4 Best Bars in El Centro, Lima

Bar Hotel Maury

El Centro
This handsomely wood-paneled hotel bar is where the pisco sour took on its definitive final form. The man responsible, Don Eloy Cuadros, has learned his trade well: after 60 years on the job, he still whips up refreshing cocktails that are a perfect break from sightseeing in El Centro.

Brisas del Titicaca

El Centro
Run by a nonprofit cultural association, this supper-club theater showcases Peru's colorful danzas folklóricas, especially those from Puno, near Lake Titicaca. The music, costumes, and virtuosic footwork evoke the joyous frenzy of the region's Virgen de la Candelaria festival. Take a cab when you go; the theater is a bit hard to find.

El Bolivarcito

El Centro

This popular bar just to the right of the Hotel Bolívar's entrance overlooks the Plaza San Martín and makes a wicked pisco sour. Or step inside to the main bar and restaurant, which offer tables on an elevated terrace and a more subdued setting.

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Museo del Pisco

El Centro
Artisanal cocktails are what's on tap at this atmospheric saloon patterned after an Ica bodega (winery).The classic pisco sours are formidable, but even better are the ginger-ale-based chilcanos and the citrus-and-berry-laced frutales. The expert mixologists are happy to make recommendations.