Peru’s capital and largest city, Lima is home to an extensive array of bars, clubs and penas serving up everything from jazz to Latin rhythms to good old-fashioned electronica. Though the city is known for its expansive sprawl, nightlife here is mainly relegated to three southerly districts, all in relatively close proximity to one another: Barranco, Miraflores and San Isidro. There are, of course, other options scattered throughout the city center, but for a high concentration of establishments in a relatively safe area, they’re your best bet.
Start the night transitioning from dinner to drinks in San Isidro, which has some interesting options available to get your evening off to a good start. More upscale than its neighborly nightlife districts, the parallel streets of Ave. Conquistadores and Camino Real house most of the action, where notable names like Malabar and Asia de Cuba are known for classy and eclectic alcoholic creations. Feel like getting a little wilder? Then hop a cab to nearby Miraflores, where locals and tourists flock for a wild night on the town. The Lacromar Shopping Center is home to two of Lima’s best clubs (Gotica and Aura), but don’t confine yourself just yet. Cool atmospheres can be found at staples such as Jazz Club (slightly overpriced but good live music all week), Cocodrilo Verde and the stylish El Bobo Bar, to name a few.
Barranco, however, with its upbeat and artistic atmosphere, seaside views and selection of cool watering holes, pretty much takes the cake. Your options here are wide open, between its various penas filled with dancing locals, lively hole-in-the-wall bars and trendy music joints spread in a relatively small area. Stop by El Dragon and La Noche for a wide variety of live performances, have a drink with the historic intelligencia in Juanitos, or get down on the stylish dance floor at Déjà vu. Any day of the week, it’s pretty much the go to district for afterhours entertainment in the Peruvian capital. Now get out there and give ‘em hell, champ!