one could accuse San José of having too few watering holes,
but outside of the hotels, there aren't too many places to
have a quiet drink -- Tico bars tend to be on the lively side.
Mundo (C. 15 and Avda. 9, Barrio Otoya, San José, PHONE:
222-6190) is a quieter spot frequented by gay men at night.
second floor of the Casino Colonial (Avda. 1 between
Cs. 9 and 11, San José, PHONE: 258-2827) is a quieter, less
racy spot to watch a game in San José.
you want to watch a game, and hang out with the gringos, you
can try the bar in the Hotel del Rey (Avda. 1 between
Cs. 9 and 11, San José) -- but be forewarned, this is a major
pickup spot for San José's thriving prostitution trade.
Bolinche (C. 11 between Avdas. 10 and 12, San José) and
Kashbah (C. Central between Avdas. 7 and 9, San José)
are two more of San José's many gay bars.
a little taste of Mexico, head to La Esmeralda (Avda.
2 between Cs. 5 and 7, San José), a popular late-night spot
where the locals gather to enjoy live mariachi music until
the wee hours.
popular Barba Roja restaurant at the top of the hill
in Manuel Antonio (Manuel Antonio, PHONE: 777-0331) has a
bit of a bar scene to complement the dining -- and sweeping
views of the shoreline.
Jose's Sizzing West End
Offers an exciting night life selection, some call it "zona
rosa" where bars, restaurants, life entretaiment and discoteques
are mixed up. SOME MUST TRY´S:
( the place, not the drink) is terrific, you seat yourself
on the balcony for some great people watching, enjoying your
Is located at Trejos Montealegre shopping center, will let
you into live music. Next to Baabu is Orale "La cantina"
an international restaurant, with videos and the best margarita
in the country and variety of tequila.
Verde: Video dance BAR-DISCOTEQUE , located in Plaza Colonial´s
third floor is a state of the art with a wild selection of
music and high-tech effects; there is an open bar all inclusive
COCKTAIL & LOUNGE BAR:Located in The Mall San Pedro
on the first floor.
trendy place to see and be seen is El Cuartel de La Boca
y El Monte (Avda. 1 between Cs. 21 and 23, San José),
a large, low-ceiling bar, where young artists and professionals
gather to sip San José's fanciest cocktails and share plates
of tasty bocas (appetizers or snacks). It has live
music on Monday and Wednesday night. Restaurant,
Bar & Gallery, live music entretaiment, good cocktails
(Avda. Central between Cs. 41 and 43), in the eastern suburb
of Los Yoses, is usually rocking and crowded with young Ticos.
in the Boulevard of Los Yoses, like Sambuka, you can stay
at the balcony for people watching. At night and in the evening
it is an excellent place to meet people.
the Party continues!!!
Pueblo: This complex offers variety of Restaurants,
Bars & Discoteques, located 5 minutes from the Center
of San Jose. San
José's Spanish village-themed shopping arcade Centro Comercial
El Pueblo (n, Avda. 0, San José) features a bar for every
taste, from quiet pubs to thumping discos. Several of the
bars have live music on weekends, so it's best to wander around
and see what sounds good.
Bar & Restaurant, open 24 hours , international cousine.
Bajas: The only restaurant in Costa Rica specializing
And many more restaurants.
dance all night at Infinito, Cocoloco,and La
Plaza Disco Club . There are a lot of bars in which
you can enjoy your favorite drink.
your Luck!!! (Casinos)
Holiday Inn , Downtown San José across from Morazán Park.
, Paseo Colon , Centro Colón.
Hotel Irazú, 5 minutes away from San José. And many more around