Grab your heels and lipstick, this was a true night out on the town! A front-runner on my Buenos Aires bucket list was attending a show at the historic and beautiful Teatro Colon. Located on Viamonte and 9 de Julio, it is surrounded by other stunning buildings and a beautiful plaza (worth checking out even if you don’t go inside). As most the shows range from 80 – 800 AR$ (about 6 – 75 US$) it is completely practical to attend.
The Buenos Aires Philharmonic orchestra is in the midst of a series of classical performances that Bennett, Antonia (other people in my program), and I decided to attend. The easiest way to get tickets is a couple weeks or days (depending on the performance) before at the box office at Teatro Colon, where you can pay in pesos and look at a large map of where to sit.
Pre-Theatre Drinks at Milion Bar in Recoleta
We started the night by meeting at Milion bar in Recoleta, only about 4 blocks from the theatre. This bar/restaurant is an old french mansion complete with a garden patio and elegant staircase. It’s on many “must see” bar lists of BA, and I would recommend it as well. It had a good happy hour special (2 for 1) and was a great place to start our classy night and begin fine-tuning our elegance. 🙂
Philharmonic Orchestra at Teatro Colon
From Milion we walked to Teatro Colon, stopping to take a fair amount of pictures on the beautiful marble staircase.
Because we bought the tickets on the 6th floor, we had to the use the side entrance (we didn’t let it hurt our ego to bad…)
After climbing all those stairs we settled into our seats, quite high but still with a great view of the stage. I would suggest trying to get seats on the 2nd or 3rd floor as close to the middle as possible, they looked to be the best from my perspective. The lights dimmed and the show began. The orchestra was incredible, with an amazing guest pianist as well. Although I didn’t know all the songs, it was still great to listen to and try to pick out the sounds of the different instruments.
Authentic Asado at Las Cabras in Palermo
After the 2 hour performance we headed back out of the theatre in search of some dinner. To make it an even truer Argentine experience we decided to go to one of the parrilla restaurants in Palermo I’ve been wanting to try, Las Cabras. A short bus ride later (in a dead city thanks to the Boca vs. River classico game) we were on the waiting list for Las Cabras. It’s a cute, open-kitchen restaurant located in the heart of palermo and after waiting 15 minutes we got a great table inside. SPLIT the parrilla sampler with four people. It’s cheap, delicious, and tons of food. The three of us couldn’t even finish it and it was still under 100 AR$ per person.
Drinks at the Secret Bar – Ocho7Ocho in Palermo
We finished the night off with another dose of elegance while still checking off another box of my BA bucket-list by having a drink at Ocho7ocho, one of the ‘secret’ bars in the city. Unlike Franks, where there is a password and you enter through a phone booth, or Floreria Atlantico, where you have to knock on a locked door to flower shop then walk through a fridge, Ocho7ocho is just a large black door that you will miss unless you’re looking for it. With low lighting and great music we enjoyed delicious cocktails (maracuya capirnha!!) while winding down and soaking in what a great night we had.