The great thing about Congo is the outside terrace. Although you can perch on a chair in the corridor bar – allegedly the longest in the area – and knock back your 25-peso cocktail as stunning Argentine divas and manicured polo players strut past, you’d be wise to follow them through to the garden terrace, which, it has to be said, is the finest al-fresco social-climbing spot in the city – let alone Palermo Viejo.
rnThe leafy patio has a summer pub vibe where – abnormally for Buenos Aires – you can chat without having to shout. Inside, the more upbeat brown and beige chill-out lounge is filled with the latest in contemporary beats.
rnFrom October to December Congo will be top of most people’s list, so arrive before 11pm having grabbed a bite at Desde El Alma or Dominga. If, after you’ve had your fill of people-watching, you feel like something a little less mainstream, Kim Y Novak should be next on the list.