148 Calle San Sebastián, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Sat, Sun 3pm - 4am
Mon - Fri 4pm - 4am
La Factoria pays tribute to "Hijos de Borinquen"My partner and I love craft cocktails, and were excited to try La Factoria on our second anniversary. You feel instantly cool when you walk through the large wooden doors. The doors don't close, but a strange change in the air seems to separate you from the activity on the street. There are garden lights strung from the graffiti-covered, tattered walls, with XX-esque tunes settling into the curves of the wooden barstools and glowing liquor bottles. It has the feel of a neighborhood bar, but the soft glow from a hanging amber lamp allows for plenty of whispered conversations and lingering glances. We never felt it was crowded, although small groups of friends passed in and out, and a local patron stopped by with her guitar to play a few tunes. The decor is very "grunge-luxe", if that's even a thing. I had the lavender mule and my partner had their spiced old fashioned; both were delicious.
We went into the wine bar next door to get a feel for "the other rooms" which was a big selling factor according to everyone we talked to. The wine bar (Vino) was very, very different, albeit just as cool. The wines are written on a large chalkboard and there is only room for 15 people to mingle about. The din was louder, the light dimmer, the pulse faster. Being at La Factoria is like changing your mood every hour just because you can, without ever having to leave the building.
A must-visit if you're in Old San Juan ... especially if "sexytime" is on your list of activities.
over 3 years ago
The art of the cocktail in Old San Juan
Well, I read about La Factoria in my in-flight magazine on the way to Puerto Rico. The article said the saucy, local bar was hush-hush—not anymore. Although it's pub made has turned it into a tourist hotspot, some locals still hang around. It must be the masterful cocktails that keep them coming back. As the article described, La Factoria is an experience. Enter the first room and you'll find a chill atmosphere with the token black and white tiled floor, a few velvety chairs and couches and laid back tunes. Go beyond the first door and the lighting gets dimmer and the music gets more upbeat. Enter one last room and you'll find your ears being blasted by the same salsa tunes that echo throughout the streets of Old San Juan. Get your dancing shoes on and order up something with rum. Ask the mixologist to surprise you and you will not be disappointed!