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La Piojera

Centro Histórico
Bar, Chilean, Pub
As featured in 3 Days in Santiago
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Aillavillu, 1030 | near Puente Cal y Canto, Santiago, Chile
+56 2 2698 1682
00:00 - 23:59
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Arlington, Virginia
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Locals recommended this place. Nothing fancy and I didn't try the food, only had the Terremoto drink - cheap wine + ice cream + grenadine. Order at the bar for faster service

Thank Kevintrotter123
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

La piojera is the best typical place in chile for a terremoto but just that... I don't recommend to eat it is to dirty... but unfortunately I asked to buy a t-shirt as a souvenirs they offer me right a way tshirt to sell!! After I came back to my home I open my beautiful souvenirs and one was dirty... More 

Thank elmoveliz
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75 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

The place was packed with locals so went in for a couple beers. Multiple rooms and lots of tables and standing room. Go for the experience - we will go back. It just so happens Black Sabbath was playing that day too so the energy of the place was full on with locals with their heavy metal gear on.

Thank Shumon K
Quito, Ecuador
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

You'll find locals of all sorts in there. It's always packed, so you can't expect a first class service. It's a popular and cheap watering hole. It's right at the central market, so expect something else than a nice relaxing restaurant. Had the famous "terremoto" (earthquake) and got drunk faster than I have ever been.

Thank Alexandra V
Christchurch,New Zealand
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84 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Get this straight: this is more a pub than a restaurant. It’s fairly rough and ready, really busy both times we went on midweek afternoons. It’s not a place for a romantic, quiet meal that’s for sure. It’s a down-to-earth pub. You’ll certainly get a Chilean ‘experience’ here and as best I could tell on both occasions we were the... More 

Thank PaulNZ
Santiago, Chile
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

I went with a few friends, because people said is a typical chilean bar (which is not, unless you think people like to drink with the smell of vomit and urine) what I found was a bar that looked shady that smelled bad. The drinks "terremoto" was very sweet, to be honest I didn't like it, but that for me... More 

Thank AleRosenbaum
Tempe, Arizona
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135 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

It's fairly easy to find near the metro stop Puente Cal Y Canto, and close to Plaza De Armas. Large yellow facade with a single door, opens into a large multiple roomed 'establishment'. People behind the bar are very nice and used to the stray tourists with sense of adventure, or a sweet tooth, or are deranged. All are present... More 

1 Thank William S
Silver Spring, Maryland
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31 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Good place to get a Terremoto, and the empanadas were cheaper than anywhere else I saw but good. Very wall in the wall vibe, but seemingly on purpose. Semi hidden, so you have to know where it is or ask.

Thank Keith2004
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105 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

It's certainly not for everyone, but La Piojera (the flea pit), is a hole-in-the-wall cantina across the road from the over-hyped Central Market. It's grimy with wet floors, broken furniture, take-it-or-leave-it service and a rowdy, but convivial crowd sporting lots of black, tattoos and Che Guevara beards. Back in the '80s, seditious left-wing plots were hatched here by minor revolutionaries... More 

1 Thank Roderick E
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

Just go in and get a terremoto. Even if a super sweet, quite strong drink with a floating foam of pineapple ice cream isn't your thing. Even if everyone inside is drunk and spills it on you as you walk by. Even if it's crazy and loud. Even if you read about it on a guidebook and therefore think it... More 

2 Thank berit_xx

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Chilean, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Aillavillu, 1030 | near Puente Cal y Canto, Santiago, Chile
  • Location: South America  >  Chile  >  Santiago Metropolitan Region  >  Santiago>  > Centro Histórico
  • Neighbourhood: Centro Histórico
  • Phone Number: +56 2 2698 1682

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?