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La Palapa

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American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
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Calle Principal, Panajachel, Guatemala (Formerly Calle Principal)
+502 5851 9926
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10:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 01:00
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Lansing, Michigan
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Simple and nice place to stay the night while in town. Hot water for the showers always and good internet!

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Thank Elleangel
Montreal, Canada
Level Contributor
86 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed one night in La Palapa on my way to Semuc Champey. The restaurant is ok, but there is almost nothing for vegetarians (cheese sandwich and fries). The dorm on the other hand was nice. The bed was very comfortable, there was hot water in the showers (big showers) and I was the only guest of the hostel. The... More 

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Thank Jessica B
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind comments. We will pay attention to the common area in the hostel. More 

Red Bank, New Jersey
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you ever watched the tv show Cheers you'll probably remember how everyone called out "Norm" whenever he walked in. That's the ambiance of La Palapa. Very welcoming and very easy going where everybody knows your name. Yet in no way is it exclusive to locals. For visitors to Panajachel this is unquestionably the best place in town to get... More 

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Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind comments. More 

Panajachel, Guatemala
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Honestly, La Palapa used to be a cool place to hang out, but it has gone severely downhill in the past year. They have raised their prices, and instead of being a fun place for young people to party and hang out, it has become a place where all of the gray haired, creepy expats go to drink all day... More 

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Thank Hannah E
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this review

Very creepy review. Ageist (brother to racist/sexist) attitude is a shame. Young people partying and hanging out is good but grey-haired expats are "creepy". What a small-minded attitude. We have not raised prices in over 2 years - our prices for beer, drinks and food are less than almost any other bar/restaurant in town - we frequently survey the other... More 

St. Louis, Missouri
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131 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The barbecue that is served on Saturday's by Smoking' Joes is very good. The pulled pork is great and the sides are great. The beef brisket was over done so it was not as tasty. The sides are great. But, one platter could serve 2 people. My wife and I were stuffed after our lunch. We should have split a... More 

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Texas
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372 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Fun but loud place. Good pace to unwind after a full day. Get's pretty loud at night though. Some varied seating options which was nice.

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

During the day it's like Cheers - there are lots of local Atitlan expats who hang out and, because it's a small town, everyone will know your name in a hot minute. The burgers are usually really good, the fries are easily the best in Pana. At night the vibe of La Palapa changes - many of the expats go... More 

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Arbovale, WV
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

The hamburgers are amazing! Perfectly cooked and really huge. The fries are home-style with delicious seasoning on them. Definitely check out the food. It's yummy!

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Thank JLDisMe
Panajachel, Guatemala
1 review
Reviewed 6 March 2017

One of my favorite places in Pana, relaxed, great burguers, friendly people, all kinds of beers, special drinks, always something fun going on there..... days for rock bands, jazz, pocker, karaoke... and more. This is a Must.....!!!!

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Thank BettyDuC
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We spent an afternoon here sipping beers and hanging out on the "beach". It was really laid back and a good place to chill away from the streets of Pana. I even got a nice suntan. Stop if you are looking for an afternoon drink!

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Thank annika K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 10
Cuisine
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 01:00
Monday
10:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 01:00
Thursday
10:00 - 01:00
Friday
10:00 - 01:00
Saturday
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Principal, Panajachel, Guatemala (Formerly Calle Principal)
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel
  • Phone Number: +502 5851 9926
Description
La Palapa is a thatched roof bar in the center of Panajachel nightlife. Popular with gringos during the day, night time activities attract travelers and locals looking for fun. Monday is game night, Tuesday karaoke, Wednesday open mic, Thursday trivia competition (free tequila shots for round winners) and Friday and Saturday nights live music with local and national bands. Saturday afternoon is BBQ with Smokin' Joe.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?