Yes, we know, there are so many things to do in Arequipa that sometimes the itinerary may fall short, and as if it wasn’t enough the city also provides everything for a fun night out. It may sound that we’re complaining about the city, but instead we are highlighting the fact that there is never enough time while you’re on vacation.
Whether you’re the party traveler type or just want to enjoy a chilly evening listening to good live music with a glass of wine, then Arequipa is certainly the destination for you.
In addition to the natural wonders and historical attractions, there’s another side of Arequipa that you may not know of. The city is known for having lively nightlife, with pubs, bars, nightclubs, and more that complement the whole experience thoroughly.
However, the only downside here is altitude; keep in mind that Arequipa is located over 2,000 meters above sea level, and trust us, alcohol can cause some trouble in this high elevation, but there’s nothing that a coca tea can’t relieve.
For those up to a bar-crawling night or just out for a few drinks, here we have gathered the most popular bars and nightclubs in the area. Likewise, we’ve also added a few tips regarding safety and how to deal with a hangover at two-thousand meters of altitude.
1. Museo Del Pisco
For those who didn’t know, Pisco is the Peruvian flag drink and if you’re eager to taste something distinctive of our lands, then the Museo del Pisco is the best choice. The national franchise has four establishments spread across the most important travel destinations and all of them offer a unique evening experience.
Start your night with some flaming Pisco drink, choose among the 100 varieties and the extensive selection of national and international cocktails. The place offers the perfect setting to enjoy a chill evening before going bar crawling.
Address: Calle Moral 229, Arequipa.
2. Déjà Vu
Right at the heart of the historic center lies the best of both worlds, an exclusive restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while turning itself into the most popular clubs at night. Deja Vu is located very close to Iglesia San Francisco and has two special ambiences.
The first floor hosts live music and plays classic pop songs, while its beautiful terrace overlooks the San Francisco Church and gathers the best electronic music DJs in Arequipa. If you’re looking to party until dawn, this is one of the best places to do so!
Address: San Francisco 319B, Arequipa.
3. Casona Forum
According to our travelers, this is the best place to experience Arequipa’s nightlife, and they are certainly right. The Casona Forum is a large club with different spaces, where they offer a pizzeria, grill, pub, and a karaoke bar, plus a disco and salsa club.
It is surely a seven-in-one excuse for a great night out. They also offer the best concerts in town and the best selection of drinks and cocktails, as well as bar food. Would you think of a better place to dance the night away? We don’t think so.
Address: San Francisco 317, Arequipa.
Siwara is a popular tavern located in front of the Santa Catalina Monastery. It spreads a lively atmosphere across two courtyards. They specialize in beer and offer an extensive selection of cocktails and drinks.
Address: Santa Catalina 210, Arequipa.
5. Brujas Bar
If you’re more into a chill evening with friends, this is one of the best spots to visit in Arequipa. Brujas Bar has a nordic-style atmosphere with a friendly service and the best happy hour cocktail deals. Perfect to start the night or to just have some drinks while listening to good live music.
Address: San Francisco 300, Arequipa.
To start, remember that you will be in high altitude places, so drinking alcohol can bring up or worsen the symptoms of altitude sickness, very common in those who are not used to such conditions. So, take it easy and always stay hydrated.
To have a peaceful night, do not take valuables to this place and everything you bring, always keep close by. Small thefts can happen in busier environments without your noticing, so keep your attention redoubled.
To get around, avoid walking alone through the streets of Arequipa, especially at dawn. Choose to use safe transport, such as official taxis. In case of any doubt, contact your travel agency and ask for information and tips.
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