9 Best Bars in San Isidro, Lima

Bitter Cocktail Club

The bartenders at this hipster grotto have really nailed the speakeasy vibe: you need to request a password through the bar's website to be allowed to enter. What awaits you inside are some of the most delicious drinks in Lima, as well as red curtains, leather sofas, and a generally cool vibe.

Carnaval

This posh cocktail emporium is the brainchild of Aaron Díaz, former beverage director at Astrid y Gastón and expert mixologist at high-end bars throughout Latin America. Using ingredients such as green Chartreuse, elderberry juice, and mescal, he whips up drinks that have Lima's smart set raving. The snacks are outstanding, too.

Chocolate Bar

Above the restaurant Como Agua Para Chocolate, Chocolate Bar has the best selection of tequila in Lima and serves a great margarita.

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La Candelaria

Barranco

Drawing a mix of locals and foreigners, La Candelaria is located in an attractive art deco building a couple blocks east of Barranco's Parque Municipal. The restaurant, where food and drink are à la carte, opens at 9 pm, and shows (there's a cover charge) combining the folklores of the coast, mountains, and jungle start at 10:30 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

La Cuina de Bonilla

Miraflores
One of a dozen bars on Calle Manuel Bonilla, La Cuina is known for its ample selection of tapas—from mushrooms sautéed with garlic to tortilla española (Spanish omelet)—and selection of microbrewery beers, but the tables out front are a nice spot for a drink.

La Dama Juana

Barranco

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 pm, and a traditional Peruvian buffet is served from 7:30 to 10 pm. There's also a Sunday show that starts at 2:30 pm; the buffet opens at 12:20.

La Oficina

Barranco
This lively peña is one of the most famous in the city. Weekend shows of Afro-Peruvian music from the country's south coast culminate with a brindis (toast) around 2 am, when hundreds of pisco-sour glasses are raised.

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This popular restaurant also features a low-lighted lounge in front, and a lively back patio.

Sachún

Miraflores

With more than three decades in business, Sachún's mix of Andean folk dancing and música criolla draws a predominantly older crowd. The food here is a cut above that at other peñas.