A taste of historic Rosario
El Cairo is one of Rosario’s most traditional and famous bars, due to its long history at the heart of the city. It opened in 1943 and soon became popular with artists, intellectuals and students – it was the centre of bohemian Rosario. Calling itself the iconic bar of Rosario, it frequently hosts local artists’ exhibitions and gigs by local musicians. During the day it is a café-restaurant, and in the evening it transforms into an atmospheric bar, serving cocktails and other alcoholic beverages. It’s always busy with locals, which makes for a great ambiance.
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 7am-1am; Fri-Sat 7am-3am; Sun 4pm-1am
Watch out for: A popular spot for locals to share a mate (a traditional drink)
Santa Fe 1102, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, +54 341 449-0714
Fenicia Brewing Company
Best beers on tap in the city
In the northern part of Rosario’s Centro district, and in a convenient location, near to the train station, Fenicia is a pub that brews its very own ales on site. While the brewery is down in the basement, the bar area covers two floors with a cozy roof terrace. The style of the bar is similar to a traditional British pub, serving its beer on tap, which makes a nice change from the bottled beer that is much more common in Argentina.
Opening hours: Tue-Wed 12.30pm-1am; Thu-Fri 12.30pm-2.30am; Sat 7pm-3am; Sun 7pm-1am
Watch out for: a good selection of pub food is also available
Av. Francia 168, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, +54 341 423 2376
A riverside boliche
If something more lively is on the cards for your evening, Moore is one of the few boliches (nightclubs) located centrally, right on the riverfront. On the lower floor, there is a bar area where live bands perform, while upstairs there is the main nightclub area, playing mostly pop and Latin music. Additionally, there is another room right next to the river, where resident or guest DJs play electronic music. All handily within one establishment, guests can eat and drink in the bar area before seamlessly moving on to the club.
Opening hours: Thu-Sun 11pm-6am
Estación Fluvial, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, +54 341 153 553 068
The classiest cocktails in town
Chinchibira is a classy cocktail and tapas bar with a sultry and chic interior and an extensive range of cocktails and spirits to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a fruity cocktail or just a crisp gin, this bar is sure to have something for every taste and occasion. The drinks come in a selection of modern and stylish glasses, which gives a twist to the usual cocktail glass or tumbler – a touch that is especially well suited to their twists on classic cocktails. For a relaxed but sophisticated evening out, Chinchibira is the place to be.
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 7pm-3am
Watch out for: try an unusual mandarin and basil gin and tonic
Santiago 101, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, +54 9 341 552 6176
Latin America’s largest nightclub
Madame (formerly known as Club Brown) is a club-restaurant establishment in an atmospheric old factory building, claiming to be home to the biggest club in Latin America. The restaurant offers a happy hour from 6.30-9.30pm, but the bar remains open until 2.30am. Then, guests can move onto the ‘megadisco’, which houses three inside spaces as well as three outside spaces. With state-of-the-art sound systems and lighting, it is no wonder that Madame attracts crowds from Buenos Aires at weekends, visiting Rosario just to experience this fashionable bar and club.
Opening hours: Fri-Sat 11pm-5.30am
Watch out for: try each different room of the club for a taste of every style of music
Brown 3126/98, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, +54 341 435 4444
For a great beer selection
Antares is a brewery serving around 10 types of artisan beer, in a convivial and warm atmosphere. To accompany the beers they also serve a range of picadas (bar snacks) and tapas, at a decent price as well as quality. There is the option to sit inside or out, with the patio area being equally as atmospheric as inside. The design of the place is modern and clean, and while the patio area is on the street, it is maintained to a high standard.
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 6.30pm-2am; Wed-Thu 6.30pm-2.30am; Fri-Sat 7pm-4am; Sun 7pm-2.30am
Watch out for: Happy Hour is daily, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Callao 286, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, +54 341 437 0945
Cocktails on the beach
Located in the most northern part of the main city, Nenina Cocktails offers a chance to get away from the crowds of the city centre. It is a cocktail bar found just metres away from Rosario’s river-beach, serving classics such as piña coladas and mojitos, to more exotic ice-cream concoctions. The bar offers a happy hour from 6pm-9pm, and visitors can enjoy their drinks looking out across the river towards the historic town of Victoria on the opposite bank.
Opening hours: 6pm-4am daily
Watch out for: one of their highly popular caipirinhas
Av Eduardo Carrasco 4201, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, +54 341 453 3193
By Bethany Currie