Victoria Brown

Photography by Victoria Brown Bar

Words by Wesley Straton on 26-May-2016

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Address: Costa Rica 4827, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel: +(54) 11 4831-0831
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Tue-Sat 8:00pm-2:00am
Door: Open door
Style: Speakeasy
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Food: Bar snacks


This hip Palermo spot is a Victorian café by day and a steampunk wonderland by night. A convincing brick wall at the back of the café area opens up into a dimly lit warehouse with funky illustrations on the walls and a huge old-fashioned clock behind the bar, it's cogs and wheels backlit in the dim room.

An enormous team of well-dressed porteños keep the place running smoothly, darting between the long bar and the clusters of old-fashioned armchairs. The customers tend to be similarly young and attractive, especially on weekends.

Food is fairly expensive, but it's well-executed and the servings are large. The award-winning drinks list is short but sweet with a handful of wines, Stella Artois on tap, and a well-curated selection of house cocktails. Drinks can vary somewhat in quality depending on who's behind the bar, but the ambiance is good enough you almost wouldn't notice.

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