If pitchers of beer and peanuts are you thing (and you aren’t Homer Simpson, a fictional cartoon character) than Chronic bar in Plaza Serrano is your Mecca. Warning: You do need to shuck your own peanuts. Sorry.
By reducing their overhead via minimal interior design the owners at Chronic can practically hand out pitchers of Quilmes for 3 USD (9 pesos). And nothing about the ambiance at this Buenos Aires bar makes you dwell on small issues like moderation or class. In fact, not too much speaks. This place feels like a good old beer hall for college kids and recent post-grads who just want to down some beer while talking about Nietzsche or game theory (I just made those two things up. The patrons here are probably talking about skate boarding and the newest art house film…but I don’t speak Spanish that well yet). There are a few televisions on the wall, but I don’t know how many, which shows that they aren’t central to the decorum. Otherwise it is simple wooden tables surrounded by simple wooden chairs. I haven’t found too many of bars like this yet in Buenos Aires, but I know they exist. The others I do know happen to be right in Plaza Serrano as well. Madagascar and Bar Abierto for instance.
I haven’t seen the crowd during the week, but on the weekend the place is full and Bohemian. That said it is still a good place to hang out before going out to a club at 2 am or “straight-chill” at until you want to call it quits and go home. In either case, be aware this place will fill up. Last time we dropped in a friend sat on a corner table while the remaining three of us stood. All the girls were probably looking at us because we looked like absolute loser tourists, but we told ourselves it was because we were drop dead gorgeous. If you really want the cheap beer and peanuts come a little early, but if you are less high maintenance just try your luck. If it is full, the worst case scenario is that you walk around Plaza Serrano checking out one of the other many bars a stone throw away.
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