Arequipa is a city that has a thriving nightlife, be it the dance clubs where you can party till dawn or a pub where you can hang out with your friends and have a few drinks. Serving local craft beer, signature cocktails or variations of the Peruvian favorite drink, pisco, the city has a spot for everyone, where you can meet fellow travelers or locals out for a night on the town. Check out Viva Air’s Best Bars in Arequipa.

Museo Del Pisco

Located in the heart of the city, Museo Del Pisco is a must visit for those looking to have good time in Arequipa. The bar was founded by three ‘Pisqueros’, a term used to describe someone is who is passionate and taught in the art of pisco. Known in English as The Pisco Museum, it is a well- known bar chain throughout the country. Even though it is called a museum, the bar is styled with slabs of designer stone and glass and rivals craft cocktail lounges in other countries. It has a relaxed atmosphere and an extensive cocktail list, starring the humble pisco (grape brandy) as a main ingredient in a variety of drinks. The bar boasts more than hundred varieties of the of pisco for you to try. Drinks are served with delicious local tapas and gourmet burgers.

Google Rating: 4.4
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: Moral St. 229 corner with Santa Catalina center of historic Arequipa, Peru
Phone: (+51) 54-281583
Hours: 11 am- 1 am
Tip: The bar hosts cocktail classes where you can learn from the masters to mix up your own cocktails, that are served with tapas of your choice.

Déjà vu

Déjà Vu is one of the most popular clubs in Arequipa among the locals, expats and tourists alike. The club is famous for its extensive list of crazy signature cocktails, such as, the Diablo Rojo, (the red devil). Situated in the center of the city, the bar has a rooftop terrace looking over the Iglesia De San Francisco. The terrace offers gorgeous, panoramic views of the city at night and every evening at 8 pm you can watch an English movie on the big screen. The terrace is also a good spot for dinner or breakfast, after a long night of partying. The club also offers two floors of dancing space with the city’s best DJs playing a wide variety of Latin, salsa, rock, pop, electronic, merengue tunes and some English songs every night. They host a variety of live bands throughout the week and also host a number of events such as, micro festival, per carnival party, Australia day, New Year’s Eve party and much more.

Google Rating: 3.9
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.0
Address: Calle San Francisco 319 – B, Arequipa
Phone: +51 54 221904
Tip: They offer free Bachata classes on Wednesdays at 9:30 pm and Salsa classes on Thursdays at 9:30 pm

Chelawasi Public House

Chelawasi is small bar in the old neighborhood of San Lazoro and is Arequipa’s first craft beer bar that’s run by a displaced American and his Peruvian wife. The bar offers a wide range of craft beer brewed in microbreweries around Peru. The beer is available on tap or in bottles. The variety of beer available is enough to entice someone who normally doesn’t drink beer to taste test some of their delicious range. The beer here can be accompanied by some of the best burgers, chicken wings and hand cut fries in Arequipa. It is a great place to start the night before hitting the dance clubs located around the area.

Google Rating: 4.4
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: 102 Campo Redondo, San Lázaro, Arequipa
Phone: +51 51 232778
Hours: 4 pm – 10:30 pm
Tip: The owners are happy to talk you through the art of drinking craft beer, if you are new and haven’t experienced it before. They also provide small samples if you are hesitant to get the whole pint.

Casona Forum

The Casona Forum is the located just minutes away from the center of the city, the Plaza de Armas and is the most popular and busiest clubs in Arequipa. Located in a sillar (white volcanic rock) building, it has plenty to offer for everyone to have a good night out. The building houses a pub (Retro), a pool club (Zero), a sofa bar (Chill Out), a restaurant (Terrasse) and three, night clubs (Forum, Club 80s and Latino Salsa Club). There are several large dance floors playing an eclectic choice of music and they also host live bands at the weekends. You can start the night in their restaurant for dinner and karaoke, then move onto one of the dance clubs and then end the night at the pub.

Google Rating: 4.4
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: Calle San Francisco #317, Cercado – Arequipa
Phone: +51 54 204294
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday – 7 pm to 2 am
Friday and Saturday – 7 pm to 5 am
Sunday- Closed
Tip: The Casona Forum gets very busy during the weekends, so it is advised to get there early. For a mere 25 soles, you can get access to all parts of the large complex