Guatemala City Nightlife

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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Black & White

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

Blanco y Negro

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

Café & Bar Sabina

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

Café del Arco

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


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

Edificio Paseo Plaza

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


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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...


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

Giuseppe Verdi

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


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


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