At February 4’s Día de la Fundación, the anniversary of San Martín ’s 1898 founding, the military still marches down the avenues, followed by fire fightersn and an equestrian array of foxhunters, gauchos, and polo players.
The main performing-arts outlet is the Centro Cultural Cotesma (Roca 1154, tel. 02972/42-8399), which offers recent movies at its Cine Amankay (tel. 02972/427274). The Teatro San José (Capitán Drury 743, tel. 02972/42-8676) hosts live theater.
This is also a bar-goer’s town, with places like the theme-oriented Austria Ski-Bar (San Martín and Moreno, tel. 02972/42-7071); across the street, Dublin Pub South (Avenida San Martín 599, tel. 02972/41-0141) offers beer, pub grub, sidewalk seating, and Wi-Fi. The hillside Downtown Matías (Coronel Díaz and Calderón, tel. 02972/42-1699) has live music.
Boquería (Capitán Drury 857, tel. 02972/42-5663) is a by-the-glass or by-the-bottle wine bar, with a food menu limited to sandwiches and tapas, plus nightly specials.