Retiro in Buenos Aires, Argentina is a diverse neighborhood, and its bar scene certainly reflects that. Here’s a list of our favorite 10 bars in Retiro.
A sourced image: The Pony Line Bar Courtesy of Juan Hitters
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Argentina, Pub Grub, $$$
Pony Line is inside the swanky Four Seasons hotel, but don’t expect the typical refined hotel lounge. Pony Line caters to those looking for an upscale club vibe without the traditional bottle-service table requirements or long lines. Check their website to find out which DJ is playing. Pony Line attracts Buenos Aires’ best DJs, but also welcomes international touring artists. The cocktail list is extensive and creative. Try a Dribbling Martini, made with Hibiscus, Malbec Rose and Saint Germaine.
Flux Bar is aptly named, because it will appear different every time you visit. Flux will host a painting workshop one night and an up-and-coming pop singer the next. The crowd tends to be mostly men, as Flux is a gay bar, but plenty of women love going to Flux as well. Grab a watermelon martini or try the drink of the week. Try to get to Flux before 10, as they have a two-for-one happy hour.
Bar, Pub, Bodega, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
A Creative Commons Image: Bárbaro's bar | Bárbaro/Flickr
Bring the beer drinkers to Temple Bar. Temple Bar has their own beers on draft and a wide selection of Argentinean beers. The bar is big and is a good place to meet with friends. The happy hour is until 10 on weekdays and 12 on weeknights. So, get your two-for-one beers here. This may seem like the spot to pre-game, but you may not want to leave after you hear some of the live music and DJs who play the weekends.
Locals love Bárbaro for its decor, cheap drinks and friendly service. Bárbaro is also an art gallery and haven for artists. It was founded in 1969 with a vision to build a community of artists and to offer new artists a place to mingle. The hospitality is unmatched by any other bar in the area, the waiters will gladly serve you some free peanuts and breadsticks to go along with your drink. They’re also kind enough to keep the happy hour going until midnight.
A Creative Commons Image: The Kilkenny "Guinness Sign" | Philip Choi/Flickr
Jack the Ripper may seem scary, but you’ll forget that you’re afraid after a signature “Jack the Ripper” cocktail. This English pub is in an old, somewhat Victorian style house. The bar attracts fans of rock music, which the bar plays exclusively. It is a quintessential loud and dark bar, perfect for those looking for something a bit edgier.
Kilkenny is a great pub to meet and chat with locals, as many Buenos Aires residents come here to practice their English. The after-work crowd floods this bar, so it’s better for a post-lunch beer or a meet up later in the evening rather than going at six o’clock. If you’re craving an Irish stout, than this is the place to go.
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House brews at Buller Pub are reason enough to stop by: the pub brews six of its own beers. If you’re a beer lover, then Buller Pub is worth the stop, the pub makes great food to go along with beer. So grab some nachos or a charcuterie tower. Braver souls will love the beer and shot combos that Buller offers.
Don’t be surprised when you walk into a flower shop looking for a bar, since Florería Atlantico is a flower shop and a bar that serves a wide selection of Argentine wines. This almost goes without saying: Florería Atlantico is a perfect spot for a date or a romantic after dinner drink. The flower shop also has an extensive selection of wine to take home. So if the night is really going well, you can buy a bottle and bouquet.
The Sky Bar at Hotel Pulitzer isn’t simply a great view of Retiro, but a top-notch cocktail bar as well. Plan on coming here before the sun goes down so you can experience the sunset while you sip on a martini or a gin and tonic. Sky Bar is not a snobby hotel bar in the least. You can expect the bar to play jazz, funk, and some bossanova – unless there is a visiting DJ or band, in which case you are in for a treat.
The Oak Bar is the place to get a neat whisky or a dry martini and sit back in a comfortable leather chair. The wood-burning fire place will make you think you’re in a mountain lodge. We recommend The Oak Bar for folks who want to unwind after a nice dinner. The cocktail list is long, and each cocktail is made from the finest spirits and ingredients.