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?
Plainly named, the cozy interior of Rum Bar plays host to perhaps the best mojitos in Antigua. Patrons can choose seating around the bar, or adventurous groups can climb the ladder to enjoy their drinks in the pillow-strewn loft. Music is reliably well-chosen and the customers are generally a laid-back, friendly lot - the owner often joins those seated at the bar for a drink or two. A night here won't run too late, though, because the neighbor get upset about the noise and starts knocking on the thin dividing wall... so spend your last drink planning your next destination!
The expansive single room of this comfortable bar fills up, but doesn't typically get too crowded - a bit of good news for those hoping to dance away their worries in front of the stage. Live bands perform regularly, especially on weekend nights, when patrons should expect to pay a small cover fee. On Friday nights, both tourists and locals seek out La Sala to enjoy rock & roll renditions of compositions ranging from the Temptations to Manu Chao, and it's always interesting to see which tunes really get the audience moving. Beers from US5, rum or vodka drinks from US2.50.
Meson Panza Verde is a European-style property with lush gardens, an art gallery and a rooftop terrace with panoramic views. Antigua Guatemala's Central Park and Cathedral are 4 blocks away. The elegant rooms at Meson Panza Verde have fireplaces and seating areas. Some suites have spa baths. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. The on-site restaurant specializes in international-style cuisine. A free daily breakfast that includes coffee, juice, cereal, bread, fruit and Guatemalan tamales is served daily. The property also has a bar. Guatemala City and Guatemala International Airport are around 40 km from Meson Panza Verde. Lake Atitlan is less than 130 km away.