Thirsty Thursdays: Seven Totally Tropical Random Bars in Guyana

Thirsty Thursdays: Five Totally Tropical Random Bars in Guyana

Thirsty Thursdays: Seven Totally Tropical Random Bars in Guyana

A few more long awaited Thirsty Thursdays to come on here. First up I’m on the piss in Guyana. It was June 2014 when I crossed the border into Guyana and was ready to celebrate with a Guyanese beer (Banks) as I could now say I had a beer in every country in South America. Guyana has an odd funky vibe to it and these seven bar styles simply have not been found anywhere else on my travels. Quite rare unusual spots that gave us some great travel times backpacking in Guyana where we also visited the magnificent Kaieteur Falls.

Kaieteur Falls tour with Dagron Tours Guyana.

Kaieteur Falls in Guyana.

1. Hong Kong Restaurant, Bartica
Arrival in the sublime town of Bartica we are taken on a quick tour by Eugene our guide. This place is so unusual, I covered my trip to Bartica before, which is reached by boat. Then out of nowhere, my girlfriend Panny from Hong Kong finds a Hong Kong Restaurant! On all of our travels, this has to be the most random Chinese restaurant we have seen.

Panny outside the Hong Kong restaurant

Panny outside the Hong Kong restaurant

It’s mid-day and we are hot and the owner comes down, speaks Cantonese to Panny, tells us he is from Guangzhou and precedes to give us both a free drink. Top man!

Drinking in Hong Kong restaurant in Bartica, Guyana!

Drinking in Hong Kong restaurant in Bartica, Guyana!

The Guangzhou owner of Hong Kong restaurant in Bartica

The Guangzhou owner of Hong Kong restaurant in Bartica

2. Sloth Island Resort Bar, Sloth Island
The magical remote eco lodge at Sloth Island remains a travel highlight. Teaming up with Dagron Tours we spent a day out at Sloth Island and loved it. In the early afternoon our guide Ann turned barmaid and was serving me the ice cold beers in the tropical heat, perfect after our lunch time feast.

sloth island guyana

Having a Banks Beer at Sloth Island resort, Guyana.

3. The Hibiscus Bar, Georgetown
Situated directly across the road from our hostel, Rima Guesthouse, the Hibiscus Bar is a safe and friendly place to eat and drink. We were there during the FIFA World Cup and watched some matches in here.

Thirsty Thursdays: Totally Tropical, the best bars in Guyana

Thirsty Thursdays: Totally Tropical, the best bars in Guyana

This became our “local” for the week and we also met up with fellow traveller and blogger Daniel of Just Move Travel in here to watch Germany v. Algeria.

Hibiscus Bar, Georgetown, Guyana

Hibiscus Bar, Georgetown, Guyana

4. The Oasis Cafe, Georgetown
For a mid afternoon ice cold milkshake or iced coffee, the Oasis Cafe in Georgetown is the place. Even better it has WiFi so if you want to get online you can.

Oasis Cafe, Georgetown

Oasis Cafe, Georgetown

Oasis Cafe, Georgetown

Oasis Cafe, Georgetown

5. Fat Head’s Bar, Parika
The town of Parika was another really odd place. It’s a riverside town and the only place in Guyana where banks open on a Sunday. We saw the Fat Head’s Bar on arrival and later watched the Greece v. Costa Rica penalty shoot out in here. Costa Rica won of course and the entire bar was supporting them.

Watching the Costa Rica v Greece match in Fat Head's Bar

Watching the Costa Rica v Greece match in Fat Head’s Bar

Thirsty Thursdays: Random 7 Bars in Guyana

Thirsty Thursdays: Random 7 Bars in Guyana

I loved the way Fat Head’s bar was by the roadside. It’s so chilled out in Guyana. It’s tropical.

Fat Head's Bar in Parika

Fat Head’s Bar in Parika

6. German’s Restaurant, Georgetown
To get a sample of Guyanese food is difficult as it’s not specifically that different to other cultures foods, however after a tip off from the Tourist Board, we enjoyed a meal and an odd drink in German’s Restaurant.

Lunch in German's Restaurant, Georgetown

Lunch in German’s Restaurant, Georgetown

7. Palm Court Bar, Georgetown
As the World Cup headed into the knock out stages, we wanted a bar with big screen TVs. It can be quite hard to find on the streets of Georgetown. But this was a friendly, up market place which did the trick. We watched France v. Nigeria in here.

Watching France

Palm Court Bar, Georgetown, Guyana

Beers were a bit dearer but it was in a leafy beer garden off the main road and with working TVs.

Watching France

Watching France in Palm Court

So that’s our random tropical seven bars in Guyana. We also ate at a breakfast cafe in Corriverton before leaving Guyana as well as eating breakfast in Fogarty’s department store in the downtown area. No doubt if you go backpacking in Guyana you will find some other random places. This is the aspect of travel I love. I hadn’t heard of any of these seven bars (or even Parika, Bartica or Sloth Island) on arrival into Guyana, but yet I won’t forget them now. It’s a big world to be explored!

Here are some videos from these seven bars in Guyana:

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4 Responses to Thirsty Thursdays: Seven Totally Tropical Random Bars in Guyana

  1. R Dub! says:

    Yessss!!! I was in Guyana in 2014 and went to German’s too! One of my best meals was from German’s!

    I wish I had more time there, but I only had one night. Suriname and French Guyana were interesting too!

  2. Jonny Blair says:

    Hi R Dub, Wow that is great we ate in the same place and even in the same year. Safe travels. Jonny

  3. Kevin says:

    Thanks for your blog .

    Going to Guyana soon , your tips are very helpful.

    Hope things are getting better for you .

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildirishman37/

  4. Jonny Blair says:

    Hi Kevin, thanks for your comment and good luck in Guyana, well worth a trip. Safe travels. Jonny

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