With plenty of sights to see in around the north western Argentinian city of Salta, many visitors will be looking for somewhere to relax after a tiring day touring the area. Salta’s long history, combined with its growing tourist industry, means that there is a mixture of places to grab a drink, from old-fashioned peñas (folk pubs) to modern bars. Here’s a list of some of our favorite.
Another peña, but this time in a slightly more accessible location on Balcarce. La Vieja Estación offers a cosy and inviting traditional Argentinian interior, with dark wood, dimmed lighting and a small stage for the performers. There are not only folk bands but also traditional dance groups, so for a taste of various aspects of traditional Salteña culture, this is the place to come. The drinks aren’t fancy but there are plenty of local wines to choose from. At weekends it may be advisable to book ahead since it is hugely popular.
Balcarce 875, Salta, Argentina, +54 387 421 7727
This peña has actually been declared a Salta heritage site. Although not the original, it was built as a copy of a particular peña where the heroes of Argentine independence, San Martín, Güemes and Belgrano, used to meet. The architecture is in a traditional adobe style, which means smooth outer walls made of compacted straw, earth and clay. There are of course the usual peña folk performances, but Gauchos de Güemes stands out due to its traditional historic architecture. It is a little out of the way but well worth a visit for those needing a relaxed evening with a good bottle of wine.
Av. Uruguay 750, Salta, Argentina, +54 387 421 7007
The final peña on this list, Peña Balderrama is popular with locals since the deceased owner was somewhat of a prominent local figure during his time. From the exterior it is a colonial building with an intricate roof, which creates an inviting façade. The outside appears small, but it is deceptive: inside there are tables upon tables and a large performance area. The performances are quite elaborate and closest in style to an evening at the theatre. As with all peñas, expect to enjoy wine rather than cocktails.
Avenida San Martín 1126, Salta, Argentina, +54 387 421 1542