This tiny Chilean bar in the heart of the Marais stands out from the slightly stuffy front windows and baroque décor common to the quartier. Tucked away in a small road adjacent to the Place des Vosges, it's distinguished by its large Chilean flag and the few tables on the terrace, which are very pleasant in summer. It also stands out for its team of laid-back, smiling latino waiters and very reasonable prices considering the area (€8 for a cocktail, €5 during the long happy hour from 4pm-8pm). Ex-pat Chileans in Paris meet here, against a backdrop of latino music and pina coladas, cuba libres, punch coco and, of course, caipirinhas and mojitos.
The real stars are the pisco-based cocktails (a grape-based eau-de-vie produced in the Elqui Valley in Chile) like la piscola (pisco, lemon juice, Coke) or the pisco sour (pisco, lemon juice, sugar). You can also line your stomach with empanadas or calamari which are unexceptional but do the job at €5 or €8. On weekends, South American bands play latino beats to lift the spirits and on every September 18 there's a joyful celebration of Chile’s national day.
|Venue name:||Le Vieux Comptoir du Cap Horn|
8 rue de Birague
|Opening hours:||Tous les jours de 10h à 1h|
|Transport:||Métro : Bastille ou Saint-Paul|
|Price:||Cocktails à 8 euros|