Summer in Buenos Aires maybe wrapping up, but before you go all emoji sad face on us remember that the months following the hottest points of the summer are filled with ridiculously pleasant afternoons and early evenings here. Despite talks of that meteorological brat El Niño ruining everything, there will be plenty of opportunities to turn those after work hours into mini-getaways from the routine. To help in this quest, we suggest taking a look at the following rooftops located amongst the pastel colored kitsch and tourist driven food factories of Palermo. This is the stuff after-office dreams are made of.
A fish and chips place might not immediately scream after work bliss to some, but Chipper is not your average fried fish shack. In addition to the line of artisanal beer, addictive pitchers of sangria, their take on one of comfort food’s greatest standards is quite arguably one of the best ways to spend an afternoon. Chippers fish and chips comes off as innovative without losing any of its warmth or down home appeal. Fresh cuts of the kinds of white fish you can’t help but love (sole, cod) share basket space with fashionable updates like white salmon. Their impressive menu, which includes true delights like Gambas Al Ajillo, mashed peas (a surprisingly delicious staple for the uninitiated) and curry fries with actual curry sauce is enticing enough to make you want to make a night out of it. Whether you go for a proper meal or a quick after work nosh the rooftop is one of the restaurant’s three outdoor spaces, and is a little slice of a nautically themed heaven.
Relatively new-ish to the Palermo Hollywood scene, Güll gets some major points for its stylish terrace, complete with views of a seriously solid piece of street art, and for a list of beer offerings that despite the cerveza artesanal trend is exceptional. With five artisanal beers on tap (the honey ale, IPA, and stout are all warranted crowd pleasers) that come in two sizes – a pint or a larger size for those wanting to share, or are trying to compensate for an annoying work week, no judgment. They have an impressive selection by the bottle too. Another reason to swing by for an afternoon – the food. Their currywurst is ironically a Buenos Aires curry best in my book, and their small plates like causitas, falafel de
yummy yamaní and fun take on poutine elevate their food game far beyond the bar-food standard without coming off as douchey. Tip – get there early, the rooftop fills up fast even on an off-night.
As one of the last vestiges of Palermo’s free-spirited, bohemian charm, Leitmotiv provides a fun and stylish refuge to the understimulated and thirsty. Work by local artists hanging on the walls, weekly DJ sets, cute, hip and friendly staff and a lovely little terrace that makes you forget all about the bustle and brine you’ve just muddled through on your way to meet friends for a cocktail. Another perk, they have a bar located right on the terrace. Great placement, and even better cocktails. Say what you want about hipsters, they work magic with aperitifs. If you’re like me and are not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet order their Julep Cynar. It takes the edge off and pairs beautifully with their constantly rotating small plate menu.
When it comes to outdoor space, Soria is at the top of the pack. It boasts both a terrace and a patio, which regulars simply call the jardin. Cozy, romantic in a homey kind of way, with music that will make you feel hip without having to yell replies at your conversation partners. Cocktails are the name of the game here, with the most famous (rightfully) being El Echave – a gorgeous concoction of Bombay, lime, grapefruit, cucumber and simple syrup. This is all the good things about summer in BA embodied in a single cocktail. Also their buffalo wings are bomb, and come on a stick so you don’t have to look like an extra on CSI just to get your grub on. This is another bar you should get to on the earlier side. This place fills up fast despite the ample room and sexually ambiguous front wall.
Temple House | The Temple Bar
While definitely the most bro-friendly of the terraces mentioned here, Temple House has an undeniably fun and pleasant outdoor space with picturesque palm leaves serving as the backdrop for rowdy conversations and fairly priced pitchers of beer. Located in an old house on Godoy Cruz (between El Salvador and Honduras as to not get confused with the other locations), Temple house is the latest of The Temple Bar empire, and has Belgian blond, pale ale, cream stout, barley wine, honey beer, pilsen, English pale ale and wheat beers on tap along with over 50 international bottled beer options. Decent burgers, and down-to-earth bar food is what you would expect, expect the mountain of loaded french fries. A few beers in and those papas will hit the spot in a way you didn’t know was possible.
Your options, unlike this summer are limitless my friends.