Top Choice Theater in San José

Teatro Nacional

Costa Rica’s most important theater stages plays, dance, opera, symphony, Latin American music and other major events. The main season runs from March to November, but there are performances throughout the year.
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El Lobo Estepario

This artsy dive attracts some of the top local talent for live music gigs.
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Casino Club Colonial

San José’s most elegant casino.
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El Sótano

One of Chepe's most atmospheric nightspots, Sótano is named for its cellar jazz club, where people crowd in for frequent performances including intimate Tuesday jam sessions. Upstairs, a cluster of elegant high-ceil…
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Jazz Café

This intimate San Pedro venue presents a different band every night. Countless performers have taken to the stage here, including legendary Cuban bandleader Chucho Valdés and Colombian pop star Juanes. Its sister cl…
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Tsunami Sushi

The bar gets packed here on Saturday nights, when reggae artists and DJs take the stage. Patrons also feast on sushi rolls and down manguaro shots (the sugar cane liquor guaro with mango).
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Arenas Skate Park

On Friday and Saturday nights, punk shows are all the rage at this skate park in Barrio Soledad.
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This Argentine-owned restaurant is a popular spot for dinner and drinks by candlelight (Grandma's pork gets rave reviews). But things really pick up after dark on Thursday, when a local punk-rock-ska cover band take…
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El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte

This atmospheric old Barrio La California bar has long drawn cheek-by-jowl crowds for live bands. Friday is a good night to visit, as is Monday, when women get free admission and the band cranks out a crazy mix of c…
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Jazz Café Escazú

Find a little aural satisfaction at the Jazz Café, the sister club of the San Pedro standard-bearer. The calendar features a mix of local and international bands. If you’re coming from San José, take the exit immedi…