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Starting out, surprisingly, as the only non-hotel cocktail bar in Buenos Aires’ well-heeled Recoleta neighbourhood four years ago, Presidente oozes style and elegance. A two-for-one experience based out of a stunning centenary mansion (three, if you count street side tables), well-groomed co-owner and head bartender Seba García, who previously led The Harrison Speakeasy and Frank’s, takes pride in executing both innovative and classic drinks. Party vibes often rule the glitzy main bar, Latino tunes pumping, and this is where García and his team ignite the ambience, best soaked up with a Buenos Aires Zombie served in a now-iconic obelisk-shaped vessel; also of note is that 80% of all ingredients they work with are Argentinian. For a more sedate experience, sink into an armchair in La Biblioteca, the tucked-away second bar inspired by 1930s Cuba, whose drinks certainly whet rum enthusiasts’ palates. After climbing 29 places up the ranking from 2020, Presidente is named the Nikka Highest Climber 2021.