Bar 12 de Octubre

Address: Bulnes 331 – Almagro

It opened as a simple grocery store in 1930 under this name. However, it is popularly know as “El bar de Roberto” (Roberto’s bar), its owner, who has made this little place a home to his friends, putting his warmth into its manners and rituals. His passion for literature becomes evident by seeing the library “at hand” for those guests who wish spend their time reading a poem. It also displays old bottles of full-bodied drinks that accumulated as much dust as legends of the regular clients that would stop at the bar for a gin on their way to the “Mercado de Abasto” (the neighborhood was named after this whole-sale market, and it is located where the Abasto mall stands).
During the afternoon, the neighbors gather for a card game. And, from Thursday through Sunday, the night revives the bohemia of yesteryear, with rather young people that converge in search of the most genuine tango truth. All-time singers play “unplugged” some eternal classics, as well as some of those forgotten treasures that the audience sing along and celebrate. This is a genuine place where the porteño simplicity ritualizes through the meeting ceremony.