Luján Gambina hosts Vida Calesita, which can be heard every Monday at 9pm on Radio Oreja, and writes a music blog. Every month, she picks some of the best venues for live music in the Buenos Aires independent scene.
VILLA CRESPO — Club Cultural Matienzo
The name is now outdated. This place grew so much it was forced to move to Villa Crespo, towards the end of 2013, and the name still refers to the street that housed it back then in Las Cañitas. What’s the secret to not die, but to keep growing and growing? The answer may be a mystery, but we can say for sure that part of the secret lies in its continuous and dedicated work, with an eye set on the independent and itinerant scene, and always staying ahead of its time.
Club Cultural Matienzo is one of those infallible places. It is a valid option any day, whether the idea is to get together with some friends for a couple of beers, meet new people, or get involved in one of their courses. The daily event schedule covers all artistic disciplines, from music shows through to dance performances, poetry, cinema, theatre, and stand up. Recyclable glasses, stairs, courtyard, hallways, terrace. Rooms for workshops, rooms for exhibitions. Young people from all backgrounds, accents from all around the world, murals, music, beer by the litre, sandwiches, and hot dogs. Everything in its right measure. Matienzo is, without a doubt, one of those places where you happily keep going back, over and over again.
PALERMO — Casa A
One of the best kept secrets of Palermo hides on a street that’s only three blocks long. It is Casa A, a shelter with doors wide open so that visual artists, photographers, musicians, and DJs can display and share their art. And it’s not just about what hangs on the walls. Barely a year old, it has become one of the most attractive options for those looking for tasty drinks, served in jars, al fresco. A courtyard with its own veggie patch under the stars. A warm, fun atmosphere, ideal to get together with friends before going out into the night.
Since May, the place has opened every Friday in the ‘after office’ hours (8pm to 2am, free entry) in its itinerant art gallery. Ice-cold beer, classic and original drinks, and a modest menu that doesn’t ignore taste in an ambiance of contained celebration. Step into the neighbourhood, and let yourself be surprised.
Casa A. Ancon 5168, Palermo. Ph: 3914-1972.
CABALLITO — La Casa del Señor Duncan
There is a piano here that holds, on a personal level, a love story. But a warm atmosphere for anyone who wants to join in, even if it’s the first time. In the geographical centre of Buenos Aires, La Casa del Señor Duncan can be found up a flight of stairs. High ceilings, large rooms, multiple stages, and the constant challenge of renewing itself. An alternative option for those who’ve had enough of the Palermo circuit. Here you can find music, dance, theatre, but you can also have dinner and a chat in a relaxed ambiance.
It is one of the most attractive options in Caballito, with a packed schedule every day except for Monday. It includes tango and milonga on Tuesdays and swing on Thursdays. A place where you can find relaxation and a smile in all the tables, and where kindness and gentleness are the order of the day.
La Casa del Señor Duncan. Av. Rivadavia 3832.