El Unicornio, Cocktails in a Surreal Ambience $$- $$$
A few minutes out of Ciudad Colon on the left is the entrance to El Unicornio marked by a tacky blue unicorn. Judging by the entrance I thought this would lead to a shady swinger club in jungle lead to an edgy hotel / restaurant. At night the surreal furniture and stylish lighting provide a great atmosphere for cocktails. The furniture gets rearrange regularly so you might be surprised on a return that the couch you sat upon before has disappeared.
El Huiggeron $-$$
From CC to San Jose direction, passing Los Angeles gas station and walking another 5 minutes out of town just past the bridge. This night club plays Salsa and Merengue music with a huge ballroom dance floor there is plenty of space. Very local hangout for people in the area. On some nights there is Karaoke.
La Rumba $$-$$$
It is located in Santa Ana about 30 minutes away. A fancy ball room dance kind of club. Has a huge dance floor. Great place to go to practice with some locals that really know their moves. There is a cover charge to get in.
El Pueblo $-$$$
In San Pedro which is close to San Jose about 1 hour away. This small complex has about 20 clubs together playing a variety of different kinds of music ranging from Reggatone, to Salsa, to Hip Hop. While some clubs charge entrance, it is only about 2500 colones and if you go in a big group you may be able to get a discount or free drinks included in the cost. There are also small pizza stands within the outdoor complex to get some late night snacks.
Finca Bonanza aka Treehouse Bar $$
One block up the hill from Higeron
On the way to Trinidad. Basically if you are in front of Higueron and were to walk to Trinidad up the big hill instead of going left up the hill you go straight and you will see a sign for Imperial and if you follow that hill up you arrive to the treehouse bar. We call it this because the top floor is like a treehouse that is open, beautiful with great views! It’s got awesome food, like yummy potatoes with garlic, great sandwiched, good salads, a great caipirinha and other drinks and the ambience is a little different than the rest of the places in CC. The owners are like Danish or something European.
Jazz Cafe $$
Near Escazu. A great place for all kinds of live music.