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El Bar Co.

Carretera Oriente 33 A, Ajijic, Mexico
+52 33 1346 9060
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good39%
  • Average18%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible9%
Travelers talk about
“sushi” (6 reviews)
“guacamole” (3 reviews)
“ribs” (5 reviews)
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Bar, International, Pub
$$ - $$$
Carretera Oriente 33 A, Ajijic, Mexico
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11 - 20 of 43 reviews

Reviewed April 11, 2016

I must confess that I had very low expectations when I decided to go into this bar to check out their sushi. All I knew about this place was that it was a good place for drinks and dancing. Although I had seen the SUSHI...More

Thank krzqbn
Reviewed April 4, 2016

This place always has great music, we prefer Sunday afternoons and we swear we will not stay to eat and we always do. First the bad. The wings are tiny with no meat. But the rest of the menu stands up pretty well. The hearts...More

1  Thank MMiller66
Reviewed April 1, 2016

You get a good mix of local Mexican and North American people here. They have live music and speak English. The food is so/so bar food but the music and dancing is good. A bit of advice (from first hand) "DO Not" run a bar...More

3  Thank Ajijic2014
Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

Good time with friends. Good music and drinks a cool hangout lakeside. The bar is open with a nice breeze also casual seating is available. I would definitely recommend.

Thank Keith N
Reviewed March 15, 2016

on carretera east of Colon, bar, band, pub food, late night hangout, local bands,little parking but enough,

Thank harryb370
Reviewed March 14, 2016

A good time, not impressed with food or service. It could be due to the number of patrons in the place, but......45 minutes to get an order of guacamole...Chicken wings were pitiful....very small and over cooked.

Thank Lynn F
Reviewed January 13, 2016

El Bar Co has reinvented itself recently with full renovations and an outdoors upstairs Sky Bar. Weekly there are music nights with an every second thursday night 'blues' band from Guadalajara Cadavieco which surprises and delights with wonderful non-traditional (read ..not boring) rock and roll....More

Thank debbie s
Reviewed September 26, 2015

We had a difficult time finding The Bar Co. They need a bigger sign. We ordered a couple of beers to start and then got a chicken and cheese quesadilla. They didn't have hot sauce. That was a let down. I ordered a Vampiro. It...More

Thank Karen_D680
Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

This place is amazing !!! The staff is so friendly and accommodating . They treat everyone like a local. Great place to make new friends and enjoy the company of old friends . The food is amazing ? They have a good menu with variety...More

Thank Rnfoodie28
Reviewed June 12, 2015

This is a great place to go for an afternoon beer, chill out and then, come back around ten for the live music. You'll find friendly faces and lots of Canadians and Americans

1  Thank Pin2411
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, International, Pub
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carretera Oriente 33 A, Ajijic, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Jalisco  >  Ajijic
  • Phone Number: +52 33 1346 9060
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If you come to Ajijic Mexico, next to Lake Chapala, one of the oldest and nicest cities, has a gringo bar called El Bar Co. Carlos Pantajo bought and old building and built his bar/restaurant and has been building, redesigning and recreating his bar/restaurant for the past 17 years. Everything you see is his creation and having built 11 restaurants myself, he has done an excellent job. A beautiful Mexican atmosphere. Ask to see his underground wine cellar in the courtyard, with an excellent selections of wines.Carlos, who’s hobby was/is cooking has an excellent menu for traditional International cuisine or sea food in a nice open air, patio restaurant. However, upfront he has an excellent sushi bar. So while you are mixing cuisine’s, you can enjoy 20 peso cervezas all day long while watching the game on a 50” TV’s.You have your choice of restaurant seating, bar seating with a full array of liquors and cervezas, lounge seating or patio seating. Monday nights, Barco is pack with local gringos enjoying the Monday night jam session. On Saturday nights, the Bryan James Band packs the house and never a cover charge.Carlos speaks fluent English and will gladly answer any question you have about the area. You can’t go wrong at El Bar Co when in Ajijic and "Bingo" the house dog will welcome you, so bring yours.