While your days may be packed full of things to do and places to see, the nightlife in Costa Rica is the icing on the cake of your vacation, so make sure to save room. Don't be fooled by the quiet streets of the city once the sun sets, the real action starts after 9pm and often lasts 'til the wee hours. True to their latin roots, Ticos love to dance, and you'll never be lonely if there is live music to move to or a DJ spinning good tunes. Find the pulse of the capital of San Jose at El Pueblo, a historic hub of restaurants, bars, and discos that bring together a diverse group of revelers from all walks of life. If searching out more obscure spots to spend an evening is your thing, head to El Observatorio for cocktails and schmoozing, or take part in the trendy set's action over at El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte, which is continually evolving into one of the country's hottest nightlife locales. In Puerto Viejo, the Caribbean's party town, Jhonny's Place starts rocking, or swaying, after 11, when reggaeton and revelry come together under one roof by the sea. For those who prefer a cultured evening of art and music, head to the National Theater for a live performance or Cafe Expresivo for some creative cocktails. When all else is closed or you're too tired to keep moving, make sure not to skip past a traditional Costa Rican favorite, Chelles, where you can soak up the alcohol and refuel for another round with a Cuban sandwich while watching locals belly up to the charming little bar. Whoever says Costa Rica doesn't know how to party just hasn't stayed up late enough.
downtown San Jose
San Jose's multi-venue hub of entertainment in an old-fashioned setting... read more
Calle 23 btw. avs. Central and 1
Hip and trendy film inspired bar... read more
Hottest spot after dark in Puerto Viejo... read more
Plaza de la Cultura 2nd Ave and 5th Street
Art, music and performance in a beautiful European theater in San Jose... read more
Casual local spot to soak up the booze and grab a bite before bed... read more
Avenida 13 and Calle 22, Barrio Mexico
Classic Costa Rican dance club with latin music a good dancing crowd... read more
4 blocks East of the Santa Teresita Church, Barrio Escalante
AS the name suggests, this is a cool, artsy cafe in San Jose... read more
The venue to check out live Jazz in San Jose...
San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica
New sports bar close to the new stadium... read more