida Santa Fe 35 Esquina Marquez, San Isidro, Provincia de Buenos Aires.  Darwin has long been the club of choice for residents of Buenos Aires‘ posh northern suburbs and it is being increasingly frequented by people driving up from the center of the capital. Darwin is located inside the San Isidro racetrack, one of Argentina’s major horse racing tracks.  Darwin has private tables and lounges that can be reserved ahead of time, both inside and on the terrace overlooking the racetrack where you can sometimes see horses trotting.  The dance floor is indoors in a cavernous space underneath the racetrack’s bleachers.  Happy hour starts at 7 pm and admission is free until 9:30 pm but I advise arriving well ahead of that time if you don’t feel like spending half the night waiting in line to get in.  To reserve a table contact afterofficedarwin@gmail.com

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