Antigua, GT: Los Arcos Reds sports bar, internet cafe, bookstore, travel agency and restaurant-full English breakfast 8am-1am
This sports bar featuring British soccer and American football has a large eclectic menu.
Located across the street from La Merced church, the menu boasts a 200 inch projector TV, but the only TV I saw was the small-ish TV over the bar.
I was there at probably the slowest time, mid-afternoon on a weekday, so it might have been turned off and I just didn’t see it. There was only me, a pleasant waitress, a booze-hound at the bar and bartender pretending to listen to him … nodding at the right places while he cleaned glasses.
There’s a small patio in back, a hallway leading to it that has a few shelves with used books (buy, trade or sell) and a few computers … the internet café, so to speak.
Off the side was a little space for the travel agency. It must be a requirement to open any business in Antigua that you also have to include a travel agency. There are so many business/travel agency combos.
The front of the restaurant has pool tables, dart boards and assorted games, all free. There’s also free wi-fi though, because there are so many drop-dead gorgeous places in Antigua with wi-fi, this would be low on the list unless I was drinking … a lot. It’s not a place you want to see in the harsh light of day.
I just had lunch nearby but decided to drop in and check Reds out. I just ordered a lemonade.
Guatemala is the center of the universe for great, fresh lemonade. I took one sip of this weak drink and thought “hmmm, I guess there must be Minute Maid frozen lemonade somewhere here” It tasted just like it.
I’m posting the topic in hopes that maybe someone who was there at a better hour can give a report on the food. On paper, the place sounds great. The reality for me was different. There are a few positive reports on the web, so I’m not totally writing it off.
There is a long, hand-written menu with soups, salads, nachos, tacos, quesadillas, pizza, curries served with “Indian bread”, lasana (sic), burgers, fish and chips, chicken and chips, chicken wings, jalapeno poppers, brownies, etc. There is a choice of chicken or tofu chow mein. There are a number of vegetarian options.
The daily specials are on the menu board at the door. On the day I visited there was chicken paprika, Cajun chicken, fettuccini and a few more.
There was a barbecue on the patio and the ad says they bbq at night and all day Sundays. However, when I asked the waitress, it seemed there was no bbq in the cold month of December. Then again my Spanish wasn’t enough to deal with all she was saying. We left at me asking “No barbeque?” and her response of “Si”.
The bar menu has an extensive list of shooters with charming names such as adios motherf**r, blow job, juicy pussy, etc. It makes the Mayan sacrifice shooter seem appealing.
The hard liquor list steps outside of the usual suspects served in Guatemala. Whiskeys, in addition to the ever-present Jonnie Walker (he must have a summer home in GT), there is also Buchannans 12 yr, Glenlivet 12 yr, Old Parr 12 yr, Chivas 12yr, William Lawson, Something Special, Old Friend and more.
There are a dozen tequilas with some I haven’t seen such as Quita pinas. Vodkas include plain and flavored Stolichnaya, Finlandia, Skyy, Botran and Absolut.
They have Botran rum (xl, 8 and 12 yrs) along with other rums like Flor de Cana (4, 5, 7 and 12 yrs), Zacapa, etc.
Other features are nightly movies and a number of happy hours, meal specials (2x1 lunches) and combos. Also, they are probably the only place in this immediate nabe serving food until 1am. During American football season they have NFL Sundays.
Someone on ratepubs.com wrote in 2007:
“Owned by an English Expat Nigel, who will be very helpful in booking tours, buses and general information. Nigel is also a well renound chef. “
Sailing-diving-Guateamala.com has some good photos of the food and restaurant … and Nigel. While I’ll agree with the friendly servers, I don’t think of it as a place with ‘tasteful decorations’. Maybe in the dive bar category.
The Via Travel Guide writes – ”The only Guatemalan dish available, chili relleno (stuffed pepper), is exceptionally good”
So who knows, the food might be decent. If I’m ever in Antigua at 1am and hungry, I’ll stop by again.
Restaurant record with address and other info
Flickr photostream with more pictures