Drinking and nightlife in Peru

  • Nightlife in Lima

    Red Cervecera

    An all-encompassing stop for beer connoisseurs and amateurs alike. A well-stocked store at the entrance provides all the ingredients and equipment you’ll need to brew up your own craft beer, while the bar toward the back serves up house brews and other domestic beers on tap.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Cuzco

    Museo del Pisco

    When you've had your fill of colonial religious art, investigate this pisco museum, where the wonders of the national drink are extolled, exalted and – of course – sampled. Opened by an enthusiastic expat, this museum-bar is Pisco 101, combined with a tapas lounge. Grab a spot early for show-stopping live music (9pm to 11pm nightly).

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Tarapoto

    La Alternativa

    Like drinking in a medieval pharmacy or maybe a Tarantino film, a night out here hearkens back to a time when alcohol was literally medicine (like, for ailments, not for your emotional problems) and your local apothecary was the place to get sauced on God-knows-what elixir that happened to be inside the bottle.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Huaraz

    Los 13 Buhos

    Halfway up some monstrous Andean pass with a 15kg pack on your back, it's not uncommon to start dreaming of 13 Buhos with its Luchos craft beer, pool table and delectable afternoon ‘snacks’ (waffles anyone?).

  • Nightlife in Ayacucho


    First things first: enthusiastically run Yaku is not just a bar with a lovely balcony overlooking the Plaza de Armas: it's a live-music venue, it's a restaurant, it brews its own beer, it has table football – and its owners are ever-developing more plans. There are some of Ayacucho's best burgers (S15 to S20) here, too: wolf down a 'Cancún' (with guacamole).

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Lima

    Museo del Pisco

    The 'educational' aspect of this wonderful bar might get you in the door, but it's the congenial atmosphere and outstanding original cocktails that will keep you here. We loved the asu mare – a pisco martini with ginger, cucumber, melon and basil. A sister bar to the popular original in Cuzco, this one occupies the Casa del Oidor, a 16th-century casona.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Lima


    This chic mansion with themed rooms and a gorgeous patio is Barranco's newest hot spot. You know those locales that are described not as a place but a feeling, perhaps like hugging a friend? That's Dada. Come well dressed and well funded. The cocktails here are not cheap, but they are delicious. Live performances of calypso, jazz and rock.

  • Nightlife in Urubamba

    Cervecería Valle Sagrado

    Located 7km outside of town toward Urubamba, this affable American-style brewery serves its own award-winning brews, including the highly quaffable Inti Punku IPA. You can try a flight of five different beers for S10. It's filled with chilled-out locals and expats. Good pub grub includes deep-fried pickles and cheeseburgers. Check out its Facebook page for news on monthly barbecues.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Trujillo

    El Tragsu

    This popular place south of the center is one of the best pubs in Peru, with a classic themed front room complete with elf decorations and an elegant wooden bar for those who want to converse. There's also a steamy split-level band room where the dial is stuck on 'full party' mode.

  • Nightlife in Trujillo

    Café Bar Museo

    This locals’ favorite shouldn’t be a secret. The tall, wood-paneled walls covered in artsy posters and the classic marble-top bar feel like a cross between an English pub and a Left Bank cafe. Hands down the most interesting place to drink in Trujillo. There's a limited menu of bar snacks if you want to make a night of it.

  • Nightlife in Paracas (El Chaco)


    The best place to begin your evening in Paracas, this chilled-out resto-bar has great wood-fired pizzas (S14-S52), salads and Mexican dishes (mains S16-S26) in addition to an extensive list of cocktails and strong mixed drinks, all accompanied by a perpetual reggae soundtrack that will keep you skankin' it easy.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Cuzco


    Billed as the best view in Cuzco, it's all that (even after climbing to the top of San Blas). Don't worry, if you come during peak hours you'll have plenty of time to catch your breath while you queue to get in. With gorgeous cocktails and glass-walled panoramas, this was the hottest city spot when we visited.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Cajamarca


    For an intimate local experience, head to this hole-in-the-wall dive bar run by eccentric local musician Jaime Valera, who has managed to cultivate a heap of charisma in such a small space. He sings his heart out with his musician friends and you walk out with an unforgettable travel memory.

  • Nightlife in Puerto Maldonado

    Discoteca Witite

    Well, we preferred Witite with the gaudy clapboard but the smartened-up version is still the classic place to party, jungle-style – a party that goes on all night. It's on the pedestrianized street near the plaza.

  • Nightlife in Iquitos

    Arandú Bar

    The liveliest of several thumping Malecón bars, full of funky art, great for people-watching and always churning out loud rock-and-roll classics.

  • Nightlife in Iquitos


    Locally popular lively bar with two floors and an extensive range of aphrodisiac cocktails concocted from wondrous Amazon plants.

  • Nightlife in Huánuco


    Fun, popular and serves a range of cocktails, including some aphrodisiac specials. There's also a branch in Tingo María.

  • Nightlife in Lima

    Barra 55

    Specializing in gin, this intimate bar is tucked along one of Barranco’s liveliest streets. It's both a chill after-office hangout and a warm-up to a wild night ahead. With jazz beats evolving into funky tunes, an array of international gins and other beverages and tasty tapas to match, this is the spot that Lima was missing.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Chachapoyas

    La Reina

    An artsy spot to lubricate your mind very cheaply on exotic fruit drinks and Amazonian liqueurs by the shot (S1.50) or the jar (from S18). The 11 options include mora (blackberry), the most popular; maracuyá (passion fruit), the best; and seven raíces and chuchuhuasi, two notorious Amazonian aphrodisiacs. The bar inhabits an elegantly aging courtyard in a traditional Chacha mansion.

  • Nightlife in Trujillo


    We're not big fans of partying in shopping malls. but this smart place in the Centro Comercial Real Plaza is Trujillo's most-happening disco, with a massive dance floor flooded in laser light and three separate bars. It attracts a fairly upper-class crowd, who get dressed up, so throw on your best threads.