Before going to Argentina I asked a few friends who had spent a lot of time there for some tips. I had a full schedule while in Buenos Aires (one highlight was definitely the Rojo Tango show at the fabulous Faena Hotel), but I knew I would have a few hours here and there to do some exploring.
I was sent a number of recommendations for BA, but one bar was recommended by all: Floreria Atlantico. When I looked it up I saw it was voted 38th best bar in the world, and best bar in South America. Curious, I went. And loved it.
If you didn’t know it was there, you’d walk straight past it. The beauty is that it is hidden underneath a fully functioning flower shop (which is worth visiting too – absolutely stunning). The bar contrasts hugely to the colourful shop above; its dimly lit, stark basement interiors give it an edge I love. It is a narrow space, and the focal point is a long bar which runs the whole length of the bar, and where we grabbed two stools. On the other side of the bar is an open kitchen, and we regretted not being able to stay for dinner, because for the food looked amazing.
I was pleased that despite my non-Latino friends recommending the bar (to be fair, they are not your standard ‘tourists’), the bar was mainly filled with locals. I’d recommend going early (for Latino standards) because it’s a popular place and we were lucky to get a seat when we arrived at around 8ish.
We enjoyed our glasses of house wine and wished we could have stayed for a cocktail, but there was more to discover of beautiful Buenos Aires…
Arroyo 872, Cdad.
Photo credit: Floreria Atlantico