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A Good Beer

In Drink n Sip & Lick, Over 18 on March 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm

English pub ambience

Good ole' rich beer

Gibraltar

Perú 895, San Telmo, Buenos Aires 4362 5310

Bar Critic: An English pub style, their wooden interior decor brings this already small space to another level of warmness and coziness;  the center of this pub has a well- stocked bar, blackboard menus hanging, and a long wooden counter to hangout. My kind of place for a good beer.

Drinks: I love me a good beer, not to say it is surprisingly affordable during happy hour: ales, stouts, lagers. Mmm. Frothy, cold beer and only dropping down 15 pesos ($3.75) during happy hour. We all know it’s not easy to get good cheap beers here- I almost thought about packing my bags and moving to San Telmo, especially when I hear they serve a mean spicy curry.

Pros

  • straight-forward service
  • love their beers
  • affordable
  • easy-going ambience

Cons

  • makes me think: why doesn’t this exist everywhere else in the city?

Surprise Behind The Door

In Drink n Sip & Lick, Over 18 on November 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Glurbing away

Puerta Uno

Juramento 1667, Belgrano, Barrio Chino, Buenos Aires 11 4706 1522 (http://www.puertauno.com/puerta-uno-bar.html)

Bar Critic: It wasn’t anticipated to be a surprisingly great bar hangout, as the location is in the midst of chinatown, right by the questionable pool shop, local restaurants and dark alleys. I had to knock loudly on the padded door before some big guy opened the door and invited us in. At the end of the long hallway, the space expands open to a sitting area, bar and an open patio. Dimly lit, good music, not too loud. Very nice.

Drinks: It is hard to come by a good cocktail in BA, with the country’s abundance of wine, beer and champagne. Coming here, we were promised great cocktails, and delightfully, they delivered. I loved my martini with extra olives. Recommended also, are the mojito and whisky sour. Service is great and the bartenders love what they are doing- two thumbs up for this place.

Pros

  • cocktails
  • service
  • ambiance

Cons

  • a lot of friends and couples, not too many singles hanging out

The Voice that Touches

In Over 18 on September 3, 2010 at 3:49 pm

The small head shot of Fede does not give him justice at all

We were invited to Fede’s first performance in Buenos Aires at the Notorious Club. We were ecstatic to hear him sing; it made me miss my closest friend who is an amazing songwriter/jazz singer with an angelic moving voice.  (http://www.myspace.com/jessmeider)

Back to the show. We were there at 9:30pm on a Thursday. Note that, we’re usually in bed by then. Tired with a stomach full of coffee and wine, I was still holding myself up with support and anticipation. The first set came, and we were a bit disappointed with the women singing, and Fede’s nowhere appearance; though with his partner’s continuing bragging and appraises, we eventually plowed through the first set with out eyelids open.

Then it happened. Fede walked on the stage joining his perfect Japanese entourage band and I knew that second… This was it. Jess will love him! This was all worth coming down on a Thursday night; the presence of him on stage, the richness of his voice, the serenity, the 1000+ expressions he displayed as he sang the melancholy lyrics were all truly breathtaking. Now I understand why his partner has that smile and twinkle, whenever Fede is being mentioned. 🙂

Notorious Jazz Club & Restaurant

966 Ave. Callao, Centro, Buenos Aires 11-4813-6888 (www.notorious.com.ar.)

For a quick review, since I was there just for the show, not for the venue. This place is known to be a Jazz spot. I loved the intimacy of the place, tucked right behind their music store. It is also very close to Station Callao, Subte A D.

Buller Brewery

In Over 18 on July 30, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Cerveza Casera

Buller Pub & Brewer

Ote. Roberto Mortiz 1827, Recoleta, Buenos Aires 011-4313-0287

Bar Critic: Great selection on lager, pale ale, honey beers; they also have sample beer selections, beer mixes, etc. One of our beer lover even critic their honey beer as one of the best beers he had- that is a big compliment. I loved my honey beer, though my favorite is still the Canadians’ micro-brew beers.

Restaurant Critic: The menu holds hearty selections that goes along with their beers: pizza, sandwiches, nachos, onion rings. They were all good, especially when they hold loads of oil and salt content 🙂 After the end of the night I see other tables ordering the “Nibbles Tower”, which looks amazing. Two tiers of cold cuts, nibbles, fried galores- what is not to like?

Pros

  • great beer selections
  • pub is right next to BA Design Center, National Art Museum and the traditional cemetery in which Evita resides

Cons

  • getting drunk and bloatingly full. BURP.
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