Huascar Bar, Tarapoto

The Huascar (left) in the calle de las piedras

Update July 2015: We’ve now expanded and improved Huascar Bar. It’s still in the same place, but bigger and better. I’ll write more about it soon.

OK, so I might be a little (extremely) biased here, but my wife’s little bar — Huascar Bar — is obviously the best bar in Tarapoto. Officially, it’s a bodega / licorería at least for now, anyway. But we sell beer.

Anyway, things have been going pretty well so far, we’ve got plenty of regulars, there haven’t been too many fights yet, and we have pretty little laser lights drifting across the walls. What more could you ask for?

As I said, it’s really my wife’s bar, but I’ve been helping her out by drinking as much beer as possible. A healthy relationship is built on sacrifices, so I’m willing to imbibe my fair share.

I’ve also been setting up the music side of things, hopefully making our bar one of the best places in town for listening to good tunes. I’m using (a good option for Peru) with high-speed internet, which lets me stream pretty much any song you could ask for. So feel free to request whatever you like (but please, please, please don’t ask for any Casio keyboard cumbia, that shit makes me cry). We try to keep the volume at a level that allows for comfortable conversation, but things tend to get louder later on Fridays and Saturdays. Monday to Wednesday is the best time for relaxed drinking and varied music.

So you should all come round for a beer or three. Our regulars include locals and quite a few gringos, so you can normally find some people to chat with in Spanish or English.

Oh, and feel free to “Like” the Huascar Bar Facebook page — and check out the photos while you’re there.

Tarapoto Gringo / Expat Night?

As noted above, a few expats frequent the Huascar Bar. But if any of you Tarapoto expats or long-term slackers want to get some kind of gringo night happening, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday would all work well (less traffic, less noise, more relaxed).

If it sounds like something you’d be interested in, leave a comment below with your preferred day of the week and your drink of choice, and maybe we can get something started.

Huascar Bar Key Details:

  • Location: Lamas 244 (in the so-called calle de las piedras, a few doors down from Stonewasi and across the street from Suchiche Cafe Cultural and La Patarashca)
  • Opening hours: Monday to Saturday (sometimes Sunday) from about 4 pm until the last man standing (or slumping) decides to go home
  • Prices: Pilsen Callao and Cristal S/.5; Cusqueña S/.6; Cusqueña de Trigo S/.7; Cusqueña Malta (black beer) S/.7
Huascar Bar, Tarapoto Halloween 2013

Halloween 2013 at the Huascar Bar. The little devil is the owner (and my better half)