On the corner of Plaza Lavalle and a block from both the Teatro Colón (meaning Columbus rather than intestine) and the Obelisco, the Petit Colón is a very stylish and sophisticated establishment that no doubt does a roaring trade feeding and watering the lawyers from the courthouse across the street.
Surprisingly, the bar has only been operating since 1978 although it looks like it should have been around for a lot longer. It is currently showing off a year-long renovation program and it was certainly worth the time.
Long and narrow, light comes in from long, high windows and the mix of light and dark woods, plush wallpaper and brass fittings gives an airy and laidback feel, helped by the smooth jazz coming from the speakers.
Given its location The Petit Colón is catering to a professional crowd and is not going for the regular bar feel. The renovation has borne fruit, it looks fantastic and despite its relative youth on the cafe scene, it can certainly compete with the older places in providing a real Porteño experience.
Petit Colón: Libertad 505
Subte: Tribunales, Line D
This page is part of a series examining the Notable Bars of Buenos Aires.