Bar El Federal

Address: Carlos Calvo 395 / 399 – San Telmo

This bar is located in a traditional corner of San Telmo and it has been in business since 1864 so it is worthy of being among the “Bares Notables”, since the visitor finds himself automatically stepping back as if he were in the time tunnel.
The most impressive item upon entrance is the bar, crowned by a wood-and-stained-glass arch with an inactive clock in the middle. It preserves the original tile floor, and has decorative elements that stress, unlike a great many, the true “porteño” spirit: “filetes”, old tables, the wooden shelves crowded with a collection of bottles, the register from yesteryear, and many other signs that situate us back in time.
The place is not only traditional but the menu agrees perfectly with its appearance: Fernet, Gancia, or craft beer; a sandwich, sirloin steak or a “picada”, so unique to this city are among the options when resting or reading a book from the small library the bar has. Likewise, it offers more elaborate meals, like pasta, steak or local fast food.
This place is quiet and ideal for whiling time away, for a retreat from the hectic activity out the door. During the weekend at midday, there are tango singers that go around the tables, getting people to rehearse some steps as long as they agree.
On Fridays and Saturday nights, it turns into a dance-pub, and youngsters fill it up thus recovering a place that belongs to the history of the city.
Reservations are required.