Two bars we tried...: Good bars in miraflores
We were in Lima on a Monday night so fairly quiet
There's heaps of places in miraflores
During the day we walked along the cliff top and stopped in Tony Roma's at Locomar mall to watch sunset. It's an American diner type place but beer wasn't too dear at 9 soles and a great spot for subset
At night a local friend of ours took us to two bars
Le cafeteria is a cafe but does beer and has a nice decor with a big video screen and friendly staff
Happy hour was 20 soles for two cocktails
La casa del ceviche was ok nothing great located next to a few bars in a row. Happy hour again 20 soles for 2.
We say outside on Main Street and was fine
Calle De Pizzas: Don't Go Here For Pizza
Yes, if want "really" Crappy Pizza go here. If you want to drink and sing karaoke and party late; go here. In the day time you "might" get some good food here but, really it gears up at night as a block long section of bars. The bar scene really kicks in on the weekends.
Dress Code: Casual
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Apuesta Cultural: Criollisimo
Creo q lo mas bacan es q los dueños son gente joven asi q te entienden y se preocupan por ellos mismos estar diviertiendose mientras el show y la noche corren, y ellos mismos corren pues son ellos los q estan de mesa enmesa viendo a la gente. Llamar antes para saber si hay musica en vivo, definitavemente es lo q mas divierte. El ambiente es pequeño asi q la resonancia es bacan, pero siempre hay un huequito o dos en donde abrirse cancha pa bailar un valsesito o una de antaño, ¿talvez Rafaela Carra? uno nunca sabe.....
BW BAR: Bar, lost of cocktails, low prices
If you want to star your night you must star here, BW BAR have the best prices, great music, great food and is very comfortable, you can go alone or in group. It is near everything in Lima so you can go after to dance or what ever.
The bar is also a gallery, so if you find something interesting, they give you name and phone number of the artist. Everything is in his web site www.bwbar.com
Dress Code: No dress requirements
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La Dama Juana: Folkloric show
We had dinner and watched a folk dance show at La Dama Juana one evening. Dinner was an extensive buffet of local food (very good), followed by dances from various regions of Peru. I wasn’t too impressed with the Amazonian anaconda dance (with wooden snakes) but most of the others were very good. One dance from the highlands was very athletic—more of a gymnastics competition than a dance.
These performances cater to tourists, and if you are sitting up front, you may get dragged up on stage to participate in a dance. One of the dances with audience participation involved trying to set a cloth tucked into your partner’s costume on fire! I have no idea if that was an actual traditional dance, or just a way to get everyone laughing.
I can't give costs, as it was part of a tour.
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Brisas del Titicaca: Local dances
I enjoy this place (a "peña") very much. From 10 pm until 2 am a special show with all music and dances of Peru are shown. Not very expensive, you are not required to have dinner there although you can if you want. We just order some drinks and enjoy the show. After the show the audience can dance until very late.....
Brisas del Titicaca:
Everywhere: Barranco NightLife
Many of my friends strayed at the Hostel "The Point" so we hung out there a lot. The workers there were awesome and suggested for us to go to Barranco with them. So we we felt locals would know where to go, so we went. If you are up for a place with not many tourists compared to other places; this is the place. I would definitely go here again. I had a blast, im not much of a dancer but i was pretty drunk so i was dancing the night away. The local girls there were really cool and went to bar hopping with a few of them later on (and got us in a club for free). Ive heard bad stories about girls here but i didnt have a problem. I was there for 2 nights (barranco not lima) both nights i was here and didnt get in until after 5 am both days. It is a 18-late 20s crowd. At night i wouldn't go there alone. But that's pretty much everywhere in South America Ohh ya it doesnt get started until late here.
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Peñas (La Oficina in particular): Creole feel
So, you're in Lima and you want to enjoy some genuine creole music? Probably the best thing to do then is to go to a "peña". There are plenty around the center (I think especially Barranco). Peñas are a much less touristy place (there are other places where you can see many local dances and so on, but they are much more commercial), you get a more local feel. While I was in La oficina several people just went up to sing a song or two, and there was a little dance show, in which a couple danced some really lovely Marineras.
Only one advice... be careful with the Pisco-sours at these places!!
Huaringas: Cool atmosphere, great pisco sours!!!
Huaringas is a bar where you can go have a few cocktails. It's right abolve the restaurant Las Brujas de Cachiche, and actually they are both owned by the same family. In Huaringas you'll be able to have a few drinks (alcoholic as wel as non alcoholic, they have some very nice juices!) and have a snack (I recommend the steamed spring-rolls!!). But I must say that my favourite thihng of Huaringas is the pisco sours!! The have big or small, and of so many different flavours you may have trouble deciding what to get! I thought that the Granadilla Pisco was delicious, and also the Pisco embrujado (I think that's what it was called), but you might have to be careful with that one, as it's pisco that's been "marinated" with coca leaves... and it can go to your head a bit faster than the other cocktails! In any case and really nice place to go, chat & have a drink. Oh, but be aware that this place will be packed most days of the week!!
Dress Code: Jeans are fine
Las Cucardas: Bordello's
One of the few respectable bordellos left in Lima from the memorial times. Situated near downtown Lima, it offers a straight forward approach to what men that come to these places want. There are about 40 girls on a regular night and the conditions are decent. Safe and realtively comfortable. Entrance fee 25 soles, full service, that depends on your needs but aprox 40 soles. Long corridors have women at the many doors, each one of them with a different story &/or approach to what you need: charapas, foreigners (plenty of Colombians), norteñas. Go for a walk and enjoy the show that every so often delights the public from the stage area.
Talk about memorias de putas tristes...
Dress Code: no dress code
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Yakana: Ambiente en el centro
A club with one of the best views from a nightclub in Lima, formidable Plaza San Martín. It has different concerts depending on the day of the week, punk, new wave, electronic, poetry recitals. It varies, nothing associated with commercialized rythmns. The building itsef is incredible, high ceilings, open areas, those french-styled windows so popular in the 20's.
Dress Code: No dress code.
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Several locations: Tango en Lima
Sundays: two places, Satchmo Cafe and Zipango Bar, in Barranco.
Tuesdays: Restaurante Patagonia in Miraflores,
Milongas are quite social and the crowd is friendly. Crowd are mainly seniors but they sure keep up with the pace. Not much neotango (bad for me).
More info can be found at protangoperu.com about specific addresses and times
Dress Code: No special requirements. They do have a nice wood floor so your dancing shoes wont get destroyed if you wear them.
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If you ask any peruvian around for where to go for a good peña, well all agree for once: Barranco is it. Right next to Miraflores (5 soles tops for a taxi), passing El Puente de los Suspiros (must read a little about this and about Chabuca Granda to really get Barranco) and coming into The Park, Barranco offers a selection of places that will be hard to find anywhere else. For a night of musica criolla to trova and nueva trova, Barranco has it. A particular favorite is the Oita Nomas (Grau Av. right in front of the park), inexpensive and open from tuesday to saturday its usually my stopping point when in Barranco. The live music on a week night is definitely its selling point, plus it doesnt end on the weeknights till about 2 and the weekends, uhhh, i shouldnt tell you. It has two floors, so plenty of room for everybody to get a good view of the band, but stay downstairs if you want to flirt w/the singers ;-) ....
Right next door is DejaVu so the party may continue there if you wish with a little different flavor: salsa, merengue, spanish rock, pop and more. Just make sure to get there before 4am on weekdays and 6 on the weekends as they close the doors to let people in, you can keep on partying inside but nobody else is allowed in as the night diwndles down.....
Dress Code: Ready to boggie
Punta Blanca: Cala Clone
This is a new place that has opened up right next to Cala. It is right on the water in the Costa Verde in Barranco. Is very similar to Cala as well in terms of the crowd, music (techno), restuarant, and general atmosphere. It is, however, more spacious than Cala and everything is on one level. The patio is also signifcantly bigger. It will be interesting to see which place draws a bigger crowd since they are so similar, but for now they both seem to be doing well. Both of these places will be great places to go when it starts to get warmer in Lima around November/December.
Dress Code: Relatively upscale like Cala. Nice jeans OK.
Some Skeazy bar at Parque Kennedy: Giant Flaming Drink
Miraflores was a little too TJ in Spring break for my taste. But this giant flaming drink was pretty awesome. I bought it because of its name. Unfortunately, I found out later that "Amor en LLamas" does not actually translate to "In Love with Llamas".
Dress Code: You can dress how you like... the waitresses were in matching lycra hotpants.
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