By Catie Brandl

[Catie Brandl]

[Catie Brandl]

Now with summer settling in, who doesn’t want to chill with friends and have a beer? Half beer store and half resto-bar serving Mexican-style street foods and some of the best in craft beers that Santiago has to offer, Zapata Resto-Bar is an absolute must for beer geeks.  One of a kind in Santiago, you can either buy your beer to take home or you can take a seat and enjoy a couple of brews at the bar-restaurant. If you can’t find a beer you like here, then you might consider sticking to wine.   

Zapata Resto Bar is owned by Emerson Hernandez and Enrique Muñoz, both native Mexicans with family ties in Chile.  Formerly known as Zapata Imports, the south side go-to for craft beer in Santiago, the store has moved, and evolved, to something much more delicious.  Zapata is now home to the Beer House, an artisan beer store offering around 241 different bottled and canned beers to choose from.  They sell everything from stouts and porters to American IPAs, and a wide variety of European imports.

For those who prefer to drink tap beer at home, Zapata offers a rotating variety of many of the beers they offer in cans and bottles, which can be taken home in 2 and 10-liter growlers that can be brought back for a refill.  If you’re interested in something a little stronger, there is tequila, too.  Zapata is aiming to bring the largest variety of tequilas and mezcales to Chile in 2015.  If you’re into the classics, they also stock a full bar with spirits and mixers for whatever drink you may want.

Beer aside, the real star of the show is the Mexican fare that Zapata has brought to Ñuñoa.  As natives of Mexico, Hernandez and Muñoz wanted to bring the foods of their homeland to the streets of Santiago, which you can eat with your hands, Mexican-style.  The prices are reasonable and the menu is full of Mexican street classics like tacos and quesadillas, housemade salsas, tortas, and even a bacon-wrapped, deep-fried hot dog.  For the future, the two are planning to star ‘El Gran Comilona,’  a food and beer blow-out in which invited chefs will cook until guests can eat no more, all paired with a variety of craft beers.

Zapata Resto Bar is located on the south end of Pedro de Valdivia, making it a perfect neighborhood bar, and a convenient location to stock up on artisan brews.  Far from the party district in a relaxed part of town in Ñuñoa, it’s the perfect place to have a drink with friends after work, or a long weekend afternoon with perfect food to match.  They also offer a 10% neighborhood discount for anyone that lives with a 10-block radius. Even if you’re not a neighbor, Zapata Resto Bar is definitely worth a visit.
Zapata Resto Bar is located at Hernan Cortes 2452.  They’re open for lunch and dinner, as well as drinks, from 12:00 to 2:00, Monday through Saturday.  Salud.

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