By Ben Wood
Ben Wood is a seasoned beer industry veteran, sommelier and co-owner of Beervana, a specialist beer store and importer located at Los Leones 106 in Santiago, Chile. Beervana has the finest beers available from the United States, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Mexico, and beers from Chile as well.
A Santiago classic, this “picada” style sandwich shop is almost directly across the street from the GAM, and has become home to hipster-ish art shows and fixed gear bike events. Luckily, they’ve got a pretty solid beer lineup from Kross, Rothhammer, and some German favorites like Shoffenhoffer and Erdinger.
This little gem on the corner of Rosal and Lastarria is a neighborhood classic. Make sure you check out the incredibly beautiful second floor, their homemade hamburgers, and their impressive lineup of constantly changing beer offerings.
Another hidden hotspot within Lastarria, Escondido has a massive selection of beers, plus a nice quiet patio with outdoor seating. You can’t go wrong with this hidden gem.
What?! A wine bar on the beer expert’s list? Well, it’s true. This is the real-deal wine bar here in Santiago. The entire staff are sommeliers or sommeliers in training, and hey, a glass of wine every now and again is pretty delicious.
Sure, it’s a bit of a hike from Lastarria, but getting there is half the fun, right? The White Rabbit has a solid menu of late-night nibbles if you’re still hungry, plus their beer, wine and cocktail list is nothing to mess with. Hang out on the steps and watch the Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Any night partying go by in the heart of Bellavista.
See you at the show!