When visiting a Notable Bar, the best source of information is the staff. More often than not the average Porteño waiter is more than happy to chat away for a few minutes on the history of the bar, how things used to be back in the day.
So, it didn’t bode well when I asked the waiter in Boston City in which year the bar had opened and he didn’t know. We established it was more than 50 but less than 100. To be honest I wasn’t that bothered about finding out. The cafe has an interesting design with the circular bar echoed in the seating area of the balcony above, but apart from that it’s dark, uninteresting and the coffee was really bad.
Boston City does have one thing going for it however, and that’s its location in Galeria Guemes, one of the more spectacular buildings in central Buenos Aires. Designed by Italian architect Francisco Gianotti (also responsible for the Confiteria del Molino and La Inmobiliaria), Galeria Guemes, at 80 metres tall was considered the city’s first skyscraper when it opened in 1913.
Today, the ground floor is clogged with booths selling everything from crackers to perfumes, but look up and you’ll see one of the best-kept secrets in Buenos Aires.
Boston City: Florida 165
Subte: Catedral, Line D
This page is part of a series examining the Notable Bars of Buenos Aires.