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.
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.
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?
Trovajazz is a popular spot for music lovers. This vibrant bar has a brooding look due to its dim lighting and dark colors. The big frames of musicians on their walls give it an added charisma. You will always find bands playing Latin American songs, folk tunes, blues and jazz. They also host comedy acts occasionally. Enjoy the live entertainment with a fine drink and tasty food.
Karma, Gastro-Bar is a trendy bar in Zona 4. This dog-friendly resto-bar is a popular haunt among the hip crowd of the area and rightly so. Its distinct decor is inspired by the freshness of food in an orchard or farm. Ceiling made of wooden crates, bricked walls, hanging light bulbs, wooden swings, high stools and other wooden elements give it a certain rusticity that is also chic. Their menu is inspired by global cuisines and the drink list sees a wide variety of wines, liqueurs and cocktails. They also host live music regularly. It is a wonderful place to hangout with friends and your canine friend.
Reillys GuateCity is an Irish pub known for their beers and well-crafted cocktails. The place is open since noon on weekdays and is frequented by many for their amazing happy hours. The pub caters to a younger clientele hence college students and young professional are seen here more often. Reillys has a unique interior; it is dark and dimly illuminated with lights emanating from candles. The bar is gorgeous and boasts of an impressive number of liquors and local as well as international beers. Quintessential pub fare is available to satiate your appetite. Smoking is permitted here.
Aperitivos Bar y Restaurante Teatro Abril is set in the elegant Teatro Abril. It has a ambiance of an art gallery with grand art works framing its walls and has an eclectic lighting. Though hidden from prying eyes, it is a popular spot in the neighborhood and is a nice place to unwind over some drinks and good food.
La Chula Cantina Bar is known for their inventive cocktails and interesting decor. The bar is dark and dimly lit with chandeliers; skulls, skeletons and other eerie paraphernalia makes the place unique but does not stop one from having a great time. Patrons blend in the atmosphere and groove to the music with well-crafted drinks in their hands. The cocktails served at La Chula Cantina taste as dramatic as they look and they're known to linger on your palate for a long time. When in the City Center, a visit to La Chula Cantina Bar is a must.