02 August 2012

5 Ways to Meet People in Buenos Aires

Meeting new people is high on my priority list for our move to Buenos Aires. It would be nearly impossible, or awkward and boring at least, to move to a different country and not make some new friends. One of the reasons we chose Buenos Aires as our destination is that there appears to be quite a few ways for a new comer to socialize with locals and with fellow expats. Here are a couple of groups/places/events that I look forward to getting into:

Spanglish is a language exchange group that meets in cool bars around the city. English and Spanish speakers get together over beers and spend half their time chatting in each others native tongue. Reservations via email are required and each meeting costs $35 ARG (about $8 USD). What a fun way to learn conversational Spanish and get to know people from who knows where!

Beerlingual is a bilingual pub quiz (Philly, read: QUIZZO!) that also happens in bars around the city. Participants are welcome to group up into teams of various native languages and questions are asked in both Spanish and English. Again, beers, new people, Spanish practice...all in one! Beerlingual asks for a reservation via their website and costs $30 ARG ($7 USD) at the door. However, this fee includes a free beer. Beerlingual and Spanglish also collaborate to offer an unlimited, monthly pass for $45 USD. If you went to both events once a week, you'd save $15 USD.

Puertas Cerradas
Puertas Cerradas, or Closed Doors, are dinners that take place inside a chef's home. The chef prepares a prix fixe, multi-course dinner, usually including wine and dessert, for 6-15 guests. The cuisine is as international as the chefs who create it. Schedules, menus, and prices are available ahead of time on the chef's website, and reservations are required. Prices range from $150-$250 ARG ($35-$55 USD). A few popular puertas cerradas include Casa Saltshaker, Cocina Sunae, Casa Felix, and look out NOLA Chef, a New Orleans native with taste I can get behind.

Nothing like getting twisted up in your stretchy pants for making new friends! Whether it's yoga, pilates, or any other group oriented activity, coming together to practice a mutually appreciated hobby is bound to bring people together. BuenaOnda YOGA is the most recommended yoga studio I've come across. 1.5 hour classes take place in three different locations around the city, three to five days a week. Each class costs $14 USD with multi-class discount cards available. I'm also looking into Corporea, a pilates studio in Palermo that offers group classes of up to five people. A pass for one class per week for four weeks costs $170 ARG ($38 USD, so less than $10 per class, which is a pretty decent rate.

Milonga refers to the dance style that preceded the tango, as well as the dance halls where tango is practiced now. You can't go to Buenos Aires without encountering tango, either on the street or in one of these dance palaces. A tourist can pay an arm and a leg for professional lessons and a dinner and dance show. However, the city of Buenos Aires sponsors free tango lessons throughout the city in the summers. Bring a partner or meet a new one! I can't wait to get out there and practice my gringa moves!

Has anyone out there had success in fun, adventure, and meeting new people in any of these places? What am I missing?


  1. Wow! I"m so impressed with all the research you've done. It seems like there is a very active expat community in Buenos Aires. Can I ask how you were able to find all this information? You seem to be very internet savvy! I've been in Cordoba Argentina for three weeks and I"m finding it quite challenging to meet others, especially since my Spanish is very very weak. (I'm working on it!) I actually wrote a blog post about my struggles to connect with others in Cordoba but didn't post it because I thought it sounded to whiny!

  2. Lisa,
    Thanks so much! I have poured a lot of time and effort into hunting down fellow Argentine expats in the hopes of gaining some insight, advice, and inspiration for my own trip. The bloggers listed in my 'Blog-spiration' tab have been a huge help. I have also reached out to other expat community organizations such as Internations, BAExpatHub, and About.com's Argentina section. I spend time social networking and doing everything I can to connect to readers. I'm sorry I don't have more to say about Cordoba, but it seems as though, due to its relatively smaller size, its expat community is not as large as that in BA. I would suggest searching for Facebook groups, Twitter feeds, and local news sources for expat meet ups and events. Also, keep practicing your Spanish! Chatting with locals can be the most valuable resource.
    Best of luck to you! And thanks for reading. I look forward to hearing more about your adventures!