History

More than a hundred and fifty years  ago,    in  this  that   now  is   the magnificent neighborhood of La Recoleta, there were only some few houses (nothing of mansions or estates),  the convent  belonging  to the monks Recoletos and a beautiful Church to whose shade rested the cadavers of the needy ones. To few meters,  in the ravines  that gave  to the  Rio de la Plata, were parked the carts that would take to the elite of the south  of the city, San Telmo, until their summer  fields  located  in  places  then distant: Olivos, San Fernando or El Tigre.    Between   the   bustle   of   the laundrywoman and the fights of the cutlers rose a construction that, according to engravings of the age, it could be the  first gastronomic place of the area; in the same place where today La Biela is.

But let us travel a little more behind in  the  time.   In  1732  there  was  not anything. Only scattered country- houses those that you arrived through the Calle Larga (long street) that didn't resemble  at   all  to   the   current   and  elegant Avenida Quintana. In those places   "bandits"   and   of   quick  knives, at that time they settled the friars recoletos, next to the Church of Nuestra  Señora del  Pilar that  finished   the construction in October of that same year. The cemetery was administered by the Church, and like part of a perfect analogy,  with the time  was ascending socially the same as the neighborhood, until becoming one of the most traditional from Buenos Aires.


In 1810, while in front of the Cabildo ( town  council )   the   Revolución   de Mayo (revolution of may) happened, the lands that today occupies La Biela belonged  to  the  Virreina  Vieja  ( old  vicereine), Mrs. Rafaela de Vera y Pintado,  widow  of  Joaquín  del  Pino  who was Viceroy of the Rio de la Plata between 1801 and 1804. The Virreina Vieja occupied these lands until she is death,   fact   happened   in   1816,   in  accordance with the record in the plaque located in the front of the local.


The time followed its  course.  The  pest caused the exodus of the neighborhood  of   San  Telmo,  whose  neighbors were settling progressively in La Recoleta. But still for then, surrounding  the  cemetery  that  began  already to cover the more selected of the   society,   the   neighborhood  maintained their physiognomy of large tenement-house     where    men     and women of doubtful reputation cohabited. For their streets, gipsies, guitarists, procuress and thieves continued  liberating  their   tremendous battles almost half until of the 20th century.


From the  grocery of  the " Vasco "  ( basque )  Michelena to  the  coquette Confitería La Biela many years have passed, and this corner was witness and  scenario of  great part of  the alive history of Buenos Aires. Behind it has kept that tiny little bar to which their spanish    proprietor     baptized    “ La Viridita ”, composed by a narrow sidewalk with only 18 tables. And behind it has also kept “ Aerobar ”, name that received during  some  years in homage to the neighboring civil pilots who resided across the street.


And toward 1950 the history gives another  nut  turn  again.   For  then,   a riotous group of worshipers of the speed, after draining the other people's patience,  it  was expelled of  the place  that frequented for their meetings. And how  better  idea  that  to  dissipate the  bad moment with a snack “and we look for a new place to saturate.” The adventure  was  short  for  one  of  them, since the connecting rod of its car  said enough in  the corner of  Junín and Quintana streets. “Bitito” Mieres got off its car and it gathered its partners, Jorge Malbran, Ernesto Torquinst, and others,  settling down in  this small bar to which they baptized “LA BIELA FUNDIDA” ( the fused  connecting rod ) first, and then simply as “LA BIELA” (the connecting rod), name with the one that was made worldwide famous and that it is a trademark by  the  concurrence  of  the lovers of the motoring.

 

 

The Argentinian Automobile Sport Association didn't  have  headquarters, and then these fanatic of the steering wheel they called to La Biela “The Secretary.” Then, successors of that first  group   like  Charly   Menditeguy,  Rolo Alzaga, Eduardo Copello, Gaston Perkins and many more, were witness and main characters of the most terrible fashion that it filled the sidewalks of Quintana, Ayacucho and Alvear: the “PICADAS” ( Hot-Road. Short street car-race ),  noisy monster, provocative of adrenaline and curiosity of the sixties.


Starting from here the history is known. The "tuerca" (nut, colloquially a reference to fans of car-racings)  inclination  stay represented in the walls of  La  Biela  and  the   place   is crowded by illustrious characters, acquiring   world   fame.   Their   tables  have been visited by infinity of tourists, politicians, businessmen, sportsmen and many more. Characters with Real or  Democratic  power,   as  the  Kings  from Spain or the Premiers of several countries. Artists of quality like Adolfo Bioy  Casares,  Ernesto Sabato,  Jorge  Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Joan Manuel Serrat, Joaquín Sabina, Facundo Cabral, Pérez Celis. Actors and  actresses  of  all  media.  Pilots  of   Formula 1 of different times, as Jackie Stewart or Emerson Fittipaldi. Famous  Futbolistas... In short, the list is endless.


Another brass badge placed in the entrance informs us that in the year 1999,  La Biela  was  declared "Place of Cultural Interest" for the legislature of  the City of  Buenos Aires.  Reasons don't lack. To that said we can add the photographs    autographed    by   José Froilán González or Clay Regazzonni, a draw handmade by Fabrizio Ferrari, grandson of  the  “Commendatore” Enzo Ferrari, when he was a boy, a picture donated by the last descendant of the Lamborghini’s family where you see the most luxurious car in the mark, and more.  The most  recent examples:  the visit of the famous cinema director's Francis Ford Coppola whose first night  exit in its visit to Buenos Aires went to La Biela (newspaper Ambito Financiero, August 19 2003) and the actor Robert Duvall's statements appeared in the supplement of Show-business  of  the  Newspaper  Clarin of  the day August 24 of 2003: “We always go to La Biela which is my favorite place in the entire world. It is a great corner, the coffee, the waiters....”


In this way, the time stops a little in the  feverish  Buenos  Aires   when  we  settle in one of its tables and we enjoy the excellent gastronomy of La Biela, to the coat of its alive history that summons us, it wraps us and it delights us.



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Commemorative plaque

Commemorative plaque

The Vice Chancellor of the Institute, Mr. Carlos Solla, presented a commemorative plaque to the iconic bar "La Biela" the Recoleta district, under the "World Tourism Day", which was held on Monday 27 September.

 

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World Tourism Day

World Tourism Day

On Monday September 27, at 10.30 pm. The rector of the CEPEC Suisse, Dr. Carlos Byrle, will be present in the emblematic Recoleta neighborhood bar "La Biela"


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