The Lastarria neighbourhood is found in the centre of Santiago, opposite the Santa Lucia Hill, and has a fabulous selection of cafés, restaurants, and bars. From quirky cocktail bars, to craft beer joints, to the famed wine bar Bocanariz, there’s something for everyone, whatever your tipple.
Bar, Chilean, Pub Grub, $$$
Lastarria’s hidden treasure, sit upstairs in what feels like an old concert hall or a grandiose living room with artwork covering the walls and antiques dotted around the place. The cocktails here are to die for, but make sure you take it easy on the pisco sours, they are a force to be reckoned with!
Opera Catedral Terrace | Courtesy of Opera Catedral
If you’re looking to enjoy the warm summer evenings, the terrace here is the place to be. Tuesday nights are extremely popular as they offer CLP$1,000 piscos (around USD$1.60), whether you’d like a pisco sour, piscola, or a piscola blanca (pisco with sprite). The bar is dimly lit, but is sure to provide some upbeat disco tunes.
Restaurant, Wine Bar, Bar, Chilean, South American, Contemporary, Vegetarian, $$$
Dining | courtesy of Bocanariz
This famed wine bar is popular among wine connoisseurs due to the excess of wine they have in their cellars, bragging some 400 different regional bottles of wine. You’ll definitely be very merry before you’ve even tried a percentage of them. The perfect location for a sophisticated evening.
This bar is the self-proclaimed ‘Independent Republic of Pisco’, and you will not be short of variations of the beloved Chilean brandy. You never know, if you ask them for your own twist, they might be able to conjure it up for you.
This hipster joint is a little hidden away – veer off the main street of Lastarria, José Victorino Lastarria, and you will find this small café where craft beers are aplenty. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to grab yourself a table outside.
Named ‘the hidden café’, this cute bar is another popular haunt for locals and students who, during the summer months, embrace the heat and sit outside; drinking, smoking and enjoying each others’ company.
A great cheap and cheerful bar that has a selection of variations of the pisco sour – we recommend the ginger and honey pisco sour. As you walk past the kitchen you will no doubt smell the whiffs of delicious food, tempting you to dine out on the patio as well as take advantage of their affordable drinks.
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Bar, Craft Ale Bar, Sandwich Shop, Pub Grub, Chilean, $$$
Pop into this cool sandwich shop just around the corner from the GAM Cultural Centre. To accompany your gourmet sandwich, why not try one of the many artisanal beers on tap? Craft beer enthusiasts love it here, and we can see why – the atmosphere and interiors are fab as well.