Amaru Pisco Bar

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76 Solid

Every cocktail den north of Lima makes a pisco sour these days, but it took rotisserie-chicken kingpin Rodolfo Mayor of local Peruvian chain Pio Pio to dedicate an entire drinkery to the South American spirit.

84-13 Northern Blvd., Queens, NY, 11370

718-205-5577

http://www.amarubar.com/

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The lowdown

Every cocktail den north of Lima makes a pisco sour these days, but it took rotisserie-chicken kingpin Rodolfo Mayor of local Peruvian chain Pio Pio to dedicate an entire drinkery to the South American spirit. Jackson Heights gets the velvet-rope treatment as this narrow, brick-walled bar fills to capacity with a trendy, Latin-leaning crowd eager to sample its expansive — but not expensive — varieties of pisco, Peru’s national liquor. The Coca Sour is frothy with La Diablada Pisco, agwa coca liqueur, lemon juice, egg whites, simple syrup, and orange bitters; the signature Alturas, meanwhile, is fashioned with Pisco 100, aloe vera, lemon juice, and a purée of prickly pear. There’s also a sizable snack menu that includes ceviche, yeah yeah, but also incredible drunk food like chorizos salchipapas and lomo saltado empanadas.

What you need to know

Insider Tips Soccer games are often projected onto 30-foot-high walls.

Recommended DishesCoca Sour; lomo saltado empanadas; salchipapas.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized