People having fun and dancing at a club

If you love to dance, then you'll have a good time in Puerto Rico.

Where to Go Out Dancing in San Juan

Don't forget to pack your dancing shoes when traveling to Puerto Rico. 

Salsa, merengue, hip hop, reggaetón, house, plena, bomba... go out any night of the week and you'll find somewhere to dance in San Juan.

It's no secret that Puerto Ricans love to dance (and are very good at it). In San Juan, there are dozens of different venues where you can go out and dance the night away. Salsa and other Latin styles of music are ubiquitous, as well as the more traditional plena and bomba. Some places even offer free classes on certain nights.

But if that's not your style, there's something out there for you, too: Hip hop, house, techno, rock, whatever you're in the mood for you'll probably find a place around San Juan that's playing your tune.

Here are a few places to keep on your radar, if you want a night of dancing.

A woman dancing at Aguardiente in Santurce.

Every night is ladies' night at Aguardiente in Santurce. 

Aguardiente

204 Calle Canals, Santurce

At Aguardiente every night is Ladies’ Night, and after 8 p.m. girls get free sangria until midnight. This is the place that makes you stay out too late dancing and drinking, jamming to live music in La Placita in the heart of Santurce. This is not the place you go to for a chill night. This is where you go for a party and to dance until dawn.

A group of people dancing at Taberna Los Vázquez

Enjoy live Salsa music and dancing at Taberna Los Vázquez.

Taberna Los Vázquez

1348 Calle Orbeta, Santurce

From Friday to Sunday there's live salsa music and dancing at Taberna Los Vázquez. Actually, almost every day of the week there's dancing at this laid-back bar on the fringes of La Placita. Also, Wednesdays and Thursdays are karaoke nights!

A bartender serves a Pina Colada at Shing-A-Ling, the innermost bar or La Factoría. 

A bartender serves a Pina Colada at Shing-A-Ling, the innermost bar or La Factoría

Shing-A-Ling

Inside La Factoría, 148 Calle San Sebastián, Old San Juan

The innermost bar of La Factoría is a popular spot among locals and visitors who are thirsty for salsa dancing. Need a break? Step out to Vino or the front bar for a breather. And because you're in one of the top 50 bars in the world, you know the drinks are going to be great.

Industry Club/Bar

Calle Loíza 1760, San Juan

At Industry Club/Bar lose yourself in the intense sound of house, techno, breakbeats, hip hop, reggaetón, Latin trap, and more. Local DJs man the tables each night, except Wednesdays which are reserved for Latin Lovers, with salsa and Latin music taking over the club. There are two rooms with different line ups and the cover charge ranges from $5 to free.

La Terraza de Bonanza

Ave. Eduardo Conde 1751 Pda 25, Santurce

If you want an authentic experience swing by La Terraza de Bonanza on a Monday night for some live bomba and plena music. These are two styles of traditional Puerto Rican music with a driving drum beat and intricate dance moves. Let the experts show you how it's done while you enjoy the unstoppable rhythm chased with a cold beer and some fried appetizers to share.

La Vergüenza Puertorrican Chinchorro

Calle Tanca, Old San Juan

During most of the week La Vergüenza Puertorrican Chinchorro is just a regular bar but on Sundays the drums come out and people dance bomba, plena, and rumba on the street. On Fridays a DJ plays Latin music and for special events they'll bring live bands to get the party started properly.

People walk outside Piso Viejo at Calle Loíza

Put to practice what you learn right after a salsa lesson at Piso Viejo. 

Piso Viejo

1917 Calle Loíza Local 2, San Juan

For some midweek relief head to Piso Viejo on Calle Loíza. Jukebox Wednesdays feature hits from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s through Bad Bunny — with an accompanying happy hour. Thursdays are Salsa Nights and along with a live orchestra they also offer free salsa dancing lessons. Occasionally there will be a Dirty Friday with DJs laying down some sexy beats.

People enjoying a drink and music at La Respuesta

Dance the night away at La Respuesta in Santurce. 

La Respuesta

1600 Fernández Juncos Ave, Santurce

Mondays at La Respuesta are for hip hop, soul, R&B, and dancehall with plenty of room to show off your moves. Weekend events can include DJ sets, MCs, indie rock bands, and the occasional Latin music group. Whatever your taste, you can find a day of the week where it'll be playing at La Respuesta.

El Boricua

5 Calle Saldaña, Rio Piedras

At El Boricua you can come to dance salsa to a live set, listen to eclectic indie bands fusing Caribbean, Latin and American genres, relax to some local jazz ensembles, or party out to plena and rumba. This is where locals have come to hang out and dance to live music since 1979.

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