San Juan’s Hottest Nightlife | STA Travel Blog

So that you’ve solely received a few nights in San Juan, however you wish to be sure to go to the best spots — look no additional.

I’m Tristan, an NYU pupil, backpacker and animal rights advocate. Listed here are a few of my favourite spots!

These tried-and-true bars and golf equipment are assured to maintain you in your toes, dance the evening away with loads of pleasant Puerto Ricans — who by the way in which, are identified to be nice dancers.

Bacardi Distillery

No go to to San Juan is full with out a rum tasting on the well-known Bacardi distillery. Simply throughout the water from Previous San Juan, this one and a half hour tasting session is an ideal solution to begin your evening out. Excursions are from 10am to 5pm, relying on how early you wish to begin ingesting. I like to recommend catching the 5pm tour, which is able to end by 7pm.

A good way to strive Bacardi’s fancier rums with out having to purchase an entire bottle.

Basically, you get seven full drinks for $55, which is a reasonably good value in case you ask me because it additionally comes with a bit of little bit of historical past. Sit within the garden in a comfortable wicker chair, sipping a superbly crafted Bacardi cocktail: Mojito, Daquiri, Cuba Libre, and so on.

Getting there: Previous San Juan ferry to Cataño, then a $1 bus or $5 Uber to Bacardi; OR a $12-20 Uber from Previous San Juan/Condado.

Previous San Juan bars for a calming evening out

There’s no scarcity of bars and pubs in previous San Juan, however the very best spots are on Calle San Sebastian. There are additionally a couple of bars close to the water on Calle Norzagaray in between the 2 forts.

A rooftop bar in vibrant previous San Juan.

Down by the water, the small village-feeling neighborhood of La Perla has some tremendous native and low cost bars, undoubtedly a spot to go in case you’re an adventurous Spanish speaker and in search of a real expertise.

La Placita on Friday nights

La Placita is the most popular place to be on Friday nights in San Juan. This pedestrianized space round Calle Roberts consists of a dozen or so dive bars, the place music spills out into the road, and individuals are dancing inside and outside. Right here, you may sip native Puerto Rican beers corresponding to Medalla, or buy a very-homemade tasting cocktail.

It’s a bit of youthful and grittier scene, I’d evaluate it to New York’s East Village. A number of enjoyable, and an excellent place to satisfy locals in addition to vacationers from different Latin American international locations, quite than different U.S. and Canada nationals.

The skin areas develop into simply as busy as contained in the bars. Mingle!

Getting there: Situated within the Condadito/Santurce space, simply 10 minutes from Previous San Juan (by automotive) and 5 minutes from Condado, it’s an affordable Uber journey from wherever you’re staying. The occasion begins round 11:30 or 12 on the earliest, and goes till 5am.

Relying on the bar, beers vary from $2-5 and cocktails from $5+.

La Factoria on Saturday nights

This well-known institution is on Calle San Sebastian in Previous San Juan, however what makes it completely different from the opposite previous San Juan bars is that it has 5 rooms and an upstairs lounge, every with a special sort of music; from Latin kinds (salsa, cha-cha, reggaetón) to EDM/trance, and so on.

Examine the calendar, as a result of sure Saturdays (and even Sunday nights), La Factoria hosts stay salsa bands. Even in case you can’t dance, you’ll benefit from the vitality.

Stand again and benefit from the present, or politely ask an area; they’ll be glad to point out you some fundamental steps!

Beers price $4-6 Cocktails: $9-11. I like to recommend the Lavender mule with rum as a substitute of vodka, an important and refreshing drink.


Ashford Avenue is lined with resorts with numerous bars, casinos, and golf equipment inside them or on the rooftops. Resort bars and golf equipment are common, not only for vacationers but in addition for locals in search of a elaborate evening out. The events listed below are alive nearly any evening of the week, so even in case you’re in San Juan through the week you’ll have the ability to discover some motion.

The vibe at these locations ranges from Caribbean tiki bar to New York high-life, so there’s one thing for everybody. If getting flashy bottle service is your dream, head to La Concha, or one of many many different upscale lounges, the place this fantasy is obtainable for a comparatively cheap value. Positively an excellent place for a complicated birthday celebration.

Tables and bottles listed below are a lot inexpensive than they’d be in main U.S. cities, for a similar alcohol.

The costs on this space are increased; $15+ cocktails, so your gown code ought to match – enterprise informal, and stylish is the secret right here.

Nothing beats an excellent mojito on a sizzling day.

It’s exhausting not to have an excellent time in San Juan, when you get a style of the town’s upbeat and vibrant nightlife. Be prepared to bounce the evening away in a few of these sizzling spots, and drink loads of ‘Vitamin R’, as they do within the Caribbean — rum!

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