Friday night in Los AngelesÂ consists of 8PM dinner followed by an hour or two of meandering: self-maintenance like eyebrows or nail polish while watching badÂ television, getting ready aroundÂ 10PM, pre-club timeÂ by 10:30/11PM,Â which leads to a 10:30-12 club arrival. By 2AMÂ you areÂ heading home or to late night meal.
Every night in Buenos Aires consists of 10PM dinner,Â meandering until 1 or 2AM, and then partying till dawn. So the way I see it, there isÂ a two-hour partying time difference, which I cannot seem to set my watch to as determined as Joy, my travel buddy, and I am to conquer.
Our first full day in BA, we decided to head back to our hotel around 5:30PM after a day of sightseeing.Â This gave me plenty of time to nap, read, write, before going out for a 10PM dinner, which would set us up for a long evening out on the town.Â
UNFORTUNATELY, on the walk back to the hotel, we stumbled upon a the Rey Castro Bar (King Castro) with signs adorned with Castro’s beardedÂ profile. We stopped to take a few novelty photos when I saw a sign promoting the 2 for 1 happy hour special — that was the beginning of the end.
Inside we sat at the dark wooded bar surrounded by Communist Cuban paraphernalia and bare brick walls that gave the feeling of a 1920s speakeasy. There we ordered drinks making a pact to have one drink each (making the best of the 2 for 1 special) before heading back to continue our plan.Â
UNFORTUNATELY, our young rosy-cheeked bartender informed us that the deal was per person. This, of course, led toÂ a 2nd drink which made us giddy enough for a third, which then forced a forth.Â
Two hours later, having deprived ourselves of dinner for the covetedÂ 10 o’clock hour, we stumbled back toÂ our hotel and passed out fully-clothed by 9PM, only wake upÂ at 4AM (prime dancing/drinking hour) to takes turns yacking in the communal toilets from our striking hangovers.
Maybe IÂ´ll try again tomorrow.Â