Peruvian Independence Day Parties All Over the Place


Whether or not you were planning to celebrate Peruvian Independence Day on Thursday July 28th, there’s quite a few celebrations going on this week that give good reason to party it up for the anniversary of Peru’s independence from Spain.

~PISCO LATIN LOUNGE~ is throwing a week of festivities from July 25th-July 30th so you can toast the occasion any day, or all the days, if that’s your style, you party animal. On Monday July 25th, 8pm-11pm, it’s an evening of Encanto with guest bartenders serving Campo de Encanto acholado and special cocktails. Tuesday 5pm-midnight, they’re pouring ‘pisco gateway drinks’ because “Everything tastes better with pisco”: expect Barsol Pisco margaritas, mojitos, and pisco sours. On Wednesday, 5pm-midnight, Santiago Pisco will be featured in pisco sours ($6, regularly $10) in violet, blackberry, and lucuma flavors. Thursday 5pm-11pm, it’s Peruvian Independence Day with hosted Pisco Porton cocktails including the popular Costa Verde, complimentary passed appetizers, and the new Shakira video “Rabiosa” (rawr). Friday 9pm-midnight, party to the sounds of a DJ while drinking specially priced Huamaní Pisco quebranta drinks. Then on Saturday 4pm-6pm, enjoy live music featuring traditional Peruvian instruments, Hacienda del Abuelo pisco, Peruvian tapas, and cocktail specials. 1817 Market St. at Octavia, 415-874-9951.

~LA MAR CEBICHERIA PERUANA~ invites you to their Peruvian Independence Day fiesta on July 28th for a live Criolla band (African, Spanish, and Andean influences), and $5 Pisco Sours all day in the bar area. In addition to the regular menu, chef Diego Alcantara is presenting three new dishes from the northern, central, and southern regions of Peru: Cebiche Norteño (catch of the day with celery, red onion, habañero, and cilantro in an aji amarillo leche de tigre, Peruvuian choclo and sweet potato), Rocoto Relleno (beef, aji panca, red onion, and raisins, stuffed rocoto pepper served on potato gratin), and Juane (catch of the day over a steamed, spiced cilantro rice cake, tomatoes, and passion fruit sauce, topped with pluots and tomatoes chalaquita). Reservations recommended for the dining room.

~EVE~ in Berkeley is also throwing a Peruvian Independence Day celebration on July 28th on their newly renovated back patio from 5:30pm-7pm, with cocktail specials (like a passion fruit-sake sour), beer and wine at the cash bar, and complimentary passed appetizers from chef/co-owner Veronica Laramie. She plans on serving authentic hors d’oeuvres from her native Peru, like avocado, fava bean, and Peruvian corn yellow potato causa; crab and quail egg purple potato causa; and yuca fritters with rocoto sauce. Heat lamps should keep things comfortable on the patio’s 40 wicker chairs. Stay on for a dinner of Peruvian-inspired dishes like California sea bass tiradito with rocoto, uni, cilantro, loquat; and beef with heirloom tomatoes, yuca, red pearl onion, aji amarillo. Reservations are encouraged. 1960 University Ave. at MLK Jr., 510-868-0735.

Event Info

Monday Jul 25, 2011 – Saturday Jul 30, 2011