San José drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Brewery in San José

Costa Rica Craft Brewing

Just when everyone thought it would be Imperial versus Pilsen forever, this artisanal brew pub paved the way for craft beer in Costa Rica. The brewery's newer location in Brasil, a suburb of San José, offers tours a…
Top Choice Pub in San José


Two dozen-plus Costa Rican microbrews on tap and an appealing setting in a historic building create a convivial buzz at this pub half a block from Plaza España. Grab a pint of Pelona or Maldita Vida, Malinche or Chi…
Top Choice Club in San José


Chepe's oldest dance club, this classic Latin American disco in Barrio México draws crowds of locals and tourists to its large dance floor with a dependable mix of salsa, cumbia and merengue.
Brewery in San José


This Escalante pub attracts a mixed crowd of Ticos and Gringos who share an appreciation for craft brews and seriously delicious burgers (veggie included). The wide selection includes 27 craft beers on tap, includin…
Cocktail Bar in San José

Azotea Calle 7

Featuring stylish indoor and verdant outdoor spaces, along with a sweeping view of the city, this rooftop cocktail bar fills nightly with Hotel Presidente guests and well-heeled professionals. Great craft cocktails,…
Beer Garden in San José

Mercado La California

Inspired by Madrid's 'Mercado San Miguel,' El Mercadito (as the locals say) is a recent addition to the up-and-coming Barrio La California. The line regularly snakes down the block from the entrance to this nightlif…
Cocktail Bar in San José


This glitzy, recently established cocktail den in the historic Steinvorth Building is brought to you by the mixologist/chef team from Maza Bistro, and they nail it every time. Beverages are artfully concocted with r…
Club in San José


Set in a historic mansion that once belonged to a Venezuelan general, Antik offers a tri-level experience, with a basement catering to the EDM crowd, a main level pizza restaurant and an upper floor featuring Latin …
Bar in San José


If you’re drinking the night away with Ticos, you might find yourself here at 4am, clutching a cold one and professing your love for recent acquaintances. This venerable 24-hour soda doubles as one of Chepe's most a…
Club in San José

Club Vertigo

Located on the ground floor of the nondescript Centro Colón office tower, the city’s premier club packs in Chepe’s beautiful people with a mix of house, trance and electronica. Downstairs is an 850-person-capacity s…