Whatever your taste, whatever your music, whatever your budget, you’ll find great places to dance.
Here’s a sampling:
‘El Pueblo’ isn’t a disco or bar. Instead, it’s a mix of bars and dance clubs in downtown San Jose, only a few minutes north of the Holiday Inn. Its distinctive red tile roofs top the Colonial-style architecture and rainforest flowers and plants lace the courtyards and sidewalks.
A mixture of more than 100 bars, clubs, restaurants, art galleries and shops. make El Pueblo one the city’s top attractions. Within you’ll find places like:
—Infinito Disco is the most well-known with a young crowd that parties all night. The entrance s on the outside, in front of the parking lot next to Friends. The party often lasts until dawn.
—For a serious clubber, Club Twister is the spot. DJs keep things hopping by hot contemporary Latin and international music.The large dance floor draws trendy locals, and the bartenders keep a steady rhythm of drinks flowing
—The Coco Loco, also decked out with a cool dance floor, attracts a lightly more mature crowd. (But after a few shots, suddenly they can get just as wild as in the other discos.) In addition to meeting tourists from around the world, you will also have a chance to party with plenty of young locals dancing the night away.
Calle 21-23 Avenida 1 (Avenue 1 between Streets 21-23
Barrio La California, San Jose Tel: (506) 2221-0327
A favorite of Ticos, located in upscale San Pedro (just outside San Jose). Bar and restaurant with excellent music; nice people and super cocktails. Local bands play live tropical music twice weekly. Monday, Friday and Saturday are the best nights for an enjoyable atmosphere. Food, drinks, dancing, live music. Great place to meet new people.
Paseo Colon Avenue
San Jose Tel: (506) 2257-8424
The Club Vertigo, located right downtown San Jose on Paseo Colon Avenue is one of the top nightlife destinations for electronica and techno in San Jose. Doors open at 9 pm
Castro’s Bar & Discoteque
Avenida 13 and Calle 22 (13th Avenue and 22d Street)
Barrio Mexico, San José Tel: (506) 2256 8789
Castro’s Bar is located 200 meters west of the Fire Department, Barrio Mexico, San Jose.
While the sign outside says ‘Castro’s Discoteque’ locals tend to simply call it Bar Castro’s, and it’s just a c1000 taxi ride (about US $2) from downtown San Jose to “Barrio Mexico”.
It features Salsa, Reggaeton and Karaoke on three separate floors.
Plan to arrive at around 9pm on the weekend and it’s best to go with a group or a date.
Upstairs there is a Karaoke bar, however most of the action takes place downstairs in the club where you pay a $4 cover.
The Karaoke bar is a better option for those who do not plan to make a night out of Castro’s bar and just want a drink or two and bocas.
Rapsodia Lounge & Nightclub
Paseo Colon (west of Banco de Costa Rica)
San Jose Tel (506) 2248-1720
Rapsodia Lounge Bar and Night Club is one of San José’s most popular and trendy night clubs. Located in central San Jose, this is a large, but pricey, multi-room/multi-level nightclub.
This dance club caters to the younger-middle aged “beautiful people” crowd. Music at Rapsodia is varied mix, depending on the nights and the DJs’ performing. Though the club is large, customers often line up early.
With 2 locations, San Pedro and Escazu(next to CIMA hospital)–click this link for directions, these cafes feature live music from international artists. Offerings change weekly so check the website before going. There’s a cover charge that may vary depending on the performer.