The Best Bars In Recoleta, Buenos Aires

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Bethany Currie

Recoleta is a neighborhood home to the wealthy elite of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires. The area features large mansion homes, open green areas, and a number of chic restaurants, cafés and bars. While it may be a little on the pricier side, the elegance and sophistication of the neighbourhood makes it totally justified. Here’s our list of the best places to drink in Recoleta.

Milión

Milión is an attractive bar, set in a chic refurbished French neo-classical former home, with a wealthy and sophisticated clientèle to match. The owners have been highly successful in bringing back some classic Parisian charm to their establishment, but without creating an exclusive and pretentious ambience. The menu is primarily full of flavourful cocktails and top quality wine. There is an indoor seating area, as well as lovely shady patio area, accessible by a sweeping stone staircase from the main house. Guests will come for the bar experience, but the house is truly a beautiful attraction in itself.

Florería Atlántico

Disguised as a florist on the outside, Florería Atlántico is in fact an extremely stylish bar with one of the city’s leading cocktail experts as its co-owner, a sure sign of an excellent cocktail joint. The concept of the bar is centred around the travels and experiences of the owners, and aims to create an ambience that is always welcoming and open to anyone. The menu divides the drinks and flavours into the countries by which they are inspired. For example, France offers cognac, while England offers earl grey. The decor of the bar is modern and stylish yet also warm and inviting; rustic wooden beams and a low ceiling make it a comfortable and cosy place to enjoy a few drinks.

Gran Bar Danzón

Gran Bar Danzón is a chic and sophisticated wine bar. It also serves as a restaurant, but the real appeal is the fantastic selection of wines available to order by the glass (there are over 300 varieties). Inside there is atmospheric candle light and low tables and sofas, with an elegant bar area where guests can sit; the bar itself lights up and the wall behind is covered with bottles. As well as wine, there is an excellent cocktail menu featuring a range of martinis, mojitos, and other classics. Gran Bar Danzón is most popular with a slightly older clientèle, such as business professionals or couples.

Club Shampoo

The amusingly named Club Shampoo is actually one of the city’s best locations to be seen in among the wealthy of Buenos Aires. It used to be a seedy caberet and strip club, but it has been totally refurbished and is now one of city’s most fashionable spots, with its chandeliers, sophisticated drinks menu and leather sofa booths. It attracts world-famous DJs and the vibe is very exclusive with a capacity of only 220.

Buller Brewing Company

Buller Brewing Company is an excellent brew pub with its very own craft beers. They offer six different varieties, including a stout, pilsen, and an IPA, as well as a good food menu too. If it’s too hard to pick just one, so also available is a sampler, which is a small glass of each beer. It is in an excellent location (right next to Recoleta Cemetery) and has a lovely outdoor patio out the front, a great spot to take in the bustling atmosphere of central Recoleta at any time of day.

Pony Line Bar

For those with a little more spare cash to spend, Pony Line Bar is the bar located within the Four Seasons Hotel. It is unsurprisingly excellent quality, chic and elegant, with an unusual polo and horse-themed interior design. Details include elegant leather sofas, polo-related artwork, and rustic wooden cocktail tables. The bar is an ideal spot for a relaxing and sophisticated afternoon or evening, and attracts a clientèle of wealthy locals and business professionals.

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