No, it’s not the gentle rumbling of volcanic earthquakes you feel. It’s the rockin’ dance floors of Arequipa’s clubs.
The White City may ooze a tranquil colonial vibe by day, but when the sun goes down, the student crowd gets to dancing. Toss in a thriving backpacker scene, and you’ve got a dance party cocktail as potent as any Pisco Sour.
Dance clubs in Latin America are known for keeping the parties going till the wee hours, and Arequipa’s dance clubs are no exception. Pace yourself, because these three clubs keep the good time rolling all night long.
Centro: San Francisco 319B
With its rooftop terrace sporting killer views of the church of San Francisco, you might assume that Deja Vu would be a pure tourist joint. But it’s keen line-up of rock acts, as well as flashback-y 70s and 80s numbers, makes a hit among travelers and locals alike. The bar serves up an exhaustive list of traditional and signature cocktails; look out for the diablo rojo. When live acts aren’t performing, DJs keep the beats coming. Perennially popular, Deja Vu is one of Arequipa’s hottest nightlife spots.
Centro: Zela 205
With slick lighting, flashy decor and more dance floors than you can bust a move on, Kibosh is the go-to spot for hip, young dancers. Cranking out rock, salsa, electronic and more, this multi-room venue hosts specialty events and contests. Under the neon lights, you might feel like you’re in Europe.
Daddy’o Disco Pub and Karaoke
Centro: Portal de Flores 112
The name says it all. Raucous, rowdy and just a touch over the top, Daddy’o Disco is the place to truly let go. Dirt cheap drinks fuel go-go dancing parties set to the tune of live bands. Really feeling daring? Digital karaoke is also hot here. Located along the Plaza de Armas, and definitely geared towards a traveler crowd (tourists often get in free), there’s not much tasteful about Daddy’o's. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Need more? Live music acts at La Troica (Jerusalén 522A) and neighboring La Quinta (Jerusalén 522) inspire spontaneous hip-shaking sessions among a more music-oriented crowd. The indie rock acts Cafe Art Montreal (Ugarte 210) inspire the occasional head-banging.