Peñas are the classic Salta nighttime experience. The two blocks of Balcarce north of Alsina, and the surrounding streets, are the main zone for these and other nightlife. Bars and clubs around here follow the typical 'boom/bust/reopen with new name' pattern, so just follow your nose.

Peñas of Salta

Salta is famous Argentina-wide for its folklórica (folk music), which is far more national in scope than tango. A peña is a bar or social club where people eat, drink and gather to play and listen, traditionally in the form of an impromptu jam session.

These days, the Salta peña is quite a touristy experience, incorporating a dinner-show with CD sales and tour groups; nevertheless, it’s a great deal of fun. Traditional fare such as empanadas and red wine are served but most places offer a wider menu of regional dishes.

Peña heartland is Calle Balcarce, between Alsina and the train station. There are several here, along with other restaurants, bars and boliches (nightclubs) – it’s Salta’s main nightlife zone.