When it comes to nightlife, Puerto Rico reigns supreme.
After dark, restaurants transform into dance clubs and streets become buzzing block parties.
Having moved to the island at the age of twenty-two, Puerto Rico is the backdrop for all my favorite memories of evenings out with friends.
In this article, I will share the best areas for nightlife in Puerto Rico:
A night out in Old San Juan is a unique experience.
For the best collection of bars head to San Sebastian Street. You can easily spend an entire evening making your way down the cobblestone road, surrounded by colorful architecture.
La Factoría, one of the most famous bars on the island, is actually six bars in one. You’ll make your way through secret passages, discovering craft cocktails and dance floors.
You must be 23 years of age to enter, making La Factoría a great option if you want to avoid the rambunctious younger crowd.
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La Taberna Lúpulo, with 50 taps, is the best spot for the beer enthusiast. Lúpulo’s is a casual bar with a funky atmosphere.
The Cannon Club is perfect for a sophisticated evening listening to piano music.
You can sit indoors, surrounded by authentic artwork, but Cannon Club offers my favorite outdoor seating in Old San Juan. Say hello to Rembrandt, one of the resident parrots. Check the schedule on Cannon Club’s website for live music hours.
Below is a video of Old San Juan at night:
El Cafetín is my recommendation for cheap tasty drinks.
The prices are unbeatable, and you can try a variety of house “chichaito” shots, made from Anisette liqueur and rum while playing a game of dominoes.
Below is a Google map that shows the location my recommendations in Old San Juan:
La Placita is the best nightlife area for anyone whose idea of fun is dancing through the night.
The area contains a collection of bars and clubs and becomes one giant party after dark.
There are so many club options you can’t possibly visit them all in one night. One of my favorites is TŪLŪM, which has a large dance floor that is never empty.
Below is a video of La Placita at night:
If you want to check out La Placita but prefer to ease into it with some more lowkey options, check out JungleBird or La Penúltima.
JungleBird is an atmospheric tiki bar with amazing tropical-themed cocktails.
La Penúltima is a great place to either start or end the night with interesting cocktails, great food, and good vibes all around.
Below is a Google map that shows the location of my recommendations at La Placita:
Lote 23, located in Santurce, is a collection of trendy outdoor kiosks.
Lote 23 is the perfect location for large groups. Everyone can order from their preferred stalls, then sit together at a picnic table.
At night, the Lote 23 stage often hosts local entertainment, making it a popular casual hangout spot.
Below is a video of Lote 23 at night:
Lote 23 is a 12-minute walk or a quick Uber ride to La Placita.
Below is a Google map that shows the location of Lote 23:
Calle Loiza is lined with a variety of bars and restaurants.
The popular street is located in the art district and has a hipster feel. The neighborhood is less touristy than the surrounding areas of Condado and Isla Verde.
One of Calle Loiza’s most visited bars is El Tap.
As its name might suggest, El Tap has 46 taps of beer. It also serves wine and sangria for the non-beer drinker.
Below is a video of Calle Loiza at night:
If you’re looking for a party, El Treehouse is an action-packed dance club open Thursday – Sunday nights.
Finding street parking on Loiza can be tricky, so I recommend calling for an Uber.
Below is a Google map that shows the location my recommendations at Calle Loiza:
The Condado Beach area is full of prime nightlife spots, especially along Ashford Avenue.
Ashford Ave is home to several 4-star and 5-star seaside resorts, including La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort.
On the weekends, the lobby bar is packed with hotel patrons as well as visitors looking for a good place to pop in for a drink.
Also located at La Concha is Casino del Mar, a small venue with a great selection of games, including roulette, Blackjack, poker, craps, and slots.
For beachfront drinks and dining, head to Wicked Lily.
Below is a video of Condado at night:
For another beachside option, check out La Marqueta.
La Marqueta is an outdoor space with multiple bars and dining options. The seating area is covered, so even if the weather turns bad, you can still enjoy your evening at La Marqueta. A paid parking lot is available to the right of the entrance to La Marqueta.
Below is a Google map that shows the location of my recommendations at the Condado Beach area:
T-Mobile District promises an exciting family-friendly experience.
There are ten restaurants and bars, including La Central by Mario Pagán, with fine Puerto Rican cuisine and a Cigar Room.
There are also more casual options like Arena Medalla Sports Restaurant, lined with big-screen TVs and games like pool and darts.
Restaurant reservations aren’t required but are recommended to avoid long wait times.
In the center of the T-Mobile District are an outdoor stage and viewing area for live entertainment, a Caribbean Cinemas VIP movie theater, and the Coca-Cola Music Hall.
Check out the Coca-Cola Music Hall website for upcoming events.
Below is a video of T-Mobile District at night:
Also located in the T-Mobile District is Toroverde Urban Park, perfect for kids and fun-loving adults.
Toroverde offers urban zipline tours that provide an aerial view of the T-Mobile District. Their other attractions include a ropes course, rock climbing, and a smaller Dave & Buster’s style arcade.
Multiple large paid parking lots are available onsite. Uber can also drop off at the entrance to T-Mobile District.
Below is a Google map that shows the location of the T-Mobile District:
Isla Verde Avenue is lined with beachfront condominiums and resorts, making it a popular location for visitors.
If you’re looking for a relaxing place to enjoy good food and drinks with a view of the beach, El Alambique Beach Lounge is it.
Alambique is usually busy in the evenings, especially on weekends. If you end up on the waitlist, you can relax on the beach until a table opens up.
Club Brava at the Fairmont El San Juan Hotel is the hottest dance scene in Isla Verde.
Access for hotel guests is free, but everyone else must pay a cover charge. Be sure to check out the dress code on their website.
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Just 5-10 minutes down the road on Carolina Beach is Ocean Lab Brewing Co. From their open-air upstairs taproom, you can order tasty bar food and a flight of their beers on tap.
Ocean Lab is located alongside Vivo Beach Club, which occasionally hosts live musical performances. Check the Vivo Beach Club website for their events schedule.
Below is a Google map that shows the location of my recommendations for Isla Verde:
The west coast of Puerto Rico is significantly more laid back than the metro area around San Juan, but nights here are still lively.
Crash Boat Beach in Aguadilla is an excellent place to spend the day, and from there, you can walk to Cocolaba Beach Bar, located in the parking lot of the public beach area. Outdoor patio seating delivers a laid-back island ambiance.
Check Cocolaba Beach Bar’s Instagram page for their live music schedule.
Thirty minutes south of Crash Boat, one of the best things to do at night on the west coast is the Rincón Art Walk.
It takes place on Thursday evenings. Bars and restaurants in the plaza open their doors and artisans from all over display their work. There is frequently live music.
Don’t miss the sunset from The Beach House restaurant. They serve freshly caught seafood from the nearby harbor and often host live music.
Check out the Rincón Art Walk in the video below:
For an entirely different form of nightlife, try a bioluminescent bay kayaking tour.
Below is a video of a Laguna Grande night kayaking tour:
Check out the article Bioluminescent Bays Puerto Rico – All You Need To Know for more information on Puerto Rico’s Bio Bays.
Below is a Google map that shows the location of Laguna Grande Bio Bay:
Yes, Puerto Rico offers an energetic nightlife experience, especially in the San Juan area.
Yes, San Juan is a city that knows how to party. For the best barhopping, head to Old San Juan. For dancing, you can’t beat La Placita de Santurce.
The drinking age in Puerto Rico is 18, and you can enter most nightclubs if you are 18 or older. However, some clubs, like La Factoría in Old San Juan, have higher age requirements (23+).
Ocean Park Beach is perfect for a spontaneous beach party. It is a popular beach volleyball location and is large enough to accommodate its constant slew of visitors.
In this article, I covered the best places to go out at night.
If you have only one night to live it up, I recommend working your way through the bars in Old San Juan.
If you are determined to dance until your soles fall off, you belong at La Placita.
For a family-friendly night out, head to the T-Mobile District for dinner, drinks and plenty of entertainment.
No matter where you are on the island, you’re bound to find a party nearby.
Keep in mind, in Puerto Rico, nightlife amps up a little later than stateside and beats on well into the early morning. So it doesn’t hurt to prepare with a daytime nap under the shade of a beach umbrella.
If you’re looking for places to eat during your night out, check out our article where we cover the 35 Best Restaurants in Puerto Rico.
Writer at PuertoRico.com. After graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, I was stationed on a patrol boat in Puerto Rico. I responded to Hurricane Irma and Maria, delivering relief supplies. Then, I worked as an Emergency Management Specialist, coordinating with local partners to develop contingency exercises. Now, I spend my time in Puerto Rico with my husband and two dogs, exploring the island and finding all the best things to do, which I share in my articles!About the author