Barranco is famous for its nightlife. The hippest bars, clubs and music haunts take over both scrappy hall-in-the-walls and sophisticated colonial mansions.
Bars and restaurants tempt the younger set to this part of town. At three in the morning, the sidewalks may be teaming with spirited fun lovers, especially on the weekends.
The refurbished 19th-century mansion that houses Ayahuasca would be worth visiting even if it wasn’t Barranco’s most chic bar. The wild decor—it is named for a hallucinogen used by Amazonian Indians—and tasty tapas only add to the allure. Indoor and outdoor areas are outfitted in mismatched, colorful decor.
Barranco Beer Company
Bored with Peru’s beer selection? This microbrewery a block north of Barranco’s Parque Municipal not only offers several house brews, but also has sandwiches on home-baked bread, empanadas, and blue-corn pizza.
La Noche is in a funky old house at the far end of a pedestrian street just off Barranco´s main square. It counts two bars and a stage for live music. The local rock bands booked here may or may not be your cup of tea, but it’s a great place for a drink even if you don’t stay for the show.
Another affordable good choice for drinking, partying and socializing. The weekly programme caters of musical persuasions, from funk to electronica.
You haven’t fully experienced Barranco´s nightlife until visiting a music club called peña, which offers some of the best entertainment in the city: live shows, costumed performers, folklore.
Vying for both the local and tourist markets, La Candelaria is located in a lovely old building in Barranco. The restaurant opens at 9 pm and shows combining the folklore of the coast, mountains, and jungle start at 10:30 on Friday and Saturday night.
La Dama Juana
The most tourist-friendly peña, La Dama Juana offers 90-minute shows in an atmospheric Spanish colonial-style building in Barranco. Performances start at 8:30, and a traditional Peruvian buffet is served from 7:30 to 10. They also have a Sunday afternoon show that starts at 2:30; the buffet opens at 12:20.