10 Best Places for Live Music in Buenos Aires

Though recorded music is essential in many people’s lives, there is something unforgettable about the way good live music pulls you in and forges a deeper connection. As a creative city with a strong performing arts and live music scene, Buenos Aires does not disappoint for options, especially when it comes to tango, jazz and rock. Whether you are seeking a grand experience or an intimate affair, Buenos Aires has live music venues for every day of the week.

Starting high, consider heading to the Teatro Colon to catch an opera performance. Buenos Aires’ opera house is considered one of the best in the world. Then for live music with less grandeur done Buenos Aires style, two choices include La Catedral and Club Cultural Matienzo. While there are many places to dance and listen to tango music, La Catedral serves as a good introduction to both. For its part, Club Cultural Matienzo is a cool beacon on the local music scene; indie rock concerts are a regular feature.

For live jazz, you can get your fix with nightly performances on at the jazz lounge Notorius or at the weekly jazz sessions from retro restaurant Cafe Rivas. The Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival in the (Argentine) spring is also a treat. Otherwise, read on for more live music recommendations in Buenos Aires.



An historic Art Deco-style arena located in the San Nicolas neighborhood (near Puerto Madero), Luna Park regularly hosts big-name concerts and sporting events like boxing and tennis. Some of the musical acts to have played there include: Frank...  Read More



Going on since 2002, this annual state-supported festival sees local and international jazzers converge on the city for a week of indoor and outdoor performances (as well as workshops, music clinics, films and open lessons) in the Argentine...  Read More



Simply put, The Cathedral rocks. One of the city's most happening tango dance clubs (known as "milongas") and located in the little-visited neighborhood of Almagro (bordering Villa Crespo), La Catedral is popular, informal and described with...  Read More



A casual spot with a trendy, alternative vibe, Niceto Club encourages guests to dance the night away. As a pivotal fixture on the BA nightlife scene, Niceto stages diverse live bands in the "early" spot (before 1am!). From African drumming to...  Read More



Club Cultural Matienzo is a highly creative space always buzzing with local, well-organized activities like concerts, DJs, plays, dance performances, art exhibitions, poetry readings, movie screenings and arts courses (dance, literature, etc)....  Read More



Ciudad Cultural Konex is a unique, alternative cultural space in Buenos Aires' Almagro/Abasto area. There you will find the emphasis is on live music, but they also stage dance performances, plays, movie screenings and other creative events....  Read More

San Telmo


This is a spot to enjoy the pleasures of local food and jazz. With its wood paneling and understated retro decor, Cafe Rivas is a restaurant with a cool classic vibe located on a pretty cobblestone corner in the San Telmo neighborhood. Locals...  Read More

Teatro Colón


Considered one of the finest opera houses in the world and an impressive sight even from the outside, the Colon opened its first season in 1908, after some 20 years of construction. Its classical horseshoe auditorium makes for great sight lines...  Read More

Teatro Gran Rex


This 3300-seat theater located on Avenida Corrientes (considered to be the local equivalent of Broadway) is the Argentine capital's biggest. Teatro Gran Rex attracts well-known international acts in the fields of dance, ballet, music and musical...  Read More

Barrio Norte


Located in Buenos Aires' Recoleta neighborhood, Notorious is a cool jazz lounge and restaurant that features live jazz performances every night starting at 9:30 pm. The restaurant overlooks a pretty garden and serves meats, pastas and...  Read More


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