Cusco Beer Guide: Your Cusco guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Cusco

80 /100 PORTAL DE CONFITURIA 233
“Cozy brewpub with great overall ambiance, service selection. Incomparable view from the balcony of the Plaza las Armas. Good selection of Peruvian craft brews ¡on Tap! As well as bottles to choose from. Friendly, English fluent staff. An Oasis in the desert for the picky, thirsty, non-Spanish speaking beerista!“
BesserWeisser 1512 days ago
80 /100
La Bodega 138 (Restaurant)
HERAJES 138
“I was suspicious that a pizza restaurant could be the top beer spot but as it turns out, the beer list is really deep with Peruvian craft beer. If you only have time for one place in Cusco, as I did, then this is a great choice. I went as a single female. There is a small bar area in the front that you can sit at with no problem or weirdness at all. The draft list was about 8 long and I stuck to those to avoid being overwhelmed by the bottles. Tried two Zenith beers, the IPA was on point. I didn't eat but the pizzas really did look good, and I was watching the guy make the dough. Important thing to note--they are cash only (or at least were when I was there).“
Beershine 1848 days ago
76 /100 CALLE PLATEROS 361
“Visited for dinner. The place has two floors of seating and both were pretty busy. That's a good sign. The food here was awesome and they carried the house brand of beer on draft (Incontri). Bottle list was the same as the original restaurant in Aquas Caliente. Service was good. There were only two servers, but they were busting their asses to keep up and did it well. Prices were good as well. I would definitely recommend this place. Food was Italian/Peruvian hybrid. Definitely check it out.“
JStax 1851 days ago
72 /100 CALLE SANTA CATALINA ANGOSTA 116
“Visited in the evening. Located near the Plaza de Armas on the second floor. It's actually pretty big up there with a huge bar that could probably seat 40 or more. Tried to order something from their menu but was told they didn't carry that. Settled for a cider. They carried the Oltree ciders, which I had been wanting to try. They had four to choose from. Service was a bit lackluster, but she got the job done. I would probably visit again if I had time.“
JStax 1851 days ago
78 /100 PORTAL DE CONFITURIA 233
“Visited for dinner in the evening. The place has a sign at street level, but is on the second floor of a building just off the Plaza de Armas. There is a bar that seats about five, then tables and booths for about 40 more. Kind of cozy. Looks like a traditional, upscale brewpub. They carry predominantly their beers on draft, but also a few guest taps. They also have a nice bottle list that has the craft beers and ciders of the area. Food was good. We weren't all that hungry, but had the appetizer sampler and split a burger. Everything was good. Prices were decent, only snag was the server was pretty forgetful. She was friendly, though so that made up for it a bit.“
JStax 1851 days ago
84 /100 PORTAL ESPINAR 155
“Visited for lunch on my first full day in Cusco. The place is on one of the three squares in the city. It has some patio seating out front, but we opted for inside so that we could see the beers. When we got a look at the draft list, we were blown away. The list took up multiple pages and had a ton of diversity. I could have spent hours just hanging out and drinking from their beer list. Friendly service. We were the only people here during our visit, however. I ordered the shrimp soup and was very happy with it. All around this place was a great find for both food and beer.“
JStax 1851 days ago
62 /100 SANTA CATALINA ANCHA 360
“Visited in the evening on a Thursday. We were drawn in by the Sports Bar name and what looked like craft beer tap handles. The place was pretty loud, mostly because of a group of four dickbags that were hollering while playing foosball. When their game ended it got much better. The bottle list they had was decent, but the one I ordered was out of stock. I switched to one of the drafts and all was good. The food here was primarily american sports bar food, burgers, wings, fried stuff, but it all had a Peruvian take on it. Some things were good, some were just okay. Service was friendly but slow. All around this place was decent.“
JStax 1851 days ago
62 /100
Gato's Market (Grocery Store)
SANTA CATALINA ANCHA
“Visited several times on my several days spent in Cusco. It is a small grocery store primarily, but they have a very nice selection of Peruvian craft beers. I picked up many bottles throughout the evenings each day. There were many I didn't pick up and I was always able to easily find something new and different. Prices were good as well. Many of the other shops that carried craft beer would often charge bar prices for the bottles but this one didn't.“
JStax 1851 days ago
68 /100
Km 0 (Bar)
CALLE TANDAPATA 260
“In walking distance of the Plaza de Armas. They have around 7 bottles of Peruvian craft beer, (for example Magdalena). You might have to ask for them as the staff is not really aware of their own stock. As negative as this sounds: the positive part is the bar itself. They seem to have (good) live music everyday (at 10 pm) and a very pleasant atmosphere. We had a really fun time in this bar. At least for me clearly preferable to the Irish pub for example. Definitely worth checking out if you are multiple days in Cuzco and have already been to La Bodega and/or Cholos.“
Ritzn 2134 days ago
82 /100
La Bodega 138 (Restaurant)
HERAJES 138
“90 peruvian bottles + 10 belgian. Only 3 on tap and the waiter warned us that they might not be cold enough to enjoy. Still great atmosphere incredible selection and only 16 pen for almost every beer. Definitely worth a visit.“
Ritzn 2156 days ago
30 /100 PLAZA DE ARMAS 124 CALLE TRIUNFO
“Come here if you like irish pubs. Go somewhere else when you want a decent selection of decent beers.“
Ritzn 2156 days ago
78 /100 CALLE PALACIO 110
“15-20 peruvian craft beer taps. You can try a little sip before ordering a whole glass. Nice atmosphere. Sometimes the waitress didn’t know the brewery of a beer but together we figured everything out. Definitely worth a stop, maybe an evening.“
Ritzn 2156 days ago
92 /100 PORTAL CONFITURIA 233 - PLAZA DE ARMAS
“Great craft beer bars with 12 beers on taps and more than 40 sort in bottles. Great food and nice view on the main square of Cusco“
IPAGuide3 2377 days ago
92 /100
La Bodega 138 (Restaurant)
HERAJES 138
“Overall the best place I’ve found in Peru. Great selection of Peruvian craft beer in bottles. 5 or 6 on tap as well. Food was great too. Pizza was delicious.“
treign 2424 days ago
78 /100
La Bodega 138 (Restaurant)
HERAJES 138
“By far the best beer selection I found in Peru. This restaurant is centrally located near the cathedral. Approximately 25 choices from Peru in a variety of styles. Pizza and pasta on the menu, the pizza was very good. If you need a break from Peruvian options, this is a good choice. I would have returned a second time if I had the chance. Cool ambiance, we were seated in a sort of cellar area off the dining room. Service was good. Explect to pay American level prices for craft beer in this location.“
JK 2583 days ago
78 /100
La Bodega 138 (Restaurant)
HERAJES 138
“Definitely the must visit place in Cusco. The best selection of brews (particularly Peruvian stuff) in town and the guy who runs the place obviously has a passion for good beer. Although not a lot of Peruvian food to chose from, what it does, it does very well (what is it about Peru and its amazing food??) If I’m ever back in Cusco, I’ll be going back for sure.“
Sevenlee 2709 days ago
46 /100 CALLE SANTA CATALINA ANGOSTA 116
“When in town, options are quite limited for places specialising in beer so you’ll invariably end up here as it’s right on Plaza de Armas. To be honest, I was pretty underwhelmed. Service was crap, the food was terrible (which when in Peru, expectations are very high) and it’s quite expensive. I found the only reason to come here was to get your hands on some of the brews seemingly only available here. In fairness it has an excellent view if you can snag a spot on the tiny balcony but for pure beer enjoyment, head around the corner to La Bodega 138.“
Sevenlee 2709 days ago
68 /100 PLAZA DE ARMAS 124 CALLE TRIUNFO
“Paddy’s is certainly an atmospheric place. But it is definitely not a craft beer destination. They had two tap hadles for Sacred Valley Brewing Co beers, although only one was active. The rest of the offerings were a half dozen different Quesquena beers in bottles and maybe 10 macros in bottles and cans. Worth a stop.“
Iphonephan 2997 days ago
66 /100 CALLE SANTA CATALINA ANGOSTA 116
“Kind of an English pub atmosphere with darts and large flags on the ceiling. Decent beer list for Peru. Staff is pretty clueless.“
Iphonephan 2998 days ago
76 /100
La Bodega 138 (Restaurant)
HERAJES 138
“Great place with loads of Peruvian beer, and some European. By Peruvian standards this place should have 15/15 in selection. Nice pizzas, great service, a place to return to.“
mzaar 3146 days ago
56 /100 PLAZA DE ARMAS 124 CALLE TRIUNFO
“Went here a few times way back when I lived in San Blas in Cusco. Cool atmosphere mashing up an Irish Pub into a traditional colonial peruvian building right on the plaza. Beer selection was lame but for Peru much more varied than you normally fine. A good place for a drink, some food and people watching of the plaze...“
KansaiBeerLvrs 3180 days ago
66 /100 CALLE SIETE CUARTONES 245
“Kind of odd to drink craft beer in a hostel, but they have some decent beers. Worth checking out in Cusco.“
dreamflower 3245 days ago
72 /100
La Bodega 138 (Restaurant)
HERAJES 138
“A good beer selection by Peru standards. I liked the pizza but found it a little salty, still very tasty. An enjoyable place in Cusco.“
dreamflower 3245 days ago
72 /100 CALLE SIETE CUARTONES 245
“Well, this is a hostel, but you can drink beer here even if you aren’t staying at the hostel. They just ask for your ID at the door. No problem. Cool place, friendly bartender. And they have about 5 of their own bottles, brewed at the Dragongfly location in Lima. Also Barbarian and Sierra Andina. A must stop in Cusco.“
northropfrye 3247 days ago
76 /100
La Bodega 138 (Restaurant)
HERAJES 138
“Pretty cool place in Cusco close to Plaza de Armas. So, you’re not going here for guinea pig. You go here after you’re done with all that "authentic" food and you want some damn good pizza and craft beer. They have over 20 Peruvian craft bottles and a few Belgians as well. They more or less have every bottled Peruvian craft beer available - Barbarian, Cumbres, Sierra Andina, Nuevo Mundo, Amaralis. They have the proper glassware for most beers, a rarity in Peru. A must visit in Cusco.“
northropfrye 3247 days ago
78 /100 CALLE SANTA CATALINA ANGOSTA 116
“A really great place to sit outside and watch people and the main square while enjoying a craft beer. Pretty neat they have darts to play inside.“
dreamflower 3249 days ago
68 /100 CALLE SANTA CATALINA ANGOSTA 116
“Facing the square the sign on the balcony says Norton’s Pub. The side door says Norton Rat’s. Pretty cool place for Cusco overlooking the main square. They have four house beers on tap under the new label Zenith but I think it’s the same brewery. They also have a number of Peruvian micros in bottles such as Barbarian. And they have some British and Belgian beer. Their own beers are only 10 soles a pint. I plan to be back a few times while we’re in Cusco. Most patrons here seem to be drinking Cusquena,which is unfortunate because they have much better stuff available.“
northropfrye 3249 days ago
82 /100
La Bodega 138 (Restaurant)
HERAJES 138
“A great find in Cusco. Thay have the full range of local Cusquena beers but also some of the new Peruvian craft brews including Sierra Andina and Cumbres. All this with sensational woodfire pizzas in a cozy atmosphere (particularly welcome on a cold wet evening at 3,300m above sea level!).“
dmarsha4 3493 days ago
66 /100 CALLE SANTA CATALINA ANGOSTA 116
“A group and I headed here on a Saturday evening and we were greeted with a great atmosphere and, despite the crowd, the staff upheld a prompt and efficient service. A seemingly good mix of locals and tourists alike creating a good vibe. The selection is OK with many standard offerings but the bulk is in bottle form. I opted for the house brewed Pale Ale on tap and was hoping to try the Brown Ale and Porter but they weren’t on, unfortunately. All in all a fair experience and well worth a visit if you’re in the city.“
sm89walt 3607 days ago
80 /100 PLAZA DE ARMAS 124 CALLE TRIUNFO
“Was here 2/2013. If you are in town and you want to drink, you have to come here. Its not a great selection by any means, but great little irish beer joint. Had some great conversations with expats and the owner and drank here quite a few times. Bathroom is an adventure! Recommended for all travelers!“
AdamBeer1 3638 days ago
98 /100 CALLE SANTA CATALINA ANGOSTA 116
“As manager of Norton Rat’s, of course I’ll have only good things to say about the place. What I want to make known is that we now have premium craft beers on tap, Snortin’ Norton Porter, Pale Ale and Brown Ale, all delicious! We also plan to do seasonal specialty beers. You won’t find beer this good anywhere else in Peru. Come taste to believe! Norton’s is now truly a beer lover’s paradise! I’d also like to point out that we are no longer on Loreto, but have an even bigger and finer location, still on the main plaza, since 2008. Enter from calle Santa Catalina Angosta 116.“
nort 3936 days ago
64 /100 CALLE SANTA CATALINA ANGOSTA 116
“Rating beer bars in locations where the expectations have to be lowered is a challenge. For ambiance, I like Paddy’s Pub better, although Norton’s has the balcony overlooking the Main Square which is a huge bonus and it has the better bottle selection. Bottom line, Rey them both, but remember, when in Peru you’re visit is not about beer so you’re better off hitting Limo for their amazing Pisco bar and only spending time at the Paddy’s and Norton’s if you’re in town for an extended time.“
ElGaucho 4073 days ago
70 /100 PLAZA DE ARMAS 124 CALLE TRIUNFO
“Didn’t actually have a drink here but stopped by today to check it out. The place exudes ambiance; really old creaky dark wood interior with a ton of character. Selection-wise you’re not going to get much in Cusco, Peru, let’s face it, especially on tap. Three forgettable taps and a smattering of non-inspiring bottles. But, again, for ambiance and to find some folks for whom English is their primary language, you can find a beer you’ll enjoy and have fun doing it.“
ElGaucho 4073 days ago
60 /100 PLAZA DE ARMAS 124 CALLE TRIUNFO
“Paddy’s Pub in Cusco is right on Plaza de Armas on the second floor above the street just like Cross Keys and Norton Rat’s Tavern. Paddy’s has the best happy hour of the three with certain drinks being 5 soles (less than $2) from 7pm to 9pm and then again from 10pm to 10.30pm. The MO for a good night in Cusco is start at Paddy’s from 7-9 and then head over to Norton’s. Paddy’s also is pretty hopping for food as well as beer. Whereas food takes forever at Norton’s it seems, Paddy’s has an extensive menu with loads of Irish items like Shepherd’s Pie. All comes out in big portions and quickly. The pizza here was fantastic and tastes probably 100x better since pizza isn’t really a Peruvian staple so you’ve probably been craving it. Beer selection here is decent, it has the same tap list as the other two expat type bars: Old Abbot Ale, Greene King IPA. But Paddy’s prides itself on having nitro tallboys of Guinness. This is probably the only place in Peru you are going to find Guinness. So...in short- not a craft beer bar per se but Cross Keys was already in the database here and Paddy’s has probably the same selection of beer but is a crazy riot at night and very fun place to meet people. C for beer selection. A for food and A+ for ambiance. If you are looking for Belgian beers, head over to Norton’s less than a block away. “
GT 4346 days ago
54 /100 CALLE TRIUNFO 350, 2ND FLOOR
“Right off Plaza de Armas along the steeper uphill road that takes you towards San Blas, Cross Keys has some weird ass hours and I don’t think 10am- late everyday is necessarily true. But if it is closed, Paddy’s Pub or Norton Rat’s Tavern will be open. Cross Keys is probably the original expat type bar in Cusco, but now it has to compete with Paddy’s (more fun) and Norton’s (larger, you can play darts, and larger beer selection). So IMO there is no reason to hang out here too much unless you need to use the free wifi (but almost every hostel and hotel in Cusco has wifi so I don’t see a need for that either). Tap list is pretty much Abbot Ale, Greene King IPA, maybe Old Speckled Hen. And that’s it. Bottle list has a few Fullers beer like London Pride and London Porter. There are maybe 1-2 other oddball English beers. But nothing too excited. Really, the only craft beer place is Norton’s, though you could make the argument that any bar with taps in Peru automatically should be in ratebeer places because it is so uncommon. Definitely worth poking your head in here around 8-10pm but probably you’ll have a better time finishing the night at Paddy’s or Norton’s.“
GT 4346 days ago
66 /100 CALLE SANTA CATALINA ANGOSTA 116
“Caddy corner from Paddy’s Pub and Cross Keys, Norton Rat’s Tavern (Norton’s is the only thing labeled on the outside) is the closest thing Cusco has to a beer bar. It has the familiar taps that Cross Keys and Paddy’s Pub have such as Abbot Ale, Green King IPA, Old Speckled Hen. These are really the only beers on tap you are going to find in Cusco. But Norton’s also has an impressive bottle list with a focus on decent Belgian stuff that is nearly impossible to find in Peru. Beers like La Chouffe, Chimay, Delirium Tremens, St Feuillien..along with English bottles like Fullers London Pride, Fullers London Porter. Many more. Not a great place for craft beer, but very impressive considering the location. Big upside is that this bar is usually packed, lots of fun, has darts, a patio, and a great place to meet other travelers. More fun than Cross Keys and less crowded than Paddy’s Pub. Not super cheap by Peruvian standards but fair pricing.“
GT 4347 days ago
84 /100 CALLE TRIUNFO 350, 2ND FLOOR
“(Located just off Plaza de Armas)

An amazing and rather large English-style pub with a stone fireplace surrounded by overstuffed furniture. Loads of brass and woodwork, adorned by paintings, antiques and tons of memorabilia lovingly assembled by the owner who is also British Consul to Peru. Where else in Peru are you going to have a game or two of darts while quaffing your pint? Along with beer, spirits and wine, the serve the quintessential Peruvian drink, the Pisco Sour. There are two Happy Hours, 6p-7:30p and 9p to 9:30p. Twenty bottles and three taps doesn’t sound like a big deal by North American standards, but compared to what I found in the rest of Peru and Equador, this is phenomenal. “
bitbucket 5126 days ago