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The Best Bars in Costa Rica

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From beers at open air bars in beach towns to craft beers and cocktails on dance floors in San Jose, Costa Rica's bars serve up good times. There's plenty of live music to pair with whatever you're drinking (and plenty of new friends to make among locals and tourists at dance clubs) so go, have fun and enjoy Costa Rica's spirit of pura vida.
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Unnamed Road, Provincia de Guanacaste, Sámara, Costa Rica
Microbar takes its moniker seriously. The space is tiny—roughly the size of a one-car garage for Smart Car owners—and the beers of the micro variety. Most are from Costa Rican brewers, and crowned by bronze taps pulled beneath vintage movie...
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300 Este 25 Sur de la Iglesia de Santa Teresita, Barrio Escalante, San José, Costa Rica
This comfortable wine bar may be a bit hard to find in the trendy Barrio Escalante, but worth the search. Oenophiles love the flights offered at La Uvita, like an array of glasses from Argentina’s Gran Caballero de la Cepa brand or the Cinco...
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50 meters from Hotel Diria, diagonal hotel Mar Rey, Centro comercial Galeria del Mar, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica
El Be Tamarindo Beach Club will never go out of style. Take your pick between the bar terrace and DJ—ideal for dancing all night—or the Sandbar, where you can relax on the beach. In either spot, you'll enjoy an authentic Costa Rican...
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Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Part dive bar under the palms, part reggae dance hall, and part DJ club. This is the place to come for a great night out with friends. All Pura Vida!
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Flamingo Beach Road, Guanacaste Province, Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
On the white-sand beach of Playa Flamingo, Coco Loco has everything you need to set your afternoon or evening on the right note. Enjoy fresh food and delicious cocktails in a fun, laid-back environment. Make sure to try their signature drink, the...
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Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica
My friends and I stopped here on the way back from our nature hike through Manuel Antonio National Park. The view is stunning and what a unique restaurant. Just down the hill are a few more transportation-themed restaurants. Stop in for a...
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Corona Street,, 100 meters behind Hotel Pasatiempo,, Provincia de Guanacaste, Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste, 50309, Costa Rica
On Wednesday evenings, visit Dragonfly Bar & Grill, located just off the main drag about 100 meters northeast of the Hotel Pasatiempo on Corona Street (I know, an actual address would help, but this is Tamarindo). At the Dragonfly, you’ll find...