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La Palapa

Calle Principal, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
+502 5851 9926
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“fries” (5 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Calle Principal, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
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Reviewed October 6, 2017

We were in Pana for a week and hung out here a few nights. Really welcoming bar with good staff and a great bunch of locals to chat to.

Thank RamblinTim
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2017

Thanks for your kind comments.

Reviewed June 28, 2017 via mobile

We spend way too much time in this bar- it is the expat hangout during the day and gets a pretty good diverse crowd in the evenings with frequent live music and always Q5 tequila! They now have Mexican beer on tap.

Thank Steve K
Reviewed May 23, 2017

A fantastic place to meet and great; right on the main drag in Panajachel. I ate at the barbecue this past Saturday and enjoyed the grilled Mahi Mahi very much! The side dished could use some improvement. I would definitely come back for another Saturday...More

Thank auroraedserv
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2017

Thanks for visiting.

Reviewed May 12, 2017

I spent a rainy afternoon here and was well entertained by the lovely staff and others customers. The hamburger was absolutely fantastic. I do not thin it changed my life as some claim the burger does but I definetely left full and happy. Happy hour...More

Thank taniaturner
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2017

Thanks for your kind comments. We cannot guarantee our burger will actually change your life but we guarantee they are GREAT!!!!!

Reviewed April 28, 2017

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
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2017

Thanks for your kind comments. Hot water and clean sheets are important.

Reviewed April 10, 2017

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...More

Thank Jessica B
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

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

Reviewed April 1, 2017

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...More

Thank Harold B
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2017

Thanks for your kind comments.

Reviewed March 29, 2017

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...More

Thank Hannah E
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2017

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...More

Reviewed March 28, 2017

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...More

Thank CANDD1
Reviewed March 13, 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.

1  Thank ERL972
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$4 - $10
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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
Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Principal, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala (Formerly Calle Principal)
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel
  • Phone Number: +502 5851 9926
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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