Just across the street from the Hotel del Norte and right next to the water, Container (7a Calle, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. daily) is curiously housed in two steel shipping containers. Simple fare including burgers and tacos are served, but it’s mainly a place to enjoy a few beers.
Next door, Jeffrey’s Place is a simple snack and beer stand.
The bars at the Hotel del Norte, across the street, or Safari (northern end of 5a Avenida, tel. 7948-0563, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.) make good places for a drink while enjoying the bay views.
If you really want to get a feel for Puerto Barrios’s sleazy, after-dark honky-tonk bars, head to the area around 8a Avenida between 6a and 7a Calle west of the post office, where you’ll find a collection of a dozen or so bars and other “establishments.”
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