10 Best Nightlife in San José, Costa Rica: Dine, Drink, Dance



There's something for everyone after the sun sets in San Jose, Costa. Rica. You can eat, shop and dance all under one roof at El Pueblo, an essential destination for some of the city's best nightlife. Party ravers flock to Club Vertigo, among Central America's most popular dance clubs with several dance floors, serious sound systems, and world-class DJs. On th mellower side there's the Shakespeare Bar beneath the Little Theater Group, perfect for post-show or no show cocktails, sometimes with live music. In Heredia, Miraflores Disco keeps the dance floor live from sundown to sunup at 6 am, with a full kitchen open all night until 5 am. Here's where a strong following of Ticos and Ticas come to cut loose. Craft beer enthusiasts may want to warm up with a tour of Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Company, with free tasting flights of this blossoming brewery's best ales. The Public House Irish Pub has an evolving list of craft beers on its menu and an inviting atmosphere that mixes well with its modern decor. The chic and savvy seem to frequent La Esquina, the iittle bar inside El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte, where there are more than 200 cocktails on the menu.




In an old refurebished factory an hour outside the city of San Jose, a couple of beer afficionados are going against the grain, crafting artisinal beer using only whole grains, hops, yeast, and water. The concept is novel in a country that loves...  Read More




Miraflores Disco Club has been the hottest spot to dance and party in the otherwise subdued suburb of Heredia, a short ride from the capital city of San Jose, for more than forty years. This legendary dance club is only open on the weekends from...  Read More




The Public House Irish Pub in San Jose, Costa Rica is a modern take on the traditional, with a long list of Costa Rican craft beers and signature cocktails such as the Maracuyazo, a shot of bright orange chiliguaro made with maracuy�, and...  Read More


Key Largo


While it's best known as a place for foreign men to pick-up Costa Rican women for the night or the hour, it's also considered one of downtown San Jose's most popular drinking and dancing destinations. Occupying a stately refurbished Colonial...  Read More


Jazz Café San Pedro


Once the only place to check out consistently high-quality live music, especially jazz, in San Jose, The Jazz Cafe remains the best venue to see, hear, drink and eat under one roof. It is located in the San Pedro neighborhood, has a restaurant...  Read More




El Pueblo is an essential San Jose nightlife destination with a bevy of attractions under its adobe roof. Restuarants, cafes, shops, and dance clubs mingle well in this Spanish Colonial style complex, and any time of day or night there's bound...  Read More


El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte


What was once a 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,...  Read More


Little Theatre Group
Photo courtesy of Marianne O'Leary


Nightlife appropriate for the whole family, the Little Theatre Group offers productions in both Spanish and English, and is well-known asthe oldest troupe in Costa Rica; it's now in its 62 year. The group's experience and expert management is...  Read More




If you really want to dance in San Jose, Castro's is the place. The music ranges from salsa to reggaeton to electronic trance selections, though it's always upbeat and focuses on Latin music and moves. Castro's is not a fancy place, but dressing...  Read More




Club Vertigo will have your head spinning and your feet moving on its expansive dance floor with high ceilings. It's a popular club that features special events throughout the year with DJs spinning the latest house, techno, and hip hop music....  Read More


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