FLORERIA ATLANTICO: The unique Buenos Aires Bar takes out a top award once again
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Once a year, the world’s top bars are ranked. It is a list that celebrates the best of the international drinks industry. Now in its 10th year, The World’s 50 Best Bars provides an annual ranking of bars as voted for by more than 500 drinks experts from across the globe. The list represents the ultimate international guide to the world’s top bars and drinking destinations.
In South America, the winner was a stand-out bar in Buenos Aires called Floreria Atlantico.
Boasting beautiful bouquets and a curated selection of wine, the storefront that houses the hidden bar Florería Atlántico beneath a flower shop is elegant and alluring. However, open the antique fridge door and step into mixologist Renato ‘Tato’ Giovannoni’s iconic Buenos Aires basement bar. Notching up a decade in business in 2023, stories and concoctions from Old World migrants have long dominated the drinks list at Florería, many using the bartender’s own-brand gin. Still, the latest pays tribute to indigenous and rural Argentinian communities, an exhaustive work undertaken by Giovannoni and local historian Felipe Pigna.
A sustainable approach has long been at the heart of this distinguished bar, working closely with farmers to cultivate autochthonous ingredients; this philosophy was backed up by the bar hosting the third edition of Festival Atlántico in August 2022, which gathered 150 bartenders to share their sustainability know-how. In 2020, Giovannoni was named the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender.
Though phone boxes, bookshelves and hidden doors make a good trade in speakeasy entrances, a florist has to be up there on originality. That’s where you’ll find the doorway to Florería Atlantico and once through stairs descend, a Latin take on a speakeasy lies in wait. But like many of the best interpretations of American bar concepts, Florería Atlantico brings its history and culture to bear.
Near the Buenos Aires docks, it tells the story of the immigrants who arrived in waves from the Old and New Worlds. The bar’s décor and drinks continue this narrative, telling the stories of the American bartenders who brought the culture of cocktails, the English and the Dutch with their gin and genever, the Italians with their Amari, the Cubans with rum, the Peruvians and their pisco, the beer from Germany, the anise from the Turks, and the wine from the Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Aline Vargas and Renato Giovannoni’s Floreria Atlantico – the Best Bar in South America, sponsored by Asahi – is a liquid homage to the richness of immigration.
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