Cusco, known as the center of the ancient Inca civilisation, filled with culture and a standard travel hub for everybody going to Machu Picchu. Also, Cusco has become known as the southern mountain party town with an unlimited range in bars and clubs spread out all over this small town. This is THE place to experience partying and clubbing, whilst enjoying Peru’s amazing Inca culture in one breath!
As Cusco has become increasingly important for the backpack industry, a lot of hostels have joined the party scene, organizing pub crawls, theme nights and live performances around town. This blends in greatly with discovering the nightlife till dawn and on. Our own Pariwana hostel Cusco has a great reputation in Cusco for its great parties, relaxed bar and live music performances.
Check out the list we made for you with Cusco’s major hot-spots.
5 great bars in Cusco
1. The Frogs – Pasaje Huarancallqu 185 (on the end of calle Ruinas)
This is a lounge – bar with also a restaurant attached to it. This bar has an amazing variety in great activities, like a cinema, billiard area and a foosball table, to mention a few.
2. Paddy Flahertys – Plaza de Armas
This festively decorated Irish pub is considered as the highest Irish Pub worldwide (10.739 ft), with a great location on the main square, the Plaza de Armas. With proper Guinness draft on tab, an international crowd and the familiar British sports on the screen, it is easy to get lost in this bar for quite some afternoons and evenings.
3. 7 Angelitos – Calle 7 Angelitos 638, in the area of San Blas
This intimate local hipster lounge is popular during evenings and the late nights. It is known for their motto: “Coffee, Music and Cocktails”. Most nights they offer live music from Peru’s creole (coastal) music, local rock bands and DJ’s.
4. Ukukus - Calle Plateros 316
In this artistic bar you can find an optimal combination of music and culture. You will find any music type here, from typical Andean music, to jazz, salsa, fusion and more local, national and international flavours. Also check out their (Spanish) website to get an impression about this “local” place.
5. Mushrooms Lounge & Bar - Plaza de Armas
This bar is known for playing the best electronic music in town. Located in the center, this bar is usually a must stop for most backpackers to go wild on great DJ mixes. Also national and international DJ’s play here frequently, adding to its international vibe and constantly renewing music taste.
There are plenty of other bars that are definitely not less attractive than the above mentioned bars. Here are some other bars you will easily find around on your wander through gorgeous Cusco: El Garabatos, Fallen Angel, Trotamundos, Norton’s, Aldea Yanapay, Los Perros, Inka Team and many more!
4 great clubs in Cusco
1. Mythology - Plaza de Armas
This popular and busy club is, as many, located on the main square and offers a wide range of entertainment. During the day it plays movies on the big screen, transforming into a proper dance club at night. Accommodating for both the locals and plenty of backpackers around, you will find reggae, rock, electronic, salsa and more here. No entry fee and free salsa lessons are the main reasons why it draws such a big crowd.
2. Mama Africa - Plaza de Armas
As one of the most famous party spots in town, Mama Africa has a solid reputation as must-stop-club in Cusco. You can find a wide variety in music and entertainment on any given day throughout the week, with packed weekends till the early hours. Travellers from all around the world get together here for a good time and are joined by many locals in search for a hot international hook-up. Also check out their website
3. Kamikaze – Plaza Regocijo 274 (2nd and 3rd floor)
Open since 1985, Kamikaze is the daddy of all clubs in Cusco. Conveniently located just a block away from the Plaza de Armas, you’ll find this party place on a corner of Plaza Regocijo, on the second and third floor. It has more of a bar-lounge vibe at the start of the night and eventually progresses into a full on party at the end of the night.
4. Uptown – Calle Suecia 302
This is another popular nightclub, staying open the entire night. Like most other clubs you can see plenty of videos during the day time, hiding from the sun and recovering from the hangover of the last night. And at the same time getting some salsa lessons in for free.
If you are looking for a place to stay close to party central (basically; Plaza de Armas), then check out our Cusco hostel on only two small blocks away from all this great nightlife!