Lima is known to have a fun and varied nightlife and the locals love a good party and are generally very welcoming of foreigners. Miraflores is the best party district, with some fantastic salsa clubs and bars. The two most famous nightclubs in the area are Gothica and Aura, which are enormous clubs with multiple dancefloors and sea views which play all sorts of music. Visitors must be well-dressed to gain entrance to these seaside nightclubs. Although Peru is generally conservative, Lima is the most progressive city and there are many nightclubs that welcome gay and lesbian patrons, especially in Miraflores. Barranco also has some great after dark spots, some of the best of which can be found on the coast, near the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs). Bars tend to open at 8 or 9pm, but many nightclubs and live music venues only open at 10pm or later; popular spots usually stay open at least until 3 or 4am. Drinks are generally cheap in Lima, especially if you choose local varieties. Casinos are popular in Peru and many of the larger, upmarket hotels have casinos attached.
For those who want a more sophisticated cultural experience Lima has some good ballet, opera and theatre. The wonderful Teatro Municipal, once the pride of the local performing arts, has sadly burned down, but the Museo de la Nacion and Teatro Segura, among other venues, have picked up the slack. Check out the daily newspaper El Comercio for updates on performances and events.
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