EmQuartier's eclectic Latino party spot is an explosion of color and music.
The buzz: Following the success of EmQuartier's beach club themed Escape, the luxury mall has welcomed a second rooftop bar with an extravagant Latino flex.
The decor: Imagine you have a super-rich and extra South American friend. Now, imagine what their house would look like. We're talking an explosion of gold and red, with thick velvet curtains, a dramatic mural of a girl playing sax, a full moon party-esque wall of neon doodles, and a ton of gold-rimmed couches and chairs floating on a sea of Persian rugs. The massive space is divied up into various sections, meaning you can puff away in the cigar room, have a tipple at the upstairs whiskey bar, lounge on beanbags at another bar, chill on the open-air terrace, or get your groove on to live music on the huge dance floor. You'll hardly know where to start.
The food: Start off with their cream cheese and chorizo-stuffed jalapeno poppers (B290) before checking out the South American and Spanish-influenced mains, from hearty seafood paella (B990) to lean Argentinian chimichurri beef (B1,290). If you just want something to line your stomach, order the patatas bravas (B180)—potato cubes cooked in duck fat and spices, served with a spicy sauce.
The drinks: The drinks list is massive, offering everything from aperitifs, gin, cachaca, rum, tequila and mezcal to vodka, whiskey—you name it. Of course you can’t go there and not order a margarita—they offer five kinds. We like the Tiki Poly Margarita (B380), which makes use of cucumber for extra freshness. There's also a menu of Latino classics, featuring a decent Peruvian Pisco Sour (B380).
The music: A live band fills the stage every night with a different kind of music. Our favorite is the swing band on Friday, or if you like upbeat jazz, head there on Tuesday.
The crowd: While a place like Havana Social is reserved for millennials and young professionals, this place welcomes an older crowd. Our parents would have so much fun here.
Why we’d come back: The ecelctic and vibrant decor mixed with a different type of music every night means you never know what to expect.