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“Buenos Aires is the capital and most populous city of Argentina” starts Wikipedia on its description of this city, and although this may be factually correct, it fails to convey, as it should do in the first sentence, how freaking awesome this city actually is.
Young, vibrant and bustling with epic street art murals donning almost every corner, Buenos Aires is one of those cities where you envy anyone who has the opportunity to live here.
Known for Tango, herbal “Mate” tea drink (which is literally everywhere), steak, full bodied Malbecs and a passionate love of football we were super happy to discover that it’s craft beer scene does not disappoint either.
The scene here was so buzzing that we didn’t come close to visiting all the bars we wanted to (not helped admittedly by a lack of afternoon drinking as most places opened at 6pm) and we didn’t even touch the ones on this blog here or attempt the San Telmo Beer walk tour that you can book here. So where did we get to then?
Our first stop, was BierLife – this gem of a place in San Telmo was literally around the corner from our AirBnb which is always a good start. We made it for their 6-8pm Happy Hour which is well worth a visit as it essentially works out at 65 pesos (around £3.40) for two beers from one of their 40 taps.
The ordering system is a little confusing, once you know what you’re doing it seems simple but when your Spanish es no buena, and the bar staff don’t have a great amount of English, it was easy to get a little lost.
A little off the main drag, Benaim has a lot of plus points, falafel, beer, lots of seats and a huge outdoor section with a convenient rain cover should it get a bit wet. For most of the week, the craft is limited to one or two taps, but on Friday and Saturday nights, they open up their additional truck bar, which offers a wider range of craft as well as some excellent Caipirinhas, should you have acquired a taste for these incredible cocktails on your way around Brazil! Oh and if you are a sucker for fairy lights, as Luci is, then you’re in luck…
The name alone drew us in to our next stop, assuming it was an attempt to cash in on the success of Brewdog, Bluedog is a simple craft beer bar and kitchen, offering up their own range of Grunge beer as well as a select few local Argentinian options.
The addition of a dart board, a few outdoor seats, which we took advantage of to watch the storm passing through town, and a chance to sample Cynar, a citrusy relative of the Fernet/Campari style of bitter aperitifs. There was certainly nothing wrong with Bluedog, and it would be an easy choice if you were looking for a quiet spot for some decent craft and chat with a few mates.
The list of other places we could get to was indeed huge and although we attempted a lot of them, our time was too limited. So we have just listed a few of our favourites here. But in summary… what a bloody fabulous city Buenos Aires is.