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Don’t be fooled by Antigua’s quaint cobbled streets: this colonial town has a buzzing nightlife and some of the best bars in the country. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a civilised glass of wine or want to party the night away, we’ve got you covered. Here are the ten best bars in Antigua, Guatemala.
For something more swish, head to Almacen Troccoli, where you can sip delicious wine at the beautiful bar. Established over 100 years ago, the sleek Italian ambiance, wide-ranging drinks list and elegant décor have all affirmed Almacen Troccoli’s reputation as one of Antigua’s classiest joints. For unbeatable views over the city as you drink, head upstairs to the roof terrace.
If you want to get your groove on, Guatemalan-style, check out La Sala. This boisterous hall pumps out Latin rhythms most nights, and both resident and visiting DJs keep the crowds on their feet (helped along by plenty of cheap booze). Happy hour is from 5pm to 9pm every night, and on Fridays live bands play on the roof terrace.
Located just north of Parque Central, Whisky Den & Coffee Bar is another great place to kick off your night. This cool little lounge offers an excellent selection of world-class whiskeys and coffee, so it’s perfect if you need a little pick-me-up. Everything here is locally made and available to buy, so if you see some unique accessories or paintings, they can be yours. Open from morning until the last customer leaves.
If you want to party the night away, Las Vibras de la Casbah is an obvious choice. Located near the Santa Catalina arch, this split-level disco has a dance floor that’s always packed. The music is a mix of local and Latin, hip-hop and electronic, though as the night progresses it becomes more electro-focussed. There’s an open-air terrace at the front if you need a bit of fresh air after dancing.
Once a cinema, Lucky Rabbit is now one of the most popular night spots in town. It’s a guaranteed good night, and the young crowd, beer pong tables, games selection and projected movies on the walls enhance its buzzing atmosphere. The music is good, too, with separate areas for house and dance. Like most bars in Antigua, it shuts at 1am, but if you want to continue the party, Lucky Rabbit is the starting point for the infamous Antigua rave at an abandoned swimming pool (it sounds dodgy, but it’s not).