Boasting beautiful bouquets and a curated selection of wine, the storefront that houses hidden bar Florería Atlántico beneath a flower shop is both elegant and alluring. Open the antique fridge door, however, and step into mixologist Renato ‘Tato’ Giovannoni’s iconic Buenos Aires basement bar. Notching up a decade in business in 2023, stories and concoctions from Old World migrants have long dominated the drinks list at Florería, many using the bartender’s own-brand gin, but the latest pays tribute to indigenous and rural Argentinian communities, an exhaustive work undertaken by Giovannoni and local historian Felipe Pigna.
A sustainable approach has long been at the heart of this distinguished bar, working closely with farmers to cultivate autochthonous ingredients; this philosophy was backed up by the bar hosting the third edition of Festival Atlántico in August 2022, which gathered 150 bartenders to share their sustainability know-how. In 2020, Giovannoni was named the Altos Bartenders' Bartender.