Seven Rooftop bars recommended to drink and eat in the heights
Unlike other big cities like New York, Tokyo or Bangkok, Buenos Aires took time to adopt the trend of "rooftop bars", places to eat or drink with a privileged view and several meters high. But that began to change in recent months: to the classics bars were added a couple of interesting options such as the brand new bars on the rooftops of the Barolo or Comega buildings, which are worth visiting.
We went to visit them:
It is the latest addition to the sky bar category in the Buenos Aires. And it is definitely in one of the most attractive locations, the 16th floor of the legendary Barolo building, in Congreso, famous for its lighthouse and its references to Dante's Divine Comedy. The bar opened in January of this year and promises to become a hotspot in Buenos Aires. It is recommended to go at sunset - you have to climb the last two floors by stairs - and admire the terrace with a cocktail in hand, a gin and tonic, an Aperol Spritz, or just a beer until the sun hides behind the horizon. The view to the Congreso Square and other domes has no waste.
ADDRESS: MAYO AVENUE 1370, 16° FLOOR, CONGRESO
Another wonderful view in one of the most beautiful buildings of the Microcentro, the Comega, of rationalist architecture and built in the '30s. On the 15th floor there is the brand new Vuelta Abajo, a bar of cigars and cocktails, with more than 100 thousand cigars of all prices, imported from Cuba, Nicaragua and El Salvador. But it is not only that: in a soft and silent environment, which sirens and honks do not get any close, you can eat very, very well. Humita of prawns and brie and eye of steak with romesco sauce and potatoes are some of the dishes found on the menu designed by the young cook Manu Carbone (she has just represented Argentina in the last Bocuse d'Or). All accompanied by 70 labels of whiskeys and excellence cavas.
ADDRESS: CORRIENTES AVENUE 222, 15° FLOOR, DOWNTOWN
After entering a typical downtown building, get into the elevator and get to floor 21, and then climb another floor up the stairs. Zirkel, the German Club restaurant, is the tallest of Buenos Aires and offers a desirable panoramic view of the river, the City, and the Uruguay coastline. The menu combines typical German dishes such as herring, cheese strudel and smoked pig with bittersweet coleslaw, with some Mediterranean and Argentine touches. A good place to have lunch and enjoy full moon nights.
DOMICILE: CORRIENTES AVENUE 327, FLOORS 21/22, DOWNTOWN
It is located ten floors lower than its German counterpart. To be precise, it is located in floor 12 of the building of the Denmark embassy in Buenos Aires. The view is not so open, but you can enjoy a nice view for lunch, part of Puerto Madero, the river and the most emblematic towers of the downtown landscape. The special? Smørrebrød -or open Nordic sandwiches filled with salmon, sour cream or herring and onion, among other combinations. It is very common among office workers.
DOMICILE: LEANDRO N. ALEM 1074, FLOOR 12, RETIRO
There are no superstitions at Hotel Pulitzer. In fact, Sky Bar was opened on Floor 13, with the best counter and view of the city. It offers live shows of bossanova, soul y even romantic boleros in after-office hours... While bartenders prepare signature drinks, the sky turn from orange to violet and then blue. The Guardian newspaper chose it as one of the best ten bars in Buenos Aires.
DOMICILE: MAIPÚ 907, RETIRO
We have already recommended the Proa Foundation Coffee Store in our museum restaurants. However, we included it in this list because of its privileged view, from a terrace facing the most typical architecture of La Boca. We suggest choosing sofas and tables arranged in the open air. From this location you can enjoy the bridge, the Riachuelo, and buildings and houses painted in vivid colors.
DOMICILE: DON PEDRO DE MENDOZA 1929, LA BOCA
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A tip for adventurers. Those willing to go to a somewhat faraway neighborhood from Buenos Aires may visit and are not included in tourist guides and maps: Flores. On the sixth floor on Nazca Avenue, there is a Japanese restaurant with boxes next to the windows, offering a quiet and familiar environment. It opened in 2003 and besides sushi, it offers traditional Japanese food: yakitoris, tempuras, soups and fried tofu, among others.
DOMICILE: NAZCA 388, SIXTH FLOOR, FLORES
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