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“The gringo hangout” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Palapa

La Palapa
Ranked #12 of 77 Restaurants in Panajachel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $10
Cuisines: American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
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Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level Contributor
10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The gringo hangout”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

I have hosted trivia there several times and come by daily to see whos in town. I really like the chili cheese dog perfect american junk food.

Visited December 2013
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English first
Panajachel
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“It is the place to be on Thursday night!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

Once again there was a wild and fun night of Trivia at the Palapa in Panajachel. The theme was "Celebrity faux pas". you cannot believe some of the strange things Phil and Steve came up with. How President Nixon flipped the entire population of Brasil. How President Clinton dodged the question about Monica by saying, "it depends on what your definition of is, is! Winning team gets free shots each round. it happens each thursday night in Panajachel....BE THERE

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank guatdoc2014
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Huntingburg, Indiana
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

La Palapa is a great place to dine! We really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere! We always make it a stop when we are in Panajachel.

Visited June 2013
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Thank Cindy187
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Antigua, Guatemala
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“La Palapa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

A great bar, good entertainment, friendly atmosphere, friendly staff, good times, and definately affordable

Visited September 2013
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Thank lennyz1
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Panajachel, Guatemala
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Stayed in the hostel and got robbed”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

We stayed in the hostel of the restaurant La Palapa and got robbed.
We were the only guests. We locked our room and went for a walk. When we got back, cash, our credit card, a camera and a few more things were missing. Our credit card was used in the next town. Nobody took responsibility.

Visited July 2013
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5 Thank AleySofi
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Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
We are sorry these guests had a problem while staying with us. Our lodging is a hostel format with shared rooms with bunk beds. We offer free lockers to protect guests' valuables but these guests did not use them. Personally, I always use lockers or in-room safe to store my valuables when traveling. Of course we cannot "take responsibility" for their loss.
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