As far as nightlife and parties are concerned, Costa Rica has many options to offer to young people and the not so young. From clubs and bars with a more relaxed atmosphere to others where dancing and drinking beers and shots until late in the morning is the way to go, the alternatives are many, so it can be overwhelming for the foreigner or the Costa Rican who have no idea to where to go or what to do to enjoy partying in Costa Rica. The word "tafies" is a reference to party and comes from mixing the syllables (fies-ta).
The following clubs and bars are the biggest and most important in the country, so you can be certain that if you visit any of these you will have a great time, so the party and good events and activities are guaranteed. Below is a list of the best bars and clubs in Costa Rica in no particular order of importance:
Club Vertigo is without a doubt a place where the party is the main thing. Vertigo has hosted the best parties in Costa Rica along with the best DJs including Deep Dish, Danny Tenaglia, Lee Burridge, Hernan Cattaneo, among other great artists, as well as being named in important electronic and dance music magazines such as BPM and Club World. On the other hand, Club Vertigo has one of the best sound and acoustic systems in the country, produced by Gary Stewart Audio.
Among the varieties of music that can be heard in this club are (although depending on activities and events of great demand the days and the genre of music may vary):
Underground House Music (Saturdays)
Hip-Hop y Reggae (Fridays)
Deep House (Thursdays)
In most cases, women enter for free before a certain time (usually before midnight), and the value of the cover is ₡ 3,000 which is equivalent to just over $ 5 (this value is determined by the event or activity, but usually the values are close to the one mentioned) and can reach up to ₡ 20,000 that equals a little more than $ 35 for the most exclusive events. An event that is very popular at this club is the one called "Nocturnal", which consists of several high-caliber DJs that generate a unique environment through techno, house and electronic music.
The schedule is from Friday to Sunday from 10 pm until 6 am, the other days it is closed (although depending on the event this can vary widely).
-Phone Number: +506 2257 8424 and its official website is vertigocr.com
El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte is a place where young people and people with a little more age can have a good time because it has very varied music and it is also an establishment where the food is spectacular and a great selection of many different drinks. The most recommended days to go here are on weekends and especially on Mondays. Women usually enter for free before a certain time, so it is important to be aware of the events that are posted on different social networks. Cover prices vary between ₡ 4,000 for regular events which are just over $ 7 (although in special events may vary).
Among the music that can be enjoyed here are:
The schedules of the Boca del Monte Barracks are the following (schedules may vary depending on the event or season, so it is recommended to call or send an email):
Tuesday to Thursday: 11 am - 2 pm and from 6 pm - 12 am
Friday to Saturday: 11 am - 2 pm and from 6 pm - 1:30 am
Sunday: 6 pm - 12 am
Monday: 11 am - 2 pm and from 6 pm - 12 am
-Phone Number : +506 2221 0327
Xcape is located in the famous "Calle de la Amargura" (also called only as "La Calle" by the locals), which is a famous site located in San Pedro de Montes de Oca (place famous for its activities and university events and concentration of many party bars for young people of which we mention several on this list such as Xcape, Terra U, Caccio´s, Frat House, Einstein Bar).
"La Calle" is also famous for its food venues, where you can enjoy a delicious "Monster Pizza" pizza, "street food - gourmet" potato-based food in "Papata", a combination of "street food" meals and traditional Costa Ricans like "casados" in restaurants like "PyP", "La Lonchera Fusión", "Omar Khayyam", "Café Graffiti", "NutriClub", "Aroma y Sabor", "Plaza Chou".
The geographical location is from the University of Costa Rica Rodrigo Facio Headquarters in front of the Carlos Monge Alfaro Library to the side of the "Exce Color" establishment, below a photo to illustrate the above:
The music that can be enjoyed in Xcape is very varied:
Charanga (which in Costa Rica means the set of music that is popular at the moment)
The hours in which the XCape bar is open are the following (because this bar is in the section of the so-called Calle de la Amargura then it is subject to many activities and schedule changes by university events of both public universities and private). Keep in mind that the schedule may have changed so it is recommended to contact either by phone or by email.
Monday: 11 am - 2 am
Tuesday: 11 am - 2 am
Wednesday: 11 am - 2 am
Thursday: 11 am - 2 am
Friday: 11 am - 2 am
Saturday: 11 am - 2 am
-Phone Number: +506 2234 5800
4. Frat House:
The bars located in La Calle de la Amargura are of a very similar style (others such as Caccio's, Karaoke 88, Reventados Bar and Fito's Bar are in a slightly quieter and more relaxed atmosphere, where you can comfortably eat excellent dishes at a comfortable price because of the student zone in which it is located). Usually, this bar offers "open bar" to women and also free cover before a certain time.
As for the entrance or cover it is very common that they are less than ₡ 4,000 for regular events or what is its equivalent in a little more than $ 7 (although for special events they can vary), even in certain occasions you should not pay entrance for when there are no important events that day. Of course, drinks and cocktails are (like most bars and clubs in Costa Rica) excellent, so alcoholic drinks at the Costa Rican parties cannot be missed. The music you can enjoy in this bar is:
Charanga (which in Costa Rica means the set of music that is popular at the moment)
The times in which Frat House generally opens its doors to the public are the following:
Thursday: 2 pm - 2 am
Friday: 8 pm -2 am
Saturday: 8 pm - 2am
-Phone Number: +506 7018 4664
-Messenger: Link here
It is important to remember that previous schedules may be subject to change depending on various university activities, or by simple staff decision. It should be noted that generally on Thursday, they are the busiest for Costa Rican and foreign youth who wish to party in the area of La Calle de la Amargura, so if you are looking for what to do or where to go in Costa Rica, Thursdays are the best days. You can see events like the ones Frat House offers or the other bars and clubs of this listing in Tafies for much more information and the best party events.
5. Terra U:
Terra U is known for its party atmosphere, drinks, and beers at a very good price and in addition to the good meals that can be found here. The establishment has 4 levels, so it houses a large number of people and there are different musical environments, wherein one sector you can listen to Reggaetón ("intense perreo") and in another sector good Reggae music. You can make reservations for the many tables that are enabled inside the bar at a very good price.
Among the types of music you can listen to at the bar are:
Among many other styles...
In Terra U you can find a great variety of national beers, cocktails and alcoholic beverages at a very good price (Mondays are special as prices fall compared to other days). As for the price of the cover, women usually enter for free before a certain time and men with a price usually less than ₡ 4,000 for regular events or what is the equivalent of just over $ 7 (although for special events they may vary), even on certain occasions you should not pay admission for when there are no important events that day. If you do not know what to do or where to go in San José to celebrate and party then Terra U is a recommended place.
The usual schedule of Terra U is as follows (although it may be subject to changes due to different events or important university activities):
Monday: 10:30 am - 2:30 am
Tuesday: 10:30 am - 2:30 am
Wednesday: 10:30 am - 2:30 am
Thursday: 10:30 am - 2:30 am
Friday: 10:30 am - 2:30 am
Saturday: 10:30 am - 2:30 am
Sunday: 3pm - 2:30 am
-Phone Number : +506 2283 7728
Antik has a particularity and is that it is quite spacious, so it has different musical environments to enjoy. For one sector you can enjoy electronic music, house, deep house, techno, and its other variants; For another sector, you can enjoy a little more lively music such as reggaeton, salsa, hip hop, and many other musical types, so in Antik, you can be sure that there will be a type of music and atmosphere so you can have a good time.
In addition to the events and activities carried out by Antik, the meals and drinks are spectacular, and although the price is a little higher than in the other bars and clubs on this list, the quality is much better. Drinks such as "chiliguaros" and different types of national beers are on the list of Antik to offer its customers. It also has its own parking and you can make reservations for tables in the food area at a good price.
Admission for women is usually free before the time they indicate and for men usually value around ₡ 4,000 for regular events or equivalent to just over $ 7 (although special events may vary). Some days it is not necessary to pay admission. Antik is recommended by Tafies not only for their events but for their meals, so even if you don't want to party, you can eat some delicious snacks that you will surely like.
Among the music you can listen to in Antik is the following :
The times in which Antik is usually open to the public are the following (it should be taken into account that the schedules may vary for different events, parties or activities outside the commons of the establishment, it is suggested to call or consult any of the media provided in this blog about Antik).
Friday: 11:30 am - 3 pm and 9pm - 6 am
Saturday: 9 pm - 6 am
-Phone Number: +506 7204 9909
-Official Web Site: http://www.antik.cr
The Mercado La California (also known as "El Mercadito") is a different concept than the bars and clubs on this list because it has a much stronger gastronomic (food and beverage) approach. They have an elegant modern urban concept, located in the capital of the country. There are different gastronomic kiosks of very high level, good mixology, craft, and national beers as well as many other alcoholic beverages According to their Official Facebook page they are described as:
"Mercado La California, an entertainment space in downtown San José, where gastronomic flavors are combined with the best of mixology"
However, although gastronomy and mixology are involved in the La California Market, dancing and partying is not lower than the clubs and bars on the list. You will dance and dance until late at night because of the great variety of music and great party atmosphere that you can listen to at the La California Market. Usually, women enter for free and men must pay around ₡ 3,000 which is a little more of $ 5 for the usual events, and even on some occasions, you don't have to pay admission. If there is a special event, the price will tend to rise a little more, but always in an acceptable range.
Within the music that you can enjoy in "El Mercadito" is:
The schedules in which the Mercado La California is open to the public are the following (it is clear that it is subject to changes of events, activities or parties out of the ordinary, so it is encouraged to contact the different means that are left in this post from Mercado La California):
Thursday: 9 pm - 3:30 am
Friday: 6 pm - 3:30 am
Saturday: 6 pm - 3:30 am
Sunday: 4 pm - 1:30 am
-Phone Number: +506 6090 6425
If you wish to make reservations or have any questions, do not hesitate to use the contact information provided above.
8. La Concha de la Lora:
La Concha de la Lora is an emblematic and one of the most important bars around the area called "La California" or popularly known as "La Cali", where mostly young people dance, drink alcoholic beverages such as beers, shots of some kind, there is music for all tastes and is connected to another establishment that achieves this list such as "The Mercado La California", so you can enjoy both environments at the same time, on the one hand, the good meals and drinks and on the other hand the dance and intense party offered by "La Concha de la Lora". As for the price of the cover is varied and there are even days where there is no price for the entrance cover, but generally, for women the entrance is free before a certain time or the same cover for men with a usual price of ₡ 3 000 which is a little more than $ 5 (depending on the event and the artists performing the price may vary).
The types of music you can enjoy at this establishment are:
9. El Observatorio:
"El Observatorio" is a bar different from those on this list because it has a different party style. El Observatorio is characterized by live music (covers and original songs) of world-renowned national and international artists, and for what is most famous, its Stand Up Comedy shows, where you will surely have an excellent time because laughter is the only remedy for any problem without side effects. Usually, the Stand Up Comedies are starred in the famous "Comedy League" ("La Liga de la Comedia"), which are characterized by top-level shows and guaranteed fun. The establishment is quite crowded so it is recommended to book in advance, especially if you go with your friends or partner.
Among the great variety of music that you can listen to at the Observatory are Rock covers in both English and Spanish (Queen, Led Zeppelin, Evolution), covers of Pop, Trova, Latin music and original music, as well as excellent gourmet food. It is recommended to order the pizza, as it is one of the best you can find in the country. Below photos of evidence of the culinary level of The Observatory:
The schedule at which El Observatorio is usually open is as follows (the schedule may vary by event, parties or extra-ordinary activities that the Observatory wishes to perform, so it is recommended to contact them directly)
Thursday: 6 pm - 1 am
Friday: 6 pm - 2 am
Saturday: 6 pm - 2 am
-Phone Number: +506 2223 0725
-Official Website: http://www.elobservatorio.tv
10. La Rumba Disco Club:
Continuing with the list is the club "La Rumba Disco" which is characterized by being the best place for Latin dance music in Costa Rica. It is one of the largest Latin American dance clubs in Costa Rica. It has a large space, parking, and an excellent sound system. It has capacity for more than 1300 people, has chairs and tables in addition to a food area service, parking for 350 vehicles, giant screen with LED technology, sound and light system, DJs and VJs professionals, stage and podium and many other features that will make you have a Latin party as it should be.
Among the music you can enjoy at La Rumba Disco Club is the following:
Rumba Disco Club is for people who know how to dance and who enjoy Latin music and atmosphere, so if you are in Costa Rica, you have to come to Rumba Disco Club.
The schedule in which Rumba Disco Club generally opens its doors to the public is the following (remember that depending on the activities carried out the schedules may vary):
Friday: 7 pm - 2 am
Saturday: 7 pm - 2 am
-Phone Number: +506 2239 8686
-Official Website: http://www.larumba.cr