Partying in Lima! Fun, History, Entertainment and many other possibilities



Night is for fun. Well, probably every person could have a different definition of "fun" of its own, but there's some points in common for almost everyone: party, drinks, dance, and some adrenalin, of course. And you will find plenty of these in Lima, the city that never sleeps, whose citizens love to laugh and have fun.

Peru has its own national liquor, the pisco, and its national flagship drink, called “pisco sour”, made with pisco, lime juice, a bit of egg white… and lots of bartender’s secrets. You have to try it, but let us give you a friendly warning: it may become addictive.

Now that you know, we can suggest some places to enjoy a good pisco sour: for example, Huaringas Bar and Capitan Melendez, places that follow the traditional pisco sour recipes and are also constantly innovating with new drinks. And if you are in social drinking mood, there’s places like El Tayta and Treff Pub Aleman, where you will have a chance to meet nee friends.

Regarding partying, Gotica (upscale) and El Dragon (popular) are two good dance spots with live music and very affordable drinks. And there’s a place where you can dance and also enjoy a live folk dance show: Brisas del Titicaca.

If your idea of fun includes gambling, then Casino Atlantic City is custom-made for you. But if you enjoy just winding down and see the rhythm of the city, you will enjoy the cozy Café Z and its outdoor terrace. But Café Z also presents some live music shows, so you may have the best of both worlds here.



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Treff Pub Aleman is a cozy, traditional German-themed pub, where you can enjoy the best music of the 80s and 90s, play at the pool table and of course, try some of the best beers from all around the world, as well as many tasty appetizers and snacks. Established in 1993 two German friends (actually one German and the other one Austrian), this was one of the first places in Lima serving the best German beers.Currently owned and run by Peruvian partners, it maintains its quality and is still an excellent choice to spend a good time with friends. Open hours: 7pm-3am.


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Probably the largest and most elegant and fashionable casino in the city, this place has a total of 1,000 slot machines and 33 table games, plus many lounge areas, all of them distributed in multiple levels, showing off the beauty and functionality of its architectural design. Its ample facade has become an icon of Miraflores' nightlife. The main gaming area is located at the entrance, on the ground floor, and next to it there is a first-class restaurant, with both Peruvian and international menus. There is also a karaoke bar, that attracts a mostly young crowd of partygoers, and the place itself is also very popular among tourists.


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This a very tourist-friendly spot in the heart of Miraflores, where you can alternate with locals while enjoying some drinks, lots of music and live shows: all in all, this is a place to meet people and make friends. This place combines some Andean culture elements (hence the name, "Tayta", a quechua word meaning "Dad"), with the traditional concept of bar, and as an example of this you will see modern elements lined up with some antiques. But this is a bar intended to promote friendly chatter and conversation, a concept that nowadays is becoming harder to find. Order your Pisco Tayta (the drink of the house) and have a complete experience!


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This nice, quite rustic caf� is not a night club nor a dance spot, but does schedule some live music shows regularly, and in a few years has become quite a referent regarding bohemian coffee places, especially among young people. Run by the Keenan family, Caf� Z offers breakfasts, menu options for lunch, sandwiches that can perfectly fit as lunch or as an on-the-go dinner: but you can also find salads, pizzas, and empanadas (stuffed with beef or poultry). Of course, they serve many Peruvian coffees, freshly brewed, and many tea blends, as well as fruit juices, soft drinks, wines and cocktails.


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For any visitor, Brisas del Titicaca is a must, since it is an absolute winner three-in-one combination: a lively night show, colorful Peruvian folklore on stage, and an enjoyable Peruvian dinner... and drinks, to choose from soft drinks, beer, pisco sours or any other liquors. So, not only will you have an overview of the Peruvian folklore�s richness without moving from your seat, but also fun is guaranteed. The folk dancers are the best in town; the show alternates their live performances with moments for the attendants to have fun on the dance floor. There is live Peruvian and Latin American until 2:30am, but the fun continues with recorded music until the place closes its doors.


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The best spot in Lima for electronic music, with some of the best Peruvian DJs spinning here, as well as some guest international ones, too. Located at Larcomar Shopping Center, in Miraflores, this dance club draws a young, yuppie and noisy crowd during all night long. This is a large, quite dark space organized in two main areas and several bars, so drinks are always easy to order. And since the place is oriented towards the sea, if at any moment it gets too full or if you need a break from so much dancing, you can sit relax at the patio and maybe socialize a bit.


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El Dragon de Barranco


 

Established in a traditional manor house in Barranco, El Dragon is considered by many people (especially young individuals) as the the best and most lively dance spot in Lima. There's always live music, very specially electronic, dance, rock, reggae and some jazz; drinks are quite cheap (between $4-$6.50) and the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. The owners describe this place as a "cultural bar" that promotes bands with a special kick on fusing funk and Latin rhythms with local jazz elements. The decoration includes art from local painters, and music changes according to the day: Tuesdays are for Afro, Jazz, Reggae and funk fusions; Wednesdays for electronic, Thursdays for local bands, and Fridays and Saturdays for local DJs.


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This another theme bar, or maybe we should call it a temple dedicated to spreading the virtues of pisco-based drinks, specially "chilcanos". Its owner and manager, Roberto Melendez, is also regularly creating new pisco-based mixings at this small yet cozy and friendly spot. Capit�n Mel�ndez also maintains the traditional Peruvian drink recipes, but not only that: there is also a small cafeteria, that serves excellent sandwiches, specially those made of ham and cheeses. There are some Peruvian coffees as well. A welcoming atmosphere is granted, and very often, you will find 2x1 offers in pisco-sours and chilcanos de pisco in the evenings.


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The most popular and well known spot in Lima's gay/lesbian scene, it has gone through some careful remodeling and now it has place for some 500 guests, including straight ones (yes, they are welcome). Vale Todo hosts some of the most spectacular drag-queen shows in the city, performing live on the stage above the bar. If you decide to come, bring some friends and get ready to stay until very late, since the best shows and events are usually scheduled around 2am, 3am. Vale Todo has also another spot at Lima South Beaches, in Playa Pulpos, located at the Km. 41 of the Panamericana Sur highway.


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One of the most popular bars in town, this place has several socializing spaces, from the ground to the attic. They specialize in pisco-based drinks, focusing of course in the Peruvian pisco-sour; but they have elevated it to a new dimension, mixing it with local and tropical fruits. In addition to the classical pisco sour, we strongly recommend the passionfruit pisco sour, and the one prepared with coca leaves, known as the "witch" or "brujo sour". On a regular day you will find here many locals relaxing after work, with one of the many kind of piscos, whose prices range between 18 and 25 soles. Live music on weekends.


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