For many people, traveling is incomplete without a little peek into the destination’s nightlife. Fortunately, Puerto Rico has it all—from hot dive to cool bars. When the heat gets to you, be sure to check out these bars:
A dive bar at its finest. Should you ever feel the need to immerse yourself in unpretentious cool, El Batey at 101 Cristo Street, Old San Juan is the place to go! With its graffiti-covered walls, an ancient jukebox, and enough non-conformist vibes sensually floating around, El Batey will get you in the perfect mood for living it up without the drama and attitude typical of most bars where some people go not to enjoy themselves, but rather to be seen.
At El Batey, the effect is just the opposite. You’re here to chug down drink after drink of ridiculously low-priced beer while gradually getting hyped up by what’s playing on the jukebox. The ultra-friendly bartender comes as a bonus.
Located at 104 Comercio Street, Old San Juan, behind the Sheraton Hotel, Señor Frog’s proudly (and justifiably!) states that if they’re open, it’s happy hour.
Longing for pumped up music with the beats of a live band ringing in your ears? Yes, this bar-cum-restaurant will instantly transport you to your college days when attendance at frat parties were all you practically lived for.
If you’re feeling experimental, be sure to check out the Froggi-tinis, the Bahama Mama, and the infamously named shots Red Headed Slut and Blowjob. Do this while appreciating the girls dancing on stage and promise yourself to come back to Puerto Rico again and again and again.
Listen to live salsa music, dance to it, grab some drinks, then dance some more! Who cares if you’ve got two left feet? No one! Everyone is simply having a great time at the Nuyorican Café located at 312 San Francisco St., Old San Juan, San Juan. And no worries if you’re not much into salsa. This nightlife also features hiphop and Latin jazz to get you in the party mood.
Come on weekends if you enjoy being in a crowd of happy partygoers. If you prefer more breathing space, you can come a bit early on weekdays (the salsa band plays on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and the weekends) and enjoy the improvisational comedy group first.
More than just a bar, more than just a club, more than just a watering hole, La Rumba is a floating nightclub! With its unique selling proposition of a party cruise on the bay, La Rumba is perfect for groups of tourists who want to dance to the trendiest music and enjoy the Bay’s stupendous lights show while availing of the full service bar.
La Rumba can be booked for private parties or group events. Just keep in mind that because it’s packaged as a cruise, children can be brought along.
Club Brava and Ultra Lounge
Want to dress and impress? Club Barva is perfect for showing off, specially if you’ve got the kind of physique that its patrons have. Club Brava, located at 6063 Isla Verde Avenue, Carolina, is the sophisticate’s ideal of energy and chill rolled into one. That’s because the club takes care of the high power dancing, while the lounge encourages the client to relax with other customers who are just as elegant as they are.