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Circus Bar

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

The Circus Bar, Panajachel, Lake Atitlan

There are lots of good restaurants to choose from in Panajachel, and it's one of the draws of living in this lakeside town. One can find Italian, Japanese, Vegetarian, tipico, Chinese, American and Mexican fare just to name a few choices.

The Circus Bar is an old time favorite in the community. You can find good selections of Italian food, pizza, salads, beef, chicken and fish. Portions are large it's a good value to eat there.

A creative Salad Nicoise


Pictured here is the Circus Bar's rendition of a Salad Nicoise. Living in the tropics, one gets used to having fruit as an added ingredient to most meals. While an authentic Salad Nicoise doesn't have watermelon, beets, or chopped radishes, this salad was tasty and filling, and had the "required" hard boiled egg, green beans and tuna fish.

After having ordered, now waiting for our meal

The Circus Bar has a German circus theme and there are posters of clowns and circus acts on the walls throughout the restaurant. In the evening, the Circus Bar is known for the live music they offer, with each style of band staying an hour before the next band goes onstage. They have a variety of cocktails and wines to choose from also.

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Steak Roquefort

One of our favorite meals is their steak Roquefort. This is one order, split between two plates which is plenty for us to share. It comes with a lovely fresh salad and bread. The meat itself is tender and the Roquefort sauce is to die for. 

Circus Bar's easy going atmosphere

Located right on Avenida de los Arboles, it is close to Calle Principal in the main section of town. There are several bars and restaurants all within a stone's throw, and it is common to wander between them in the evening, listening to music and talking with friends.


There is a piano to the right in this photo which the musicians use, and a garden setting just outside the photo to the left. If you like to be connected to the internet on your phone, there is free WiFi also.

Our check

The price for our meal of steak Roquefort, a salad, a half liter of red wine and a lemonade is about $28USD. This includes the tip which is written on the check.

If ever you are in Panajachel, make it a point to visit the Circus Bar. Come for the locally famous pizzas, one of their platos fuertes, a salad or a drink and the live music. You won't be disappointed.

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Circus Bar and Restaurant on Avenida de los Arboles. Open noon to midnight. Live music. Take out Tele: 502. 5503. 0708 Tele to restaurant: 502. 7762. 2056, Panajachel.  Website: Email: Great pizzas, meats, salads.

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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