Frank’s Bar in Buenos Aires Got your code.?

Frank’s Bar in Buenos Aires got your code.?  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Last night, here in Buenos Aires looking for new, fun bars to check out, write about, and have a descent Dirty Vodka Martini… I came across Frank’s Bar in Palermo Hollywood. The concept of Speakeasy bar has arrived to Buenos Aires, and as for my understanding Frank’s is the only and first one doing it. A hidden main gate, a great looking bar and the surprise of a very avant-garde sex shop at the exit, in case you want to continue your night in high standards. The first question you will get is Do You Have the Code?, a concept that has been use and reused all over the world and has got a bit tired by now… but it is making its way in Buenos Aires. How do you get the code… ?
From what I heard the drill goes like this… everyday you have to go and check their Facebook Page, where they post on their main head photo a new riddle, which you have to solve in order to get the three key letters with the CODE. Then once at the alley where the main gate is, on Arevalo 1445, you will come across a small telephone booth where you will have to dial the code to access Frank’s Bar. But hey, that depends on who you are and how busy the bar is that night…. or the whole concept will not apply, and the security outside will just give you the code to access, which in a way is a huge disappointment, and fully destroys to me the whole concept and exclusivity of the bar. I mean if you are going for the Speakeasy concept, own it…. right. Once inside, the atmosphere is quite dark, with a beautiful bar on the main floor and one on the first floor where most of the tables are located, for those into finger food styled menu. Two big chandeliers dominate the lightning concept of the bar. Live DJ sets the mood of the room, but not quite so much playing some rhythms, like Bob Marley,which to my personal taste where out sync with the mood of the night. From there on the experience was not quite what I expected… but still enjoyed being there, on my first night out in Buenos Aires. Drinks (on an average of USD 10 x drink) were just OK but not great, service was very basic and not very friendly or professional, which once again does not meet the expectations of the whole speakeasy, exclusive allure I felt (maybe my bad) they were trying to portrait.
There is nothing wrong with a classy, pretentious yet alternative crowd every so often… and that is what I was expecting, making and analogy to what I assumed was the sister bar to Isabel in Buenos Aires. But no… very young informal crowd. You choose. Not a huge gay following either. And overall, that is the main issue these days in Buenos Aires, where the Gay Night Scene has almost vanished and there are not many interesting options for international gay travelers, where to meet and mingle in style with other alike locals. But from what I have heardthat is all about to change in a few weeks, with the opening of Beyond 5411 Bar in the neighborhood of Recoleta. The first exclusive Martini themed gay bar of the city. So stay tuned. As for Frank’s Bar, pay them a visit, code or without code in had, and judge for yourself, you will have a good time with the right company.  CM

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Carlos Melia global bespoke Travel Agent, Travel Blogger, Concierge, Hospitality Consultant and Wedding Planner. Member of VIRTUOSO. Has earned, after over 25 years of Mainstream and Gay Travel experience, the mote of "Little Marco Polo". Jetsetter, bon vivant curates the world of luxury travel & lifestyle by experience, one destination at the time. Associated to First in Service Travel and Tzell Travel Network. Founder of LGTNetwork - Luxury Gay Travel Network. Follow, read and share my travel experiences worldwide at