NileGuide Expert Says:
Best locally brewed beer in a relaxed environment in the city.
Marín 285, Santiago, Chile
(2) 2886 2441
NileGuide Expert tip:
Come early for the happy hour, and enjoy glasses of small batch beer for about $2.
Cervecería Nacional is a true beer-lovers find at the junction of the two neighborhoods Barrio Brasil and Barrio Yungay in urban Santiago, Chile. It's nestled in among a series of old buildings, and inside is a bare-bones pub, with exposed bricks and beams, and plywood-doored bathrooms. But the beer. Oh, the beer. Brewer Ruben Donoso, together with enologist Ignacio Henriquez have put together a great menu of more than 25 locally-brewed (or Chilean-brewed) beers, many of them small-batch. They also have a daily special of a small glass of beer for about $2 during happy hour, and you can choose from the house beers of a blond, an amber or a porter.
In addition to the great beer, there are above-average Chilean sandwiches, including cordero (lamb), and the innovative "completo de camarones" which is a fried shrimp sandwich served po'boy style, in a hotdog bun with a tangy sauce. Other food options include pizza, and they serve popcorn when you sit down.
The crowd is eclectic, but mostly downtown chic, groups of friends and the like. When big sporting events are on they'll project it onto a big screen, but it is not primarily a sports bar.