Panajachel drinking and nightlife

Cafe in Panajachel

Crossroads Café

This cafe has made Panajachel a major crossroads for coffee aficionados. When he's not roasting beans, the Bay Area owner/head barista spends his time combing the highlands for small estate coffees to add to his ros…
Pub in Panajachel

La Palapa

As the name suggests, this party center unfolds beneath a thatched-roof shelter (actually two), with a beachy ambience. It's popular with volunteer gringos, but all sorts crowd in for the Saturday afternoon BBQ. Oth…
Pub in Panajachel

Pana Rock Café

Like a Hard Rock by the lake, this lively little pub hosts plugged-in bands nightly from 9pm. It's popular with Guatemala City youth, who settle in for the evening with a cubetazo (bucket of beer) or two.
Bar in Panajachel

Sunset Café

This open-air lounge at the end of Calle Santander is the place to enjoy those dream-like volcano sundowns. In high season, there's live music Friday to Sunday evenings; but midweek during the rainy season you'll ha…
Coffee in Panajachel

Café Loco

This Korean-run cafe is heaven for coffee connoisseurs. The youthful staff set up a formidable range of espresso variations, from 'Brown Cloud' (a small espresso with a bit of milk and foam) to 'Habana Blues,' with …
Club in Panajachel


This strobe-lit disco-bar is the anchor of Pana's little Zona Viva. Check out the phantasmagoric marquee before you cross the threshold – if it doesn't put you off, you'll be fine inside.
Club in Panajachel

El Aleph

DJs keep the multitudes moving here with a spirited mix of bachata, house, salsa and reggaetón. There are as many discount drinks promotions as there are bouncers on the doors.