Party, Drink and Dance at Costa Rica's Best Night Clubs

 Disco balls and DIs light up the dance floor in Costa Rica, where some of the world's finest international talents may be found spinning beats or playing a live set. In the capital city of San José, a dress code is usually enforced, so ditch the jeans for a night at Club Twister at El Pueblo, a hacienda-style string of more than a hundred establishments under a red tiled roof. A diverse set of DJs spin everything danceable under the sun at Club Vertigo. On the other side of the city, Miraflores Disco Club has been the place to dance for more than forty years; its doors are only open after 9pm and on weekends- dance to the beats of two different DJs until the sun comes up in picturesque Heredia. For live music, the Jazz Cafe in Escazu boasts an impressive roster of international performers in a hip new venue. On the Caribbean coast, wear your flip-flops for taking in Puerto Viejo de Limon's most happening nightlife. Drink up happy hour cocktails at the Cafe Mango, find fellow night birds on the dance floor at Johnny's Place, and practice your ping-pong game at the Lazy Mon at Stanford's, where two for one tequila shots at happy hour and live jams on Sundays are highlights.



Located downtown in the building that was formerly the nation's National Library, Risas reflects history and tradition on its walls and a modern ambience that permeate the clubs three floors, each filled with energy and excitement, some more low...  Read More

The Lazy Mon at Stanford's
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If you've made it to Puerto Viejo, you must visit The Lazy Mon at Stanford's, day or night, before you leave town, and in which case, you may decide to extend your stay. The Lazy Mon is a casual beachfront- as in you can go for a dip in between...  Read More



One of Puerto Viejo's most popular spots to party after dark, Cafe Mango, formerly called the Sunset Bar, has maintained its old-school vibe and infused new life into this open-to-the- ocean-front beach shack. Inexpensive drink specials such as...  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



This is the second- but no less popular- location of the Jazz Cafe, the first is across town in San Pedro, San Jose. The newer Jazz Cafe was opened in 2009 and carries on the tradition of presenting high quality shows, consistent restaurant...  Read More

Johnny's Place
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Johnny's Place is Puerto Viejo's longstanding, landmark dance club, and has been the place to sway, bump, and grind for more than a decade. The digs are the epitome of non-descript, and by day it's hard to imagine the scene that unfolds in the...  Read More



Miraflores Disco Club has been the hottest spot to dance and party in the rolling green suburb of Heredia for more than forty years. A short ride from the capital city of San Jose, this legendary dance club is open on the weekends from Friday to...  Read More



Club Vertigo will have your head spinning and your feet moving in no time. With expansive dance floor and high ceilings, Vertigo is the ultimate party spot in San Jos�. This popular dance club features special events throughout the year...  Read More

Club Twister


For a serious dose of dancing and nightlife head to Club Twister, where the DJs really know how to keep things live by mixing it up with an ever upbeat line up of hot contemporary Latin and international music. A large dance floor draws trendy...  Read More



El Pueblo is one of those quintessential Costa Rican tourist destinations that fits many attractions under one red adobe roof; there are restuarants, shops, and dance clubs within this Spanish Colonial style complex, and any time of day or night...  Read More


Meet Sophia LaMonica

On Sophia's first trip to Costa Rica, she came face to face with white-faced monkeys, gasped at the sight of giant purple crabs, and rode horseback through plunging waterfalls. Costa Rica...  More About Sophia