The Snug — Antigua’s Newest Bar

This hole-in-the-wall bar takes me back to New York in the Seventies. Nothing bright, shiny or new here, just a one-room bar with cold beer, cool people and top shelf liquor.

The Snug is Antigua's Newest Bar.

The Snug is Antigua’s Newest Bar.

Don't blink, or you'll miss this hole-in-the-wall bar when you walk by.

Don’t blink, or you’ll miss this hole-in-the-wall bar when you walk by.

The Snug is on Calle 5, on the same block but across the street from Reilly’s second location and on the way to Cafe No Se. (Look for the clover over the sign in this photo.)¬†Perfectly situated for a pub crawl across the cobblestone streets of Antigua.

 

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The Life of Reilly’s (Irish Tavern)

There are two Reilly’s Irish Taverns in Antigua, Guatemala. Both have great deals on drinks and food, Happy Hour from noon-7, and live music on weekends. Here’s how to find them.

The closest to Parque Central is on Avenida 6, one block behind the park. Look for the “Cafe 2000” sign, which is a clever ploy to keep out the riffraff.

Reilly's Irish Tavern on Avenida 6 in Antigua

Reilly’s Irish Tavern on Avenida 6 in Antigua

Inside the doorway, look up, and if you see the Reilly’s logo as seen below, you’re in business.

This Reilly's Irish Tavern is on Avenida 6.

This Reilly’s Irish Tavern¬†is near Parque Central in Antigua, Guatemala.

To find the newest Reilly’s in Antigua, walk out the front door of the one above, turn right, cross one street and go left at the next one, which is Calle 5. It’s a few blocks down on the right, just past La Sala, the blue building.

This Reilly's Irish Tavern in Antigua is huge.

This Reilly’s Irish Tavern in Antigua is huge.

This Reilly’s has a Sunday barbecue from noon-6 PM. Open air seating and covered tables and bars too.

This Reilly's has open air seating as well as covered tables and bars. And lots of room to party!

This Reilly’s has open air seating as well as covered tables and bars. And lots of room to party!

 

Happy drinking!

 

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Live Music Tonight at Ocelot Bar

Mercedes Escobar plays at 9 PM tonight. Specials include Q2 Buffalo wings, 2 for 1 Sangrias Q44 for 2. Watermelon Martini’s, Mango Martinis and Mango Mojitos Q30 each.

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St. Patrick’s Day at the Ocelot Bar

In Antigua, the Ocelot Bar will have a special St Patrick’s Day Cocktail & Shooter party starting at 6 PM.

Bar Ocelot in La Antigua

Bar Ocelot in La Antigua

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Where to Wear the Green on St. Patrick’s Day in La Antigua

Reilly’s Irish Tavern, now with two locations, is the obvious place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in La Antigua on March 17, 2014. Other notable party places are Bar Ocelot, Lava Bar and Cafe No Se.

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A Town Full of Tourists

Antigua, like the lake and other travel destinations in Guatemala, is jampacked with tourists. Last night, Lava Bar was like a zoo, there were so many people attending the 6-7 PM Happy Hour (Q6 drinks!). Other bars, such as Reilly’s and Cafe No Se, were also jumpin’. If headed this way, hotel reservations are highly advised. For more info, see Antigua Guatemala.

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New Bar in Antigua Guatemala

La Morena is the new bar in town. It’s around the corner from Ocelot and Lava, whose also is the madman behind La Morena.

When standing at the front door of the cathedral in Parque Central (facing it), go left a half block to Ocelot Bar and ask for directions to La Morena.

More details after I spend a few days in Antigua later this month.

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Eruptions at Volcan Fuego and Pacaya

Both volcanoes have entered a new cycle of activity, with strombolic eruptions and ash. No lava yet reported at Fuego, but it’s been making a lot of noise here in Antigua and putting on a great show at night. If planning to hike Volcan Pacaya soon, be ready to run.

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New Barbecue Restaurant in Town

Pappy’s BBQ opened recently. It’s on Sixth Avenue near 4th Street, close to La Sala and a half-block from the new Reilly’s location.

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