It's hot out, gente, and this is just the beginning. Buenos Aires' infamous summer heat has arrived, which means it's time to roll up those shorts and start looking for friends with pools. To ring in the warmth, here are some summer essentials that will help you survive the heat wave that's sure to come.

The Other Clubhouse

Pool time at Mansion Boero

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Tucked away on a nondescript San Telmo street is a converted four-story 1920s mansion that hides one of Buenos Aires’ newest members-only clubs. The remodeled Mansion Boero is as hip as it is opulent, serving as a creative space with a bar, restaurant and, most importantly, pool. The movie theater and special events don’t hurt, either.

Where: Peru 1573, San Telmo
When: Tues. & Weds., noon-12:15 a.m.; Thurs.-Sat., noon-2 a.m.; Sun., noon-8 p.m.
More info: +54 11 2000-1229; Facebook


Dress Us in Swim Trunks and Bikinis

Vanesa Krongold and Gálica

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We’ve already professed our love for designer Vanesa Krongold’s wild style. Our adoration only deepened when we recently dropped by the showroom and saw her small line of printed swim trunks with matching shirts. Another label turning out wild prints is Gálica, an independent lingerie line that just launched a tropical selection of trikinis decked out in the designs of street artist and graphic designer Parbo.

Vanesa Krongold
Where: Private showroom
When: Tues.-Sat., 2-7 p.m.
More info: Email info@vanesakrongold.com to make an appt.

Gálica
Where: Private showroom, Palermo Hollywood
More info: Email holagalica@gmail.com.


Beer Is Life

40 brews on top at Bierlife

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It seems like there's a new microbrewery popping up in the city every day. But if you’re looking for the best, go to the source. San Telmo brewery and beer garden Bierlife has a constantly changing list of 40 local beers on tap carefully chosen by a crew of experts. In addition to its massive selection of draft beers, the bar also offers brewing courses and runs a yearly South American beer cup.

Where: Humberto Primo 670, San Telmo
When: Mon.-Weds., 5 p.m.-midnight; Thurs. & Sun., 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m.-2:45 a.m.
More info: +54 11 4307-6315; Facebook


Pass the Helado

Ice cream every day

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What happens when you hire a two-time ice cream master world champion to decorate your menu? You get Lucciano’s, a boutique ice cream shop whose self-proclaimed "ice cream artists" make gelato-style ice cream and elaborate popsicles in flavors ranging from juicy grapefruit to creamy tiramisu.

Where: Multiple locations
More info: Facebook
 


Terere Cocktails

They make us wanna shout

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Tradition dictates that when the heat turns up, porteños swap out those hot water thermoses to fuel their mate addictions with juice and loads of ice. Okay, maybe not — there are still plenty of crazies (you know who you are) drinking the hot-water infusion in the blistering heat. For those of us who can’t hang, Shout is our spot. The Retiro bar offers one of our favorite cocktails in the city, a shareable gourd filled with a mix of yerba and herbs and topped off with mixes of juice and liquor. Pro tip: It's best enjoyed on the secluded upstairs patio.

Where: Maipu 981, Retiro
When: Mon. & Tues., 6 p.m.-2 a.m.; Weds.-Fri., 6 p.m.-3 a.m.; Sat., 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
More info: +54 11 4313-2850


Casa Cordoba

Ain’t no party like a rooftop party

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A cool breeze and a bird-eye’s view of the summer sun setting over the city makes Casa Cordoba a choice spot to start the night — and stick around until daybreak. This three-story mansion on the edge of Palermo and Colegiales is the new home of Cocina Discreta, one of the city’s longest-running closed-door restaurants. After 10 years of mixing contemporary food and art, owner Ale Langer opened Casa Cordoba, a hip clubhouse with live music, silent discos, exclusive dinners and cocktails on the breezy rooftop terrace.

Where: Private address, Palermo/Colegiales
When: Weds.-Sat., 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 3-10 p.m.
More info: Email casacordobaexperience@gmail.com or message on Facebook.


Folk Tuesdays

Workday escape

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Hear us out. Walking through Plaza Serrano — a loud party center surrounded by overpriced bars and teenagers on summer break — is not where we want to be caught anytime, much less in 100-degree heat. But just a little past the action in a small alleyway is El Universal, a cultural center with a patio/garden that hosts nightly concerts. Our favorite: Open Folk, the open-mic night that encourages folk musicians, from the undiscovered to the well-known, to play three songs.

Where: Soria 4940, Palermo       
When: Tues., 9 p.m.
More info: Facebook


By Kevin Vaughn

When Kevin isn't writing about Buenos Aires food and culture, he's guiding travelers to Buenos Aires with his intimate arts and lifestyle tours via Buenos Aires Art Tours. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.