Back when I spent a few months living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I remember sitting upstairs in my room at some homestay I stayed at.
The homestay had an Argentine woman named Monica. She was some white Argentine women with red curly hair from what I remember and, if I had to guess, maybe late 30s to early 40s?
She was actually kinda cute despite her older age and I wouldn’t have minded titty fucking her.
Checks the title article – why do Argentines eat at late hours?
Sorry – let me get back on topic. The vodka is speaking again.
So, as I said, this homestay only had her living there with no husband or kids.
Just her, myself and some small pet that she had.
Anyway, I’m sitting upstairs in my room just fucking around with my phone when I hear this “MATT!” calling from below.
I walk downstairs after a few hours watching Pawn Stars videos or something to see what she wants.
It’s dinner time!
What hour was it?
Literally past midnight.
It was actually probably closer to 1 AM by that point from what I remember.
I wasn’t annoyed though at the late eating time however.
I’m actually pretty nocturnal so it doesn’t bother me whatsoever.
On top of that, if you live in Argentina long enough, you’ll probably get used to everything being done at later hours anyhow.
Specially dinner and going out to the bar or nightclub.
What did she cook anyhow that night?
It was pizza.
I remember that moment anyhow just because it literally was closer to 1 AM and that was the latest I had ever waited for her to cook dinner.
And she didn’t even try to apologize for the late time to cook or even explain why she waited so long to cook dinner.
I also didn’t pressure her to cook dinner nor did I ask her when was she going to cook it that night.
No reminders on my end.
Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have ever asked her given it was closer to 1 AM and I had some food laying around in my room.
If she had forgotten, it wouldn’t have mattered even though I did pay technically for 2 meals each day.
Though she never did forget I think or we never had any issues anyway with meals anyhow and I often went out to get food outside anyhow.
Still, going back to the moment, I didn’t prepare anything specific but was surprised that she had cooked something up so late like it was a normal thing.
And, as I said, it wasn’t unusual for me to go out and have some meal with friends or whatever instead later into the night anyhow.
When I did, I remember seeing plenty of food places in Buenos Aires being open until midnight.
Later than midnight?
I’m inclined to think some were opened past midnight but I think, based on the best of my memory over the years now, that most were closing up or closed by midnight.
However, you also had nightlife spots also.
And they operated on a similar schedule also.
Later Hours for Bars & Clubs in Argentina
Whenever I went out with friends or took a date to a club or bar, the times that these places would actually be active would be much later than normal.
From what I remember, bars or clubs wouldn’t really have people until like 1 AM or maybe midnight at earliest.
Though, from what I remember, I think 1 AM was when you’d be heading to the clubs.
And when would they close?
Well, let me give you an example I’ve mentioned before on my website.
One time, I remember going to a club with a Brazilian friend whose name was Thalisson and a few other dudes who, if I remember right, were Argentine or Brazilian.
Some other Latino nationality.
Anyway, I didn’t know his friends very well but I knew Thalisson.
And, to keep it short, we didn’t leave the club until literally around 7 to 8 AM.
Similarly, I remember going out with some Chilean chick where we went to some house party before going to some club.
Then we ended up later at some bar.
We ended up staying at the bar until like literally 7 AM more or less?
All around, it was definitely my impression that Argentines like to go out for drinks at much later hours than other Latino nationalities.
Just in Buenos Aires?
And, to be fair, I think one could ask – “is this mostly a Buenos Aires thing?”
After all, everything I have just said from the beginning of this article has been in relation to the literal capital of Argentina.
Obviously the capital is going to operate at later hours.
Do Argentines in the rest of the country eat and drink at insanely late hours?
Honestly, I’m not as familiar with the rest of the country.
But I have noticed restaurants being open until later hours in other cities when I travelled around.
For example, when I went to a city in the north called Posadas, I remember there being some American themed burger place that was open until midnight.
In the south of the country around El Calafate or Ushuaia, I remember something similar also.
In Ushuaia, I remember going to some restaurant either at midnight or past it and ordering a meal.
I also ordered wine but misunderstood the menu because it wasn’t clear how big the wine would be.
And then feeling compelled to drink as much of it before leaving because I just ordered an entire bottle for myself.
Ended up half-drunkenly taking the little bit of it left back to my hostel but hiding it in my jacket when I saw a sign on the outside that said “no alcohol from outside permitted to be taken inside” or something like that.
The guy at the desk never noticed a giant wine bottle bulge inside my jacket thankfully.
And, similar to the few times I went out in El Calafate, I remember places being open at later hours to a reasonable degree.
Either way, I can’t say that I know all of Argentina. Literally only a few cities.
And, among those cities, it’s really Buenos Aires that I know the best and that sticks out in my memory the greatest.
If I had to guess, probably the rest of the country does eat and drink at hours not so excessively late as those in Buenos Aires but, compared to other Latin American nationalities, maybe they still do eat and drink slightly later.
At least if I were to compare Ushuaia and El Calafate to Pachuca in Mexico or Barranquilla in Colombia, then that is my impression.
Regardless of the exact hours though as I’m again not an expert on most cities in Argentina, you get the general idea anyhow.
It’s an observation many make about Argentines as it does come across, to us foreigners anyhow, that they tend to prefer later hours for eating dinner and drinking.
And that’s pretty true in my experience.
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