2018 is going to be a big year in Argentina
, and nowhere will this be more visible than in the capital, Buenos Aires
. The food and drink scene in Argentina’s first city has been going from strength to strength over the past few years, and it promises to be even more explosive in the coming year. Here are the bars and restaurants to check out in 2018.
416 Snack Bar Buenos Aires
Bar, North American, $$$
416 Snack Bar is a Canadian operation that landed in Buenos Aires a few months ago and has been taking Palermo Hollywood
by storm. Serving up damn tasty plates of light bites and snacks, such as Korean fried chicken and tuna hand rolls, 416 Snack Bar’s sexy interior is as hip as it is classy. With a great wine list and some killer cocktails, 416 Snack Bar was recently featured on Vogue
’s list of Buenos Aires’ most glamourous places. Get it while it’s hot.
Bar, North American, $$$
Buenos Aires is literally falling down with new craft beer joints, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief when one as legit as Strange Brewing comes around. A far cry from the flat dishwater served in many of the bars that are ill-equipped to be peddling artisanal brews, Strange Brewing puts the fizz back in your beer and the pep back in your step. With a wide selection of home brewed and imported beers, Strange Brewing is a welcome addition to the craft beer scene.
La Calle Bar
Pizzaria, Bar, Argentina, $$$
La Calle opened to fanfare earlier this year, and the hype hasn’t let up since. A hipster speakeasy located at the back of an innocuous pizzeria in Palermo Soho, La Calle is where you go if you want to groove to some fun tunes and get some kickass drinks while you do. La Calle is full of young and beautiful locals, but occasionally attracts foreigners in the know too. Grab a drink, have a dance, and get yourself a pizza slice on the way home.
Restaurant, Dim Sum, $$$
The newest addition to the local food family that brought Buenos Aires the unrelentingly successful La Carniceria and Chori – two joints offering fresh takes on the old classics of the parilla and the humble choripan – is Nino Gordo. This Asian-style parrilla promises to have the crowds begging for their supper, and the décor is fully Eastern, with a carpet of red paper lanterns covering the ceiling.
Pizzaria, North American, none
Argentina might be fiercely protective over its pizza, but that can’t stop the New York pizza pie
coming to town. Hell’s Pizza delivers in the realms where Argentine pizza can’t, namely decent pepperoni and slices that will have you wiping the grease off your chin, just like in the Big Apple
. Be transported to the city that never sleeps right on your doorstep in Palermo.
Bar, Argentina, $$$
As the name would suggest, Docks is inspired by the gastronomic offerings of European ports at the beginning of the 20th century, when booze was forbidden and Great Britain
was the centre of the universe. This was the golden era of maritime contraband and a sophisticated sort of hustler emerged, embodied now in this slick seafood bar and restaurant in Palermo. Docks is at once a product of the past and an emblem of the present.
Vico Wine Bar
Wine Seller, Tapas, $$$
buffs rejoice: Vico has brought the 21st century concept of wine tasting to Buenos Aires. With nearly 140 wines to choose from, Vico is the connoisseur’s choice. Located in a swanky yet unpretentious venue in Villa Crespo, Vico wins in both the wine and food stakes, with delicious tapas on the menu that complement any of the wines you choose to taste, all of which are available in three sizes, enabling you to get your mouth around a wide variety of grape juice in one sitting.