The hottest food craze in Buenos Aires right now has to be its pimped up fast food offerings. From chicken wings to beefy buns, there won’t be any excuse to take a cheeky trip to McDonald’s anymore as part of the good old bajón. (Well, maybe when you’re sober).

And so, as part of a weekly series, we’ll be bringing you the lowdown on where to get the best gourmet fast food.

First up: Verne Club

This place is smoking. Literally. If the ‘opium’ infused cocktails don’t convince you then try a caramelized onion and goats cheese hot-dog. Seriously exciting, salivating and epic. Yes, those three words and in that order.

Tucked away in a quieter part of Palermo, Verne Club has the whole “closed door” thing going on, or as one of the owners, Federico, describes: “People don’t just stumble upon Verne Club – they come on purpose”.

The name “Verne Club” was inspired by the French author Jules Verne, who famously wrote “80 Days Around the World’.

And his influence doesn’t stop there. Each cocktail and hot-dog on the menu in Verne has been customized with the writer in mind; from cocktails with an “Around the World in 8 Cities” theme, to the ‘Passepartout Hot-Dog’ (an ode to one of Verne’s characters) with its slathering of salsa, pickle and home-made mustard on top.

If you haven’t already noticed, Verne Club’s hot-dogs are a bit different from the typical Argentine “panchos”. For one, there are six different varieties to choose from and all six with foodporn written all over them. Then of course, there’s the added bonus of washing down your chosen hot-dog with an expertly made cocktail – thrown together right in front of your very own eyes (for you non-cocktail drinkers there’s one choice of wine or beer – it is a cocktail bar after all.)

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With already plans for Verne Club to expand to other parts of the city in the next year, there’s potentially lots of time to trial all six of those lovable hot-dogs (and perhaps work your way through most of their cocktails too).

Address: Medrano 1475

Open 9pm-2.30am.

Book in advance by emailing info@vernecocktailclub.com or get there early for a prime spot up at the bar.