You won’t find Salta atop anyone’s list of best nightlife destinations in Argentina; nevertheless, it’s still got enough to offer to keep all you rambunctious night owls satisfied mid-week through weekends. As an added bonus, prices here are typically less expensive than other cities, so a late night out won’t cost you nearly as much as, say, a night out in BA or Bariloche.
All you really need to remember is Balcarce Street, the city’s main drag for bars and clubs, which runs north-south just west of Plaza 9 de Julio and Plaza Guemes. Ask your cabbie to drop you off around the “estacion de tren” area, which has the highest concentration of nightlife establishments, then follow the crowds to a place that looks right for you. You can also check out neighboring streets like Caseros, a pedestrian friendly street known for its selection of hotels and restaurants, which have begun opening bars of their own to capitalize on the overflow from Balcarce.
Should you want to venture outside the main thoroughfare, your options will be limited but not nonexistent. South of the city center on Marcelino Freyre a popular club known as Metropoli hosts a raucous Friday night party that is worth checking out. There is also a host of entertaining peñas (Café del Teimpo, La Vieja Estacion, etc.) open earlier in the night, which combine revelry with traditional northern Argentinean song and dance providing a great way to match early night preparations with a little cultural exposure. Ask a local for more knowledgeable info on a nightly basis and enjoy.