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Entertainment & Nightlife in Costa Rica

When the day is over, almost melancholic and disheartened, the vibrant and noisy city yields gradually to murmurs and tranquillity. San Jose starts transforming its formal business and commerce face, into a makeup of coquetry and glamour! Bars and taverns qet crowded with business men and women, public workers, professionals, and patrons of all kinds, wishing to release the pressures of the working day and anxious for new friendships.

San Jose Downtown is packed with small bars and taverns that in many cases are traditional landmarks. The bar counter stools are common for those that come alone or wish to make new friends, as they are perfect to break the ice. If it is true that some years ago, ladies sitting on a barstool were looked upon with bad eyes, times have changed. It is common to see groups of women sitting on the stools nowadays, a sign that they are open to conversation and friendship. The tables are relegated to more intimate or business conversations. Establishing contact with the local people is easy, as by nature ticos are friendly and talkative.

The preferred drink per excellence is beer, which is of outstanding quality. Imperial, Pilsen and Bavaria are traditional brands along with some newer ones with appealing names for the young at heart such as Rock Ice. In stronger spirits, Guaro Cacique is the national drink, which is mixed most of the time with Coca-Cola, Ginger Ale, or in cocktails. Additionally, all of these places include a variety of imported liquor, wine and beer.

It is customary to serve bocasM along with your drink, which are delicious snacks of all kinds (much better than peanuts and popcorn, by the way). These bocas precisely make the difference from one place to the other, and create loyalty among the patrons.

After warming engines, San Jose offers an ample array of entertaining places to choose from. Towards east of town, in San Pedro, there are some larger bars to go to. Some great clubs with live music ranging from Jazz-Fusion to Trova or even Classical Guitars open at night. There is a huge discotheque at the Mall San Pedro playing trendy and assorted music. The same thing occurs west of town in the Escazú area. This sector is more chic, and its clubs and bars are known for hosting public personalities of politics and television and members of the High Society.

The funky 2-block stretch of San Pedro just south of the University of Costa Rica has been dubbed La Calle de Amargura, or the "Street of Bitterness," and it's the heart and soul of this eastern suburb and college town. Bars and cafes are mixed in with bookstores and copy shops. After dark the streets here are packed with teens, punks, students, and professors barhopping and just hanging around. You can walk the strip until someplace strikes your fancy.

If dancing is what you like, there is a place north of San Jose called El Pueblo, with discotheques and live shows of all sorts: Salsa and Caribbean music, older romantic songs, Rock, Pop, and House music. Within its small narrow passages that resemble an Old Spanish town, you can find everything from wonderful restaurants and small eating places, to cozy, romantic hideaways.

The daily "Viva" and Thursday's "Tiempo Libre" sections of La Nación newspaper have weekly performance schedules. Some dance bands to watch for are Pimienta Negra, Kalua, and Los Brillanticos. El Guato, Ghandi, Evolución, Kadeho, and Malpaís are popular local rock groups, Marfil is a good cover band, and both Mr. Jones Blues Band and the Blind Pig Blues Band are electric blues outfits. If you're looking for jazz, check out Jazz Expresso, Editus, El Sexteto de Jazz Latino, or pianist Manuel Obregón. Two very good local bands that don't seem to play that frequently are Cantoamérica and Amounsulu.

The development of the Business Class Tourism also brought in the nightclub establishments and casinos. However, be careful, for the Costarican, nightclub is synonym with cabaret or strip club! There are a few in the Barrio Amón area and the Paseo Colón as well. Major hotels feature casinos.

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