A taste of home
Four bars in Santiago catering to homesick expats
The places to head to when you're hanging out for a pint of Guinness, a dark English ale or an American hamburger.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Flannery's is Santiago's best known Irish pub. (Photo: LRdeChile/Flickr)
Chile's capital city has a thriving nightlife that reflects the country's Latin roots and cosmoplitan present. From the buzzing neighborhood of Bellavista to the rowdy floors of La Piojera, the traditional Chilean bar famous for its earth shattering terremotos, there is a plethora of party options on offer.
But as great as the Chilean lifestyle is, if you're an English-speaking expat in Santiago, chances are that at some stage you will experience a touch of homesickness. But never fear! This bustling metropolis is also home to a colorful selection of pubs serving up everything from pints of Guinness to the perfect American hamburger.
Here, we share four expat bars that are guaranteed to make you feel right at home.
California Cantina: As the name suggests, this pub was started by a pair of California natives who fell in love with Chile when they first visited as exchange students 10 years ago. But while they loved the country, they missed eating 'authentic' Mexican-American food and watching the Super Bowl live so they opened this bar where they, and other expats, could enjoy both. California Cantina serves up a large selection of beer with an extensive menu featuring items such as Hollywood Fries and the Death Valley Chiplote Burger. With Happy Hour seven days a week and two bars and a pair of outdoor terraces to choose from, it is popular with tourists and long-term Santiago residents alike.
Address: Av Las Urbinas 56, Providencia (Near Metro Los Leones)
The Phonebox pub: The first thing you notice when you rock up to this British-themed pub is the iconic red telephone box which doubles as an entrance. While it might seem a bit out of place in the heart of Chile, this little slice of London suits the Phonebox to a tee. With some of the best dark ales in Santiago and typical English fare like meat pies, this venue reflects many of the best aspects of British life. Inside the busy pub the atmosphere is cosy and there is live music most weekends while the leafy outdoor courtyard is the perfect place to relax during the hot summer months.
Address: Av Providencia 1652, Providencia (Near Metro Pedro de Valdivia)
Flannery's Irish Geo Pub: If you're in search of a merry night out in Chile's capital city, it's hard to go past the city's best-known Irish pub. Here the Guinness flows freely along with a wide range of European lagers and the notorious Flaming Flannery's cocktail (Sambuca with coffee). On the menu you will find a mouth-watering Irish stew, the Belfast Burger and a rather tasty bread and butter pudding for dessert. The walls are adorned with traditional Irish family crests and there are lively karaoke sessions every Friday and Saturday night (except the first Friday of the month).
Address: Av Encomenderos 83, Las Condes (Near Metro Tobalaba)
Black Rock: One of the newest additions to Santiago's expat bar scene, Black Rock was started by an Australian engineer who has lived in Chile for decades. Set back from the road and down a flight of stairs, it's easy to miss but this laid back pub is a great location for a fun night out. While there may not be photos of the Sydney Opera House on the walls, there is a broad range of local and imported beers and a wholesome collection of pub grub.
Address: Av Providencia 2525, Local 39, Providencia (Near Metro Tobalaba)