Here are the best places to have fun in Puerto Rico

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore San Juan nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our San Juan Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


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.

Local Expert tip: Come here to enjoy real Puerto Rican music and culture.

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Take an elevator with its own built-in waterfall and emerge into an exotic rooftop bar to see and be seen or even get into bed – the lounge-style leather beds can accommodate 1 or 20 of your special friends. The vibe is laid-back-luxe and you can munch on mini trays of sushi, empanadas and sliders to accompany a passion fruit martini, or perhaps a Peach Me Now, a mix of Grey Goose vodka, peach schnapps and peach syrup.

Local Expert tip: Hip, fun and crowded.

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Krash is another of San Juan's clubs that is a particular favorite of the city's gay population. Nights have a designated theme, but expect the hippest dance tunes you would hear playing in New York or Los Angeles. If you visit, check out the restrooms for the erotic murals of traditional Greek gods.

Local Expert tip: For those who enjoy the erotic.

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This spot is popular with a mostly gay crowd who stays in the hotel and comes down in the evenings for happy hour specials and to dance the night away. An indoor/outdoor bar has a covered deck with a beautiful view of the ocean and Condado Beach. The Atlantic has become a favorite place for the open-minded traveler who enjoys its unpretentious atmosphere and its lively appeal to a wide variety of lifestyles embracing the Caribbean's relaxed, laidback lifestyle, and at a very affordable price.

Local Expert tip: The famous, gay-friendly hotel gets crowded because of its prime location near the beach.

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Old San Juan

Welcome to San Juan's hottest dining and dancing spot. Start your evening with the house drink, a Parrot Passion. This heady blend is made with lemon-flavored rum, triple sec, oranges and tropical fruit. The bistro-style restaurant serves up the best of Nuevo Latin cuisine including temptations such as pan-seared tuna in a dark rum and orange sauce, and a mixed seafood ceviche. For a new twist on a traditional Puerto Rican favorite, try the tamarind-spiced barbecue ribs. After supper stick around for some Latin Jazz, salsa or Brazilian band music.

Local Expert tip: Great food in the heart of Old San Juan, they music on Tuesdays.

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This art house theater has an interesting history. Originally opened as an \\"adults-only venue in the 1960s, the owner went mainstream when public criticism became too much. The new format was a rousing failure so the owner went back to the tried-and-true adult movie genre. When video took over the porn industry, the theater turned to independent movies. To this day, it is the only true art house cinema in Puerto Rico.

Local Expert tip: Come here if you are a lover of foreign movies.

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Isla Verde

Brava enjoys its dual persona as both club and lounge. The central dance floor is packed with posh patrons dancing to house and Latin music. A wraparound balcony means that non-dancers and those needing a rest don't miss any of the action. There is a cover charge to enter but hotel guests are admitted for free.

Local Expert tip: For the stylish, party-animals.

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Old San Juan

This joint is jumpin' when the cruise ships pull into port. The club offers three choices for entertainment. Start with a drink in the ground floor pub, then move to the second floor for dancing to Latin rock, salsa or house music. When you need a rest, visit the rooftop terrace with a gorgeous view of the bay and the lights of San Juan. If the view is not enough, feast your eyes on their state-of-the-art light show.

Local Expert tip: One of the oldest clubs in San Juan, the place gets crowded on weekends.

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Old San Juan

Few bars can claim to put the fun in funky the way that El Batey does: a dive bar decorated with graffiti and an old wooden bar that looks like it has seen better days, with its jukebox playing non-stop tunes from original 45s of the '60s and '70s. Join locals and cruise ship crews, down cold beer and rum drinks, shoot pool and groove to the tunes.

Local Expert tip: For those looking for a hip and dark bar in San Juan.

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Old San Juan

Great burgers, cold beer and rocking tunes put El Patio on the map for over 50 years. Located across from the Plaza Colon, there is live entertainment every night of the week except Sunday.

Local Expert tip: Known for its burgers and great location, El Patio de Sam is a local favorite.

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