Lima is overflowing with establishments of every description, from rowdy beer halls to high-end lounges to atmospheric old bars. Downtown has the cheapest prices while San Isidro, Miraflores and Barranco feature trendier lounges serving premium cocktails.

The club scene gets started well after midnight and keeps going until the break of dawn. Barranco and Miraflores are the best neighborhoods to go clubbing, but spots come and go, so ask around before heading out. Music styles and cover charges vary depending on the night of the week. For other options, hit ‘Pizza Street’ (Pasaje Juan Figari) in Miraflores, where a row of raucous clubs regularly spin their wares.

Cinemas, theaters, traveling art exhibits and concerts are covered in the daily El Comercio, with the most detailed listings found in Monday’s ‘Luces’ section. Likewise, the informational portal Living in Peru maintains an up-to-date calendar of events. More youth oriented is Oveja Negra, a pocket-sized directory distributed free at restaurants and bars, which provides monthly listings of cultural and nightlife happenings.

Central Lima

Nightlife downtown is for the nostalgic, composed largely of vintage hotel bars and period halls.


Old-world cafes where suited waiters serving frothy pisco sours, or raucous watering holes blaring techno and salsa – Miraflores has a little bit of everything. The area around the Parque Kennedy is particularly suited for sipping and people-watching. Discotecas have been getting a comeuppance recently, with various outlets closing due to discrimination.


Barranco’s bars and clubs are concentrated around the Parque Municipal, which is thronged with revelers on Friday and Saturday nights.