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The Club House in Palermo: an oasis in the middle of the city

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Hundreds of locals and tourists walk all weekends on the chic Palermo Soho area, few steps from Armenia Square.  But only the more retailers perceive a gray gate in the odd hand of the Costa Rica Street. Behind that door lies The Club House in Palermo, a private club, that outside seems to be a simple House and inside houses a social club / hotel with a unique atmosphere.

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The Temple Bar, a good option to enjoy the night in Palermo

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Palermo is one of the districts more quaint and chic of Buenos Aires. Located to the North of the city it is a primarily residential and entertainment district. There are a large number of restaurants and bars for all tastes. If you are visiting the city or need an after office do not miss The Temple Bar, a good option to enjoy the night in Palermo.

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Long Night of Museums 2016: Tips to keep in mind

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Have you ever imagine attending a Museum at night? Learn and enjoy the art under the Moon? This is your opportunity: Long Night of Museums 2016. On Saturday, October 29 will be a new edition of one of the most anticipated events of the Buenos Aires cultural calendar. From 2004 is developed in a classic of the city of Buenos Aires since summons to a crowd with its attractive cultural proposal in an inusual time: from them 8 pm until 3 am. The night of the museums of Buenos Aires is totally free for residents and tourists. You  can go on foot, bus or bike.

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Rosario Boat Tours

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The first time I visited Rosario I decided that I want to see it from another angle, see the city from another perspective. So I decide to explore Rosario on a boat. The city has the Paraná River as one of its main protagonists. It is really shocking to navigate the River, explore the islands of the Delta, watching its flora, fauna and the life of the locals. Learn about places and new stories. Great panoramic views of Rosario are obtained in addition from the boat.

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Visit the Carnival Museum in Montevideo

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The Uruguayan Carnival is a popular festival of national character and it is considered the longest of the world, with approximately 35 days of duration. Held every year from mid-January until the end of February it is characterized by combining African with European traditions. While the Carnival is celebrated in summer, it is possible vibrate with the rhythms of the drums at any time of the year since the candombe sounds in the streets and clubs of the city while the murgas rehearse and prepare for the great event. These manifestations and cultural customs that offer Uruguay and its importance in society can be understood better by visiting the Carnival Museum in Montevideo.

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Palermo Soho: design and avant-garde in Serrano Square

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Walk through Palermo Soho during the weekend became a must do it when making purchases in the city of Buenos Aires. Serrano Square, located at the intersection of  Serrano (currently Jorge L. Borges) and Honduras streets, was transformed in recent times in the tourist spot of the neighborhood during the day and night. It is known for the design and fashion.

While during the day there is a great fair of handicrafts and independent design, during the night Serrano Square is the meeting point of the youth where the bars and restaurants become protagonists.

But the bars, located around the square, not only open their doors to offer drinks and snacks. They also provide a space that brings talented Buenos Aires Independent designers. They become in real design fairs in which hundreds of people every weekend look for clothes and accessories. In addition to clothing sandals, bikinis, underwear and accessories like bags, rings and necklaces can be found here with very original designs. Serrano Square has options for everyone: men, women and children; none is left out. You can find everything, but you have to look for it and that means to walk.

On the square many bohemian artists exposed its creations on small stands of iron or on the floor at very affordable prices.

And when the night comes, the bars and restaurantes shine with very different styles. There is a place for everyone: snacks, beers, drinks, fast or elaborate meals, pubs with pool tables or bars with dance floors.

Serrano Square represents a center of cultural activities, shops and Argentine designers who mark the guidelines of new trends. It is an attractive walk full of bohemia and modernity.

A bit of history

Serrano Square was a witness of the cultural growth of the neighborhood of Palermo during the 1980’s. The neighborhood was home of writers (Borges), painters and philosophers and it was known as the epicenter of a Bohemian explosion in the city.

At that time a wide range of bars and restaurants that convened at Buenos Aires youth were installed around this square. Originally, the square was the icon of the neighborhood known as Palermo Viejo. Today the area is called Palermo Soho. This term refers to the District of New York since in both neighborhoods many of the old houses and residential spaces were recycled by estate ventures to build bars, restaurants, art galleries and design spaces.

The square (although it is popularly known as Serrano Square or “La Placita”) was renamed in 1994 by the Government of the city of Buenos Aires and adopted the name of Cortazar Square, in honor to the Argentine writer who referred to this place in one of his tales.

Little by little, the hustle and bustle increased during the weekends. Serrano Square became a tourist attraction and the center of the avant-garde, not only in regard to decoration, clothing and design, but also in terms of new gastronomic trends and entertainment.

Which products can be found Serrano Square?

Some of the products that you can find at the fair are:

  • Leather goods: Bracelets, wristbands, belts, wallets and purses.
  • Jewelry: Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings in various materials such as stones, leather, silver, or wood.
  • Original clothing: T-shirts printed, hand-painted, unique design.
  • Mates: Leather, glass or wood, hand-carved.
  • Perfumes: Different species of fragrances such as vanilla, orange, lavender, among others.
  • Ceramics and glass: Mirrors, plates, ashtrays decorated with bright colors and original designs.
  • Candles: All sizes, forms, colours and perfumes.
  • Fabrics: Scarves, gloves, sweaters and tapestries.

Useful Information

  • Location: Jorge Luis Borges St. and Honduras St., Plaza Serrano, Palermo. Buenos Aires.
  • Opening Hours: Wednesday to Friday from 15 pm to 8 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 2 pm to 8 pm.

How to get there

  • By bus: The lines that pass through Serrano Square are: 15 – 34 – 39 – 55 – 57 – 110 – 140 – 141 – 151 – 166 – 168.To move by bus in Buenos Aires you need to have the SUBE card. Click here to find out where to get it.
  • By subway: Take line D (green) and get off at Italy Square Station. Walk 9 blocks through the Jorge Luis Borges Street to the square.
  • By car: We share you an interactive map. Click here to access the page.
  • By taxi: Click here to estimate your taxi fare.

Tips

  • The days with most stands are Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
  • Take into account the weather since when it is predicted rain craftsmen usually not prepare their stands.
  • You should go during the first hours of the afternoon to avoid crowds.

Fenicia: The best brewery in Rosario

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The first time that I heard about Fenicia was through my friends of Rosario. “When you come to Rosario we will go to the best brewery in the city,” they used to say.

One night after a day’s walk around the National Flag Memorial, the Independence Park and the waterfront that invites you to walk, there we went. I had many expectations and luckily the place did not disappoint me!

Fenicia is a brewery in Rosario, located in the historic district of Pichincha where the Argentine comedian “Negro” Olmedo was born. At the entrance a sign welcomes us saying “Thank you for supporting your Rosario beer”.

The place has two floors and a wooden mezzanine and below, through a glass that serves as a floor, modern machinery that prepares the beers in the basement of the bar can be seen. The decoration is sober with wooden furniture and ornaments brewers. There are tables along the rectangular hall and a not very large bar to drink the beers.

Its owners are American, from a neighborhood near San Francisco, who came to Argentina with the dream of making their own beer.

Fenicia offers different types of beers which can be accompanied with different dishes from a varied cuisine and for all tastes. Their selection of beers is original, presenting the traditional year-round and seasonal varieties.

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Names of the different beers that are sold in the local are related to the city of Rosario and also with the history of the Pichincha district; that is why the Honey Blond Ale is called “The savage”, in reference to Rita “The savage”, a well-known dancer of the Paradise brothel, when the neighborhood was still the epicenter of the red light district of the city.

The most outstanding beers of Fenicia are: Chicago, Admirante (Brown Ale) and Smoking Scotch Ale, which has 7.6% alcohol, with candy and nuts tones, and a hint of smoky  that give special hops and malts.

The food is also well varied; there are tapeos, burgers, Mexican snacks, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. In our case we ordered different dishes including squid rings and fried mozzarella sticks. Another time we went we ask for sandwiches. It is worth clarifying that in Rosario to the “Sacramento bread” they called it “Torpedo”. All dishes were delicious and abundant. The prices are affordable in terms of quality and quantity.

1422520_688119284555640_279039774_nIt is an ideal place for an after office and a place to share with friends. Fenicia is an excellent choice that combines delicious beers, good atmosphere and affordable prices.

Tips

  • You should go early because it is difficult to get a table after 22:30 pm.
  • To talk quiet with few friends or couple it is best to go to the tables above because sometimes music is very high.

Useful Information

  • Location: Av. France 168. Barrio Pichincha. Rosario.
  • Phone: 54 (341) 423-2376
  • Opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:30 to 1 hs; Thursdays and Fridays from 12.30 to 2.30 hs; Saturday from 19 to 3 hs and Sunday from 19 to 1 hs.
  • Style: Craft beer.
  • Kitchen: Minutes, tapas and dishes.
  • Reservations: feniciapub@hotmail.com.
  • Check Facebook for especial promotions (Happy Hour, Ladys Night).