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Feel the earth moveSantiago, Chile

Encounter the only earthquake you ever want to feel at one of Chile’s watering holes. As local legend goes, the terremoto (earthquake) cemented itself in the nation’s boozing scene in 1985 when a German journalist reporting on a quake was served pipeño (sweet fermented wine) bastardised with a dollop of pineapple ice-cream. “This truly is an earthquake!” he is said to have exclaimed on tasting the strong brew.

Try it at La Piojera, a grimy but lively establishment in Santiago. Previously named Restaurant Santiago Antiguo, the working-class joint was unintentionally anointed La Piojera, or ‘fleahouse’, by then president Arturo Alessandri during a visit in 1922. The jibe stuck. These days a dash of pisco or fernet is added to its terremoto mix, and it’s still strong enough to leave you legless.

La Piojera
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