Guatemala City

The Guatemala City arts scene boasts three venues with extensive schedules of concerts, dance performances, and plays.

For those seeking a different kind of nocturnal adventure, the Zona Viva is the city's nightlife center, offering hosts of bars, clubs (sedate or lively), and discos. Expect lines at the most popular places. In the New City we recommend that you check out the Edificio Paseo Plaza, which offers half a dozen clubs in a single, relatively secure high-rise building.

Old City nightspots have more character, and many are conveniently clustered in two adjacent pedestrian walkways, the Pasaje Rubio and the Pasaje Aycinena. Like the Edificio Paseo Plaza in the New City, these two venues are the best bet for out-of-towners, for their convenience as well as relative safety.

Pick a place you want to visit, take a taxi there, and have your hotel or restaurant call one to take you back. Most clubs in both the Old and New cities are closed on Sunday and Monday nights, and the action often doesn't heat up until Thursday.

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  • 1. Black & White

    Bars/Pubs

    A lively young gay crowd frequents Black & White Wednesday through Sunday night, and there always seem to be drink specials on tap. ...Read More

  • 2. Blanco y Negro

    Live Music

    Blanco y Negro, located in the same block as the Pasaje Aycinena and the Pasaje Rubio, specializes in reggae. ...Read More

  • 3. Café & Bar Sabina

    Live Music

    Café & Bar Sabina offers Trova, a kind of folk music that originated in Cuba. ...Read More

  • 4. Café del Arco

    Bars/Pubs

    The mellow Café del Arco serves light, café-style food to a mixed clientele, nightly except Sunday. ...Read More

  • 5. Cheers

    Bars/Pubs

    Like its namesake 1980s television show, Cheers draws a friendly crowd, mostly for the sporting events being shown on the big-screen TVs. ...Read More

  • 6. Edificio Paseo Plaza

    Live Music

    Edificio Paseo Plaza makes club-hopping easy (and relatively safe) by offering half a dozen venues with differing personalities in the same building. ...Read More

  • 7. Frida's

    Bars/Pubs

    A branch of the outlet by the same name in Antigua, Frida's is a place to knock back a margarita with a few friends, with prints by Mexican...Read More

  • 8. Frida's

    Bars/Pubs

    Frida's offers a gay night the last Friday of every month. ...Read More

  • 9. Giuseppe Verdi

    Bars/Pubs

    Giuseppe Verdi is an upscale bar that caters mostly to tourists. ...Read More

  • 10. Jake's

    Bars/Pubs

    Jake's the popular restaurant, also has a sophisticated lounge perfect for a quiet drink in a grown-up atmosphere. ...Read More

  • 11. Kloster

    Bars/Pubs

    We like Kloster, a German oom-pah-pah kind of place with a variety of fondues as well as tasty microbrews. ...Read More

  • 12. Otelito Season Lounge

    Bars/Pubs

    Otelito Season Lounge located in the Otelito hotel, offers an intimate, modern space where the color scheme changes with the calendar. ...Read More

  • 13. Pasaje Aycinena

    Bars/Pubs

    Pasaje Aycinena, along the Pasaje Rubio, a convenient, relatively safe pedestrian zone, is the best bet for tourists. The atmosphere is "alternative...Read More

  • 14. Pasaje Rubio

    Bars/Pubs

    Pasaje Rubio, adjacent to the Pasaje Aycinena, is another popular pedestrian zone. It has a bohemian feel, with a variety of establishments...Read More

  • 15. Rouge

    Dance Clubs

    A mixed crowd dances the night away at Rouge. ...Read More

  • 16. William Shakespeare Pub

    Bars/Pubs

    Despite its name, William Shakespeare Pub doesn't exactly evoke an English pub, but is a convivial place to stop for a drink. ...Read More

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