Secret Bars, Free Forks, and Classical Music

Friday night my friend and I set out to find a “secret” bar in Palermo, which turned out not to be very secret after all. The address was online, and while we did need a password to get in, a friend of a friend texted it to us en route. After knocking on the admittedly discrete plain iron door and giving the password, we had to punch a “code” into an old-fashioned telephone booth to actually get inside. The bar was modeled after a 1920’s New York speakeasy — very elegant and classy, with outrageously high drink prices to match. After taking in the atmosphere for a few minutes, we left to find a cheaper bar.

On Saturday a bunch of my friends and I went to a restaurant in Puerto Madero called “Siga la Vaca” — literally “Follow the Cow,” in part to celebrate the departure of two of our friends, and in part because we like meat. Siga la Vaca is a “tenedor libre” (“free fork”) restaurant, that is, a buffet. You pay a flat price of 130 pesos (about $US 28), and get unlimited water, soda, wine, or beer, along with access to a well-stocked salad bar and a typical parilla (grill) that offers all sorts of argentine meat. A dessert at the end is also included, although I believe customers are limited to only one of these (what a pity, that volcán chocolate was delicioso).

When we left, I think all of us were waddling like ducks (which was oddly fitting, as it poured all day) due to the massive quantities of food we had just ingested. I do have one suggestion for anyone who goes to this restaurant: look up the names of the types of meat beforehand, so you know what to ask for. Then again, you can’t go wrong with just pointing to whatever looks good, or asking for a recommendation from the servers.

Teatro Colon is the most famous theater in Buenos Aires, though tickets and guided tours are incredibly expensive; for locals, the latter are significantly cheaper than for foreigners, who are charged $US 100. However, 0ne Sunday a month the theater offers free classical music concerts, so my friend and I dragged ourselves out of bed very early last weekend to see the show. It was pretty good — the trio of musicians included a pianist, a violinist, and a celloist, and the whole thing lasted about an hour and a half.


Paro update: The strike — now on it’s 10th day — continues!

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