Bar El Estaño 1880

Address: Aristóbulo del Valle 1100 – La Boca

A couple of Spanish immigrants opened it in 1939 , receiving the current name in 1976, when their son took charge. It recalls the building’s age on the one side, and the 3,5m tin counter, which is said to be unique in Buenos Aires in such size.
The decoration in highly original, with a carved wooden coating on the walls and a giant mural standing out together with the shelves in the part where the store used to be. There are also antique objects such as the fridges or a German cold cuts slicer, which are preserved in the best shape possible through restoration.
For these features, it has been the stage for many films.
It organizes the literary “mate cocido” for the children that attend school in the surroundings, so that they learn the true story and escape the visual invasion of today’s consumption trend.
This mission makes it a refuge for artists and bohemians of La Boca and of other places where there is no place like this one.

La Esquina de Anibal Troilo

Address: Paraguay 1500 – Recoleta

As the story goes, this bar has been the source of inspiration for many of Great Anibal Troilo’s tangos; he would spend many hours here rehearsing drafts of scores, that is why this corner inherits his name.
On weekdays it is a typical “porteño” bar, becoming on Friday and Saturday nights a restaurant that offers a top-level international tango show.
The place displays pictures, objects, writings and scores belonging to the “Bandoneon Master” that keep him alive.


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.