San Juan

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.

Well-dressed visitors and locals alike often mingle in the lobby bars of large hotels, many of which feature bands in the evening. Some hotels also have clubs with shows and/or dancing; the cover generally 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 wearing a tank top or shorts. There are more games, plus 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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  • 1. Antiguo 26

    Set in a former Soda Factory, Antiguo 26 serves homemade sodas, craft cocktails, and creative tapas in a setting reminiscent of The Great Gatsby.

    261 Tetuan St., 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 2. Bar La Unidad

    Dark, sexy, and romantic, this hidden speakeasy is a lovely spot for a cocktail. There's a cigar lounge in the back room, and the sliders are delicious. There's no sign, so look for the three red rings on the door.

    562 Calle Cuevillas, 00907, Puerto Rico
  • 3. Birra y Empanadas

    As the name suggests, this small bar is known for its beers and its small but tasty selection of baked empanadas. Ask for the homemade sauces.

    150 Calle Cruz, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 4. Brava

    Dress to impress at this chic hotel dance club, where a long line of young people (21-plus) wait to get in Thursday through Saturday. Each of the two levels has its own DJ and dance floor.

    6063 Av. Isla Verde, 00979, Puerto Rico
  • 5. El Batey

    This legendary dive bar won't win any prizes for decor, but it has an irresistibly artsy and welcoming vibe. Add your own message to the graffiti-covered walls—they have a "B.Y.O.S." policy (Bring Your Own Sharpie)—or hang your business card alongside the hundreds that cover the light fixtures. The jukebox has the best selection of oldies in town, and locals crowd the back room for billiards.

    101 Calle Cristo, 00901, Puerto Rico
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  • 6. El Vino Crudo

    Tucked away in an alleyway off Calle Fortaleza, Old San Juan's newest bar pays tribute to a world selection of natural wines. The lovely owners, an expat husband-and-wife team from New York, passionately serve their carefully curated wines that are farmed organically or biodynamically. It's a great place to start your night or end with a nightcap in a romantic setting. Pop-ups by local chefs are hosted monthly.

    320 Fortaleza St., 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 7. Esquina el Watusi


    For a non-touristy experience, head to this lively dive bar in the heart of Santurce, and order a Medalla or a rum drink with fresh juice. There's often live music being played on the street to a packed house. Be sure to take in the incredible street art on a stroll through the area.

    801 Calle Elisa Cerra, San Juan, n/a Puerto Rico, 00907, Puerto Rico
  • 8. Junglebird


    Run by the same guys as La Factoría in Old San Juan, this tropical tiki bar is steps from La Placita. Although it has a charming patio, its dark, cozy interior is a pleasant respite from the busy marketplace, and the bar food is excellent, with a rotating, seasonal menu.

    254 Calle Canals, San Juan, n/a Puerto Rico, 00907, Puerto Rico
  • 9. KUMO

    On the roof of Aire de O:live, this sexy, bohemian spot offers some of Isla Verde's best ocean views. The Japanese-inspired menu offers creative sushi rolls, charcoal-grilled skewers, sakanas (Japanese snacks served with sake), and a selection of excellent cocktails.

    2 Calle Tartak, 00979, Puerto Rico
  • 10. La Penúltima


    After a night of drinking at La Placita, head to hipster favorite, La Penúltima, for a nightcap (perhaps a carbonated Negroni) and fantastic late-night bites!

    1359 Av. Ponce de León, San Juan, n/a Puerto Rico, 00907, Puerto Rico
  • 11. La Taberna Lúpulo

    If you love beer, don't leave Puerto Rico without visiting Lúpulo. At the island's largest craft beer bar you'll find over 25 varieties on tap and more than 100 bottles of the finest European and American brews. This casual hipster bar is open late and a great option for night bites.

    151 Calle San Sebastián, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 12. La Verguenza

    This lively, three-story bar has spectacular views of La Perla and the Atlantic. On weekends, it's popular with locals (be prepared to wait in line) who come to sip flavored mojitos, local beer, or rum with fresh juice. In addition to limited seating on the second and third floors, there are some outdoor tables across the street. On Sunday, there's live music in the adjacent alleyway (Callejón de la Tanca). The bar has a second San Juan location, across the street from La Concha hotel.

    280 Calle Norzagaray, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 13. Oasis

    This gay-friendly bar is just steps from Condado beach.

    6 Av. Condado, San Juan, n/a Puerto Rico, 00907, Puerto Rico
  • 14. Scryer Rum

    Scryer Rum is a small-batch, premium spirit that's distilled in Barbados and aged on-site in Old San Juan. The first floor is home to the finishing casks and a beautiful bar that evokes the Roaring '20s. The second floor has a small lounge, and the spacious rooftop overlooks the street. Tours are available by reservation.

    259 Calle Tetuan, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 15. Señor Frog's

    Latin America's answer to the Hard Rock Cafe, Señor Frog's attracts both hard-partying tourists and the cruise-ship crowd—no surprise, as it's located directly in front of the dock. (Look for the giant inflatable frog.) The just-okay menu is a nod to Mexico, with south-of-the-border favorites like nachos and quesadillas. When it comes to drinks, expect quantity over quality; their signature is the Yard, a tall plastic cup filled with your favorite adult beverage. There's often live music, a ladies' night, or other special events.

    102 Calle Marina, 00901, Puerto Rico

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