This small bar has a menu that includes gin aged in copper barrels, pisco and craft beer. Among the food options, the highlights are the tapas, like the one made with tartar and truffled egg.
Owner and mixologist Narciso Bermejo travels the country in search of whiskies, runs, gins and vodkas and employs maceration techniques with such ingredients as cinnamon and watermelon. Talk to the bartenders – or to Bermejo himself – and let them suggest a drink for you.
In the basement of Bar Astor, in a dark setting with red velvet curtains, bartenders prepare cocktails with infusion beverages – gin with saffron, vermouth with mushroom, and cachaça with vanilla are among the options. The tip is to arrive early to secure a place at the marble bar.
The house (which has a rooftop bar on the second floor, Naked in the Sky) serves vodkas produced there, with such varied ingredients as chocolate, pomegranate and pepper. Its bold name is a reference to the legend of an old Russian mobster who used to make clandestine spirits naked in the basement.