San Pedro is a lively town harboring several bars where the party goes on until about 1 a.m.
Up the street and one block on the right from the Panajachel dock, Freedom is a bar and restaurant housed in a thatched-roof terrace overlooking the lake. It serves light meals and it’s particularly lively at night.
There’s a pool table here. Just down the street and a great place for happy hour is Chile’s (tel. 4222-8292), with a large wooden deck overlooking the lake. Happy hour runs 6–8 p.m. and includes 2-for-1 drink specials.
Just to the left of the dock and directly above Nick’s Place, D’Noz is a lively bar with good food, including baguettes and croissants, where movies are shown nightly at 8:30 p.m.
In the center of town between the two docks, the ever-popular Buddha Bar, housed in a three-level building with a cool Asian atmosphere, has pool tables and dartboards on the first floor.
For live music, check out En Vivo (up the street from the Panajachel dock and left).
Closer to the Santiago dock, your best bet is La Playa, a British-owned sports bar with indoor and outdoor seating along with four big screen TVs.
The town’s neighborhood bar is El Barrio (7th Ave., 5 p.m.–1 a.m. daily) in the heart of the tourist zone. Happy hour is 5–8 p.m. and includes 2-for-1 drinks. They also have tasty burgers.
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