Etnias Bar, a place that claims to be a cultural bar, has a very strong "rasta" atmosphere and focuses in providing their customers ethnic art experiences and original live shows, so you can get to know many local artists: but there's also DJ's and dance music, and even some 80's-90's rock. Unlike night spots at San Isidro or Miraflores, this is a not a a trendy or a upperscale place, and prices for food and drinks are affordable and reasonable, so this "caleta" (Peruvian word for "discreet") bar would be a good choice for partying and drinking with a bunch of friends and without running out of money. A large dance floor and a large, cheerful local crowd complete the scenario.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This is actually a disco, a dance club: it is considered as the the best spot in Lima for electronic music, with some of the best Peruvian and international DJs spinning here. But Gotica also attracts people looking for a trendy bar, and draws a young, yuppie and noisy crowd during all night long. Gotica is 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.
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.
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.
This place has become by far the most popular place among locals and foreigners seeking for fun an adult partying. It is a dance club like many others, but it is the only one in Lima that is open every night during all the year. Of course it offers dance music, shows and drinks, like most discos do, but there are two factors that have made this place one of the most popular ones: First one, it is the only place that is open 365 days of the year, from 6pm to 9am. Second: the most beautiful girls in Lima are to be found here, either as part of the show or as customers. But, be aware; like in any other big city, many of them may qualify as hookers. But if you keep your eyes open, odds are that you will spend a whole night of fun.