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Forget New York: Our Forbes Travel Guide editors can attest that Buenos Aires is the city that never sleeps — so to find the best nightlife, be prepared to take a nap and not show up anywhere before two in the morning. For dancing until dawn or seeing an international band, Niceto Club is the perennial favorite. The blocks around the club are home to other fixtures of evening activities, including Ferona, Carnal, The Roxy and Tiki Bar. More low-key options can be found in Palermo Hollywood, home to speakeasy 878, the just-launched Unicorn Bar and Frank's Bar, which channels famous NYC cocktail bar PDT. Those who want to dance on Thursday nights should head to the Microcentro, where Dengue Dancing at Gong is the reigning champion of underground nightlife, boasting cutting-edge DJs and a crowd that mixes models with skateboarders.
Buenos Aires’ residents often boast of having one of the most pulsating nightlife scenes in the world, and with good reason. For the uninitiated, the first thing to know is that everything gets started late—very late. Thursday through Saturday friends commonly begin to gather for drinks around 11 pm and head out to dance generally no earlier than 2 am. Dressed in their nightlife best, they are destined for places like Costanera Norte by the regional Aeroparque airport where many of the city’s top boliches (as they’re called) are clustered like chichi clubs Jet and Tequila, as well as gargantuan Terrazas del Este and the local Pacha outpost. The streets Honduras and Niceto Vega, stretching from Palermo Soho to Palermo Hollywood, and the surrounding area are populated with evening options for drinking or dancing, from upscale lounge Isabel to speakeasy Frank’s, edgy Unicorn Huset and also Niceto Club, which puts some of the best local and international music acts on stage.