Chile’s national liquor, pisco, is a tasty local spirit made from distilled fermented grapes. Whether mixed with lemon juice, Coke or another fruity concoction, it’s hard to say no to this delicious and smooth amber-colored brandy. Here are the best bars in Santiago serving it.
Bar, Restaurant, Peruvian, Chilean, Beer, $$$
Offering pisco flights, pisco sours and other creative pisco drinks, Chipe Libre is one of Santiago’s leading pisco bars that also serves various Peruvian and Chilean dishes. With top-notch piscos from both Peru and Chile, Chipe Libre lets you decide which you prefer. The two countries have a long-standing rivalry over who invented the liquor and which country makes it better.
Bar, Restaurant, Peruvian, Pub Grub, Chinese, Spanish, $$$
One of Santiago’s most unique restaurants and bars, Sarita Colonia’s cocktail menu is as flavorful as its bright, extravagant décor. Offering tasty Peruvian fusion food, tangy pisco sours and a variety of other creative and delicious pisco drinks, Sarita Colonia is great for happy hour on the terrace or an elegant evening dinner.
Restaurant, South American, Vegetarian, Fusion, $$$
Matilde courtesy of Azotea Matilde
This gorgeous Bellavista rooftop bar offers great views of the nearby Andes mountains, delicious pisco drinks and a diverse menu that changes frequently. Make sure to reserve a table here ahead of time – the small terrace books up fast, especially on weekends.
This authentic local spot, named after the indigenous Rapa Nui tribe of Easter Island, attracts a lively and diverse crowd in the Providencia neighborhood. Though their sandwiches are tasty, this establishment is best known for its bartender’s heavy pour. The bar serves up the strongest piscolas (pisco and Coke) in the city. There’s not much to the décor in this place, as it’s much more of a hole-in-the-wall kind of bar. Due to the extra strong drinks, you’re wise to order a typical Chilean sandwich to go with your powerful piscola.
Opera Catedral Terrace | Courtesy of Opera Catedral
Located on the corner of Merced and José Miguel de La Barra, this elegant bar located in the artsy Bellas Artes neighborhood serves up some of the best cocktails in the city. Order a tangy pisco sour and reserve a table for a Friday or Saturday evening when the bar hosts local musical acts. Sipping pisco sours on the terrace offers a nice view of the city.
One of Bellavista’s best restaurants, Laminga serves up fruity and flavorful pisco sours. Moreover, this spot is the perfect place to order up some traditional Chilean cuisine made with fresh incredients in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
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