Inside Mendoza City
The list below has some great bars but if you’re looking to browse, head to Aristides Villanueva Avenue, the nightlife strip of Mendoza. It’s a continuation of Ave. Colon and is simply referred to as Aristides by the locals. Pubs, bars, restaurants and shops cram together from Belgrano to San Martin Park to provide you with ample bar options. Get your shut-eye before a night out because the clubs don’t even get started until 2am, and call a taxi because they are all located out of the city in Chacras or El Challao.
BELIEVE IRISH PUB
One of the few bars in Mendoza with a bar counter and high stools to prop yourself up on. Kelly, the English part-owner/pub-mascot is almost always there to share a chat and a smile with the crowd; which is most likely a factor in its notable popularity among expats andtravelers. On the menu is a great collection of draught beers, bottled beers (try the Warsteiner) and surprisingly decent pub grub. TV screens hang in every corner airing hit music-video montages or football games. Monday night is International night and for their packed events DJ’s rock the house. Colon and España 241. Tel. 261-429-5567. http://www.believeirishpub.com.ar
This warehouse bar has a rough and ready bohemian vibe with bare walls and high, corrugated roofing. There is nothing rough and ready about its beers however as they offer smooth, well honed IPA, lagers and stouts. There are over 50 variieties to choose from and service is rapid as they operate a self service ticket system that puts an end to long waits – a drinker´s curse in Mendoza. The food is standard fare but with big convivial tables, resident DJs and early evening opening hours it has quickly become one of the most popular and lively bars on the strip.
Aristides de Villanueva 168.
Aristides street would not be very complete without its own micro-brewery bar.
Antares is the real deal and a pioneer in this respect with bars located across the country since before it became trendy to brew your own grog. Its long bar displays tempting casks of great quality beers such as Scottish ale and Irish stout. This expansive bar packs them in at night and serves decent pub grub too. Antares Bar.
La Taberna de Moe
This all-day, all-night drinking institution is popular with a young, student crowd and is a refreshing antidote to the cool posers on Aristides street. Located downtown, just off San Martin Avenue, it is basically a hole-in-the-wall beer den disguised as a kiosk. And like all the kiosks, it has lots of Duff Beer.
Catamarca 22. Tel 425 5317
Just off the Alameda strip, the Black Sheep is an American-style sports bar with big screen TVs and decent bar food like nachos, homemade burgers and hot and spicy chicken wings. Whileespecially popular during sports matches, The Black Sheep is one of the few bars to stay open everyday from 12 till 4am so you can grab a pint whenever you like! Maipu 131, Mendoza (261) 561 4283.
Cozy Mendocino restaurant with a casual, rustic charm attracts with traditional Argentine food and friendly and warm atmosphere. Hearty empanadas and sizzling asado go with warm, open sandwiches. We recommend the artichoke hearts and goat cheese; roasted vegetables with white wine and honey; or the more traditional pick of rich glands cooked in lemon. 9 de Julio 656. Tel: (261) 4291057. Mon. to Sat.:12.30pm3.30pm and 8.30pm-close. Avg. Meal cost: $350.
Trendy and cosmopolitan, Josefina Restó is an island of elegance on hectic Aristides Street. The building is a playful mix of the urbane and the natural. The warmth of vintage style drawings adorning the walls are illuminated through large, handsome street windows. The food is eclectic and seasonal. www. josefinaresto.com.ar Aristides Villanueva 165, Mendoza 5500, Argentina –
Tel. 261 4233531.
The perfect spot for some lunch time sunshine or al fresco dining. Run by three friends, El Mercadito has a cool vibe and relaxed music making it a favorite. Opening in the morning forhealthy breakfasts and antioxidants juices, El Mercadito stays open throughout the siesta with its light menu of sandwiches, big salads and some Argentine classic meals. Aristides Villanueva 521. Tel – 4638847. Avg. meal price: $190. Chacras de Coria: Viamonte 4961. Tel – 4962267.
Minimalistic but full of flavor is how you can describe Pizzaiolo. This is a true Italian food shop with excellent pizzas and Italian dishes such as calzones, bruschettas and pastas. If you have a sweet tooth we recommend the tiramisu and lemon Semifreddo. The owners, Esteban and Karim Fahra and Pablo Nievas, are no strangers to successful businesses since their families ran ‘La Buona Pizza’ and ‘De un Rincón de la Boca’ two of the most famous pizza places in Mendoza. Sarmiento 631. Tel: (261) 420-0181.
Mon. to Sun.: 12pm to 1am. Avg. Meal cost: $300.
Torito is alluring the crowds to Juan B Justo Street, the new IT place in Mendoza for a night out. Classic Argentinean comfort food is cooked on a huge grill with very traditional options such as burgers, lomos (steak sandwiches) and cuts of beef. Fresh and excellent quality ingredients are used and the menu includes vegan and gluten free options. Football fans are welcome to big games and their outside courtyard is perfect for balmy summer nights. www. facebook.com/toritotime Juan B. Justo 234, Mendoza 5500, Argentina – Tel. 0261 423-3394.
El Perro Lombardo
The new gastronomic pub is causing a great first impression. The concept is simple but well thought of as there are no formalities when sitting down on the table but to concentrate on the quality of the food. El Perro or the dog offers a chance to mingle in a cosmopolitan environment. The options range from falafel to cous cous salad to burgers and you can pair it a cold beer or glass of wine. The bite of the week is very affordable only at $160 pesos which includes a dish of the day + non-alcoholic drink or beer. The bar is in Arístides Villanueva 537. Tel 4638847.
Located 15 minutes walk beyond the city center, this handsome historical winery offers Old World elegance and atmosphere. The expansive restaurant serves traditional dishes with a gourmet twist and it’s the perfect lunch or dinner spot for those who have just arrived and want some genuine Mendocino ambience .
Lateral Norte Acceso Este 1360. Tel – 431 0403. Open Tuesday to Saturday lunch and dinner.
Chic parrilla style restaurant (part of the Park Hyatt hotel) with open kitchen. Famous for grilled meats and gigantic empanadas, and serves hearty Argentine classics such as ‘locro’ – a stew that hails back to the early independence days. The Hyatt’s other restaurant, Bistro M, offers a more gourmet evening menu and the most exuberant ‘lunch menu’ in town. https://mendoza.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining.html
Chile 1124. Tel – 4411225. Avg. meal Grill Q $250 pesos. Bistro M – Executive Menu $280.
Outside the City
The property is beautiful full of gardens and vineyards. The restaurant matches the elegance of the outside with a tasteful and polished setting. My favorite is the hospitality of the staff. From beginning to end your experience will be accompanied by the smiles and politeness of the tourism and restaurant staff. The food is a 5 course reverie to the senses that will take you through the native ingredients of Mendoza with very modern techniques. Pablo and Carlos Torres, we’ll often explain the dishes and pairings. The menu is seasonal with much of the ingredients freshly picked from the property’s organic vegetable garden and orchard. Carril Barrancas 10590, Maipú. Tel – 5249358. Mon to Sun 13pm to 4pm. Avg. meal price: $1000 pesos.
Ruca Malen winery is synonymous with gourmet food & wine pairings in Mendoza and was a pioneer in this area. Having lunch in Ruca Malen is also a visual experience, from the food served in creative plates designed especially for the occasion by local craftsmen to the breathtaking view one gets of the Andes and the vineyard. It also offers great vegetarian and gluten-free options. Ruta Nacional Km 7, Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza. Tel: +54 261 553 7164. Cel: +54 9 261 454 1236. email@example.com . http://bodegarucamalen.com/
Family-owned restaurant in the rustic splendor of Las Vegas in Poterillos, 80 km from Mendoza. This is without doubt the best restaurant in the mountains, specializing in traditional family recipes that add a new twist to Andean fare such as humitas, tomatican and mondongo. The restaurant itself is simple and modern with no frills, but the food of course. Open weekends and public holidays 12 midday to 4pm. Avg $250 AR. Los Olmos ST. La Vegas, Potrerillos. Te. (0261) 15569743
A pioneer in the Uco Valley region, this boutique winery now offers hearty lunches in a rustic setting with stunning views of the mountains. Family-owned , the owners are often your hosts and they take pride in serving giant portions of excellent beef and pork dishes, accompanied by the winery’s excellent, high altitude wines. Popular, authentic and unforgettable. http://bodegalaazul.com/
Open Tuesday to Sunday. Lunches only. Tupungato. Tel – (02622) 423 593.
Restaurant Lares de Chacras
One of Mendoza’s most charming boutique wine hotels has now opened its excellent restaurant to the general public. Located in the picturesque wine village of Chacras de Coria, a 20 minute drive from the city, Lares offers traditional local dishes in a rustic deluxe environment. Every Wednesday they offer asado, Argentine bbq. Larrea 1266, Chacras de Coria, Tel. (0261) 491 1061.
Prímula Cantina Ferroviaria
A small, genuine restaurant that is a homage to Mendoza’s railway heritage. Part of the winery Estrellas de los Andes, this cantina is the Argentinean version of a 50’s diner. The atmosphere is relaxed and immediately transports you back to the good old days. You can even have your lunch in an old restored wagon. The setting is not pretentious and nor is the food. The menu consists of three courses with 3 to 4 options in every course. The options change every week according to the season and the availability of local products, made on a huge outdoor grill and mud oven. Olavarria 225, Perdriel, Lujan de Cuyo.
Tel 261 2213899 from Tuesday to Sunday and holidays from 11am to 18 pm.
The view and setting is gorgeous. Surrounded by vineyards, this modern and elegant restaurant allows for a charming and gourmet experience. The menu is designed by star chef Lucas Bustos concentrating in a sustainable and organic cuisine. The surprise of the menu is the delicious pairing with their wines but also a cider. Brandsen 505, Luján de Cuyo. Tel – (+54) 9 261 696 7848 . Mon. to Sat. 12:30pm to 3pm. Avg. meal price: $1200 pesos.
Lunch in a Winery.
Whatever you do in Mendoza, make sure to have lunch in a winery. There is nothing quite like sitting back to a long line of wine glasses holding delicious Chardonnay, Torrontes, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon (amongst others), accompanied by the nest, gourmet food Argentina has to offer. The icing on the cake is that icing on the Andes in the background and the lush green vines of the vineyard. It is de nitely the most civilised way to get drunk on the planet.