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La Casa del Ron: An Upscale Cocktail Lounge in Guatemala

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The bar at La Casa del Ron in Antigua, Guatemala is beautifully done, with the mood lighting and a high-end feel.

Today, I’m going to be talking about treating yourself right and going out to a high-end cocktail lounge. I live in Antigua, Guatemala. Guatemala, interestingly enough, is known for one of the best rums in the world, the Zacapa Rum. The brand have a cocktail lounge in Antigua, called La Casa del Ron, that is worth visiting if you’re in the area. Visiting La Casa del Ron offers a full experience for rum enthusiasts or those looking for a place with great ambiance. Let’s dive into a review of the entire expereince.

What is Zacapa Rum?

I don’t know if you guys have heard of it, but if you know anything at all about rum, you sure will know this one right away. Zacapa is one of the best rums in the country. Actually, they have some expensive rums, costing around a hundred dollars for a bottle.

It is a very high-end rum—in fact, it’s one of the most respected rums in the world. So it makes sense to seek it out when you’re in Guatemala.

La Casa del Ron Review

One of my favorite things about Zacapa is that they have these bars and lounges, and it’s a really high-end experience. They have two or three of these cocktail lounges in Guatemala, and one of them is in Antigua.

I’m not going to lie to you. Guatemala is a narco economy. We all know it. And if you’re pretending that it’s not true, it’s a lie. It’s a normal thing. 80% of the economy here somehow revolves around narco. If you don’t know what narco is, watch Narcos on Netflix and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what that is— basically drug lording, the whole thing.

And I’m married to Guatemala. So every time we used to pass La Casa del Ron, this beautiful lounge, or it’s also a restaurant, I used to say, “I really want to go there,” and my husband is like, “Oh, no, it’s just a bunch of Narcos, a bunch of these Cowboys, blah, blah, blah.”

Because it’s just a limiting belief among locals that anything that’s super high end is automatically only visited by the Narcos.

a couple inside casa del ron antigua guatemala
My husband and I enjoyed a small, private nook inside La Casa del Ron as we sampled the rum.

Finally, I convinced him, “Let’s go during a weekday, when there’s nobody really there, right? Because on weekends, it gets packed.

Service

He loved it. It was such an incredible experience. First, the service is top-notch. It is one of the best services we have ever had. So of course, if you are going to be in La Casa Del Ron, the rum they serve is usually of the highest quality.

I’m not a rum drinker because I’m used to crap, like Big Hearty and other cheap rums, because that’s really what people have on hand. I’m not a rum drinker, so I will never go seeking the perfect rum.

Cocktails

Here they have this amazing menu of all these different kinds of cocktails, all infused with rum. We ended up ordering two different cocktails. My husband got one for himself, and I personally enjoy a really sweet kind of cocktails and one for me.

I have never tasted anything so tasty, so fluid. Like, it had almost silky flavors. It was fantastic. Then we also ordered some munchies.

a cocktail on a table at casa del ron in antigua, guatemala
We ordered rum cocktails and snacks to enjoy as part of the experience visiting La Casa del Ron.

Food

We didn’t want to actually eat the meals at the cocktail bar because we are vegans and vegetarians, and the majority of the meals—like the main meals or the hot dishes—were all meat based, except where they have this one French fries, but it’s more of, like, home fries with this truffle sauce and whatnot it’s like, okay. It’s the only thing that we can really eat. And it was heavenly.

Absolutely heavenly. So there’s a reason why it’s called a high-end bar, I guess it’s not really a bar. La Casa del Ron is more like a lounge restaurant, because just the price alone is more expensive than the regular meal at any other restaurant. But again, visiting is really worth it. So worth it.

Dessert

And then we have to, of course, top it off with a dessert. So every single dessert had the Zacapa rum somehow infused into it. We got the crème brûlée, and then at the end, they put this bit of a cup of gold that actually had gold flakes on it on top of it. I mean, the whole thing, it’s not just, like, going and eating. It’s a full on experience.

rum dessert at casa del ron antigua

Cavern

And then you could go into the cavern where they keep the barrels.

So the whole thing was just a true experience. And it was even better Because we were the only ones there at that time. I usually don’t enjoy going to restaurants in Antigua when we’re the only ones there Because everybody’s constantly on top of us. But it wasn’t like that at all. Like, the waiters knew their place.

woman sitting on a chair next to rum barrels reviewing casa del ron antigua

Should You Visit La Casa Del Ron?

IF you have these places that you see, and you’re like, oh, it’s too expensive. It’s too much for my taste. Or come up with another silly story, like, only visited by Narcos, you’re going to limit yourself. Finally, my husband allowed me to convince him to visit La Casa del Ron and we had such a fun time.

Everything was very high end, high quality, and it was an experience that my husband and I will totally remember for a long time. So treat yourselves, guys. We only live once.

woman sitting on a chair with some food on a table at zacapa casa del ron antigua

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Last Updated on February 2, 2024

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