Phone Box Pub: A Gem in Plain Sight

In Chile, people are often quick to dismiss things once they’ve become too popular. But the always busy Phone Box Pub in Providencia is an exception: while it may not be a “hidden gem” in bustling Santiago, it certainly ranks as one of the most well-established, interesting and downright fun places to drink, eat and watch live music in town.

Photo by Katie David
Photo by Katie David

Once you enter the inviting patio that immediately distracts from the chaos outside, walk into the cockney-themed watering hole through -- you guessed it -- a British payphone box-styled entryway. Inside, the 36 varieties of bottled beer, such as hard-to-find European varieties like Tubinger and Berner, and 11 beers on tap, including the bar’s own brew, will never bore a beer connoisseur.

Photo by Katie David
Photo by Katie David

The pub isn't best known for its bountiful beer supply, but its service shines above the competition. In a city where many bartenders seem almost irritated to serve their patrons, the ones at Phone Box sport a sunny disposition as they pour beers and mix drinks.

For those who are less keen on beer, the pub also offers a variety of reasonably priced wines and mixed drinks to satisfy everyone’s Friday evening thirst. The food menu contains traditional Chilean dishes as well as just-like-home British pub grub like meat pies. With food like that next to a good dark ale, any Brit is sure to feel a bit nostalgic at the Box.

Photo by Katie David
Photo by Katie David

Founded by a South African 25 years ago, run by Chileans, and frequented by locals, expatriates and tourists alike, there is never a dull moment at the Box. Any night of the week will cater to a young, sizable after-work crowd, but the most interesting nights to go are Wednesdays, when open mic nights draw in talented and locally popular artists, and Thursdays, when live bands inhabit the venue. Arrive fairly early on those nights, as seating near the stage fills up quickly.

Bottom line, Phone Box is versatile in a way that pubs should be and other pubs might envy. Perfect for a mid-day beer or snack, a small social gathering, a full-fledged dinner with drinks, or even a late-night pub bender, the Box has just about everything a pub could offer. Don’t let its popularity distract you.

Phone Box Pub

Providencia
Av Providencia 1652
Telephone: (02) 235-9972
Mon - Tues: 9:30 am - 1:00 am
Wed - Thurs: 9:30 am - 2:00 am
Fri: 9:30 am - 3:00 am
Sat: 10:30 am - 3:00 am
Metro: Pedro de Valdivia

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