In the middle of Santiago’s summer heat, nothing beats having a cold, sweaty glass of beer with your mates after a hard day at work. Budapest offers not only this, but the chance to drink a variety of the most exquisite handcrafted beers you'll ever taste.
Photo by Victor Soto
Budapest started its business several years ago and sells just one kind of beer--its own, handcrafted and produced under the label Die-M. The ale, unfiltered, naturally gassed and fermented, comes in two main varieties on tap--White (Helles) and Black (Dunkel)--with a third, Red (Rot), sold in a bottle. Prices are very customer-friendly, and you’ll never be disappointed with paying CP$1,200 (US$1.90) a pint.
Though most people in Santiago are not very accustomed to black beer, Die-M's Dunkel is unique: It’s strong, barely sweet, with a pinch of coffee that leaves your mouth with a seductive aftertaste. While the white and red beers are very rich and tasteful indeed, Dunkel definitely takes the cake.
With two locales in Santiago, customers will always find a cozy, comfortable spot amidst the old medieval tavern decor. A slew of customers sit outside the bar, enjoying the afternoon sunset with a cold cup of beer and a nice chat with friends and colleagues.
Customer peak time starts at 5 p.m. on the weekdays, when office employees like to have an after-work beer. But from then on, it also gets difficult to find a vacant table amidst the immense jungle of white-collars. To avoid this, consider coming in at an earlier time.
Nevertheless, it's also ideal to have a drink during these peak times: Since the beer, delivered daily, is kept in steel barrels, it's hard to make sure the brews will always be sufficiently gassed and not over-matured. It's best to visit for lunch or after work at 5 or 6 p.m., when the barrels are usually replaced with new ones to accommodate the masses.
Av. Irarrázaval 3790 (at Pedro Torres)
Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Die-M Call Center: 418 3497 and 716 3901
Av. Francisco Bilbao 5351 (at Las Carretas)
Mondays –Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.