NileGuide Expert Says:
Get off the gringo trail at this post-cemetery watering hole.
Recoleta 1485, Santiago, Chile
09 9737 8296
NileGuide Expert tip:
Try the massive chacarero, a steak sandwich dripping with cooked stringbeans, and wash it down with a terremoto to get the full Chilean experience.
After a long day at the General Cemetary in Santiago's Recoleta neighborhood, there's nothing better than crossing the street for a some good old fashioned sorrow-drowning, Chilean style at Quitapenas. This restaurant and bar is a Santiago classic, for post-funeral and cemetery visit drinking and snacks. In fact the name means "take away your sorrows," and for many people, a visit to the cemetery isn't complete without dropping in here.
It's a basic place, tables and chairs, smudged windows and a floor swept clean. They serve Chilean classics like giant sandwiches and cheapish wine of every ilk, and of course, the terremoto, a Chilean drink of unaged wine topped with a splash of Fernet and pineapple icecream.
The restaurant is across the street from the General Cemetery
at the Cementerios metro and deserves a visit at most times of the day.