Top Choice Theater in San José

Teatro Nacional

Costa Rica’s most important theater stages plays, dance, opera, classical concerts, Latin American music and other major events. The main season runs from March to November, but there are performances throughout the…
Top Choice Live Performance in San José

Mundoloco El Chante

Grab a craft beer and some vegetarian grub, such as stuffed mushrooms, at this super-cute San Pedro restaurant and bar. Then head to the spacious and comfortable backroom for the entertainment, which rotates from st…
Stadium in San José

Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica

Costa Rica's graceful, modernist 35,000-seat national soccer stadium, constructed with funding from the Chinese government and opened in 2011, is the venue for international and national Division-1 fútbol (soccer) g…
Live Music in San José

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 jam sessions. Upstairs, a cluster of elegant high-ceilinged ro…
Live Music in San José

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…
Cinema in San José

Cine Magaly

Screens the latest releases in a large, recently renovated theater, along with independent films in English. The attached Kubrick Gastro Bar (noon-10pm Mon-Sat, from 1pm Sun) serves up delicious salads, pizza, desse…
Live Music in San José

8ctavo Rooftop

See and be seen at this swanky rooftop lounge, where international DJs regularly perform. If you want to show up early and dine first, this place is also a hit for the city views, the eclectic menu and the spicy coc…
Cinema in San José

Centro de Cine

This pink Victorian mansion houses the government-run film center and its vast archive of national and international flicks. Festivals, lectures and events are held here and in outside venues; check the website for …
Live Music in San José

El Lobo Estepario

This artsy, two-story dive serves up good vegetarian fare and attracts some of the top local talent for live music gigs. The ceiling is also a blackboard, filled nightly with messages and drawings of the patrons' ch…
Theater in San José

Teatro Melico Salazar

A restored 1920s theater with regular fine-arts performances, including music, theater, ballet and other forms of dance.