It's not hard to find a nightspot in Huaraz. With all the gringos gearing up for or celebrating the completion of trekking expeditions, the place hops in high season.
El Tambo, José de la Mar 776, about 3 blocks from Avenida Luzuriaga (tel. 043/423-417), is the most happening disco in town. There's plenty of drinking, dancing, and smoking until the wee hours, and the music careens between international Top 40 and more homegrown Latin sounds. There's usually a pretty good mix of locals and gringos. The cover charge ranges from S/10 to S/20. Makondo's (no phone), a full-throttle nightclub with food and dancing, is across from El Tambo on José de la Mar.
Other bars worth dropping in on include the intimate Las Kenas, Jr. Gabino Uribe 620 (tel. 043/428-383), which features live and recorded (often Andean) music and good pisco sours; La Cueva del Oso, Av. Luzuriaga 674 (no phone), a lively peña with good music and dancing; and the laid-back Monttrek Pub, Av. Luzuriaga 646 (tel. 043/421-121). Next door to Las Kenas is a slightly rowdier bar, X-Treme (tel. 043/682-115), a place to drink, listen to classic rock, and meet trekkers from around the world. Popular with backpacking types -- who must feel at home with all the maps on the walls -- is Vagamundo Travelbar, Av. Julián de Morales 753 (tel. 043/509-063), which has cool rock and blues music, a bar with couches, and frequent bonfires out on the patio.
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