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El Alamo Bar

American-style bar in Recoleta

Shoeless Joe’s El Alamo Bar (to use it’s full name) doesn’t exactly scream ‘Buenos Aires‘. Instead, it hollers ‘American Expat Bar’. A lot of Americans have relocated to Buenos Aires over the last few years, which is probably why El Alamo exists. That, and shorter-term visitors who are feeling a little homesick, or want to catch a US or international sports event here on TV.

To cut a long story short, the main attraction of this bar for most of its visitors is its cheap and plentiful beer (including 4 liter pitchers), sometimes with special promotions:

FREE BEER! FOR LADIES!

“Ladies: before 10pm, FREE beer and cocktails”

As for the bar, well it is nothing special, just a typical, unimaginative bar that could be found in any major city, but then I am sure the people come for the cheap drinks, and don’t really remember much of the surroundings.

There are two levels, downstairs for food and sports TV (they claim to show all major American and international sports events), and upstairs which is accessed by a separate outside entrance to the left, which has louder music, and is actually a little more pleasing to the eye, decor wise, with nice antique-style tables and chandeliers.

Shoeless Joe's El Alamo Bar, Recoleta, Buenos Aires

Pub Grub at El Alamo

Finally, the food is decent, solid, unassuming, reasonably priced, american bar food, which may serve as a nice respite to those missing home. They offer a pretty excellent ‘Club House’ sandwich, of nicely grilled chicken breast, bacon (a novelty in Buenos Aires!), tomato and lettuce, with fries, that unfortunately wilt in their greasyness. Exactly the kind of borderline junk food that many visitors to Buenos Aires miss.

Also available: individual pizzas, which are nice enough, and nachos with guacamole (even more of a novelty in Buenos Aires, though they seem to be gaining in popularity). However, the guacamole is tasteless. Fortunately, the cheap pitcher of beer to wash it all down makes that but a distant thought.

Location of Shoeless Joe’s El Alamo Bar

Uruguay 1175 (between Avenida Santa Fe & Arenales), Recoleta

Tel: 4813-7324, website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Alamo-Buenos-Aires/112218648861745

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20 Responses to “El Alamo Bar”

  1. Ken on November 14th, 2006 10:06 pm

    Alan
    My wife heard that the beer in BA is 3.2%. Is that correct or is it fairly good?
    Ken

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  2. Alan Patrick on November 14th, 2006 10:41 pm

    Hi Ken,

    Thanks for the comment!

    Most of the beer in Argentina, such as Quilmes or Brahma, is around 5%.

    To be honest, I am not a big fan of the beer here in general. It tastes too chemical to me, and even the foreign brands like Budweiser and Heineken are I believe brewed in Argentina, and are not up to the standard they would be in the US or Europe.

    For me, there are very few places to get good beer in BA, but there are a few. A bar called Van Koning in the Las Canitas area of Palermo has a good beer selection from all over Europe (including Germany and Belgium, great beer countries), and many of the beers they sell can also be bought in the Jumbo supermarket (right near the Hipodromo in Palermo), which is the onloy supermarket that I would say stocks decent (impoorted) beer – BUT, it is very expensive in comparison with the Argentine options. Also there are the two ‘British’ pubs in BA that serve some decent draft beers from a brewery in Pilar, Argentina – these are Gibraltar in San Telmo and Bangalore in Palermo (which also does a GREAT indian curry).

    I will be writing some blog posts about all of these places and beer in Buenos Aires fairly soon, so keep checking back!

    If anyone can suggest other good places for beer in BA, please post here :)

     PS – I have heard recently that Shoeless Joe’s have revised their pricing structure and started charging for entry more regularly in the evenings too, so I will have to check that out sometime and update this post to reflect the changes. So if anyone goes to the bar and finds out it was not exactly what I described in terms of value, please don’t blame me for wrong information. It’s all correct at the time I go to (the blogging) press! ;)

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  3. BZ en Buenos Aires on January 6th, 2007 5:43 pm

    There is one outstanding beer produced locally, called Schneider’s “Fuerte” (strong). It is 6%, and is more of a reddish beer. Really tasty and full bodied, and while it is not available in man bars, it is available in almost all supermarkets.

    Regarding Bangalore: the beers are excellent, but the curry is mediocre at best, particularly by British/American standards. If you are hungry for some authentic “ethnic” food while in BA, your only real option is to check out Korea-town in Bajo Flores, not to be confused with the weak Chinatown in Belgrano.

    Salduos, BZ.

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  4. BZ en Buenos Aires on January 6th, 2007 5:44 pm

    sorry – that was supposed to be “in many bars”, not “in man bars”

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  5. Alan Patrick on January 10th, 2007 4:56 pm

    Hello BZ!

    Its not often I disagree with people on here, being a non confrontational kind of guy, but we are going to have to agree to disagree here :)

    And remember, these are all only my opinions….

    For me, the curries at Bangalore are great, maybe not quite up to Brick Lane standards, but certainly the best of that type of food I know of on offer in BA…Korean food is a different kettle of fish entirely. And for the record, there are some decent places to eat in Chinatown in Belgrano…and I couldn’t really care less about authenticity…just taste!

    I would actually put the curry above the beers at Bangalore..I would say the beer is farther behind English beer standards than the curry is behind English curry standards. But the beer is still good by BA standards, yes.

    Oh, and I don’t like any of the Schneider beers unfortunately…. the guys at ratebeer.com are with me on that one…and they are not usually too far off on these matters :)

    Sorry to disagree with everything, but thanks a lot for reading my blog and contributing!

    Cheers,

    Alan

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  6. Anonymous on June 18th, 2007 4:19 pm

    how bout some contact information…that would be helpful, yeah?

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  7. Alan Patrick on June 18th, 2007 4:32 pm

    Hi Anonymous,

    I don’t really like anonymous comments, especially from people who don’t supply an email.

    I’m sure people can Google Shoeless Joe’s to find out the contact details. Or, if you want to be helpful, feel free to post the contact info in the comments here.

    Although, to be honest, it’s a bar, and I generally very rarely see the need to contact bars ahead of a visit, which is why, as a rule, I don’t add contact details to my bar reviews.

    Cheers,

    Alan

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  8. rubin on August 29th, 2007 10:31 am

    Does this bar show college football games on saturdays as well?

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  9. fred schilling on October 18th, 2007 9:32 am

    Just left Buenos Aires. Let me add a few words of advice/warning about Shoeless Joe´s El Alamo Bar.

    It is very popular and very busy. El Alamo is the only place in Argentina that carries all American and European sporting events. That is where the good news ends.

    My experience. Went to see Georgia play. There was a large group of Georgia fans as well as groups watching USC, Texas, Ohio State etc.

    Unfortuneately, along with the sporting fans there are many young students who are attracted by the ¨free drinks for girls policy¨¨ These girls have absolutely no interest in college football

    To make a long story short, if you enjoy watching your team and at the same time being pestered by groups of students who want to engage you in meaningless conversation, exchange e-mail addresses etc – this is the place for you.

    However, if you are a serious sports fan this Bar will disappoint.

    My advice is, don´t go to El Alamo when there are important sporting event. You will regret it.

    Go the Alamo other times. The girls will still be there but they won´t be such a distraction. You may even enjoy improving your Spanish talking to them.

    In summary, El Alamo is open 24 hours every day and is always crowded. There are lots better times to visit El Alamo than for sporting events

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  10. Michael on October 19th, 2007 2:06 am

    This by far the noisest restaurant/bar/pub I have ever been to. In my opinion, it gives the Americans a bad name. Buenos Aires is a class act city with much culture and this place doesn’t add to it at all. I left since one can even carry a normal conversation without shouting. If you want that college type surrounds with kids yelling then do as you wish. There are many other places which represent the great city of Buenos Aires.

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  11. Erica Summers on October 22nd, 2007 6:35 am

    I am studying in BA for 3 months with 3 girlfriends. We have befriended a number of Argentinean students so that when we can become familiar with the places Argentineans prefer and their point of view.

    I agree completely with Michael’s review. Places like El Alamo are not why I came to Buenos Aires. El Alamo is definitely not Argentinean. It is very active and different. I prefer a typical Argentinean bar which is quiet and sedate,

    However, I am forced to go to El Alamo frequently because our Argentinean friends love the place. They say their country is full of corruption and they have been betrayed by the people they put their trust in. They want nothing to do with anything Argentinean. They might not admire some of the things the United States has done but they do admire that Americans are by nature much more honest than their countrymen.

    My friends frequent El Alamo basically because they trust the place. They are not going to be cheated by high prices or dishonest policies which are the standard for anything Argentinean.

    However, I think another reason they like El Alamo is because it is always busy and they meet people there. Being busy helps explain the noise level. I prefer a place like Milion which is quiet and sometimes you can have the whole place to yourself – it is never very crowded – but to each their own.

    In summary, I agree that El Alamo may give Amricans a bad name in one way. If it were up to me I would not go to El Alamo very much. On the other hand, I can understand why my Argetinean friends prefer El Alamo over quiet and refined Argentinean bars. In El Alamo they can spend their time in a place they don’t have to be concerned about being cheated in one way or another – unlike their government or other Argetinean establlishments which seem bound and determined to mislead and cheat as much as they can.

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  12. Capn Scott on October 22nd, 2007 4:39 pm

    I’m gonna try there tonight, to see if I can watch the Monday Night football game between indy and jax…

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  13. B Rob on October 31st, 2007 2:53 am

    I personally am a huge fan of El Alamo. Yes I came to Buenos Aires to experience the culture and everything of the like, but it is a nice reach back to life back in the states.

    That said, you can easily go to the bar and find the same Argentines you would find at the other bars around the city and speak Spanish to your hearts content. It does really hearken back to American sports bars when they show NFL football games as there is a large contingency of Americans in BsAs looking for their football fix, there are plenty of people who show up at the bar decked out in their favorite teams’ jerseys.

    The beer is incredibly cheap, although it has risen in price since our friend Alan last visited, 35 pesos for a 4 liter pitcher, still a spectacular price for a bar-bought beer. The food is precisely what you would expect from a bar in the states, probably a little better, they use fresher ingredients. The cheapest meal you can find now is 15 pesos, aside from the American breakfast which is 5 pesos every weekday from about 5-6am until around 9pm.

    They have also begun to charge cover nightly, 20 pesos for gents and 10 for ladies, this gets you ticket which you can exchange for beer, the ticket is worth the same amount you paid for it, so two of the gents tickets will get you a 4 liter pitcher. This usually begins from about 8pm on, but there are nights where it starts later, the bouncers tend to live on “Argentime.”

    I would recommend this bar to anyone who wants a little bit of a back home feel with a little Argentine twist who doesn’t mind the bar getting a little loud. As well as anyone who wants to find some of the cheapest bar drinks in BsAs.

    For people who want more cultural/Argentine bars, Plaza Serrano en Palermo Viejo is a wonderful place with about 10-15 bars all within a 4 block radius . Its actually incredibly easy to reach, colectivo 55 heads directly through the plaza and all the taxi drivers seem to know the plaza. Las Canitas also has its share of chill bars, as well as a few that have an American feel, Drink Gallery specifically which hosts beer pong tournaments every Tuesday.

    I hope this helps everyone!

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  14. Cali Mike on April 26th, 2008 8:32 pm

    I´m still here in BA. went last night to shoeless joes. no doubt the staff is honest considering i blend in with the argentinian crowd. i noticed they treat all the male patrons the same and the friendly new yorker chap at the door is more than willing to hail a cab at 3am. Although, i must say that the atmosphere is noisy at best.

    If you are single, american, and have more than 20 us dollars in your pocket getting laid is not a problem, unless you have an arm growing out of your arse and even then its still a possibility.

    Alas, it´s no longer open 24/7, it closes at 4am and they start charging cover at around 10pm. the good news is that after you pay cover you can spend the 20 pesos you just paid at the bar. its just a method to make sure you buy a couple of drinks.

    ciao,
    Mike from cali

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  15. Fernando on September 3rd, 2008 10:33 pm

    “our Argentinean friends love the place. They say their country is full of corruption and they have been betrayed by the people they put their trust in.”

    Wow, what a strong, silly and outrageous political statement to put in a review about bars…

    I would advice your argentine friends to leave the country and end their suffering, to other places that are doing “superbly” like the U.S. or, I don’t know, Iraq.

    “They want nothing to do with anything Argentinean. They might not admire some of the things the United States has done but they do admire that Americans are by nature much more honest than their countrymen.”

    Broad generalizations suck!.

    I bet you wouldn’t like if I judge all your U.S. politicians by the policies of GW Bush or all the american corporations because of the Enron or Halliburton track record.

    “My friends frequent El Alamo basically because they trust the place. They are not going to be cheated by high prices or dishonest policies which are the standard for anything Argentinean.”

    Yes, you’re right I guess… anything argentinean is “dishonest”. Care to elaborate? Por favor.

    Let’s stick to reviews please and leave silly politics out of the equation….

    The site owner has a great work here and I was kinda outraged to read that kinda drivel inserted in one of the comments…

    Best, (and kudos to the siteowner)
    FC

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  16. Luke on September 9th, 2008 1:34 am

    The El Alamo is a sure bet bar every day of the week. IMO it is the finest “Dive” bar in Buenos Aires and comprises all the things that make dive bars such great bars. Cheap drinks & eats, loud music, sports on TV, smokey and an eclectic crowd.

    Is it a great bar? NO! Are there much better bars ( we are talking about bars and not night clubs )? Yes!

    This bar has seen better days ( forget about the website since it has not been updated in years ), but you cannot change a tried and true method. El Alamo is what ut is and that makes it original. It sells more Quilmes ( much given away ) than any other bar in B’sA’s and probably more money than 5 or 10 other bars combined. Brilliant!

    It is no longer the only spot to watch international sports wether American or other. Nor is it the place for great music, live music, dancing, budget drinks, smoking indoors ( very rare nowadays ), American or International food, etc.etc.etc. Matter of fact it never was for many of those attractions. What it does still have is free beer for the ladies ( mostly giggling teens that want nothing to do with expats or tourists ) and as previously stated a sure bet place to find people out and partying. Nothing wrong with that!

    Alternatives and probably some places this site should review that are all in Recoletta are the following:

    Shamrock,Casa Bar ( new and IMO the best place for expats, tourists and portenos), Jack the Ripper, The Spot and 788 just to name a few.

    For Happy Hour and great drink specials – Shamrock
    For darts and a more local bar feel- The Spot
    For international sports, spirits & beer selection, atmosphere & music – Casa Bar
    For a quiet dark mood with hours of English music Jack The Ripper
    For a great otdoor staircase in a beautifl building – Million
    For wine and older crowd ( over priced too! ) – Danzon

    Last note: There is something for everyones taste and budget in this city, its jst going to get more expensive as we speak.

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  17. Barry Hennessey on September 12th, 2008 9:37 am

    Anyone know of a Bar or restaurant here in BA that shows American Football? Pro or College? Big concern is saturday’s USC v Ohio State Game.

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  19. Pedro Garcia on April 23rd, 2014 8:47 am

    The bar now is called The Mo, but still has the same prices and free beer for ladies.

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  20. Quincy Long on April 23rd, 2014 1:16 pm

    Hi Pedro,

    Thanks for letting us know, We will check into the name change (and go visit the bar again!) then update our review!

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