Sleep Inn Paseo Las Damas
Avenida 3 entre calles 9 y
Phone: (506) 25 216500
Avenida 3 entre calles 9 y 11 Frente al Parque Morazan, San Jose, CR
- Phone: (506) 25 216500
Bars & Cafes
This pleasant bar features live jazz and blues. However, there is no regular schedule, so if you want to be sure to see a performance you should telephone ahead. Even if you are not lucky enough to hear a band, this is a pleasant place to enjoy a few beers, with its vaguely bohemian atmosphere. This bar is a unique and interesting place to visit.
The main reason to come here is to use the internet, although you can also enjoy a good coffee and a range of snacks. Because the Internet is the way of keeping in touch these days, most travelers will want to send e-mails, read the news from their land of origin, or check out the entertainment possibilities in Costa Rica. Here, you will also find a wealth of information about things to see and do in San José.
As the night spreads its shroud and the explosion of the sunset's wildest colors start giving way to the blinking of the stars, many go home to rest. However, many others start a new life cycle: "Living La Vida Loca" (Living the crazy life). El Cuartel is the perfect place to do so. Here, people of all ages, colors and backgrounds gather to eat, drink, listen to the music, and make new friends. It has three different areas, including an art gallery, so you can "Live La Vida Loca" the way you like it best.
What used to be a disco like any other, gave way to this establishment for audiences that are more selective. Jazz, Trova, Pop and even Rave are programmed to satisfy such musical tastes. Darts, backgammon and chess are part of the experience, and if you want tropical music, Salsa 54 is one level down. On Wednesdays live Jazz performs on stage for lovers of this genre. If you have some old LPs, or would like to buy a few, the Acetates Club, which meets here on Thursday night, might be just for you.
Time has shaped La Esquina del Café into more than just a coffee shop. Located in downtown San José, La Esquina is also a small coffee academy, where specialists share their knowledge on coffee aroma, body and acidity, types of coffee and processing. You can experience first hand, the roasting procedure, and have coffee brewed, the Costa Rican way right at your table. The shop serves gourmet quality coffee and a mouth-watering list of sweet treats and snacks. Lunch and dinner are also served.
Gay or straight, so long as you are stylish, this is a great place to visit. There are various levels offering two dance floors, pool tables, a large video screen and, of course, a bar with a wide range of drinks. Enjoy the atmosphere and drink beer, wine or a cocktail between dances. There are nights with special themes; ask for more information.
This is a enormous venue, where Latin and international music is played. It features several dance floors and bars and a clientele including university students, foreigners and people of various ages. Because of the size of the establishment, you can choose what type of music you want to hear and head to the appropriate spot. Bars serve a suitably wide range of beers, liquors and cocktails.
The tango has made its way up from South America and you can hear it played here, as in many other parts of Central America and Mexico. The atmosphere is pleasant and adult-oriented; good for a romantic evening or a prelude to some more fun. A suggestion is to dance the tango here only if you really know how. Otherwise, you may feel quite uncomfortable amid the more experienced dancers.
This place was established many years ago as a simple bar and is recognized today as a landmark. Far away seemed the day that gyroscopic lights, trendy music and even karaoke were going to consume the small peaceful hideaway it use to be, where our fathers and grandfathers went for a drink while chatting about politics, soccer and other things. Nowadays, Castro's has expanded its premises with a second level that contains a bar, while the lower level is a discotheque. It maintains its tradition of the olden days offering a complimentary snack with every beverage purchased.
With its agreeable atmosphere and reasonably priced food in the middle of San José's student neighborhood is a big hit with the locals. If you are staying in the neighborhood, this is a good place to start the night before you head out for some drinking and dancing. Come with a friend and enjoy a conversation over your meal.
With a tradition of more than a hundred years, this institution was born at the Central Market. Well, if you want to know a secret that everybody knows, the first and original Soda Tapia still exists there! Giant banana boats and sundaes, tropical fruit milk shakes and salads topped with jelly and sour cream, and the legendary "Lorenzo Sandwiches" bring in the locals and foreigners, young and old, rich and poor. Missing it is like missing a part of Costa Rica's history!
Recently opened, this has quickly become a favorite with Latin jazz fans. Here, great artists such as Chucho Valdés e Irakere and the Argentinean Diego Urcola have held their shows while in Costa Rica. It has an excellent New York-jazz club atmosphere with beautiful architecture. The café is decorated with paintings and original sculptures. This is a place with a casual bohemian ambiance, specially designed to guarantee the perfect sound of music.