Where to Drink in Buenos Aires, South America’s Cocktail Capital

Popular beverages in Argentina range from mate and coffee to Argentinean beers and wines.  However, it’s vibrant port city, Buenos Aires (or BA), is considered South America’s cocktail capital. Last month, Buenos Aires held its fifth annual Cocktail Week, where local bars offered specially priced cocktails and tasting menus prepared by some of the city’s hottest mixologists and chefs.

During the celebration, three local key figures in the bar industry created a cocktail to represent the City of Passions.  Sebastián (Seba ) García, bartender and creative director of Presidente Bar, Guillermo Blumenkamp, owner of prestigious bar Doppelgänger, and Flavia Arroyo, head of Casa Cavia’s bar, collaborated on a drink named “La Reina Del Plata” that incorporated local and national products.

La Reina Del Plata

Argentina’s Hilbing Malbec London Dry Gin (distilled with wild rose petals and linden blossoms,and made with Malbec grapes), Clarified Green Apple Juice, Pear-flavored Aguardiente (made at the Amazon River’s Rio Negro Cristalino), Dry Vermouth (from bartender Tato Giovanoni) and Pülku Apple Cider (Basque style hard cider from Patagonia).

Here are details about the BA bars where you can order the exclusive La Reina Del Plata cocktail.

Presidente Bar

This chic spot, located in the exclusive Recoleta neighborhood, is owned by one of Buenos Aires’ most renowned mixologists, Seba García, whose drinks menu is a fusion of international ingredients married with Argentina’s best ingredients.

Tip:  Ask to see the library to be escorted to a secret bar behind a trapdoor.

Avenida Presidente Manuel Quintana 188, Buenos Aires (Recoleta);  @presidentebar

Doppelgänger Bar

There is a sign that hangs inside Guillermo Blumenkamp’s hardcore cocktails-only bar that says it all:  “This is not for everyone!”

500, Avenida Juan de Garay, Buenos Aires (San Telmo); @DoppelgängerBar

El Bar de Casa Cavia

Set in a gracefully updated 1920s mansion, this unique boutique concept houses local tastemakers—a florist, a chef, a perfumer, and a bookseller as well as a restaurant and bar under one historic roof.

Cavia 2985, Buenos Aires (Palmero Chico); @CasaCavia

More Great Bars for Cocktails in Buenos Aires


Situated in the heart of Palermo, this apothecary-themed bar is recognized for its handcrafted cocktails and botanical décor.

Dosis de Caribe at Boticario

Cuban Rum soaked in Fresh Flowers, Jamaican Rum, Nutella and Raspberry Syrup, and Fresh Pineapple Juice.

Honduras 5207, Buenos Aires (Palmero); @boticariobar

878 Bar

Hidden in the Villa Crespo neighborhood, and found behind an unmarked door, this speakeasy-style bar is known for offering more than 100 whiskies and classic cocktails made by Javier Sosa.

Hedonismo Bohemio at 878 Bar

Sherry, Vermouth La Fuerza Blanco, Orange Bitters and Mandarin Perfume.

Thames 878, Buenos Aires (Villa Crespo); @878bar

Vico Wine Bar

While equipped wall-to-wall with wine dispensers ready to serve wines by the glass, Vico also offers cocktails made with herbs, spices and flowers mixed with spirits that can be appreciated by any wine lover open to a sensory experience.

Winter Collins at Vico Wine Bar

Tanqueray Gin soaked with Green Apples and Spices, Honey and Fentimans Victorian Lemonade.

Gurruchaga 1149, Buenos Aires (Palmero Viejo); @vicowinebar; vicowinebar.com.ar

Tip:  Fernet and Cola is Argentina’s drink of choice, and typically shared by passing around the drink in a large glass or plastic cup.  But, for first-timers, unacquainted with the popular herbal spirit Fernet’s bitter taste, should add more cola to their drink.

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