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Top 10 Nightlife Venues of Costa Rica

Destination(s): San Jose

The nightlife in Costa Rica is an eclectic phenomenon that takes all kinds of different faces to cover all preferences in music, style and budget. Whether you choose to mingle with the locals or enjoy a few cocktails in a posh, exclusivistic spot, the Costa Rica night scene has all these offers on display.

Shake the night away with traditional salsa and merengue at Castro's or the huge El Tobogán, or dress up carefully and try a more hip feel at the minimalist Utopia. Most bars tend to get realy crammed with smoke during busy evenings, so you might want to consider open places or optional patios like those at Terra U or Copacabana. However, for a really authentic Costa Rican feeling, we recommend the film-themed El Observatorio or Jazz Café, one of the favourite hangouts of local artists. Just make sure you get fully prepared for a smoky atmosphere. read more about Top 10 Nightlife Venues of Costa Rica

Castro's

Castro's

  • Avenida 13 and Calle 22, Barrio Mexico
  • tel:2256-8789
  • San Jose
El Observatorio

El Observatorio

  • Calle 23 btw. avs. Central and 1
  • tel:2223-0725
  • San Jose
Café Expresivo

Café Expresivo

  • 4 blocks East of the Santa Teresita Church, Barrio Escalante
  • tel:2224-1202
  • San Jose
Key Largo

Key Largo

  • Calle 7 between avs. 1 and 3
  • tel:2221-0277
  • San Jose
Copacabana

Copacabana

  • Across from the El Pueblo shopping center
  • tel:2233-5516
  • San Jose
Jazz Café

Jazz Café

  • Next to the Banco Popular on Av. Central
  • tel:2253-8933
  • Visit website
  • San Jose
El Tobogán

El Tobogán

  • 200m (2 blocks) north and 100m (1 block) east of the La República main office, off the Guápiles Hwy
  • tel:2223-8920
  • San Jose
El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte

El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte

  • Av. 1 btw. calles 21 and 23
  • 50m/ 1/2 block west of the Cine Magaly
  • tel:2221-0327
  • San Jose
Terra U

Terra U

  • 200m (2 blocks) east and 150m (1 1/2 blocks) north of the church in San Pedro
  • tel:2225-4261
  • San Jose
Utopia

Utopia

  • Radial San Antonio de Beleén-Santa Ana
  • tel:2221-6655
  • San Jose
Park Café

Park Café

  • Sabana Norte, 1 block north of Rostipollos
  • tel:2290-6324
  • San Jose
Jurgen's

Jurgen's

  • Inside Hotel Jade, 2 1/2 blocks north of the Subaru dealership, Los Yoses
  • tel:2283-2239
  • San Jose
Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

  • On the old road to Santa Ana, 1km ( 1/2 mile) west of Centro Comercial Paco
  • tel:2228-0980
  • San Jose