Cusco is definitely an underrated city, but if you don't know about some of the lesser known spots you won't truly experience all that it has to offer. During our two weeks here, I've been fortunate enough to find some of the real hidden gems of the city. First off, Paddy's Pub happy hour is a must for any sports fan or bar enthusiast. From 9-10 and again from 11-12, Paddy's Pub offers 2 for 1 cocktails, including the ever popular pisco sour. Not only that, but Paddy's has some pretty good food and the atmosphere is almost always great. The bartenders and employees are all really nice and fun to chat with. Hit up Paddy's Pub and enjoy some drinks with your friends before heading out. And don't forget to grab a free poster to put up in your towers suite.
Next, look no farther than Wild Rover for a good time between the hours of midnight and 2 am. This is a hostel/bar where all the Gringos, Germans, Canadians and Israelis like to go to just let loose and have a ridiculous time. I could get into some of the details of what goes down at Wild Rover, but I want a good grade on this Maymester. I'll let you find out for yourself.
If you still haven't had enough, it's time for Mama Africa. This place is a pretty typical dance club where anything goes. It is usually pretty packed, and if you're lucky you'll find someone outside handing out coupons for free drinks.
Aside from that, I have to give a special shout out to Doner Kebab. This place is a gem if I've ever found one. As an avid falafel and shawarma connoisseur, I can attest to the greatness that is Doner Kebab. Located a mere 20 feet from Casa Elena, Doner Kebab is a little shack operated by a super chill Peruvian guy who whips out falafels like it's nothing. The guy means business. For 10 soles enjoy a monstrous falafel sandwich topped with all your favorite ingredients, from onions and tomatoes to humus and tzatziki. If you're really feeling yourself, ask for the house special salsa roja. Behind Israel, Egyptian street vendors in Manhattan, and Super Sal in Los Angeles, this is the best falafel I've ever had. Doner will not disappoint.
P.s. Cafe Morena has the best pisco sour in Cusco. Enjoy one alongside a delicious lomo saltado.