Category Archives: Buenos Aires

By @ 03/07/16 in Buenos Aires, Gay travel, John Walker, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Croque Madame in Buenos Aires and ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Croque Madame

First time in Buenos Aires?ManAboutWorld correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson¬†recently visited and offer first-time travellers to Buenos Aires a starting point for a really successful vacation. Here are a few of their suggestions to kickstart your ‘BA gay stay.’ManAboutWorld last¬†covered Buenos Aires in December 2013. If it’s your first time in Buenos Aires, begin your exploration here.

Aspen Square, Palermo Soho
To find a hotel like Aspen Square is definitely a tip to be shared. The rooms are large, tastefully furnished and very comfortable. The staff couldn’t be more accommodating and helping visitors become acquainted with their beautiful city is what they do best. Breakfast is hearty and all inclusive and if you need to unwind there’s a small gym and pool on the top floor. The best part is the location in the heart of hip Palermo Soho, just a few minutes walk from the best restaurant precinct in Buenos Aires. It’s a safe and restful sojourn for the savvy traveler.

Croque Madame and the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo
Lunch at Croque Madame in Buenos Aires is a total treat. Set in the old coach house of the Museo Nacional de

Dancer in Buenos Aires and ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Dancer in Buenos Aires

Arte Decorativo, this divine little restaurant has class and sophistication at a reasonable price. Arrive early and you will secure one of the sought after tables surrounding the fountain in the garden. The elegant decor inside hints at the splendour associated with times past. The museum opens for free tours at 2pm and, although sometimes overlooked by visitors, it is an absolute must. Filled with exquisite European antiques, paintings and sculptures, this grand mansion houses some of the most priceless works in this part of the world.

Peuteo Bar, Palermo Soho
Sampling gay bars in a foreign city can sometimes make you feel like Cinderella; it can be hard to find the right fit. Peuteo Bar in Palermo Soho has the magic mix of evening chic, fun and frivolity. Perfect for quieter cocktails during the week, on Friday and Saturday night the party anthems are pumping and the place is packed. Combine a dinner in trendy Armenia Square with drinks around the corner at this cosy, hospitable little bar. Most will find it a perfect fit and you might just meet a few of the local handsome princes.

Pepo Pepona Gay Restaurant
A welcome kiss by the owner hints at a night full of friendly festivities at Pepo Pepona. Although the waiters will deliver a serving of ground pepper you will never forget, dining in Buenos Aires’ only gay restaurant is definitely not the ‘main course’. That would be the entertainment which begins about 12am with four extremely handsome and very well-endowed strippers gyrating and pulsating around the tables for optimum crowd pleasure. Each representing an erotic fantasy, the doctor, once out of his scrubs, was able to work his stethoscope with specialist precision. Hot and bothered, you’ll be begging for an encore. Don’t miss this evening of lustful, latino treats.

Esquina Carlos Gardel Tango Show
Esquina Carlos Gardel Tango Show is about flare and passion, agile leg flicks and close sultry embraces. The orchestra above the stage ensures the rhythm of Tango is incisive, exciting, powerful and provocative as the tango dancers, in their brilliant colourful costumes, charm and mesmerise the audience. The show highlights both traditional and contemporary tangos with open gestures, intricate footwork, elegant lifts, kicks, and drops. The show is held in a beautiful traditional theatre which oozes the luxury and splendour of the tango era with its refined furnishings, nostalgic artworks and photographs. An all-inclusive, √° la carte dinner is served before the show.

BA Gay Travel
Armando at BA Gay Travel (IGLTA affiliated) will design a tour or package a holiday to suit your needs. His 7 night Gay Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls extravaganza with flights, transfers, private English speaking guides and accommodation is a sensational way to experience some of the best the country has to offer on a short stay. The company also specializes in gay wedding ceremonies and will arrange all the legal and celebratory details while you enjoy a relaxing, leisurely time in the city. Prices are affordable and the service is outstanding. Local knowledge and understanding will make your vacation truly memorable and hassle-free.

 

 

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By @ 02/24/16 in Buenos Aires, Correspondent, Gay travel, John Walker, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Floralis Genérica in Buenos Aires and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Floralis Genérica

Six enormous 23-metre high stainless steel petals made from brilliant, mirror-finish, stainless steel form a massive flower sculpture created in 2002 by Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano. The flower sculpture (Floralis Genérica) sits above a reflection pool and amazingly opens and closes its petals according to the time of day.

This update was brought to us by ManAboutWorld correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson. Here’s more info about Floralis Gen√©rica.

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By @ 01/19/16 in Bangkok, Boston, Buenos Aires, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Toronto, Travel, Venice

City Seen gay travel update in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineManAboutWorld magazine’s City Seen keeps you up to date on gay travel options¬†in major global cities. ManAboutWorld‚Äôs peripatetic correspondents stay on top of cool things to do in a few dozen of our favorite metropolises. Here‚Äôs this month‚Äôs gay travel update.

Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC, in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Natural Gourmet Institute

NEW YORK, NY
You‚Äôll find the¬†Natural Gourmet Institute,a¬†hidden gem, on the second floor of a non-descript Chelsea¬†office building, where every Friday night they set¬†the¬†communal tables and light the candles for a three-course vegetarian (often vegan and/or gluten-free) BYOB dinner. Prepared by the student chefs and chef instructors of NGI‚Äôs Chef Training Program, it‚Äôs a unique local experience ‚ÄĒ and very affordable at $45.‚ÄĒBilly Kolber

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
The Godfrey Hotel Boston is scheduled to open early January 2016 in Boston‚Äôs much improved Downtown Crossing district, which was the primary retail area of Boston a century ago then went into a decline towards the end of the 20th century. With its central location between Boston Common and the financial district, Downtown Crossing is re-emerging with trendy new residential and commercial buildings. The hotel, situated in a gorgeously renovated building, will offer luxurious accommodations in the center of the city as well as complimentary high-speed WiFi and other perks. ‚ÄĒ¬†Kenny Porpora

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
If you‚Äôre in BA, check out the¬†fabulous new Kirchner Cultural Centerwhich has already been welcoming approximately 10,000 patrons a day who walk around an ornate, turn-of-the-last-century building that has been converted into what promoters claim is the fourth-largest cultural center in the world. Best of all, everything in it is free, from video installations to comedy acts to symphony concerts and contemporary musical acts. ‚ÄĒ Pablo DeLuca

BANGKOK, THAILAND
The Accor-managed Pullman Bangkok Hotel G provides a nice option for gay travelers thanks in part to its location at Silom 188, just a few blocks away from all the action. The hotel was recently remodeled and includes an excellent breakfast. The gym could use an update, but it is sufficient. The hotel may remind you of Delano in Miami: very white, clean and modern. If you want an amazing facial treatment, make a left out of the hotel and bring that tired mug into¬†Dahra Beauty and Spa¬†at Silom 154 for some pampering. ‚ÄĒ City Seen correspondent,¬†Michael Siebert¬†

TORONTO, CANADA
Rapper Drake and Restaurateur Sursur Lee opened¬†Fring‚Äôs Restaurant,¬†a¬†posh, celeb-laden Asian fusion hot-spot, in September, drawing heaps of headlines and a glitzy grand opening. The clubby downtown hangout is inside the old Crush Wine Bar and is expected to be the new see-and-be-seen dinner spot, with celebrity DJs, a full bar, and menu by the renowned Lee. ‚ÄĒ Robert Sharp

VENICE, ITALY
In the past several years, the very gay-friendly Caffe Centrale¬†has benefited from significant upgrades. The eccentric and modern space feels more elegant and sexy. The service is friendlier and the food, which was wonderful to begin with, is even more scrumptious. Be sure to try the beef tenderloin in Amarone wine sauce or maybe the Catalana of crustaceans (salad of grilled shellfish), but definitely order their mojito in the pot, for dessert. It‚Äôs Venice, so you can even have a gondola drop you off, or pick you up, from their canal-side dock. Now how romantic is that? ‚ÄĒ Arthur Wooten

Venice in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Venice

 For even more gay travel inspiration and trip-planning information and suggestions for destinations, tours and events download ManAboutWorld’s latest issue. Start planning your next trip now!

This was originally published in ManAboutWorld’s December issue and re-posted in Towleroad on December 18.¬†Photos: Top: Hans Randecker via Flickr Creative Commons; Middle: Courtesy Natural Gourmet Institute; bottom: Courtesy City Seen correspondent Arthur¬†Wooten

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By @ 12/02/15 in Buenos Aires, Gay travel, Michael Siebert, Travel
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San Telmo street performers

ManAboutWorld correspondent Michael Siebert (shown below right) visited Argentina. Here’s the second of three updates from his visit focusing on the amazing neighborhood of San Telmo, Buenos Aires. (If you missed his gay Buenos Aires update, click here.)

I am a man of extremes and I enjoy having a varied experience during my travels. ¬†If this is you too, I suggest a visit to San Telmo and get a little lost, but find this place: ¬†Calle Carlos Calvo 471 and order a ‚Äúchoripan‚ÄĚ with a red wine. ¬†The place has no name and is only open on Wednesday and the weekends. ¬†

ManAboutWorld correspondent Michael Siebert visited gay Buenos Aires, Argentina

Michael Siebert

It will be packed with locals and just sit on the street bench and watch the parade of interesting people.  Don’t be surprised when your red wine is poured from a used 2-liter bottle and into a glass (high class here only).  It does taste good and is just part of the vibe.  There is a funky market around the corner from Calle Carlos Calvo 471 that is worth a peek.  After getting lost in San Telmo, head east to the Puerto Madero and walk north.  Eventually, you will see the Faena Hotel on your right (definitely visit if you have never been).  Eventually, make your way to Palacio Duhau and relax in their bar and enjoy a whisky or two.  This walk will show you two very different worlds in Buenos Aires.  You will love it.

One last comment for my leather queens. ¬†If you want to outshine all the other men at the next party in NYC or Chicago, upon arrival to Buenos Aires, you better visit Jorge, at La Casa de Las Botas, located at Paraquay 5062, for you next pair of custom made leather boots. ¬†Place your order on day one of your trip and your boots should be ready a week later (in low season). ¬†He has generous hours and the boots will set you back about 400 USD (after you convert that in pesos on the blue market); otherwise, you are looking at 600 USD. ¬†You will not be disappointed and they are sexy and ‚Äúlindo‚ÄĚ (beautiful) as hell.

NOTE:  If you do not know about the blue peso market, make sure you read this: Blue Peso Information. Before you visit and bring lots of USD. You may find it difficult to extract money from local ATMs; furthermore, if it wise to know about xoom.com.  Xoom allows for you to wire money to yourself from the USA to Buenos Aires in case  you have trouble with ATMs.  Xoom does require that you have a US-based bank account.  This does not work for any other countries at the moment.

Photo top: Pablo Dodda via Flickr

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By @ 12/01/15 in Buenos Aires, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Travel
Plaza de Mayo, gay Buenos Aires in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Plaza de Mayo

ManAboutWorld correspondent Michael Siebert¬†(below right) recently visited Argentina with stops in gay Buenos Aires and¬†the wine-region of Mendoza. Here’s the first of three updates from his visit.

Everyone likes to call Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America.  Let’s be frank, it is nothing like Paris; in fact, it looks like Madrid.  There is dog shit everywhere and the sidewalks are a wreck so you have to look down at all times.  If you look at the sky or a hot guy, you will find yourself in pile of dog shit or in the hospital with a brace.  However, Buenos Aires is a city full of life, very late night life, but full of life and excitement.  I plan to give you all the best tips after three visits to this amazing city, the lovely and gay Buenos Aires.

I like to start the day with coffee.  Since living in Australia, I have become a coffee snob.  At least the Australians know I can be trusted.  Here are the best choices:

  1. Coffee.  

Full City Coffee House, Thames 1535, in Palermo.  The staff is lovely and they make the best macchiato in town.  The coffee isManAboutWorld correspondent Michael Siebert visited gay Buenos Aires, Argentinasmooth and rich.  In addition, they roast their own beans in another location in the city.  LAB, located at Humbolt 1542, Palermo, is also a barista school; however, I found their coffee bitter and the espresso was overly tamped and it was brewed automatically.  It is a nice, new lovely atmosphere.

Lattente Cafe on Thames 1891 in Palermo provides excellent coffee; however, no wifi, no newspapers, no other drinks, just good coffee. It is always packed.

  1. Gyms.  

Most gyms here have outdated equipment in Buenos Aires.  You are in Buenos Aires, so, behave like a local and hit the pavement and make your way to a park.  The best park to exercise at is Libertador Park, which is in the eastern part of the city; however, there are parks everywhere in the city.  This is a very noisy area of the city; so, you may want to stay nearby, but make a housing choice west of Av. Santa Fe.  Anything east of Av. Santa Fe you better bring your earplugs.  For those diabetics in the gay community, you can even get your blood pressure and blood sugar checked in the park.  Yes.  It is true.  If you really want a gym, then consider Always Gym (a monthly membership is 650 pesos) or Megatlon.  The 24-hour thing has not caught on here besides partying all night long.

 Cafes/Restaurants

Brandon, located at Fitz Roy 1722, is a gorgeous place to hang out and have a coffee, food or a strong Gante, artsenal Belgian beer.  The best part is this:  it is open all day long unlike most cafes.  If you are hungry, want a beer, coffee or anything, this is your signature spot.  

The Steve, El Salvador 4968, Palermo, is a cool hip tapas bar with a very unassuming entrance.  You can easily miss it.  You will be surprised what is behind the boring black door.  A reservation is suggested.

Heisenburger has two locations.  Clearly, the burger craze, has caught on in Buenos Aires.  This place has many choices and delicious unique burgers.

On Tap is for beer lovers and anyone who loves ‚Äúchips‚ÄĚ. ¬†Being an ‚ÄúAussie‚ÄĚ now, I am ¬†no longer allowed to say ‚Äúfrench fries.‚Äú In addition, you will be presented with six different dipping sauces. ¬†

La Carniceria Parrilla and Ahumados.  Make a reservation!  I repeat, make a reservation.  Do not miss this opportunity to eat well in Buenos Aires. Trust me.  This is a small intimate venue with amazing food; then, go dance it all off at 2 AM somewhere.

  1. Nightlife

Alsina, Adolfo Alsina 940, is a monthly dance party (be sure to check dates) and definitely worth a visit.  More information here.

Crobar/Rheo, Av del Libertador 3886.  Rheo and Crobar are the same, just depends on the day that you choose to go.  Friday and Saturday nights are for dancing here.

Out and About Pub Crawl.  On my last Saturday in Buenos Aires, I decided to sign up for the local gay pub crawl.  It happens every Saturday and the locations may vary; in addition, it may include free entry into Crobar/Rheo.  Leo, our guide, was excellent and I made several new lovely friends (from all over the world) along the way.  Don’t miss out on this one.  A fantastic way to meet and make new friends in Buenos Aires.

Peuteo, Gurruchaga 1867, is a local small gay gay with excellent and attractive bartenders.  Peuteo was one of the bars on the Out and About Pub Crawl.

  1. Accommodations

Please stay for one week or two.  It is a sin to spend less time here.  

BY Argentina is great service that I have used two times and have been very happy with their service.  Reliable.  Responsible.  Easy.  You can book online; however, you must pay in USD upon arrival in full.  This is normal here.  Choose your area wisely online.  Remember what I said about noise.  Stay away from the big avenues.  

Hotels.  All hotels listed are in great quiet locations (Palermo area) and convenient to many locations that I have discussed in this article.

Hotel 1828, Fray Justo Sta. Maria de Oro 182.  Small boutique hotel with a lovely pool and very comfortable beds.

Hotel Nuss, El Salvador 4916.  An old Spanish convent converted into a small trendy hotel.

Hotel Mine, Gorriti 4770. ¬†Small boutique ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ hotel in with excellent staff.

We’ll publish more Buenos Aires information on this site in the next few days including Michael’s exploration of San Telmo and a visit to the wine-soaked Mendoza region. Be sure to check back! 

Update December 2: Here’s part 2 of gay Buenos Aires focusing on the San Telmo neighborhood.

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By @ 10/11/15 in Buenos Aires, Correspondent, Gay travel, Michael Siebert, Travel
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Buenos Aires party

Here‚Äôs a report by ManAboutWorld correspondent Michael Siebert¬†about the very fun “Friends of Dorothy Party” in Buenos¬†Aires. Our guy Michael cleary gets around. Did you see yesterday’s post? He hops around from continent to continent bringing us updates of the hottest gay events and places on the planet for gay travelers. Check the pic below to see how crowded it gets.

Every month in Buenos Aires (BA) there is a gay dance party called “Friends of Dorothy” at Palacio Alsina, an old theater, with tons of space to dance and move around.¬† Enjoy plenty of seating upstairs when you want to take a break (spend the extra 6 USD for a VIP ticket); however, like most things in BA, everything starts late.¬† The party starts at midnight, but will not really start until 2-3AM and will go until 7AM.¬† It is worth planning your trip around this party giving you a chance to mingle with many locals. Please note that the last party of the year is generally in October because the locals will be gone doing other things for the summer. Info here.¬†

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Crowded!



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By @ 01/30/15 in Buenos Aires, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen inManAboutWorld,  the gay travel magazine.

The Pink Palace in the heart of Buenos Aires

 

It‚Äôs interesting times in Buenos Aires. The country‚Äôs draconian currency controls have created two conditions that benefit travelers: The unofficial ‚Äúblue‚ÄĚ currency exchange rate makes it more affordable than ever to visit the ‚ÄúParis of South America.‚ÄĚ And the inability to import goods has spurred a rush of creativity in locally-produced handicrafts, clothing and other goods. Bring cash and head to Florida Street or our favorite Cambio¬†in the Promenade Alvear at Posadas 1564 to exchange your dollars or euros for pesos for a 25-30% discount to the official rate. Most small restaurants and shops will offer a similar rate if you ask to pay in dollars or euros.

Click here for access to our insider tips for all 15 destinations!

 

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By @ 07/22/14 in Buenos Aires, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

bartola

In Palermo SoHo, there’s a cobblestone stretch of Costa Rica street across from a verdant park, adjacent to boutique shops and down the block from a touristy square of nightlife. On the corner, you’ll see a small pink house called Bartola – the cutest damn brunch spot in all of BA. Inside is exposed brick, funky decor, cute gay waiters, freshly made fruit drinks, and delicious breakfast foods, pastries and coffee. This is the perfect way to kick off your morning before exploring BA’s most vibrant neighborhood.

We covered Buenos Aires and shared all of our secrets in our Dec. 2013 guide.

 

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By @ 07/16/14 in Buenos Aires, Cristian Flores, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Travel
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Granadiers

 

We spoke to ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Cristian Flores about his passion for travel, and we selected his journeys as this month’s Parting Shots in our magazine. Here’s the expanded story and more of his photos.

1. Why do you love to shoot Buenos Aires?

Because it is a big city in movement, I never take the same photo the same way; I always find another point of view.

2. Do you plan in advance what you will shoot in the city?

I generally take spontaneous photographies, especially in the street.

3. What has surprised you about shooting destinations the most?

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