Best Venues to Watch Local Bands in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is known for its vibrant and varied nightlife, though tourists usually head to one of the many boliches (nightclubs) the city has to offer. But the city also has dozens of smaller venues and tons of great options for fans of live music.

El Quetzal

The first things you notice when stepping into El Quetzal are the bright murals painted on the walls. The bar has two different spaces: an outdoor (but covered) area, and a smaller indoor space where bands play every night of the week (except Mondays, when Quetzal is closed). Some events are free, while others have a cover charge. Check their website for up to date information.

Address: Guatemala 4516
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 8 p.m.

Club Cultural Matienzo

The Matienzo Cultural Club is a mixed event space that frequently hosts film screenings and art shows in addition to live music. Located in the up and coming Villa Crespo neighborhood, Matienzo is a great place to listen to indy bands and discover local artists. Their schedule is available on their website.

Address: Pringles 1249
Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 8 p.m.

La Catedral

Buenos Aires is more than just tango, but that doesn't mean you should visit the Argentine capital without seeing at least one milonga (tango party). La Catedral is the perfect place to experience tango in a relaxed, bohemian atmosphere; with its vegetarian menu and cavernous dance space, the venue feels like a bohemian cathedral. Nightly performances often start after midnight, so don't hesitate to arrive later or join in the nightly tango lessons. Tuesdays are considered the best at La Catedral, but the venue will have some type of live music every day of the week. They don't update their website very regularly, so it's best to call ahead with any questions.

Address: Sarmiento 4006
Hours: Every day from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Cuidad Cultural Konex

The Konex hosts the famous Bomba del Tiempo drum show every Monday, which draws locals and tourists year-round to its frenzied drumbeats and 1L glasses of beer. But Konex also hosts a variety of different events, including live music, theater, and much more.

Address: Sarmiento 3131
Hours: Depends on the event

Sam Harrison is a writer based in Buenos Aires.