The Pub Crawl

Puerto Varas Travel Blog

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After arriving in Puerto Varas, I scoped out the two recommended hostels - Compass del Sur and Casa Azul.  I did a walk by, and decided on Casa Azul.  It looked (and is) very homey.  It´s literally a house that I share with the owners, and a handful of other guests.  We share the kitchen, living space, etc.  I have a small single bedroom.


I spent the afternoon exploring the very small, German-influenced town.  But it was pretty dark and wet, given the rain.  Chilly too.


Given the lousy weather, I decided to entertain myself later that evening with an impromptu pub crawl.  Warning - the stories and pictures are not for minors or the faint at heart.  And this type of event should be practiced only by experienced professionals.


 I left home (i.

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e., Casa Azul) with only my camera, a handful of cash, and the goal of not having a goal.  I just wanted to see where the night would take me.  Oh, and I had my goretex shell because it was pouring outside.


I started out in Puerto Café, with a café con leche • to energize • and then a local favorite, a pisco sour.


So far, so good.  Pretty harmless.


Then I walked down to Restaurante Mediterraneo where I had another pisco sour.  Then the bartender (whom I had quickly befriended with my California background and EA stories • he has a nine year old for whom he just purchased a Playstation 1!) made me a special drink called a Chirrimoya.  This is a drink blended with some kind of Chilean fruit sort of like a mango.

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  Pretty tasty.  I also ordered some KILLER ceviche!  Wow, was it good.


This restaurant, by the way, would be pretty spectacular on a sunny day • it has a great upstairs deck overlooking the lake.  I sat just inside, at the bar, staring out at the lake…and pouring rain.   


Next was a bar called El Garage.  I settled up at the bar and immediately befriended the bartenders Ricardo and Jimena, and their friends sitting at the bar • Maria Jose and someone else whose name I don’t recall.  Well, one thing led to another and they suggested we do shots.  Oooph.  Enough said.  The pictures will tell the rest of the story.


I made it over to one last bar, Barometro in the late night.  But I basically walked in and walked out, making my way through the darkness back to Casa Azul.


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Got cash?  Check.
Got cash? Check.
Got jacket?  Check.
Got jacket? Check.
Got beer? Check.
Got beer? Check.
But first a  fancy chirrimoya at R…
But first a fancy chirrimoya at …
In case I forgot where I was.
In case I forgot where I was.
Hanging with Maria Jose at El Gara…
Hanging with Maria Jose at El Gar…
Made it down to Puerto Varas, and …
Made it down to Puerto Varas, and…
Dan tending bar.  Scary.
Dan tending bar. Scary.
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