I first learned about this bar from a guy who works at the US Embassy and he first learned about it from a Polish expat but I have no idea how said Polish expat came to know this bar. I’ve been here a few times and I don’t know if it’s a Chavista bar or an Opposition bar; either way, my friend and I were the only non-locals at this sardine bar, and that was enough. Sardine bar? Here’s why:
One fried, salty sardine for every one frigid, mediocre beer. Wow.
The decor is classy, to boot:
And zoom out…
The beers are cheap as well. (It’s been a couple months, so these prices have probably doubled.)
And I’ll end with my favorite tidbit about Venezuelans cerveceras. The first time I walked into Bar Firenze I noticed a couple dudes with 20 empties on the table. I was thrown off a bit until someone explained the custom. The empty bottles accumulate on the table and they figure your bill at the end by counting up. I think this is a great way to do it. It’s easier to keep track of your intake, for one, and it’s also easy to see who you might not want to accidentally knock into.
Those two gents were still calmly accumulating when we left. Definitely impressive on certain levels.