A bartender measures a pour of liqueur for a cocktail

Mixology in action at Gallo Negro. 

The Best Places to Find a Party in San Juan

Enjoy San Juan's vibrant nightlife.

Nightclubs with pulsing house music. Dive bars with karaoke and cheap beer. People dancing on the street as live drummers perform. There's something for everyone in the capital of Puerto Rico.

During the day, visit the forts in Old San Juan, bum around on the beach, hike in the rainforest —see and do everything you want. But leave some energy for later because it's going to be a long night. San Juan's party scene is nothing short of epic. Venues put on live shows, bands, artistic performances, DJs, happy hour specials, and more.

Every single night of the week and each night there's something different going on. This is your handy guide to figure out where to go during your visit to the island. You might need to keep working on the daytime itinerary, but you've got the nighttime covered.

People having fun at Sombrilla Rosa

Visit Sombrilla Rosa, one of the best dive bars in San Juan. 

Old San Juan

La Vergüenza Puertorrican Chinchorro

La Vergüenza Puertorrican Chinchorro is a three-story bar overlooking the ocean on the north side of Old San Juan featuring live DJs, bands, and plenty of drinks. Go on a Sunday when the drums come out and people dance bomba on the street.

La Factoría

Having three bars in one means more options. Hang out at the front bar for a more laid-back atmosphere, grab a bite and a cocktail at Vino, or go all the way through to Shing-A-Ling for live music, DJs and dancing. 

La Sombrilla Rosa

Cheap drinks and loud music, La Sombrilla Rosa is the perfect dive bar to begin or end your bar crawl along San Sebastián Street in Old San Juan.

Nightclubs

Club Brava

El San Juan Hotel, Isla Verde

This is where you go if you want a DJ blasting dance music and a mass of people moving as one. If this is your scene, get dressed up and get on the guest list at Brava.

Industry Club/Bar

San Juan

If you're looking for house and techno with some perreo and Latin trap in the mix (you're in Puerto Rico, after all) then hit up Industry Club/Bar at Calle Loíza. And for the Latin Lovers, there's Wednesday night salsa.

EPIC

San Juan

Epic is your first choice for electronic, house, and dance music. Every week there is a new DJ line up and monthly sponsored events making it a guaranteed party.

Toxic The Club (Scandalo)

San Juan 

An LGBTQ club, Toxic, has some of the best drag shows in San Juan! Come for the house and Latin music, stay for the strong drinks and shirtless bartenders.

A drink served at the bar in La Respuesta

Drink and dance the night away at La Respuesta. 

Music Venues

VIVO Beach Club

Carolina

VIVO Beach Club is a beachfront entertainment complex featuring music venues, convention center, restaurants and bars, and its own brewery. Day or night it's a unique place to go grab a beer, hit the beach, then catch a show once the sun goes down.

La Respuesta

Santurce

This independent music venue has nightly shows featuring local bands and DJs, also art exhibits and theatrical performances. The mix at La Respuesta is eclectic, from hip hop, soul, R&B, and dancehall to local indie rock and jazz, so check their social media for what's going on that night.

Club 77

San Juan

What are you looking for? Club 77 probably has it: local bands, DJs, drag shows, rock, punk, hip-hop, performance art... Check their social media to find out what's happening tonight.

Handlebar

San Juan

Handlebar is a motorcycle bar for hard rock fans. Classic rock cover bands play regularly as well as local indie bands. The drinks are strong, and the music is loud.

Local Scene

La Placita de Santurce

Santurce

For some dirty dancing head to La Placita where you'll find a plethora of bars and restaurants surrounding what during the day is a farmer's market but after sundown becomes the heart of Santurce's nightlife. Some popular venues include Aguardiente, Garabatos, Bar El Rubí, or just follow the sound of live music playing on the plaza.

El Local

Santurce

Every night there's something different going on at El Local: karaoke, movie screenings, DJ sets, live bands, late night after parties...

Esquina Watusi

San Juan

Fried food, cheap drinks, urban art, and plena music on Thursdays. Even the late Anthony Bourdain hung out at Watusi the last time he visited Puerto Rico.

El Boricua

Rio Piedras

This has been a favorite hangout for University of Puerto Rico students since 1979. El Boricua attracts a mixed crowd, though, thanks to the live music including salsa, jazz, DJs, and more.   

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