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.
Live Music in San José

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…
Casino in San José

Casino Club Colonial

San José’s most elegant casino.
Casino in San José

Casino del Rey

A jam-packed shocking-pink building offering everything from roulette to slot machines and what has to be the highest density of prostitutes in the city.
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…
Live Music in San José

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

El Lobo Estepario

This artsy dive attracts some of the top local talent for live music gigs.
Live Music in San José

Arenas Skate Park

On Friday and Saturday nights, punk shows are all the rage at this skate park in Barrio Soledad.
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 site for cur…