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The pisco sour is almost synonymous to Peru and Lima. It is their official national drink after all. You can find the pisco sour in Lima everywhere from the high-end restaurants to the small old school bodegas. It is hard to pick just one best pisco sour so instead, I have picked my top five favorites all with different atmospheres. Believe me, you will find yourself hard pressed to choose the best place for this delicious concoction of pisco, lime, simple syrup and egg white!
The Heavyweight: Gran Bolívar
Jirón de la Unión 958, Lima District
Located in the heart of the historical center of Lima, this pisco sour is the heavyweight of the group. While you can find regular sized pisco sours here it is The Cathedral for which this faded glory of a bar is known for. The Cathedral is perhaps the most famous double pisco sour in Lima and it packs a punch! This guy is definitely the heavyweight in size but also in history. It is said that Hemingway spent a lot of time at the Gran Bolívar Hotel and at this bar. Hemingway managed to down 8 Cathedrals in one sitting. Do you think you can do better than the heavyweight champ?
The Educational: Cafe Museo Larco
Av. Simón Bolivar 1509, Pueblo Libre
There are several noteworthy museums in Lima but perhaps my favorite is the Museo Larco and they also happen to have one of my favorite pisco sour in Lima. After an educational day at the museum head over to Cafe Museo Larco which was opened by Lima’s favorite chef, Gaston Acurio, and indulge in an Instagram worthy pisco sour. And don’t worry, these cocktails taste as good as they look!
The Best View: Cala
Circuito de Playas, Barranco
The Pacific Ocean commands your attention when you are in Lima, especially as you walk the cliffs of Miraflores and Barranco. For the pisco sour in Lima with the best view, you have to head to Cala right on the water. Grab a seat right above the water or on their patio and watch the sun set into the Pacific Ocean with a refreshing pisco sour. There is no better sunset partner than a pisco sour from Cala.
The Old School: Bar Piselli
28 De Julio 297, Barranco
Bar Piselli has been at the heart of the neighborhood of Barranco since this bar was established in 1916. Bar Piselli hasn’t changed a bit since it was first opened and it still maintains its old-school charm which draws locals and tourists alike in nightly. Bar Piselli is always packed and busy serving up their house pisco sours. Served in small wine glasses these pisco sours may look tiny but they are nothing to smirk at. Most likely you will find yourself saying you will stop in for one or two and spend all night here, caught up in its infectious vibe!
The Classic: Antigua Taberna Queirolo
Av San Martin 1090, Pueblo Libre
Antigua Taberna Queirolo was established in 1880 and was originally a small grocery store for the Queirolo family to sell small groceries and their wine and pisco which was made right next door. The Queirolo family today has one of the most recognized pisco and wine labels in the country and so it is no surprise that this is one the places to visit to try a pisco sour in Lima! Despite the Queirolo brand being recognizable across Peru the Taberna is still a very local spot and has kept its historical feel. It is the spot to go for a classic pisco sour, great conversation and a classic Peruvian vibe!
*Fun Fact: Antigua Taberna Queirolo was one of the first places to have a telephone in Peru!
If you are on the hunt for the pisco sour in Lima then you need to visit these five spots. While all different they excel at the same thing, producing a delicious pisco sour in a unique environment. Lima is a city of many different experiences and these five pisco bars reflect the diversity of the city. You would be remiss if you left Lima without trying at least one pisco sour at each of these spots!
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