Best Bars in San Juan: Part One

Events, Food, Nightlife, Things to Do, What's New — By Melissa Alvarado Sierra on May 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Puerto Ricans know how to have a good time. So when you visit the island, you must take a break from all the sightseeing and sunbathing, and join the party. Locals are friendly, local beer is delicious, and the music… well, it’s Puerto Rico. Music is part of who we are. So get in the mood for dancing, meeting new people and enjoying an exotic drink. You are in Puerto Rico, home of the good times.

Salsa night at the Nuyorican Café

Nuyorican Café

This is by far the most authentic bar in Old San Juan offering local beats like no other place. At Nuyorican Café, Monday means Rock en Español, Wednesday is Latin Jazz Night and Saturday is the night of the ever-famous and fiery Salsa. Food is not bad and the café’s menu is known for its delicious pizza. If you visit and just can’t get enough of the place, consider staying at Da’House, a small hotel on top of the café.

La Placita in Santurce


La Placita de Santurce

This is not just one bar, but a conglomerate of them. “La Placita” is a weekend celebration and the perfect excuse for locals to detox from their week of nine-to-five stress. People flock to Santurce on Thursday and Friday night to enjoy good conversations and bar hop around the market square. Bars are spotted around the plaza, many of them with live music inside and outside. Small eateries offering local dishes are also a favorite hang-out. Tourists rarely make it down here since it’s never advertised or recommended by hotels. So if you want to experience a true Puerto Rican tradition, get yourself to La Placita and join the conversation. You will most definitely learn some Spanish!

Nono's Corner


This is the classic corner bar that you love to go to even though there’s nothing really amazing about it. The bar is a safe choice since its open virtually everyday starting in the early afternoon until four in the morning.
Its location is unbeatable too; right on the corner of Calle San Sebastián and Calle Cristo and right in front of Plaza San José. There are pool tables and an upstairs area where you get some pretty nice views of Old San Juan.

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