Av. 1 between Calles 21 and 23, San Jose, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
NileGuide Expert tip:
Ladies get in free on Mondays.
What was once a more modest establishment for artsy types has become one of San Jose's trendiest spots for all walks of life, especially the young and hip set, who flock to El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte for the scene, the bar, and the live music, which is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the place's most popular nights. It is open for lunch Monday through Friday, then reopens for the evening, which sometimes stretches into the wee hours of the night. One section of the old Costa Rican style house that was remodeled back in 1985 has been fashioned into its own little bar, called La Esquina, which is a nice place to tuck into an appetizer like green plantain ceviche or the Cuartel salad, and sip on one of the 200+ cocktails on the menu. Though it retains a bit of an edgy, artistic style, El Cuartel de Boca del Monte is now a happening spot to see and be seen in San Jose, so leave your flip flops at the hotel.