Bar Británico

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Bar Británico has been set quietly on an iconic San Telmo corner since time immemorial - that is, for pedants, since 1928. Days blur into nights in this perfect BA café-bar, where you can nurse a tiny coffee - not great coffee, it's true, but coffee -or a beer for as long as you like, as you and the taxi drivers watch the world go by through huge picture windows. A change of ownership and a refurbishment had the whole barrio up in arms a couple of years ago, and though it's not exactly as it was - the old-school, Spanish Civil War waiter-owners are gone, and the the toilets are now fit for use - this place still, it's no exaggeration to say, encapsulates the very essence of Buenos Aires café culture.

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Bar Británico details

Brasil 399,
y Defensa

Area San Telmo

Transport Bus 29, 61, 62, 152

Telephone 011 4361 2107

Open 24hrs daily

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By phil o'gorman - Dec 21 2010

A gratifyingly archaic bar, I found it by happy chance on a day when the Museum of National History in Parque Lezama was, to my surprise, closed. As soon as I walked in I knew my stroll down Defensa hadn't been unrewarded. A proper bar from pre-yuppie days. Sit at a table near a window, be served with nuts and the best Quilmes Chopp [ draught ] in town, and watch the world go by. In Buenos Aires the passing world includes a beautiful girl about once every thirty seconds on a good day.
No jukebox so no moronic pop, I never heard anyone shouting banalities into a cell phone either. A great bar in a great city.