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Like in any other big city, there's plenty of bars to choose from in Lima. However, these are of very different kinds and styles, and prices: top, fancy class, themed bars, youth bars, gay-friendly, tourist-friendly, bars that are dance clubs at the same time, "cultural bars", etc. And we are not listing hotel bars here, since that category would probably require a separate list.
A very nice place, classy, quiet and with deli food too, is Olé Bar, which is in fact a very elegant gourmet restaurant-bar in San Isidro, established more than 15 years ago. Other place with some good food (but not gourmet) is Treff Pub Aleman, in Miraflores.
Still in Miraflores, the most tourist-friendly district, you will find El Tayta, Capitan Melendez, L'Orient Express, Treff Pub Aleman, and Huaringas, four fabulous themed bars whose decors will amaze you, and where you can enjoy some Lima stories while enjoying an excellent pisco-sour.
Larcomar Shopping Center houses two very good places: Gotica, a actually trendy dance spot with several well-stocked bars inside, and XCess Larcomar. Both of them schedule events on a regular basis (check their web pages).
And there's Barranco districts and its many small bohemian bars. We will recommend two: La Noche, a combination of bar, cultural center and night club, and el Dragon, another dance club that is very popular as a bar, too.