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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Cusco Nightlife

El Muki

Designed like a cave and ablaze in crimson red lights, this posh dance spot is protected by a gnome (really a costumed little person), who sits at the bar all night long.

Near Plaza de Armas, Santa Catalina Angosta 114, 011-51-84-253-498,
Tags: nightlife | dancing | local favorite | open late


Cusco’s self-proclaimed “original disco pub” is popular with an older, local crowd, with live music starting nightly at 11pm.

Plaza Regocijo 274, 2nd floor, 011-51-84-233-865
Tags: nightlife | local favorite | open late | bar


This intimate two-story bar draws an eclectic clientele with candle-lit tables, good music, great food and a small stage hosting nightly local bands playing Peruvian rock performances.

Tandapata 100, 011-51-84-254-240,
Tags: nightlife | bar | bar menu

Mama Afrika

Alternate between comfy, candle-lit couches and a jam-packed dance floor at the club with Cusco’s best crowds and most welcoming vibe. DJs seamlessly blend Latin, reggae, rock, techno, electronica, and ’80s beats.

Portal de Herinas 191, 2nd floor, 011-51-84-246-544,
Tags: nightlife | dancing | open late | nightclub | dj

Paddy Flaherty’s

Leave it to the Irish to open pubs in almost every city in the world; you'll find Guinness on tap and international sporting events like Rugby on the tube.

Triunfo 124, 011-51-84-247-719
Tags: nightlife | pub | open late


Noted for its eclectic artwork, where human-like figures and masks literally pop out of the ceilings and walls, this dance club buzzes nightly with live Peruvian music followed by DJ selections and dancing till dawn. Try the colorful Machu Picchu cocktail, a combination of pisco brandy, mint liqueur, grenadine, and orange juice.

Plateros 316, 2nd floor, 011-51-84-227-867
Tags: nightlife | dancing | open late | dj

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