When you think of Pisco Sour, Peru automatically comes to mind! It is so highly acclaimed, it has been christened as Peru’s National Drink. Of course, you won’t want to leave until you try a sip, or two, or three, which is why Pure! Peru has created the “Pisco Sour Route” found in the colonial-era rich city of Lima. The route doesn’t have to be completed in one day! Nevertheless, anytime out shopping or on a city tour is a perfect moment to steal away in one of the following 5 extraordinary bars of historic and interesting features dedicated to Pisco Sours!
Cordano Bar – Located a few blocks away from the Cathedral of Lima, this restaurant and bar has over 116 years of history and is considered a national heritage. Past presidents, poets, writers and artists have been known to have an original Pisco Sour here! The ambience gives off vibes of yesteryear with memories that will take you a bit deeper into Lima’s history and famous visitors.
Museo del Pisco – Just one block further down, you will come upon this bar that is not actually a museum, but rather dedicated to paying homage to the traditional Pisco Sour. While visiting, sample traditional Pisco Sours while learning more about Peru’s flagship drink and its origins.
Bar del Hotel Maury – If you find yourself in the center of Lima looking to quench your thirst with an authentic flare, you can try one of the best Pisco Sours in the city, as well as classic concoctions with an Australian Carob twist. The carob drinks are a nod to old-school cocktails, which likely originated when American and Australians settled in Lima in the early 1900’s.
Bar de Hotel Bolivar – If walls could talk, you would learn all the secrets of the past 100 years in this beautiful and upscale hotel. In the 1950’s, people in Lima would attend church at the Cathedral and walking through the colonial center, they’d find themselves near the door of Hotel Bolivar. One of those secrets is the emblematic Pisco Sour, of course they also claim to have only the best. The main difference is in the name of the cocktail, Pisco Sour Catedral.
Queirolo de Lima – A hop, skip and a jump away from Hotel Bolivar is the last stop on the “Ruta de Pisco”. The restaurant is set in the historical center and is the perfect place to slow down and take in the local atmosphere and historic bohemian undertones. Before returning to discover more of Lima, refresh with a typical pisco and criollo, Peruvian cuisine.
And to top off this eye-opening and engaging Ruta del Pisco Sour, wrap it up into an incredible evening at the Hotel B in Barranco. Their rooftop bar is a real treat with charismatic bartenders and live shows that demonstrate different types of cocktails, and of course your new favorite, the Pisco Sour and its variations! If traveling as a group, the Casa Paz Soldan is another excellent option. The Neoclassical mansion has foundational roots dating back to the 1600s and is the perfect setting for an exclusive dinner in one of Lima’s most historic buildings. And of course, after having learned so much about the Pisco Sour, don’t forget to order one to accompany your main meal! Contact us if you would like to send your clients on this incredible, cultural journey through Lima!
Published in February, 2022