5 hottest bars in Costa Rica
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
Castro’s Bar and Disco
Classically Costa Rican
With its main dance floor and quiet corners, Castro’s is a brilliant bar for drinking and dancing. Music varies throughout the night from salsa and merengue to reggae and electro trance, while the top floor is home to a cheeky karaoke spot. Special offers on drinks, a friendly feel and the chance to party til 6am make this one of San Jose’s show-stealing hangouts.
Barrio Mexico 200 Oeste del Cuerpo de Bomberos, San Jose, Costa Rica
Tel: 506 2256 8789
Best beach bar
This well-known beach hut is a surfer hotel, seaside restaurant and trendy night spot all under one roof. Set right on the sand in the relaxed town of Dominical, it’s a favourite spot for surfers to snack during the day, while locals and tourists alike flock in at sunset to watch the waves roll in. The well-stocked bar offers everything from cold beer to cocktails and is perfect for people-watching – the ideal holiday hangout.
Tortilla Flats Hotel, Playa Dominical, Dominical
Tel: 506 2787 0033 www.tortillaflatsdominical.com
Tel: 506 2777 3378 www.costaverde.com/avion01.htm
Sunset in a quirky setting
Set on the edge of the hillside in Manuel Antonio with breath-taking views of the sea and surrounding forests, El Avion is a bar and restaurant housed in an old army transport plane. A tourist hangout with a cool side, you’d think the plane had crash-landed in to the hill but in fact it’s just a great place to snack on guacamole and down a chilled beer while watching the Pacific sun set. Live music performances add to the atmosphere in this intriguing venue.
Calle Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park
Tel: 506 2224 3261 www.caccios.com
Local beer and live rock
Cold beer, crispy pizza and cool rock music – that just about sums up a night out at Caccio’s. Set amidst the bustle of San Pedro, this is the city’s number one spot for a chilled pint and declares itself the home of Olaffo (Costa Rica’s native beer) as well as importing favourites like Leffe. Arrive early at weekends when it gets crowded quickly – this is a great place for a quick beer or a night of drinking with a rocking backdrop.
Caccio's San Pedro, Norte de la Fuji de San Pedro, Calle de la Amargura
Famous as one of the best bars in Costa Rica – and Latin America – the Beatle Bar is the place for a party in exciting surroundings. The American management have secured unmissable music, attentive staff and fantastic food seven nights a week, while the light show and sound system add to the energy of this lively venue. With its great location near Jaco Beach, it’s also the ideal spot to watch big sporting events on the four large plasma TVs.
One block from Playa Jaco, Jaco