More locals than gringos usually make it to the coolest spot in Iquitos, Café-Teatro Amauta, Nauta 250 (tel. 065/233-366), a bar-cum-theater with great bohemian flavor and a romantic interior with thick, red curtains framing a small stage that opens to sidewalk tables. Calling itself "El Rincón de los Artistas" (Artists' Corner), it supports live Peruvian, Latin, and Amazon music Monday through Saturday from 10pm until 3am. Try some of the funky aguardientes ("fire waters") made from Amazonian herbs. Along the malecón are a couple of lively bars with good views of the river. Arandú Bar, Malecón Tarapacá 113 (tel. 065/243-434), is particularly hopping, a good place for sharing a pitcher of sangria and loud rock 'n' roll. You can also grab a drink at the Yellow Rose of Texas, Putumayo 180 (tel. 065/241-010), a spot owned by the (controversial and Texan) former head of the local tourist office. Locals hang out at Noa-Noa, Pevas 298, at Fitzcarraldo (tel. 065/232-902), a disco and rock bar near the Plaza de Armas. When the two-level dance floor is happening, the smoke machines crank and the sound system pumps out salsa and Latin rock.
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