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

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

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

    11 Calle 2-54, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, 01001, Guatemala
    5904--1758
  • 2. Blanco y Negro

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

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

    Diagonal 6, 13-08, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, 01001, Guatemala
    502-2337--1651
  • 3. Café & Bar Sabina

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

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

    8 Av. 12-21, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, 01001, Guatemala
  • 4. Café del Arco

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

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

    12 Calle 8-52, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, 01001, Guatemala
    2232--5527
  • 5. Cheers

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

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

    13 Calle 0-40, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, 01010, Guatemala
    502-2441--5791
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  • 6. Edificio Paseo Plaza

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

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

    3 Av. 12-38, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, 01010, Guatemala
    502-2460--7144
  • 7. Frida's

    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...

    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 artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as backdrop.

    3 Av. 14-60, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, 01010, Guatemala
    502-2367-1611
  • 8. Frida's

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

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

    3 Av. 14-60, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, 01010, Guatemala
    2367--1611
  • 9. Giuseppe Verdi

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

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

    14 Calle at Ave. La Reforma, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, 01010, Guatemala
    502-2333--3000
  • 10. Jake's

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

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

    17 Calle 10-40, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, 01010, Guatemala
    502-2368--0351
  • 11. Kloster

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

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

    13 Calle 2-75, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, 01010, Guatemala
    502
  • 12. Otelito Season Lounge

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

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

    12 Calle 4-51, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, 01010, Guatemala
    502-2388--0500
  • 13. Pasaje Aycinena

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

    Pasaje Aycinena, along the Pasaje Rubio, a convenient, relatively safe pedestrian zone, is the best bet for tourists. The atmosphere is "alternative," with lots of young people (including many Europeans). Among the establishments you'll find here are the venerable Cien Puertas (the oldest bar in the neighborhood), Bacabes (which features live rock music in Spanish and English), La Luna (Trova), and Capuccino (Spanish-language rock).

    9 Calle 6-47, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, 01001, Guatemala
  • 14. Pasaje Rubio

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

    Pasaje Rubio, adjacent to the Pasaje Aycinena, is another popular pedestrian zone. It has a bohemian feel, with a variety of establishments for every personal and musical taste. A highlight is El Portalito, once the hangout of Guatemala's Noble Prize-winning author Miguel Ángel Asturias.

    9 Calle 6-25, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, 01001, Guatemala
  • 15. Rouge

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

    A mixed crowd dances the night away at Rouge.

    4 Calle 5-30, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, 01001, Guatemala
    2253-4119
  • 16. William Shakespeare Pub

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

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

    13 Calle and 1 Ave., Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, 01010, Guatemala
    502-2331--2641

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