Converted colonial mansions are all the rage in Barranco, and the spectacular setting of Café Victoria is among the best of the lot. Revelers love the outdoor patio area, especially on weekend afternoons when the grassy lawn area packs out to live DJs who spin a selection of cruisy electro tunes.
A great spot to kick things off, this small and cozy offering serves up some tasty snacks and super-strong cocktails. Start off with a drink on the upstairs balcony before stumbling off to one of the many other nearby watering holes.
Got a hankering for craft beer? Then make a beeline for the Barranco Beer Company, a happening micro-brewery known far and wide for their delectable amber nectar. Homemade sandwiches with artisanal bread and tasty wood-fired pizzas compliment these hoppy suds to a tee.
Popular with both Peruvian and international tourists alike, La Candelaria is a great place to go for a traditional folkloric show. Drawing artistic inspiration from coastal, Andean, and Amazonian indigenous groups, these lively performances do an excellent job in encapsulating Peru’s diverse cultural tapestry. Shows only take place on weekends.
La Candelaria, Av. Francisco Bolognesi 292, Barranco 15063, Peru, +51 1 247 2941
Catering largely to the tourist crowd, La Dama Juana is another superb local peña, this time with live shows almost every night of the week. Be sure to get there by 8:30 p.m. for the energetic nightly show, best accompanied with an abundance of pisco and their all-you-can-eat buffet.
La Noche is the place to be for those after some heavier tunes, with a rotating roster of talented young musos rocking it out on stage during weekend nights. Mixed drinks tend to be on the stronger side, so they work out to be pretty good value for money.
La Noche, Sanchez Carrion 199, Barranco 15063, Peru, +51 1 247 1012
Decked out with an impressive array of Peruvian and international antiques, La Posada del Ángel is an excellent place for a casual meetup as it’s quiet enough to have an actual conversation. That said, acoustic guitar bands have been known to belt out all your favorite Latino classics from 10 p.m. till close. With three locales just in Barranco, Ángel is undoubtedly onto a good thing.