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.

Nuyorican Cafe


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....  Read More

Wet at the Water Club


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...  Read More



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...  Read More

Atlantic Beach


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...  Read More

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...  Read More

Fine Arts Cinema


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...  Read More

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...  Read More

Old San Juan
Club Lazer


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...  Read More

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...  Read More

Old San Juan
El Patio de Sam


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.


Meet Melissa Alvarado Sierra

Melissa is a native Puerto Rican who enjoys sharing her island experiences and discoveries with readers everywhere. She studied Journalism and Art in San Francisco and London and has worked...  More About Melissa