The best clubs and bars in Costa Rica to party "tafies" in 2020.

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:

1. Club Vertigo :

Located on Calle 38, Merced, San José, 10102, Costa Rica

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):

  1. Underground House Music (Saturdays)

  2. Hip-Hop y Reggae (Fridays)

  3. 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

2. El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte

Located in 100 south and 100 east of the Atlantic Station. Avenida 1 San José, Costa Rica

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:

  1. Calypso

  2. Salsa

  3. Reggae

  4. Rock

  5. Reggaetón

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

3. XCape

Ubicado en De la Municipalidad de Montes de Oca 200 este y 25 Norte. San Pedro De Montes De Oca, San Jose, Costa Rica

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:

  1. Reggaeton

  2. Electronic

  3. Latin

  4. Charanga (which in Costa Rica means the set of music that is popular at the moment)

  5. Pop

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

  • Sunday: Closed

-Phone Number: +506 2234 5800

4. Frat House:

Located in San Pedro De Montes De Oca, San Jose, Costa Rica

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:

  1. Reggaeton

  2. Electronic

  3. Latin

  4. Charanga (which in Costa Rica means the set of music that is popular at the moment)

  5. Pop

The times in which Frat House generally opens its doors to the public are the following:

  • Monday: Closed

  • Tuesday: Closed

  • Wednesday: Closed

  • Thursday: 2 pm - 2 am

  • Friday: 8 pm -2 am

  • Saturday: 8 pm - 2am

  • Sunday: Closed