New Year’s Eve Party and Pub Quiz at El Barrio Bar in San Pedro

Tomorrow marks the first time in history that El Barrio’s weekly Pub Quiz (Wednesdays) falls on New Year’s Eve. There will be lots of Q10 food specials, drink discounts at the party that follows the 7 PM Pub Quiz. Wednesdays is also Pizza Night at El Barrio.

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Free Beer on New Year’s Eve at Alegre Pub at Lake Atitlan

Celebrate New Year’s Eve UK time (6 PM in Guatemala) at Alegre Pub in San Pedro la Laguna, and get a free beer after Big Ben rings in 2015. The dinner special is Steak and Ale Pie, but order in advance to be sure you get one.

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Other big New Year’s Eve  parties in San Pedro will be at Hostel Fe, El Barrio Bar, Hotel Mikaso and Hostel Zoola. Best idea is to hit them all and stay for midnight Guatemala time at your favorite.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Lake Atitlan

The top Thanksgiving dinner in San Pedro is at Cafe la Puerta on November 27 at 1 PM. Full traditional menu for Q150, reservations recommended. Call 5284-2406 or drop by the restaurant on 7th Avenue.

In San Marcos, El Dragon Hotel will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 5-9 PM for Q50.

Day of the Dead Dinner (Fiambre) in San Pedro at El Barrio

Fiambre is the traditional meal for the #DayoftheDead in Guatemala, which takes place on November 2. But El Barrio Bar is getting a head start tonight with a platter big enough for two at their weekly Noche de Chapin, which serves authentic Mayan meals. Starts at 6 PM.

Homemade Bread and Pastries by Patricia in San Pedro la Laguna

Homemade bread and pastries attracted a crowd of locals and tourists at a bread-tasting event at El Barrio Bar in October. Patricia, who bakes everything fresh daily, offered samples of a multi-grain wheat bread that makes sandwiches taste even better, a delicately-flavored citrus bread, cinnamon raisin rolls, sourdough bread and other options.

They were served with an assortment of marmalades and Patricia’s lemon curd, which is out of this world. Other jams and marmalades were provided by Eric, whose fresa and pineapple were very tasty. Pies, cookies and cakes are also available.

These range from apple pie to lemon chiffon, dark chocolate espresso cupcakes and carrot cake with cream cheese filling. You can find Patricia’s Sweet Buns at El Barrio, Humus Ya and 5th Dimension in San Pedro