Old San Juan has the liveliest nightlife in Puerto Rico. As the sun goes down, listen for jazz and salsa music booming from bars and eateries along Calle San Sebastian, Calle de Cristo, and Calle Fortaleza. The better clubs are south of Fortaleza in an area known as SoFo. Plan to enjoy dinner at one of the nicer restaurants, then spend the rest of the evening hopping from place to place as the music draws you in.
Most places take credit cards but you should have some cash on hand for visiting small pubs and leaving tips.
Dress up a bit. Locals like to bring out all the bling, but you’ll get by being casually elegant or dressy casual. This means men don’t need a suit or tie, but no t-shirts, ball caps, shorts, sneakers, or flip flops. Women will be most appropriate in a sundress or skirt and fancy blouse. Pants are okay, but skip the jeans and be sure the top and jewelry are a little flashy.
All bars and restaurants are non-smoking, and it is against the law to carry an open container on the street.
Many of the nightclubs stay open until 3:00 or 4:00 am.
The legal drinking age is 18.
The unofficial national drink is rum specifically, Bacardi and Don Q.
On Sunday nights, kiosks along Paseo de la Princesa serve up great street food and local bands provide music for strolling and star gazing.
El Batey, a dive bar, 101 Calle de Cristo, (787) 723-7657
La Factoria, a mixology bar, 148 Calle San Sebastian, (787)-412-4251
The Mezzanine at St. Germain, a cocktail lounge on Calle Sol, (787)724-4657
Nuyorican, a nightclub on Calle San Francisco, (787) 977-1276
On most Sunday nights, kiosks along Paseo de la Princesa serve up great street food and local bands provide music for strolling and star gazing.