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Ultimate Guide to Cusco Nightlife: 9 Best Bars and Clubs 2024

Tuesday June 11, 2024 - Posted by to Student life in Cusco
Nightlife Cusco bar black cat

Cusco is a city full of life, and the adventure doesn’t stop after dark. After a day of exploring its colorful history and ancient Incan architecture, you’ll find the streets of Cusco come alive with tourists, students learning Spanish in Cusco and locals alike heading out to have a good time every night of the week. With a variety of bars, pubs and clubs mostly located within a stone’s throw of each other, the city’s nightlife has something to offer for everyone.

Wondering where to start? We’ve put together a guide to our favorite spots for drinking and dancing in the historic center, whether you’re looking for a classy cocktail bar, pub with live music, or a late-night discoteca where you can get your groove on until sunrise.

Check out the Ultimate Guide to Cusco Nightlife.
9 Best Bars and Clubs 2024

  1. KM.0 – live music & tapas
  2. Los Perros – lounge bar, cocktails, food
  3. Paddy’s – Irish pub
  4. Black Cat – speakeasy-style cocktails
  5. Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado – brewpub
  6. Casa Palacio – jazz bar
  7. Rock House – rock bar
  8. Chango’s – club
  9. Casa Tisac – club

1. KM.0

This cozy bar is tucked away on one of the winding alleys that lead off the Plaza San Blas and is the perfect spot to start your night, with live music every weekend and most other nights of the week.

They do a great cocktail happy hour and also have a decent tapas menu – try their tortilla de patatas for a taste of Spain!

Hours: Monday – Sunday, 4pm – 2am
Location: Calle Tandapata 100 (San Blas)

Nightlife Cusco bar KM0

2. Los Perros

This relaxed Dutch-influenced lounge bar is known for its great (if strong!) cocktails and ambience. It’s the perfect place to hang out, chat and enjoy good vibes, with live DJs playing chilled electronic music on the weekends until late.

A long-time staple of Cusco’s nightlife, owner Lizka used to visit Los Perros with her father before she left Peru to travel and work for many years in Holland; on her return, she bought and restored it to create a lively ‘sofa bar’ with a touch of vintage style, including Dutch influences that can be found everywhere from the menu to the decor.

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 4pm – 2am
Location: Calle Tecsecocha 282

Nightlife Cusco bar Los Perros

3. Paddy’s Irish Pub

Located just off the Plaza de Armas, this is another chilled location to start your evening off right – or prop up the bar til closing over a few beers!

A taste of Ireland in the heart of South America, Paddy’s is officially the highest altitude Irish pub in the world and is always packed with travellers and locals alike. Founded in 1996, it offers all the Irish classics including Guinness, Jameson and Irish coffees, alongside a range of other beers on tap and a wide cocktail list.

Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 1am
Location: Calle Triunfo 124

Nightlife Paddys Irish
4. Black Cat

A modern, stylish cocktail bar offering craft cocktails and spirits in an elegant atmosphere, this is the spot to go to for true cocktail aficionados – walking in here will make you feel like you’ve been transported to a speakeasy in Manhattan or San Francisco.

Mixologists Victor and Fernando are full of passion for what they do, and their creative cocktail menu changes with the seasons, showcasing local liqueurs and ingredients including house-made infusions.

Hours: Monday – Sunday, 4pm – 1am
Location: Calle Procuradores 358

Nightlife Cusco bar black cat

5. Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado

An independent microbrewery in the heart of Cusco, Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado is the place to go if you’re looking for your craft beer fix while in Peru. They have a range of excellent artisanal beers on tap – these rotate regularly but usually include several different IPAs as well as lagers, dark beers and other ales.

They do regular live music nights, and if you fancy a bite to eat they also have a selection of brewpub-style food available – think burgers, wings, pizzas and more.

Planning to visit the Sacred Valley during your stay? They have a number of other taprooms in the villages surrounding Cusco – check out their locations here.

Hours: Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 12am
Location: Calle Espaderos 136

Cerveceria Sacred Valley

6. Casa Palacio

This small but welcoming jazz bar is officially the highest-altitude jazz club in the world. They rotate excellent live jazz, soul, blues and Andean music, and host a variety of extremely talented musicians – plus their bartenders mix a great cocktail!

Check out their Instagram @casapalacio_ to see what’s on each week, from their famous Latin Fridays to open mic nights and jam sessions.

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8pm – 2am
Location: Calle Palacio 110

Nightlife Cusco bar Casa Palacio

7. Rock House

Not a huge fan of the reggaeton that’s the order of the day in most of Peru’s bars and clubs? Get yourself to Rock House – the best spot in Cusco for rock music, with live bands nightly from Thursday to Sunday playing everything from 80s classics to modern-day rock hits.

Hours: Monday – Sunday, 5/6pm – 2.30/3am
Location: Calle Tecsecocha 420

Nightlife Cusco Bar Rock House

8. Chango Club

Looking for somewhere you can dance the night away until the sun comes up? Chango’s is Cusco’s most famous discoteca, offering a different type of music every day of the week – from electronic music to reggaeton, hip hop, disco and more. Especially on the weekends, you’ll find it packed with backpackers and locals alike who are there to have a good time!

Want to see what’s on? Check out their Instagram @changoclub_oficial to find out what they have lined up each week.

Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9.30pm – 6am
Location: Calle Tecsecocha 415A

Nightlife Cusco Bar Chango Club

9. Casa Tisoc

This iconic underground electronic music club is mounted in the back of an old colonial casona in central Cusco, and showcases the best of local underground DJs until late on the weekends.

Open on Fridays and Saturdays, and the occasional other night if they have visiting guest DJs – check out their Instagram @casa_tisoc to discover their opening hours and who they’ve got playing each week.

Hours: Vary weekly
Location: Plaza San Francisco 162

Enjoy your night out in Cusco – and if it’s a weeknight, be sure not to be too hungover for your Spanish classes the next day!

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