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Circus Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Italian, Bar, Pizza
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Avenida de los Arboles, Panajachel, Guatemala
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

My hotel suggested this place. It seems like quite a few hotels do. It was pretty good, the live music wad entertaining. We didn't eat pizza though. We ate spaghetti. The spaghetti was a little above average. The drinks were OK, not spectacular. What I really liked about it was the overall atmosphere. We seen the pizza at the next... More 

Thank Rich A
Montreal, Canada
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117 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

We try diferent italian Restaurant in Panajachel . This is far to be the best. The pasta was extra salty and comercial tomato salsa for 13 usd. Also lasagna was super small super salty . Bread and olive oil all extra. We did not believe this is autentic italian food. The service was 5 stars. Verry nice restaurant with amaizing... More 

Thank GIPSY201
Loveland, Colorado
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65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

I had a pepperoni pizza at the Circus bar and was very surprised at how good it was. Not the best that I've had but much better than Pizza Hut. Eating pizza, drinking a beer and listening to the 3 piece band playing local music is a great way to spend an evening in Pana. The price is expensive by... More 

Thank Jack R
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

Great live music, good food, good drinks. The decor is a bit cheesy but we went back twice because the music and food/drink was so good.

Thank jc j
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015

Circus bar isn't especially 'touristy'... because its jam packed with locals. The live music is rich and authentic, with the restaurant intimate enough to feel as if you're involved. The pizza is the best in Panajachel, and they do take out too if you cant get a seat.

Thank zoelouise08
Key West, Florida
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75 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

This bar has terrific character and some good pizza. They have great live music too. Well worth a visit.

Thank DesNichols
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

You need to try this Pizza is great. They cook it in wood-fire oven. So it will be thin and crunchy.

Thank eapelaez80
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

The live music here is fabulous, always great guitarists and singing. The food is pretty good too. I love the gnocchi and pizza. Be careful with vegetarian items though as soups labeled vegetarian have beef stock. I brought this up with the waiter and he didn't see the problem.

Thank Abigail K
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99 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015 via mobile

Return visit with friends and did not disappoint. Everyone loved the pizza and dancing! Music was first class.

Thank HearDoc
Chino Hills, California
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

Took them way to long to serve our dinner. Salads and soups took over 30 minutes. Pizzas came right after. It's located on the main entrance of Pana, they offer parking right across and it's free only for the first hour, so we had to pay. Also waiter told us they didn't have any 'balsamic vinegar' or 'ranch' dressing. He... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Bar, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida de los Arboles, Panajachel, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel
  • Phone Number: 502-762-0374

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?