Top 10 pubs with best drinks in Buenos Aires

Roxana Acosta Sosa04 August 20201419 views12 min. read
Top 10 pubs with best drinks in Buenos Aires

Or why get an Argentina visa and travel to this city? The night is to enjoy in Buenos Aires and have fun. This has always been the case. Perhaps its nightlife is due to its cosmopolitan status, with immigrants from all over the world and one of the most important tourist destinations on the continent.

If you travel to Buenos Aires, your stay in the city will surprise you because its night rhythm is one of its best moments, and that has made it the cocktail capital of South America. But its proposal does not end here. One of its traditional products continues to dominate: its varied and succulent wines. To this is added different drink proposals that the best bartenders offer much knowledge to those who visit these bars.

The invitation is to go through the following selection of the best pubs in Buenos Aires and show you that the tourist places in Buenos Aires have a wide panorama where arts and culture come together. If you are interested in visiting the best of Argentina, take a look at the following top 10 pubs with the best drinks in Buenos Aires.

1. Floreria Atlantico

Far from Palermo, in the Retiro neighborhood, is Floreria Atlantico. To describe how crowded it is, we can say that in 2017 it ranked 23rd on the list of the 50 best bars in the world, and in 2018 it ranked 14th as one of the best bars in the world according to the international ranking of "The World's 50 Best Bar". This and other awards make it an essential place for sightseeing in Buenos Aires.

It has been in Arroyo street for 30 years, and its name makes sense when you arrive at the entrance, a true flower shop that also works as an artisanal wine store, which has been operating since 2013 since before, it was a famous nightclub. Inaugurated by the hand of a renowned bartender in the city, he turned it into a flower shop that hides a secret: a speakeasy.

You can enter the pub through a metal door, like an industrial refrigerator. You go down a staircase and come to the bar where everything reminds you of the sea, the sailors, and those who migrated. Therefore, its menu is divided into countries - Italy for appetizers, Spain for wines, Poland for vodkas, and England for Gin. You can also order drinks with Argentine and Latin American identity such as "Pachamama" and a wide choice of author's drinks since the bartender is an artist. Besides, you can order something to eat as it has tables and armchairs.

The pub has an 18-meter bar, the largest in Buenos Aires, which can hold up to 400 people. Its good service and fame make many tourists come to it, which is why it is one of the favorite bars for foreigners in Buenos Aires. It is open from Monday to Sunday, from 6 pm to 2:30 am.

2. Vico Wine Bar

If you travel to Argentina, you must visit one of the specialized wine pubs in the Palermo neighborhood: Vico.

Vico's main concern is that you can enjoy a unique experience in the selection of your wine by the glass. Therefore, it has high-tech dispensers that are activated with a card. There are some 140 wine labels, 95% of which are Argentine, and the rest are imported from the world's main wine regions selected by an executive sommelier. Also, you can go to the pub and order cocktails prepared to your liking. The bartender has more than 20 years of experience and will know how to guide you and offer the best drinks in Buenos Aires.

In Vico, you will find different red, white, rose, sweet, and sparkling wines. You will also find 35 brands of gin and 20 of vermouth, including the Luna, made in-house. On the other hand, the Sauvignon Blanc, with thyme, peach, and more fruits, competes in flavor with Malbec, with rosemary, cinnamon, and some other secret etceteras.

Besides sitting at the bar, the pub offers an extensive menu where all entrees or main dishes can be combined with the wines offered. You can not stop trying the delicacies of its cheeses with artisanal bread. Enjoy it every Tuesday, from 6 pm to 12 am, and from Wednesday to Saturday, from 6 pm to 1 am.

3. 878 Bar

Since its opening in 2004, 878 Bar has made the locals identify with it, that is why they affectionately call it "The 8". It is undoubtedly one of the 10 best bars in Buenos Aires where you will find a good atmosphere, good music, dim lights, comfortable armchairs, and mainly, an incredible bar, make this place one of the favorites of those who visit it.

If you travel to Buenos Aires, you will meet a diverse audience. People of different ages and professions gather, and it is distinguished by good cocktails that respect traditional recipes but are molded to the identity of the Argentine palate. Their combinations are prepared with Cynar, Punt e Mes, Hierroquina, Pineral, Hesperidin, and Fernet, as a way of paying tribute to Italian and Spanish immigrants. Also, the bar is given special treatment to vermouth.

Aside from cocktails, the bar offers a good variety of wines for all tastes and has been selected to be the number 25 in the "World's 50 Best Bar of Drinks International".

Recommendation: try the new Pizarnik (inspired by the famous poet Alejandra Pizarnik) with Fernet Branca, sugar, Punt e Mes, vodka, and grapefruit skin. It is open Monday to Friday from 7 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 pm.

4. Uptown Buenos Aires

It is one of the best bars in Buenos Aires, exclusive to the Palermo Hollywood area. Its decoration is a perfect copy of a New York subway station. Unfortunately, you cannot attend this underground bar if you do not book in advance through the bar page or its telephone contact.

Its bar is one of the best in the city with the best drinks; it is essential to visit Buenos Aires on your trip. Also, you can accompany your drinks with food. The menu is divided according to the neighborhoods of New York. You can order Chinese food like in Chinatown or Midtown-style burgers. However, be sure to try the classic hot dog.

The decoration and arrangement of the furniture are reminiscent of American bars: the tables are circular, with wooden armchairs, and the music is pop and electronic. It also has "the pharmacy," a quiet room to chat. You can visit it from Tuesday to Saturday, from 8.30 pm to 4 am.

5. Pony Line Bar

The pub is located in the five-star Four Seasons Hotel in the La Recoleta neighborhood. The decoration is inspired by La Dolfina, the most famous polo team in Argentina. Thus, the venue combines the elegance and attractions of Buenos Aires with those of sports.

The bar has a wide range of cocktails and artisanal beers. So you can have the best drinks in Buenos Aires. As for the food, you can choose between hummus, cauliflower croquettes, and squid rings with caper aioli. Also, Argentine meats can be accompanied by wine. On Wednesdays, it becomes a bar with a live music show, or you can visit it from Monday to Friday from 11:00 pm to 2:00 am, Saturdays from 5 pm to 2 am, and Sundays from 5 pm to 1 am.

6. Nicky Harrison Speakeasy

In recent years, speakeasies or hidden bars in Buenos Aires had their boom. In the Palermo Soho neighborhood, one of the representatives is hidden. Since its opening in 2013, it has not ceased to amaze the exclusive public that travel to Argentina. The Harrison Speakeasy is a tribute to those bars of the 1920s, the US prohibition era. The bar hides behind Nicky New York Sushi, a restaurant where you need to eat to access "the cellar."

Before entering, a host tells you the history of the place and then makes an important clarification: taking photographs is prohibited. Once inside, it is as if you traveled through time. Everything recalls the 1920s, and its name honors Nicky Harrison, a character who opened a secret bar associating with the mafia in the Prohibition era. Its bar dates from 1910, and the floor dates from 1920. Everything in this bar is an experience, the dim light, the music that transits between swing, jazz, and trip-hop, and its perfect setting.

The menu is printed on a page from The New York Times of the time and features cocktails like the "Roosevelt," a perfect combination of Bombay Sapphire gin, jasmine tea cordial, Saint Germain perfume, orange bitterness, and a twist of Himalayan salt. The cocktails are prepared with the best raw materials and from the best bartenders in town. Japanese whiskey, Yamasaki 12 years, Johnnie Walker XR are other options.

Visit it from Tuesday to Thursday, from 8:30 pm to 1 am. Friday and Saturday, 8:30 pm to 2 am.

7. Temple Bar Buenos Aires

This bar is located in an old restored Irish-style house that receives hundreds of people every evening. The place is lit with a dim light. The furniture is wooden, and the floor is brick. Everything is very sober and without excesses to spend a romantic night in Buenos Aires.

The local has two gardens, one in front and one behind. Drinks such as whiskey and artisanal beer are offered to accompany pizzas, sandwiches, and meats. In recent times the "Temple Burger" has been a favorite of visitors. Besides, there is a version for vegetarian diners. It is advisable to arrive early because at 7 pm there is almost no available space.

Its environmental conservation projects distinguish the bar. It has a waste plan framed in the so-called blue economy, a way of doing business that considers the importance of the seas. Together with the Ministry of Environment and Development of Argentina, they created the first national manual of sustainable bars. If you visit its bar in the Palermo neighborhood, it is open every day till 2 am.

8. BASA Buenos Aires

If you travel to Buenos Aires, the pub is located on Basavilbaso street in the Retiro neighborhood. It opened in 2013, and its bar is almost 11 meters long. It is well-known for its warm atmosphere and its location in the city of the venue. As a curious and sophisticated touch, bartender apparel evokes the 1950s with white shirts, ties, and shining black shoes.

This is one of the most interesting bars in Buenos Aires. Many of its cocktails are made with a homemade ingredient, an experiment that seeks to highlight the drink's flavor or base fruit. Many of the cocktail recipes were retrieved from old books, and some of the preparations seek to rescue flavors that are no longer on the market, such as Kina Lillet.

Also, they offer a bottled Negroni to drink at the table. The culinary proposal focuses on Mediterranean cuisine, where proposals from the sea and varieties of pasta stand out. However, meat is not absent. Visit it from Monday to Friday from noon at 3.30 pm and from 7 pm at the closure. Saturdays and Holidays from 8 pm to closing. Sundays closed.

9. Presidente Bar

In the heart of the Recoleta neighborhood, Presidente is the bar created by a famous Argentine bartender who introduced high-end cocktails. Located in an old mansion, this is the bar that is shaking the city and stands out for the fine glassware that it offers its customers when it comes to choosing its cocktails.

The bar offers both innovative creations as well as traditional classics. Even if you dare to ask for the well-known drink from the house, Negroni, you will have the chance to venture into the "library," the bar's secret space.

It also has a greenhouse and a varied menu with creative dishes. On the other hand, the bartender suggests three best drinks: one is the "Presidente" with a "Copa coupe" glass, and its ingredients are white rum, golden rum, dry vermouth, and orange, and grenadine liqueur. The second suggested "Negroni Deluxe," Whiskey, sweet orange appetizer, vermouth, and whiskey spray, and the last "Buenos Aires Zombie" with white rum, golden rum, orange liqueur, vermouth appetizer, citrus juices, tropical syrup, and pineapple juice. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 8 pm.

10. J.W. Bradley

This bar located in Palermo invites you to tour Europe through the Expreso del Oriente (East Express), wherein in each of its spaces, we find a decoration appropriate to the theme. The atmosphere, music, and cocktails of this hidden bar transport you to another world.

J.W. Bradley is a speakeasy bar with an international cuisine proposal, designed for those looking for a completely different experience with the highest quality in each of its dishes and cocktails offered. English tea, Italian vermouth, Scotch whiskey, and French liqueurs come together among aromas and flavors that promise to give a pleasant stay to those who dare to let themselves be carried away by the experience.

As you can see, in Buenos Aires there is something for everyone and all styles. Therefore, if you travel to Buenos Aires, you cannot miss visiting some of these pubs and dare to have fun listening to good music and tasting the city's best drinks.

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