Bar Seddon is a nostalgic refuge on one of the nicest little cobble-stoned corners of San Telmo. It’s a seductive destination to enjoy a coffee while gazing out the window or to linger over a bottle of Malbec on a casual date.
The 19th-century former pharmacy oozes style with its classic black and white tiled floor, wood paneled walls topped by beveled mirrors, antique furniture filled with knick-knacks and candles endlessly flickering around the bar. An antique railway clock keeps time.
Seddon is overseen by the friendly owner, Pamela, which kind of makes you feel like you’re hanging out at your favorite eccentric aunt’s house. Her dad, who founded the much-mourned original Seddon downtown, has since passed away but you’ll still find Pam’s mom hanging out almost everyday. In the good old days, Seddon was one of the best venues to see Cuban, blues and rock and roll music live in San Telmo. Unfortunately the city government started enforcing zoning laws limiting live music in bars, but there is still always a cool selection of tunes playing over the stereo system at a volume that still allows for conversation.
So beloved is Bar Seddon that it is declared a ‘notable’ bar of historical significance by the city of Buenos Aires. This is more of a bar than a restaurant but the reasonably priced menu does include a few typical Argentine dishes as well as pizza, pastas and meat and cheese platters.
The crowd tends to be down-to-earth, cultured Porteños with mix of international visitors. Here you’ll enjoy a relaxed old-school San Telmo vibe, which is a pleasant contrast to the ‘fashion’ bars of Palermo.
$$-$$$ /Credit cards accepted
Defensa 695 (corner of Chile)