The Best Bars for Punk and Metal Music in Peru

punk graffiti ©  Jonas Bengtsonn / flickr
punk graffiti © Jonas Bengtsonn / flickr
Photo of Jack Guy
2 November 2017

Peru has a long history when it comes to the harder end of the musical spectrum. To this day, there are countless bars across capital city Lima dedicated to punk, hardcore and metal music. Here are some of the best.

Bar Hensley, Barranco

Situated on the main strip down to the tourist haven of Barranco, this is a great spot to drop into. There is regular live music and cheap beer, plus it’s open super late.

Av. Primavera 1377, Cercado de Lima, Peru

La Guitarra, Ate

A little outside town, this place hosts regular live events. It’s a taxi ride away from the tourist areas of Miraflores and Barranco, but it’s well worth the trip.

Avenida Jose Carlos Mariategui 517, Ate, Lima, Peru


The mohawk is a popular haircut among punks © taro taylor / flickr

Nuclear Bar

Open since 2005, this rock bar has become a stalwart of the metal scene in the center of Lima. Make sure to take a taxi home because the location is slightly undesirable. It’s more expensive to drink here than most of the other bars on the list, but check out the list of gigs to see if something grabs your attention.

Quilca, Cercado de Lima, Peru

Vichama Rock Bar

This bar faces Plaza San Martin, a focal point for the punk and metal scene in Peru. Things get lively, it’s open late, but make sure you take a taxi home because the surrounding area isn’t the most salubrious.

Jirón Carabaya 941, Cercado de Lima, Peru

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