Aycinena Passage, 10 years ago it became a passage of bars and cultural activity of the historic center of Guatemala City. Also known locally as "The Hundred Gates", named after the 1st bar that reopened in this historic building, but outside of this bar will find a dozen alternative places with the same cheap prices and alternative settings. A downtown artists, volunteers of NGOs are pushing for some months youth some more money that they want to give the alternative, but still remains a simple place with concerts and interesting people with whom to talk!
I took some friends for a beer at Rattle and Hum, Area 10, I told them it was a really lively area, but it wasn't really when we went (but it was Tuesday, hopefully at the weekend it's more cheerful! ). I liked the atmosphere at the Rattle and Hum. There's good rock music, and even live music the night we went. Pub-like, it's a happy place, with tourists and Guatemalans, good drinks, and also a space half facing the street outside, to enjoy a caña while smoking a cigarette! Oh and the last thing I liked: peanuts for free! (They also sell pizzas, burgers, etc.)
Ambia is one of the best restaurants in Guatemala City. You have to try the gin with cucumber soda and red pepper. I especially like the atmosphere in the garden...you feel like your miles away from the rush of the city. The menu is extensive and good overall. Don't miss it during your trip to Guatemala City.
It's nice, after so many years of visiting Guatemala, to see how the historic center (zone 1) has changed. Before it had a bad reputation and only had the famous hundred gates but is gradually reviving itself and has become a district where the cultural and nocturnal life are gaining momentum. Grand Hotel is one of the places that contribute to this revival of zone 1. A few blocks from Central Park, the bar is named after its former function of a luxurious hotel. It has retained magnificent columns and arches, painted by the new owners with happy colours. In this original building there's a lot of life, mostly live music concerts with local bands, DJs, every weekend but also on some weekdays. A few days ago the Gold Room opened but i couldn't see it. They say that with that Grand Hotel it becomes true concert hall with 400 places! Forgive me for the night I went there I didn't have my camera, unfortunately I cannot show the blue walls and gilded columns, drapery fabrics and majestic curtains, the Commedia dell'Arte masks and the well-stocked bar!