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When In.Buenos Aires

Magazine article Out

When In.Buenos Aires

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Although Argentina's financial collapse in 2001 was catastrophic at the time, one industry that took advantage of the weak peso was tourism. The land of Evita, wine, and tango (as well as vicious military juntas and civil strife) may no longer be the bargain destination it was a few years ago, but it's still a magnet for gay tourists. And Buenos Aires's civil union law, championed by pioneering gay couple Cesar Cigliutti and Marcelo Sunthein, has added to its luster. Tourism kiosks offer at least eight different gay maps, and officials estimate 20% of all international tourists to Buenos Aires are gay or lesbian. The porteños, as locals call themselves, are waiting. MICHAEL LUONGO

THE DRINK

Bulnes Class

Bulnes 1250 at Cabrera: phone 11-4861-7492* Handsome, stylish men hang out in this loungey crystal chandelier-decorated bar. Need we say more? Don't show up at this or any bar before midnight unless you like to be alone.

Sitges

Avenida Córdoba 4119 between Palestina and Pringles: phone 11-4861-3763. Large and popular, the front stage is often the site of silly drag and comedy shows. Size matters, enabling Sitges to provide a special smoking section; smoking is banned in most Buenos Aires bars.

Flux

Marcelo T de Alvear 980 near 9 de Julio: phone 11-5252-0258. British-owned and popular with gay expats, especially Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. when Gays Away meets.

THE BITE

Chusca

Soler 3283 at Gallo: phone 11-4963-3430. The city's first gay restaurant. Come to dine at midnight surrounded by a handsome crowd.

La Cabrera

Cabrera 5099 at Thames: phone 11-4831-7002. A corner location in the heart of Palermo Viejo makes this parilla (steakhouse) feel like the center of the world. Slabs of incredible meat at reasonable prices make it even better.

Casa Cruz

Unarte 1658 at Honduras: phone 11-4833-1112; Coso-Cruz.com. Intricate cuisine by chef Germán Martitegui and attitude-y patrons make this one of Palermo Viejo's most fashionable eateries. Make a reservation to avoid disappointment.

THE GROOVE

La Marshall Gay Tango

Maipu 444; phone 15-5768-1374. Tango with your lover, or find a new one. Lessons begin at 10 p.m.; milonga, a free-form tango salon, is at midnight. Wednesdays only.

Alsina

Alsina934at9deJulio Formerly Palacio, formerly IV Milenio, this three-story churchlike space is classic no matter what the name is. …

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