Florería Atlántico is a speakeasy, but not as you know it. There’s the expected nondescript door, sure, but it’s hidden beneath a florist – also owned by the dynamic hospitality industry duo Aline Vargas and Renato Giovannoni. Unlike the American low-profile speakeasy concept on which it is loosely based, this is a cosmopolitan sort of basement bar, attracting a fun-loving Buenos Aires crowd to the old docks of the Argentinian capital. In drinks, Florería celebrates the contribution of the country’s immigrants: American bartenders and their cocktail culture, the English and the Dutch who brought their gin and genever, the wines (and amaris) of the Italians, Spanish, French and Portuguese, and more and more its own country’s rich and varied treasures. So, far from being another clone of an international concept, Florería is a love letter to Argentina, its products and people. Once again Florería Atlántico is named The Best Bar in South America, sponsored by iichiko Saiten, and its mastermind Giovannoni the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender 2020.