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Directly across from Escimo Ice Cream, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Same stree and in between Iguana and the Pier
Good for:
Bar scene

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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good dive bar with good bands

My title says it all. The owner and staff are nice. Troph style men's room. Cool place to hang. Lots of 20 year old backpackers making out. Not that I'm into that. But, I just added that because this review has to be 100 characters.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2014
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  • Bar scene
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60 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Canada
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Even if you're 20 this is way too loud, DJ is mediocre, and guys packing guns makes me nervous. Better places elsewhere.

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I fell in love with San Juan Del Sur, and this was definitely one of my favorite places to go at night. There is great music, and lots of really awesome people to meet and hang out with. People from all over the world, and a lot of Nicas. The drinks are good, and the food is ok. Free pool,... More 

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Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

They have a bunch of goons for security going around looking for reasons to assert their authority, especially the one who likes to walk around with a nightstick stuck down the neck of his shirt like a samurai sword. Their food is just horrible (e.g. the french fries I was served were frozen and tasted foul). But they had great... More 

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Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

My title says it all. The owner and staff are nice. Troph style men's room. Cool place to hang. Lots of 20 year old backpackers making out. Not that I'm into that. But, I just added that because this review has to be 100 characters.

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Granada, Nicaragua
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

It is one of the best places in San Juan to party. Good music, love the live music. Free pool tables and good atmosphere. But don't try the food please. Since the new owner, the food is very bad. I had a hamburger and the bread was at least 10 days old, it was worse that the hamburgers you can... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

so this place was the happening spot in san juan del sur, live music several nights a week, great different local bands playing regga and rock classics, pool tables, great outside seating space, cheap beers and massive plates of food, not the best in town but if you looking for a great feed at an affordable price.....many nights of fun... More 

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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Servers touching money and food at the same time, had to waive for hours before getting their attention, very unprofessional, the girl that served us seemed like she really didn't care. Had a look at the kitchen, it resembled more a filthy bathroom, a sweaty guy inside without covering his head preparing what they dare to call food. The hamburger... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Good vibe, good music, great bar. Loved the reggae band and danced until 1 a.m. I feel like an expat here, but in a nice way. It's a great spot for a beer and burger.

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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Great local vibe and some of the best food! They are originally from Texas, so it was really cool running into them! Great people and super cool place! Always go when we are in town!

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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Is the place to find everithing: is the place to find everything: Chillin # Live music,# Nice bar # Pool table, Fussball # and the owners awesome!!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Directly across from Escimo Ice Cream, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
  • Location: Central America  >  Nicaragua  >  Rivas Department  >  San Juan del Sur

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

Same stree and in between Iguana and the Pier

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?