A hidden treasure in the northwest corner of town, Santo Pecado offers great live music, drink specials, salsa dancing, and tasty meals all under one roof. The talented musicians and gracious dueño are fast to befriend you, and after the impassioned, percussive show, these people are sure to know the best late-night parties in town. Monday brings an hour of free salsa dance lessons, followed by a 6-9 p.m. happy hour with two for one drinks (happy hour runs Monday through Saturday). Live music performances overlap nicely with happy hour, running from 8-10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The Santo Pecado is closed Wednesday, but otherwise, it would be all too easy to wander this way every evening of the week!
Perhaps Antigua's most elite dance club, La Casbah leaves nothing to be desired for location: it overlooks the ruins of a Baroque church as dancers enjoying popular hit songs fill the floor. The club often projects movies directly onto the church wall as an added point of interest for customers, and people walking up the street can see the "screen" from a few blocks away. Drinks can be expensive, and there is a cover charge some nights, but ladies' night on Tuesday and Salsa/Latin night on Wednesday (no cover) help keep the revelry affordable.
The name of this bar and eatery should be taken literally - continue past the first flight of stairs, up the spiral staircase, for some of the best views of Antigua to be found. Gaze out over the captivating displays of sunshine and shadows of the surrounding hills, or take the opportunity to learn about some major attractions in town : the Iglesia San Francisco sits just to the south, and streetscapes stretch out in every direction. The astonishingly friendly rooftop bartender will be happy to explain what you see between mixing drinks, chipping ice, and calling orders for food down to the kitchen.
A small bookshop in the entrance of this well-known Antigua establishment stocks a good number of titles, and a gamut of seating arrangements provide the ideal spot to curl up with your new read or discuss it with new friends. To keep you fueled, the menu offers a variety of cuisines (including plenty of vegetarian food), such hummus and falafel, traditional breakfasts, and plentiful drink selections. Happy hour runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every evening, with live music most nights and lectures about local history and environmental initiatives every Tuesday.
Very popular among young people in Guatemala city, this spot boasts a high standard international bar and a hectic atmosphere and loud music that invites you to dance until dawn. It offers excellent service and decor, which will make your visit a unique experience for the senses. Totally contemporary in style, the neon lighting and the definition of the different areas give the place a modern and attractive touch. Kaluha offers you a crazy night out and the main concern here is having a fantastic time, no matter how. Although no formal clothing is required, trainers are not allowed.
Known for salsa and merengue music, La Sin Ventura is usually packed with dancers (of varying expertise) enjoying the live bands who often occupy the stage beside the entrance. Otherwise, various popular songs play over the sound system to keep hips shaking, and the center bar keeps serving drinks at fairly typical Antigua prices all night long. The crowd is surprisingly polite, considering the atmosphere of the place; its name, after all, translates to "the luckless". Care to try yours?
Patrons of this central Antigua bar enjoy friendly service and treats that are cooked up in the kitchen until late at night. Up until closing, go ahead and order a few beers with a brownie, and follow those up with a plate of crispy onion rings. The staff are happy to accommodate the strangest of special requests!
5ta. Avenida Restaurant & Lounge is an endearing establishment that will charm you. Its open courtyard layout replete with a traditional house with wooden beams is accentuated by canopies in the terrace and courtyard areas while the interior is decked with vintage light fixtures, wine racks, artworks and elegant furnishing. Tucked away on its namesake street, its whimsical ambiance is ideal for romantic meals. Their menu mostly comprises of meat, chicken and seafood. The lounge serves wines and cocktails.