Intriguingly, the Argentine press have labelled El Alamo ‘an elegant stately-home bar’. By this, however, it would seem they mean bikini contests, free drinks for girls (until midnight) and all-day drinking sessions, so if you’re expecting British aristocrats in tweeds you might be a little disappointed.
Feel free to take your clothes off, tie them around your head and dance on the bar – Ukrainian barman Antony would be offended if you didn’t. He’s normally as inebriated as the rest of the Alamo crew, who spend most of their off-duty hours propping up the bar. Just don’t hide their clothes, or they won’t let you choose the music.
This is Buenos Aires’ only real 24-hour beer pit, the only one in which smoking is ignored; here, you can enjoy Recoleta’s finest bikini contest, held on the first floor on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights (check website for events).
The establishment was formerly ‘Shoeless Joe’s’ until 2006, when it became ‘Shoeless Joe’s El Alamo’, named after (yep!) the Alamo. El Alamo’s ground floor is slightly dark, but a devoted ex-pat following turns up for the cheap whisky, 4-litre jugs of beer – the largest in Buenos Aires – and rock music that shakes the shot glasses all night long.