It’s funny that no matter how dire things might feel in Argentina (hello, #macrisis), there’s always a never-ending list of cool new restaurants and bars to check out. Since it’s more important than ever to support local businesses, we’ve rounded up a shortlist of some of the most promising new kids on the block. Take note, follow them on Instagram, and be sure to check them out over the long weekend.
The newest project from powerhouse Tato Giovannoni (Florería Atlántico, Príncipe de los Apóstoles gin, Pulpo Blanco tonic water, Divisadero bar at Los Arcos, and the list goes on) and Adrian Glickman is tucked away on a quiet street in Palermo. Calling itself an “Argentine tavern,” the vibe harkens back to that of a classic pub with its dark wood and low lighting. Las Patriotas is a walking love letter to the women that played fundamental roles in the early days of the republic. The hand-painted coats of arms of each province adds a special toque federal to it all. Think of it as an Argentine alcoholic history lesson!
Las Patriotas | Paunero 2880 | Tuesday – Sunday from 6 PM | Tel: 2343- 5892 | Instagram
Perhaps you were lucky enough to get a taste of these tacos at the recent pop-up at Faraday (another gem, don’t miss it), but now Georgie’s has opened its own brick and mortar Chacarita taquería (and more). One of BA’s odd idiosyncrasies is a decidedly lame selection of Mexican – and Mexican-adjacent – flavors and styles. Aside from obvious spots like La Fábrica del Taco, there have been hints here and there, but nothing that really leaves you wanting more. Headed up by Kiwi Sam Fitzgerald and local Antonella Caruso, the space will also showcase work by up-and-coming artists, which is always a good thing in our book. Just you wait: this will be your go-to chill gastropub spot all summer long.
On the very far edge of Palermo Hollywood (according to Ohlala! magazine it’s now to be known as “Deep Palermo Hollwood”), Mito Mercado opened its doors in October. Open early and closing late, it can tend to any and all of your gastro-necessities. From a late weekday breakfast to Sunday brunch to a last-call nightcap, Mito also has a little market section on display in case you want to take some of the Italian treats home with you. The operation is run by a trifecta of campeones: Ani Varela, Camilo Duque, and Maximiliano Salomon, so you know you’re in good hands. Take a seat at the XL bar – taking mental notes of décor ideas for your own house – and be thankful that Mito is located just enough off the typical Palermo track that it might remain a hidden gem for a little longer.
Mito Mercato | Soler 6036 | Tuesday – Thursday 11 AM – 12 AM; Friday – Saturday 12 PM – 1 AM: Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM | Instagram
Man, I love Nuñéz. First of all, I can get there on the train which makes me feel both frugal and special while everyone else spends their hard-earned whale bills on a taxi. Second, the architecture is great, the jungle vibes are in full force, and there are tons of incredible restaurants tucked away on its quiet streets. Lupa is no exception. After functioning as a closed door nearby, it’s taken over an old pasta shop (RIP noodles) and serving high-concept small plates five nights a week. The décor is warm yet minimalist, with turquoise tiling on the walls and modernist tables and chairs. Hip-hop flows through the speakers and it’s at once very New York but *very* Buenos Aires. Go with a few friends and keep an open mind – some of the dishes require a little extra contemplation, but it’s a bold start. Pro tip: corkage is just AR $150 so bring your own favorite bottle from home to wash it all down.
Is there anything better than drinking while shopping? If you’re under the age of 30 you might think, yes. But trust me, fresh-faced baby millennial (or whatever you’re supposed to be called), being able to sip on some wine while picking out home furnishings is what life is all about. Luckily Tito Livio is here to make this a reality in Buenos Aires. The shop, which sells perfectly curated, drool-worthy objects from glassware to chairs to art, stays open late on Thursdays and Fridays. Imagine the coolest sidewalk party, with local musicians, chic vecinos, and even a dog or two (!). Basically it’s like staying home, except not, because your house is gross and Tito’s is 100x better.
Tito Livio | Virrey Aviles 3502 | Shop: Wednesday – Sunday 10 AM – 7 PM; Bar: Thursday – Friday 7 PM – 1:30 AM | Instagram