Nightlife in Antigua
Café No Sé
Café No Sé has a reputation for drawing Antigua’s young, experimental artists. The best way to describe the café is weird but cool. It’s also one of the best venues for live music. Cuban fajitas are served as well as a selection of tequilas and strong cocktails like the Mezcal. It is packed most nights.
El Chamán gives guests a unique cultural experience of Antigua. It’s a rooftop venue attached to the ruins of Convento de San Agustín which provides a magical setting. The place is decorated in quirky pop iconography with a shrine to the idol Maximón. El Chamán has an impressive cocktail selection and specialty drinks that feature local spirits like cusha and Quetzalteca. Habano cigars are available.
El Muro Pub
El Muro Pub is a long-standing establishment in Antigua and draws mostly Guatemalans from all over, with a few foreigners here and there. Residents DJs play pulsating beats. Some nights can get raucous especially on “All you can drink” nights every Thursday.
Lucky Rabbit Bar & Game Room
Lucky Rabbit Bar & Game Room draws the younger crowd with their music and drinking games like Beer Pong, Arcade, Battleshot, Fussball, Giant Jenga, Ping Pong, and Punching Machine. Head to next-door neighbor Segafredo for their amazing selection of New York-style wood oven pizzas and gourmet burgers. The place offers free Wi-Fi and a balcony view of the city.
Monoloco is a two-storey establishment with an open-air second floor. The place can get rowdy after hours. They serve local and imported beers, plus nachos and buffalo wings. Music is mostly pop/rock. There are wide TV screens broadcasting sports events.
Ocelot Bar is said to be the best-stocked bar in Antigua. It’s located near Parque Central and feels like a large den with comfortable wall-length sofas, board games, and rock posters on the walls. Sunday “Pub Quiz” nights are packed. The bar attracts mostly mature expat crowd.
Onis is the preferred hangout of students and young travelers on a budget. It has a terrace overlooking the ruins of San Agustín Church. There’s good food and drinks at a reasonable price.
Reds is a low-key clubhouse that draws a mixed, laidback crowd, but often Guatemalans. One can shoot pool and join tournaments every Thursday night, drink quality mojitos, or watch sports TV.
Reilly’s Irish Tavern
Reilly’s Irish Tavern offers an extended happy hour from 12 noon to 7 PM, tasty pub food, and quality Guinness. Monday nights are “Trivia Quiz” nights and music can get loud.
Sangre caters mainly to the jet set clientele. The place provides skyline views on the upstairs deck, where guests can quietly sip their wine. They have a fine selection of over forty types of wines.
Tabacos y Vinos
Tabacos y Vinos is a cigar and fine wine shop. They are the place to buy authentic Cuban cigars and they offer a wide selection of fine wines. The vibe is cozy and relaxed, and conducive to friendly conversation. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable on the selection of wines they provide. Wines can be tasted and purchased. Be prepared to shell out more money, since the establishment sells quality stuff.
The Snug claims the title of Antigua’s Authentic Irish Bar. It is Irish-owned and offers quality Guinness along with various imported beers like Strongbow Cider all at reasonable prices. The bar does not serve food, but the owners also own the restaurant next door, and one can have food brought over from the restaurant. The atmosphere is relaxed, cozy, friendly, and conducive to interesting conversations. The owners and the staff are hospitable and friendly. There’s live music on some nights.
Whiskey Den & Coffee Bar
Whiskey Den & Coffee Bar is a unique fusion of two perfect pick-me-ups: coffee and whiskey. The bar is known for offering an impressive lineup of top quality coffees and whiskeys produced by a local cooperative. Cooperative members serve up the drinks in the bar.