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.
Local Expert tip: Tickets are on sale via Teleticket.com and we strongly suggest the weekend shows (Thursday-Friday-Saturday) since they are more complete. Take note that tickets for these days are more expensive (range from S/.38 to S/.58 soles). However, there are also shows on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, significantly cheaper because of the lower demand.
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.
Local Expert tip: There is parking space outside; large groups are welcome, dress code is casual, and it is not necessary to make reservations in advance. All events are performed live, so you will be asked to pay a cover charge (which is never expensive).
Cronos is still a new place (it was first opened in November, 2011) but is earning a reputation of being a classy, elegant and safe lounge disco, special for young adults looking for a different alternative. It has also become known for having the largest free bar in Lima, with drinks and cocktails to meet everyone's preferences. The d�cor is very modern, with lots of neon lights and effects, and the music is mostly dance, pop, rock, dance and chillout: and in fact the DJ is a woman, DJ Residente Gisella. Despite not being nearby Miraflores or San Isidro, this may as well be a good option
Local Expert tip: If Peruvian friends are not taking you there in their car, book a safe taxi to pick you up. It's easy to get there using public transportation, but it may be difficult to come back from there at late hours and after taking some drinks.
Another dance place located in Larcomar Shopping Center, under the Plaza Gourmet: the regulars are mostly young people attracted by the very affordable prices and the large and well set dance floor, and by the lively electronic music usually played or performed here. If you are staying in Lima for a while you may be interested in register into their webpage, for discounts, special promotions and events. You can check their scheduled events (including live music events with foreign and local Djs) via their webpage or their facebook page: Thursdays are Ladies Nights. Dress code: no T-Shirts or sport shoes allowed.
Local Expert tip: If you are planning to go out with friends, you can book a table for eight people until the previous day: the price is around 150 soles (some US $32) and includes one bottle of rum, Vodka, Whisky or Pisco, and its complements (soda, juice, ice).
As the name states, this is a kind of club: you do not need to be a member, but you need to be over 21 (the staff may ask to check your DNI) and if you want to go with your friends, you should register previously by email, sending a list with your friends' names (the staff receives lists even on Friday and Saturdays, until 9pm). The main attraction of the place is its terrific location at Barranquito beach, with a lovely landscape. If you have not sent any list or want to enter after 1am, you need to pay 30 soles. There's a VIP area too (check their Facebook for the conditions).
Local Expert tip: Dress code: no T-Shirts, no white tennis shoes, no caps, and no shorts. If you book a table in advance you can choose your location (hall or terrace). Each table can have 8 people sitting, and be ready to smile to the resident photographer.
Dolce Vita is a good and affordable choice for a night of fun, and the ideal place for people in their mid-twenties. This is a modern disco, located in the very heart of Miraflores (only 150 away from Kennedy Park), with a large dance floor and two bars with Peruvian and international drinks. Music here is really varied, ranging from hip-hop until electronic, with some rock, pop and Latin pop included. There's some VIP area in case you and your friends need more space or privacy with your. Admission is free many Fridays, so check their facebook page for their upcoming events.
Local Expert tip: Open hours are Friday to Saturdays, from 10pm to 4am. There's many fast-foods restaurants and places to have a s�ndwich nearby, in case you need it after leaving the disco. It's also very closet to Calle de Las Pizzas so fun in the area is always granted.
If you are a child of the 80's, or partied a lot during the 90's, this may as well be your favorite dance spot in Lima. Nebula is one of the oldest discos and dance clubs in Lima, and certainly one of the most respected ones, due to the quality of its music setlists and to the the prestige of musicians and DJs that have performed or paid a visit here. As an example, Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), Peter Hook (New Order), Andy Rourke (The Smiths) have been here, among many others. Check their blog for their schedule and upcoming events.
Local Expert tip: Parties here usually start a little later than scheduled, and the real party doesn't really warm up until midnight at least. Since it is very close to the heart of Miraflores, and a few blocks away from Larcomar Shopping Center, could be a good place if you are staying in this distric �no need to take taxis nor to drive!
One of the fanciest and most exclusive dance clubs in Miraflores: its dance floor is very large and the place always has the trendiest sets of disco lights. Most of the regulars here have bought memberships or are friends of a member. Aura also has several well-stocked bars and some strategically located lounge areas, and a a beautiful terrace with an stunning view of Lima Bay. Party music is varied: from contemporary American and British pop, to electronic, including some rock and techno, but if it's very late and the crowd is in need of some stamina, you may hear some Latin music too.
Local Expert tip: Memberships are available registering via their web page, but tourists are usually welcome anytime, as long as they respect a simple dress code : casual, but neat, which actually means "no tennis shoes and no T-shirt".
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.
Local Expert tip: These drag shows are really excellent, and you will even see some perfect impersonations of celebrities like Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and many others. Fun is guaranteed!
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.
Local Expert tip: Check their webpage often for a complete event calendar, and remember to check their Facebook group updates, since you can access to memberships, special promotions, events, discounts, and register yourself at an event's guest list (if you are not registered you will be charged 100 soles for the entrance).