Hans on guide to Lima: Zen drummer on the best live music spots in Lima

MUSICIAN Hans Menacho plays with Zen, Peru’s biggest pop-rock group, who pack out the national stadiums and music venues across the country.

Their songs get millions of hits on YouTube with Quédate (Stay) one of their anthems.

Hans also plays with Mauser, The Big Pink and at times with metal band Masacre and rock band Emergency Blanket.

I caught up with Hans Menacho to ask where the bands hang out and the top night spots for live music in Lima.

Chalkmarks Hans Menacho
Hans Menacho in Zen’s music video A Tu Lado
Hans Menacho on drums playing live with Zen in La Noche, Barranco, Lima

Where does Zen hang out?

Most of the time in La Noche. It’s open everyday, the drinks are good and they stay open late.

It’s where all the bands play. I first went there 20 years ago and now I play there. It has two rooms, one with the gig and another where the bar is. Zen started playing there in 2000 and I started playing with them in 2013.

We play there about three times a year. I have also played there with the Big Pink.

They have music every night of the year and when everything else closes at 3am they stay open until 4 or 5am. It’s cheap and the Pisco sours are good. 

What’s your favourite Zen song?

Un Dia Mas from the first album – but I’ve played it only twice with the band.

https://youtu.be/g-To4tQQXtc

What about live salsa music?

Sargento Pimienta. This is in Barranco too and around 10mins from La Noche.

It’s a famous place in Lima as all bands have played there. It’s a bigger venue than La Noche so they have bigger gigs. It’s open Tuesdays with a live salsa band.

Then on Thursday and Friday they have live bands and Saturday it’s more laid back with a DJ. 

It’s more expensive than at La Noche. People drink beer or chilcano, which is Pisco and ginger ale costs around S/.15  (£3.50/ €4/ $4.50).

Drummer Hans Menacho playing with Big Pink at Sargento Pimienta, Barranco, Lima

Where to next?

El Dragon de Barranco. This too is in Barranco. It’s a five minute walk from Sargento. It’s small. The drinks are good. I’ve never played there with Zen but I have with Emergency Blanket.

https://youtu.be/Il-AtCTxcbo

What about acoustic music?

Garrison Bar & Beer Garden. This is a bar in Barranco close to La Noche. It’s a small place for acoustic acts. It’s more rock music and only opened last year (2018).

It’s modern. The drinks are great. I like the gin and tonic. They do them smoked and they burn cinnamon on top.

Best place in Miraflores?

Barbariana. It’s a tiny bar, on Larco. I like the music. The atmosphere is good. I like the beer but I don’t get to go often. The food is good too with burgers, fries and chicken wings.

Zen music video A Tu Lado
https://youtu.be/Ehwlfo5owkc
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Author Natalie Chalk

Natalie Chalk is a journalist and travel writer who has worked on the news desks of the MailOnline and the Daily Express. She has recently written about learning to burlesque in Czechia, surf in Norway and wander the medieval streets of Malta for which she was nominated for the Malta Tourism Award 2014. She’s written for all the UK’s national newspapers with travel features appearing in the Guardian, TNT Magazine and Express Newspapers. She has lived in Peru, Nigeria and Portugal and earlier this year she returned to London after travelling the world for 14 months, visiting 39 cities. In 2017, Chalkmarks.co.uk was named Top 10 UK Travel Bloggers.

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