San Juan Nightlife

From Thursday through Sunday it's as if there's a celebration going on nearly everywhere in San Juan. Be sure you dress to party, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights; Puerto Ricans have flair, and both men and women love getting dressed up to go out. Bars are usually casual, but if you have on jeans, sneakers, and a T-shirt, you may be refused entry at nightclubs and discos.

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visitors and locals alike often mingle in the lobby bars of large hotels, many of which have bands in the evening. Some hotels also have clubs with shows and/or dancing; admission starts at $10. Casino rules have been relaxed, injecting life into what was once a conservative hotel gaming scene, but you still won't be allowed in if you're wearing a tank top or shorts. There are more games, as well as such gambling perks as free drinks and live music.

In Old San Juan, Calle San Sebastián is lined with bars and restaurants. Salsa music blaring from jukeboxes in cut-rate pool halls competes with mellow Latin jazz in top-flight nightspots. The young and the beautiful often socialize in Plaza San José. Mid-January sees the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián, one of the Caribbean's best street parties.

Young professionals as well as a slightly older bohemian crowd fill Santurce, San Juan's historical downtown area, until the wee hours. The revitalized Plaza del Mercado (Calle Dos Hermanos at Calle Capital) has structures—many painted in bright colors—dating from the 1930s or earlier. On weekend nights the area's streets are closed to vehicular traffic. You can wander from dive bars to trendy nightspots and sway to music that pours from countless open-air establishments and the marketplace's front plaza.

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Bar Gitano

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One of the few late-night dining options in Condado, Bar Gitano keeps the tasty tapas and sangria flowing until around midnight during...

Brava

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Dress to impress at this chic hotel dance club, where a long line of young people (21+) waits to get in Thursday–Saturday. Each of...

Circo Bar

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This popular gay bar and club in Santurce offers different themed events every night, including karaoke, DJs, and dance parties. If you're...

El Batey

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This legendary dive bar won't win any prizes for decor, but even still, it has an irresistibly artsy and welcoming vibe. Add your own...

La Factoría

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La Factoría, the former Hijos de Borinquen, is hands-down the best mixology bar in San Juan. Artisanal cocktails are crafted with the...

La Taberna Lúpulo

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If you love beer, don't leave Puerto Rico Rico without visiting La Taberna Lúpulo. At the island's largest craft beer bar you'll find...

Mist

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On the roof of the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel, this sexy spot offers some of Isla Verde's best ocean views. On the weekends there's...

Nuyorican Café

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Something interesting happens nearly every night (it's closed Monday and Tuesday) at this hipper-than-hip, no-frills, wood-paneled performance...

San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

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The crowd is casual and the decor tropical and bubbly at this spacious gaming room. Right outside, there's a huge bar, where Latin musicians...

Señor Frog's

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Latin America's answer to the Hard Rock Cafe, Señor Frog's attracts both hard-partying tourists and the cruise-ship crowd—no surprise,...

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