Calling Baltra a neighbourhood bar undersells what it does so well, but it is exactly the bar that you wish was your local. The atmosphere is laidback and cosy, the hospitality is warm but understated and the music is always on point, and with the taxidermy and nautical tchotchke adorning the walls it has the feel of hanging out in the apartment of your coolest friend. That is, if they could make drinks like José Luis Leon. The man behind Licorería Limantour also pulls the strings here and is the reason for the bar’s easy familiarity and charisma. Since opening in 2015, Baltra has gathered a crowd of like-minded regulars with Martini Tuesdays often the busiest night of the week, a particular favourite among the city’s cocktail community. The latest menu Overseas Archives is inspired by the research voyages of Darwin and geared towards approachability. There’s no theatre or fireworks here, and that’s exactly the point.