Buenos Aires stays up late

Whether you're the spontaneous type or you like to map out your entertainment options in advance, Argentina's capital will keep you busy from sunrise to sunset.

From its artsy barrios to its bustling bars, Buenos Aires has live music, vivid colour, and personality in spades - and who can forget its thriving tango scene?

If you want to take a tango home, find a dance lesson or two. Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow - fantástico!

A riot of colour

If you're looking for an edgy side to Buenos Aires, you'll find it in La Boca, at the mouth of the Riachuel basin. Don't be surprised if you get a little carried away taking photos here - the brightly painted corrugated iron houses on the famous cobbled alleyway of Caminito have to be seen to be believed. Named for the artist who turned this abandoned area into an artists' haven, it's now a bustling tourist mecca where painters sell their work, knick-knacks are in abundance and tango dancers charm the crowds.

This barrio is also famous for its football stadium, La Bombonera. It has been home to Argentina's best football club, the Boca Juniors, since 1940. If you can snap up tickets, you can count on a memorable spectator experience. And you won't need to leave La Boca to satisfy your hunger. Many of the area's immigrants settled here from Genoa, so there's a collection of excellent Italian restaurants.

Party with the portenos

The people of Buenos Aires love to have a good time, so finding a great place for cocktails at the end of the day is part of the city's culture. For an authentic experience, and a chance to rub shoulders with the locals, head to artsy San Telmo. It's one of the coolest, most bohemian barrios in the city.

There are many highly-rated bars in the area, including Doppelganger, The Gibraltar, El Hipopotamo and GueBara. Don't be surprised if you're still up at two in the morning, because Buenos Aires is a city for party-hard night owls and late-night diners. Pack your hangover remedies and enjoy a siesta in the afternoon to catch up on lost sleep.

Tango the night away

One thing's for sure in Buenos Aires, you won't be bored. On any given night, you'll find an impressive range of live tango entertainment options, whether you stumble upon them by accident or book a show well in advance.

For an immersive tango adventure, head to Tango Porteno. Its fantastic orchestra, mesmerising dancers, elaborate scenery and costumes will transport you back to the golden age of the 1940s; it's even set in a renovated art deco theatre. There are numerous other tango shows in the city, which usually include dinner. Check out the Google Maps ratings before you book.

If you love what you see and want to take a tango home, find a dance lesson or two. Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow - fantástico!

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