Best Gay Bars in San Jose, Costa Rica

Like any country, if there is going to be a gay scene it is going to be the biggest in the capital city.

If you are flying to Costa Rica, you are likely to be flying in to San Jose.

Most people move straight on, but we think it is worth spending the weekend here first, there are a lot of gay bars in San Jose to check out first.

Its relatively modern by Latin America standards and is said to be one of the safest and least violent cities in the region. We felt perfectly safe while we were here and at night, used Uber to be extra safe.

For a complete and detailed guide to Costa Rica as a whole, head over to our guide, Gay Travel in Costa Rica.

Gay Bars in San Jose, Costa Rica

We had one of the craziest nights out yet in San Jose.

A lot of bars have the concept that you pay your entry fee and then its an open bar (which can be somewhat dangerous if like us your are a lightweight!).

Here is our list of gay bars and clubs in San Jose:

Club Venue

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This was our best night and perhaps one of the best gay bars in San Jose.

Club Venue has different rooms for different genres of music and it gets packed!

When we arrived, it was one of the longest queues we had seen in a long time. We had no idea that there would be gay clubs so big and so busy in San Jose. The queue was well worth the wait.

It costs $15 entry and that included all drinks for the night. The measures are very (too) generous, the music was great and it was open until 6am.

Crowd: Young crowd

Music: Mixed, different rooms for pop, electronic, house etc

Location: Diagonal to Taco Bell de San Pedro(Route 39), San Pedro, Costa Rica

Club Teatro

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This is another larger dance club.

Here you can expect to find drag shows, themed nights such as Glitter & Glam and then dedicated night to celebrities Beyonce and Demi Lovato.

This costs $15-$20 to enter depending on the night and the time you arrive but includes an open bar.

Crowd: Mostly younger mixed crowd

Music: Pop, house, electronic, remixes

Location: Av 16, San José, 10103

La Avispa

This is a long running (since 1979) gay bar and disco.

It plays diverse music, runs shows, and special events. On Sundays it has Latin evenings!

Crowd: Mixed crowd

Music: Salsa, samba and merengue and pop chart hits

Location: Calle 1, Avenida 8 & 10, San José, Costa Rica

Bocho (Bo Club)

This is a smaller but still very busy gay bar. The have a stage for acts and shows and describe themselves as a club aimed at the fun and open minded. This is very busy on Saturday nights.

Crowd: Mostly younger male crowd

Music: Dance, mixed.

Location: Av 10, San Jose

Buenas Vibraciones

This is a Lesbian-owned bar. It is open every night and naturally attracts more women.

Crowd: Mixed women

Music: Mixed, Spanish

Location: Avenida 14, Calle 7 & 9

Oráculo, Bar and Grill

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This is one of the more risqué clubs you will find in San Jose. Its open every night and you can expect strippers, gay erotic naked shows, gay darkroom, shows, underwear nights, naked nights etc.

Crowd: Mixed ages, fetish

Music: Mixed (People probably don’t go for the music)

Location: Calle 11, Av 8 & 10, upstairs

Pucho’s 

Similar concept to Oraculo. Expect strippers, erotic shows, leather nights and an anything goes atmosphere.

Crowd: Mixed ages, fetish

Music: Mixed (People probably don’t go for the music)

Location: Calle 11, Av 8 & 10

El 13

In the daytime this place is a café. During the night it becomes a trendy upscale dance club and lounge. They have shows and themed parties.

Crowd: Trendy young mixed.

Location: Avenida 14, Calle 9

We were pleasnatly surprised by the number of gay bars in San Jose, we had no idea that (overall) Costa Rica had sucha  thriving and welcoming gay scene – we will definately be back for more.

Please let us know if any new bars open!