Dos Mundos: Time for a night-cap?
This little bar on Calle Santander became our favourite spot for a night-cap. It has great cakes if you feel the need for dessert (I can recommend the cheesecake!) and a good selection of drinks, both alcoholic and various coffee options. Be careful when choosing your drinks though – on the first evening we asked the woman serving to recommend the best local rum and ended up with one that was decidedly pricey. I think she was a bit disappointed when we went back the next evening but ordered a rather cheaper alternative!
As well as our evening visits we came here for coffee one afternoon – they make a great Mocha!
Dress Code: Come as you are - nowhere in Pana is very fancy. But bring a warm top, as evenings here can be cool and the bar is open on two sides.
Pana Rock: Live Rock Music in Pana!
Pana rock is one of the few places in Panajachel where you can catch a live band perform. The venue is intimate and really there ain't a bad seat in the house. Locals also say micheladas are the best here in Pana Rock Cafe. I don't know, I never did develop a taste for V8, pepper and salt with my beer. I guess it provides a boost of energy so you don't pass out while drinking.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
- Road Trip
- Beer Tasting
Maktub´ar Café Jardin: Not hard to find some gringo characters
I took this picture at a bar on Calle Santander. It's a little hard to spot since it's behind a wall. Once you get in, you'll be surprised to find an expansive outdoor seating area and a beach inspired outdoor bar, that just happened to be lined with some rather colorful travelers. If you're looking for good nightlife, you might be better off to stay in San Pedro across the lake, where you'll find a free-spirited atmosphere (hippies and lots of pot), but you'll need to stay overnight there unless you're a really good swimmer. On the other hand, if you're looking for a laid back spot with friendly characters, this is a good option.
Circus Bar: Great live music
They will tout themselves as rather Bohemian and while I didn't get that vibe completely, this is a cool place. The pizza is very good and the bar is well-stocked. Ryan and I were drinking Ron Zacapa (some of the best rum I've ever had!!) and talking with locals and gringos alike.
The music was really one of the highlights. The owner himself plays here just about every night with his band of slight misfits and gypsies (okay, I'm just guessing that they're gypsies, but they sure sound like it- and that's a good thing). The sound was a blend of flamenco and jazz and was awesome to relax to with a strong drink. The owner's lead vocals are really haunted sounded, probably because of his scratchy, slightly pained sounding voice. I also liked watching the Carlos Santana look-alike who was playing the guitar.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
This bar and restaurant is known for its live music, and good italian food. Very famous among tourist is maybe the best hang out place in town.