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El Portalito

El Portalito (entre la 6ta y 7ma avenida de la zona 1 en el interior del pasaje Rubio, Ciudad de Guatemala) – this is an old school local watering hole that has been around for generations. Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara frequently hung out here when he lived in Guatemala. Aside from that, this bar is […]

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Café No Sé

Café No Se (1a Avenida Sur, Sacatepéquez, Antigua) – this venue is reputed to be the first mezcal bar outside of Mexico. This bar’s rustic setting would fit in well in a Robert Rodriguez or Quentin Tarantino film, which means that it has a lot of character (confirmed by YouTube video clips of this bar). […]

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El Príncipe Gris

El Príncipe Gris (Via 5, esq. Ruta 3, Ciudad de Guatemala) – this bar is for those curious about the “craft beer” movement that’s gotten some popularity in America. If you want to sip a frothy artisan beer, head to the newly opened El Principe Gris, located in a secluded lower level of the Casa […]

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Almacén Troccoli

Almacén Troccoli (5a Avenida Norte e/3ª Calle Poniente, Antigua) – this wine bar, housed in a 450-year-old structure (one of the oldest houses in Antigua), got its name from an Italian merchant who settled in Antigua in 1898, establishing an imported goods store (where wines, liqueurs, cigars, sweets and fine fabrics were brought in from […]

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Abejorro Bar

Abejorro Bar (Arkadia Shopping Mall, Boulevard Los Próceres, 18 Calle 26-21, Ciudad de Guatemala) – this is trendy gastro pub style bar, located within one of the capital’s shopping malls. Live rocks bands are occasionally booked here, along with standup comedy nights.

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NIGHTLIFE

Advisory: due to the country’s “Ley Seca” (dry law) – bars & discos are required to close at 1:00 am (except on nights before public holidays).