Bellavista is known for its abundance of bars and restaurants. The main artery of the neighbourhood, Pio Nono, is always the life and soul of Chileans, students and tourists looking for a cheap drink among the lively atmosphere. Here are the 10 best bars to hit the spot.
Bar, Craft Ale Bar, Contemporary, Pub Grub, Beer, $$$
This is the best place to enjoy the summer sun. It’s not often you find a terrace where you can sit and enjoy an extensive cocktail list, craft beer and the choice of a couple of street food vans. With a higher price tag than Pio Nono, it’s definitely worth the treat!
This quirky craft beers and burger bar has both tasty food and an interesting selection of beers, from local Chilean brews to the well-known international ones. Although craft beer isn’t massively well known in Chile, this is one of the best establishments for it. Each day of the week they have a discount, whether it’s on sangria, tequila shots or chicken wings.
Named after the creative and satirical weekly newspaper, the bar draws in the political, cultured and hip crowd. With bars spread up and down the country, and a handful in Santiago, try not to get confused as to which one you’re meant to be meeting at.
Restaurant, Wine Bar, South American, Wine, Seafood, Chilean, $$$
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This wine bar offers the finest of Chilean wines, from the vineyards around Colchagua, Maipo, and Casablanca. All of which can be paired with the dishes from their mouthwatering menu, such as seared tuna and classic meat dishes.
Crafting their own beer in Curacaví, they use 100 percent natural ingredients, so there are no preservatives or additives. You can choose a delicious brew from their range of crafts beers, from stout, IPA, or wet hop, plus many more.
With gin, tequila and vodka cocktails, as well as a range of their house cocktails – such as the Pisco Basil Blur, which is a modification of the classic Pisco Sour, and is made with crushed basil and orange juice. They also have a wine list, mocktails and a selection of international beers.
This, the Chilean-brewed Kunstmann’s beer hall, is the place to taste this local beer. Brewed in Valdivia, where you can visit and see how it’s made, they are very proud to have such a fine beer. Try one of the 15 specially brewed beers among the beer lovers of Santiago.
Restaurant, South American, Vegetarian, Fusion, $$$
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The perfect setting for an evening drink, if you get there early enough you can watch the sun set over the city from the terrace, which boasts panoramic views. Whether you’re in the mood for a cocktail, they have various variations of mojitos, caipirinhas and piscos, or why not try one of the many beers they have on offer.
You can always rely on an Irish pub for some a good atmosphere, especially on St Patrick’s Day! Found in Patio Bellavista, this is one of the few Irish bars in Santiago, and it’s definitely worth a visit.
Another bar found in Patio Bellavista, although this one is rather more glam than the Irish Pub. With a cosy yet sophisticated interior, you can sip on some premium liquor, fine wine, or champagne under the glistening chandelier and enjoy a civilised evening.