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This classic watering hole hasn’t changed in years...
It’s a gutsy Latin dance club with a thing for bamboo and waterfalls, and is currently the place to be seen on weekend nights...
Although this place serves good Peruvian coastal food, late Thursday to Saturday is the time to go. Local musicians and dancers perform, starting at around 11pm, and you just might find yourself joining in...
This cramped little Irish pub is packed with random memorabilia, TVs, a working train set and homesick European travelers eating excellent-value hot sandwiches. Happy hours are from 7pm to 8pm and 10pm to 10:30pm.
This clamorous tavern is a favorite with locals and tourists alike. It is also a showcase for artisanal wines and piscos. On weekends, the crowds show up to dance to live Latin and rock tunes into the small hours.
An exception to the rule, this traditional peña features performances almost nightly starting around 9pm. The music varies, although música folklórica predominates...
A popular Miraflores bar and lounge located inside the Las Brujas de Cachiche restaurant, Huaringas serves a vast array of cocktails, including a well-recommended passionfruit sour. On busy weekends, there are DJs.
Located in the LarcoMar shopping mall, Lima’s most exclusive club is minimalist chic, featuring house and guest DJs who spin a mix of house, hip-hop, electronica and Latin. Dress to the nines or you’re not getting in.
This tiny hillside haunt is the city’s unofficial hipster lounge and late-night backup: when everything else has closed and the sun has come up, knock on the door. Happy hours are 7:30pm to 9:30pm and 11pm to 11:30pm.
A chic bar that goes through spates of being really popular or really dead. If it’s lively, there’s nowhere better for a beer to watch sunset on the river. Go down the left-hand set of steps from Pevas to get there.
A frumpy spot with a grumpy counterman that serves strong, inky cortados (espresso with a dollop of steamed milk) made with coffee grown in Chanchamayo. Bagged, whole-bean coffee is available to take home.
Owned by the same people as the X-treme Bar, this laid-back option has an outdoor garden setting and sells beer and snacks, plus it has a climbing wall for the perennially active. Just don’t drink and climb.
This nightclub has live salsa bands or DJ-fuelled dancing. Popular with young locals and travelers, it’s in the Morales district, by the Río Cumbaza about 3km west of the center. Mototaxis go there for under S3.
Fútbol is the national obsession, and Peru’s Estadio Nacional, off cuadras 7 to 9 of Paseo de la República, is the venue for the most important matches and other events. Teleticket has listings and sales.
Capitán Bar , attached to Indio Feliz restaurant, is for grown-ups. It’s a colorful nautical- themed bar – just the place to sip a fine brandy and enlarge on your achievements on the Inca Trail.
Although they also serve good sushi, the all-white, ultra-hip Barroco is all about martinis, boat-sized couches and mile-high bar stools. For all this gloss, the staff is surprisingly down to earth.
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