Santiago has never been highly praised for its nightlife, however, in recent years there has been a visible increase in bars and clubs bringing the city to life. Remembering that Chile is home to pisco sour and is a world famous producer of excellent wines, delight your taste buds at these top bars.
Known for its ‘transvestite Peruvian cuisine’, or rather Peruvian Asian cuisine, Sarita Colonia is a unique restaurant bar in Chile’s capital. The Sarita Colonia resto-bar, which celebrates life, death, friendship and good gastronomy, attracts customers of all types of backgrounds and styles who crowd round the bar area and fill the rooftop terrace. Quirky and kitsch, with an unusually religious décor involving wooden confessionals and stained glass windows, Sarita Colonia will surprise, amuse and welcome everyone who steps through the door.
Chile’s wine is world famous, so what better place to have a taste than in Santiago’s best vino-bar? Located in the artsy Lastarria neighborhood, the classy BocaNáriz features a selection of nearly 400 national wines on its menu, which has been chosen among the best wine lists in the world three years in a row by the international magazine, Wine Spectator. A menu of over 40 dishes accompanies the wine list, offering snacks, starters, mains and desserts which bring out the flavors of their carefully maintained wine. For any wine connoisseurs in Santiago, BocaNáriz is a must-visit bar.
Aside from wine, Chile is well-known for producing pisco, the national drink which Chileans are proud of. However, this much-loved brandy is a cause of a greatly heated debate between Chile and its long term rival, Peru, but when visiting Chipe Libre, a self-acclaimed ‘Independent Republic of Pisco’, there is only love for the drink in all its forms. Chipe Libre is the best place in the city to sample and learn about the variations of the drink, since the barmen are ready to explain the difference between them, so drop into Chipe Libre and see which country’s pisco delights you most.
Address & telephone number: Chipe Libre, José Victorino Lastarria 282, Santiago, Chile, +56 2 26640584
There is no better place to enjoy and discover Bellas Artes’ local music scene than Opera-Catedral. In the evenings, this bar hosts live music performances, inviting local musicians and artists to step onto their stage. Music genres vary from folk to electronic, so whatever your taste in music, take a trip to Opera-Catedral to spend an enjoyable evening. Enjoy the views of the Bellas Artes and get a breath of fresh air from the rooftop terrace.