As in much of the world, cocktail bars have become popular in Buenos Aires in the past few years. Historically the country has mainly stuck to drinking wine, beer or the basic cocktail of Fernet and coke, all of which pair well with a good steak. Buenos Aires is however a perfect city for enjoying a nice cocktail bar though with all of its old world elegance and sophistication. The biggest trend as of late is “speakeasy” style bars that are hidden and to get in require some prior research to get in. Here is a list of some of the best cocktail bars in Buenos Aires.
878 – The pioneer in Buenos Aires cocktail bars, 878 serves dependably good cocktails and is a good date option. The patrons are a wide age range and in general are classier and less pretentious than some other trendy bars in BA. 878 is one of the few bars in the city open 7 days a week and has a great “vermouth hour” where selected drinks are 2×1.
La Florería Atlántico – A newcomer to the Buenos Aires bar scene, La Floreria has quickly risen to become a favorite of ours. Located near Plaza San Martín, one enters this bar through a flower shop. Drinks are excellently prepared and we especially recommend those that use their own yerba mate flavored gin.
Franks – Similar to bars in New York and London, this bar is entered through a telephone booth and requires the night’s password. Drinks are good and the preparation is impressive. Clients are fairly young and trendy. Technically you are supposed to have the password beforehand (available by calling or on their Twitter page), but usually you can ask the doorman.
Milión – Head to Milion, located in a gorgeous old Recoleta mansion, to enjoy a classic bar of Buenos Aires. It has become very popular among tourists as of late, but is a good option to start your evening at. If it is nice weather we recommend you enjoy your drink on the huge marble staircase or in the lush garden. They have a restaurant, but we recommend you stick to the drinks.
Verne – Located in a tranquil part of Palermo, Verne is an elegant cocktail bar that is fairly calm and conducive to conversation. Drinks are perfectly prepared and the light snacks offered are good.
The Harrison Speakeasy (Nicky Harrison) – Just opened by the creators of Franks, Harrison is currently one of the trendiest bar in town and popular among Argentine celebrities. The prohibition era themed bar is very calm and ideal for conversation, but not for meeting others. Entrance is only allowed if you are one of their 2000 members, go with a friend that is a member, or if you first dine at their connected sushi restaurant. They don’t have a website, but here’s the Facebook page of the connected sushi restaurant.
Victoria Brown – Opened in February 2014 by one of the original partners of Franks, Victoria Brown, located in Palermo Soho is not quite a speakeasy, but you definitely need to know where you’re going to find it. From the street it looks like a closed storefront, but knock on the door and you will be let into a closed cafe space. Walk to the back and open a fake brick wall to reveal a large industrial looking bar with great music and drinks.
We’ll be happy to give you lots more restaurant and bar recommendations on our food tours in Buenos Aires!