You may be in the land of wine—yes, yes, enough about Malbec—but that doesn’t mean you might not hanker for a beer while you’re here. Good timing, actually, as craft beer is on the rise in Argentina. With microbreweries popping up all over Buenos Aires, you can now do better than a store-bought can of Quilmes, Argentina’s answer to cheap canned beer. Keep an eye out for beers made by Juguetes Perdidos, currently one of the hottest brewmasters in the city. And speaking of top-notch, here are the best spots to get beer on tap in Buenos Aires.
The Buena Birra Social Club, or the Good Beer Social Club, is as its name proclaims—a place with good vibes where guests can hang out and drink tasty beer. The Palermo pub offers 12 beers on top, nine of which are made in-house. Buena Birra has gotten so popular that it’s sprung a second location in Colegiales. Click here for more on the Palermo location and here for Colegiales.
The Prancing Pony in Boedo offers a host of seasonally changing Argentine beers on tap in an ambiance best described as Lazily Lord of the Rings. While there’s an occasional nod to fantasy—namely, a good number of shields and coats of armor on the walls—it’s not like you’re going to sit down next to a life-size statue of Gandalf. Hardly. In fact, when there’s a soccer game on, the televised match quickly becomes the focus of the place. In other words, you don’t need to have a great love for hobbits to enjoy The Prancing Pony, but do not be surprised if the beers on tap are written up in a rune-like manner. All told, it’s a unique little spot in Boedo that’s good for chumming up and toasting a few. Another benefit: it’s not in Palermo, so the prices are more reasonable. Click here for more information.
The Prancing Pony, Carlos Calvo 3737, C1230ABM, Bueno Aires, Argentina, +54 11 2061-1078
Cossab is a Viking-inspired pub with locations in the quiet neighborhoods of Boedo and Villa Urquiza. Their vibe is kind of hilarious and random—troll their Facebook, and you’ll get everyone from the Simpsons to Santa extolling the virtues of beer. Cossab’s well-liked by brew lovers here. Check out their Boedo place here and Villa Urquiza here.
Take a stroll through the city (actually, take this stroll), and you’re likely to stumble across On Tap at some point. With six locations throughout the city, the pub has boomed in the past several years. Their Palermo location alone boasts 20 beers on tap, most of which will be good but not all of which are guaranteed to be amazing. They’re all from local microbreweries, however, making On Tap a good destination if you want to get the lay of the land in one fell swoop. Check their website for locations and hours.