***Nightlife and San Juan – the words combine to create images of potent rum drinks, hot Latin salsa and nights than don’t end until the morning.***
San Juan Niightlife Tips
• Many of the city’s best bars and liveliest establishments are along two streets in Old San Juan.
• Stylish dress is recommended, though San Sebastian Street is more casual.
• The mojito is the speciality drink of San Juan and bartenders take the time to make them fresh.
• US Currency is accepted and most bars take credit cards.
• Have lots of cash on hand, especially for pubclubbing along Calle Forteleza, which can be expensive and moving from one bar to another is part of the party process.
• Bars, pubs and clubs are non-smoking, which is part of the reason people clog the narrow streets outside the venues.
• It’s not legal to have open containers of alcohol on the streets, though away from Calle Forteleza it seems to be accepted.
OLD SAN JUAN
*The Pubs* – On Calle San Sabastian
- Rumba “Rum Punch Bar”
- El Cafe Seda “Beer Bar”
- Nono’s Sports Bar
- Hijos de Boriquen, Calle San Jose at Calle San Sebastian
*The Clubs* – On Calle Forteleza
- Basiliko (a local favorite),
- Fratelli Lounge/Bar
- Pink Skirt (open ’til 6 AM)
- Barrachina (Original Pina Colada Bar), also has Flamenco music and dance 8pm-9pm Friday and Saturday nights
*Extras…* – On Calle Tetuan (by the taxi stand)
- The Brick House “the poor man’s club”
- The Colmbado Bar Moreno, reggaeton and cheap drinks
- Carli’s Cafe Concierto, live jazz and fine dining nightly Tuesday-Saturday, near the bay at the plaza of the Banco Popular building in Old San Juan, For information and reservations call 787 725-4927
ISLA VERDE-The strip where most of the tourists stay, just a mile from the airport. Most of places are on the main road.
- Monigan’s Irish Bar
- The Oyster Bar
- Club Brava/Ultra Lounge in El San Juan Hotel
- Picante, lobby bar and lounge at the Marriot Isla Verde, free Salsa lessons Thursday night 8pm-9pm, get there early