I must have walked past Varela Varelita hundreds of times and never taken much notice of it. There is not much to notice on the outside and inside it has that sparse and initially unfriendly feel, that many of the old-school style bars have.
It’s been open for more than 40 years and, like many of its colleagues, does not seem to have changed a lot in that time. The original owner sold it 20 years ago but he still comes in for a drink ever now and then.
I wouldn’t go out of my way to Varela Varelita but it’s a mere stone’s through from the tourist havens of Palermo Soho so it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area and would like to see what a real Buenos Aires bar is like.
Varela Varelita: Av Raúl Scalabrini Ortiz 2102
Subte: Scalabrini Ortiz, Line D
This page is part of a series examining the Notable Bars of Buenos Aires.