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The majority of gay & lesbian bars, clubs, and discos in Costa Rica are located in downtown San José. They offer live DJ music (Latin, hip-hop, trance, house, top 40’s, and techno dance music), entertainment and shows. These bars are visited by students, tourists, couples and ticos in general, and they are a sure bet for a good party!

In the streets located around the downtown bars, you will see a lot of transvestite prostitutes. The neighborhood, although dingy, is decidedly gay and relatively safe to walk around in the early hours of the evening. But anyone leaving the bars after dark should catch a legal taxi back to the hotel.

If you know of a gay bar, gay club, or gay disco in Costa Rica that is not on the list please let us know. If you see a listing here that is no longer around or the information does not portray them right please let us know.

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-- Our Readers Reviews on Clubs & Bars in CR--

  • There are no dress codes anywhere. What you are used to in the states is not what your gonna find in Costa Rica. The clubs here are so/so. The one with the best music for me , more house music , is Club Oh! on Saturday night. If ur gonna go I would get there around 11 and get VIP for 9000 colones.. (about 18 bucks) its all you can drink til 1:30am. - Rick C. temporarily from San Jose, Costa Rica
  • As far as a dress code: usually at night wear long pants (jeans are fine) and a collared shirt. Be very very careful at night if you are alone. Try to stay with a group or where there are people around because the city can be dangerous. - Gary
  • The good thing about gay bars and discos in SJ is that they are quite close to each other, Puchos and Bochinche are even within walking distance. Even though the area around the bars is safe, I wouldn't recommend walking long distances and in lonely places by yourself... Every bar offers a different ambiance and is therefore frequented by a different crowd. - Fabián from San Jose, Costa Rica

Gay Bars, Gay Clubs & Gay Discoteques in Quepos (Manuel Antonio)

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There’s not really any gay night life going on in the town of Quepos and Manuel Antonio area other then the new bar called Liquid Lounge or the occasional gay party put on by one of the local gay hotels.

Liquid Lounge

  • Liquid Lounge is a gay club with house and Pop music. Open Tuesday - Sunday 9:00pm to 3:00

Address: 200 meters before 'Mar y Sombra' which is connected to 'Cabinas Piscis'
Phone: (506) 2777-5158
Facebook page:
E-mail: no email

Tutu Bar & Lounge

  • Tutu Bar is another option for a night on the town where you will run into local gay men and women.

Address: 1 km from the sports marina road to Manuel Antonio Quepos Quepos, Costa Rica
Phone: (506) unknown
Facebook page:

Bogart's Restaurant and Lounge

  • Bogart's has a 'Gay Night' the first Friday of the month, Bogart's hosts a disco night for the gay community. Come and dance to great videos and tunes from the disco era.

Address: central avenue, street 0, center of Quepos
Phone: (506) 2777-0007

Arcos Irus

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-- Our Readers Reviews --

  • A very popular after-hours bar, it is very mixed. After most bars close a lot of the gay crowd goes there. - Jose C. from San Jose, Costa Rica

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Rick's Rar & Restaurant

  • Rick's Bar & Restaurant is another option If you´re looking for a different place to spend a romantic night out with your partner or you want a break from your routine don’t hesitate to visit our unique Bar and Restaurant. Bring your friends or come and make some great new ones! Choose from a variety of exquisite cuisine from our select menu or taste one of our delicious “bocas” while enjoying our unique, cozy atmosphere. We are located only 15 minutes from the Juan Santamaría International Airport. "Rick's" is “…a different place, for different people.” 100% Gay/Lesbian but we DO NOT discriminate against Straight folk, we're "STRAIGHT FRIENDLY". Open Thursday - Sunday after 6:00 pm

Address: In beautiful "La Garita" right across the street from the Catholic Church in La Garita, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 2487-5374
Facebook page:

San Jose Gay Bars, Gay Clubs & Gay Discoteques

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (Quepos) is known to be a very gay friendly part of Costa Rica with numerous hotels catering to the gay client.
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Top - San Jose

  • A touch of class in San Jose. Top San Jose is a bar / restaurant. Open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Address: 150 mts. north of Hotel Eruopa on 0 street between 7th adn 9th avenue in San Jose, Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 2223-0004

La Avispa

  • La Avispa is a legendary Costa Rican gay nightclub. Gay or straight, this is the club for you. So long as you are stylish, this is a great place to visit. One of the best places to visit in downtown San Jose, Costa Rica. La Avispa is the oldest gay disco in Costa Rica and has been open for over 30 years. Great Latin music and ambiance will help you dance the night away. La Avispa is a lesbian-owned two story bar that features two dance floors, big screen TV, restaurant, and pool tables. La Avispa draws gay men, especially Tuesday and Sunday nights (large twink gathering on Sundays). La Avispa has ladies night twice a month catering to the lesbians and on those night no men are allowed in the place. The nights do change from time to time so check their website for dates. Closed Mondays. Best day: Sundays. Cover $4

CHECK IT OUT...Lots more about La Avispa - plus Video of La Avispa

El Bochinche:

  • El Bochinche is a two level (small) gay club in San Jose, Costa Rica. It has a Restaurant, Bar & Dance floor. This is a fun little club, great BEATS (mostly top 40, electronic, & Latin), atmosphere, good drag shows, and plenty of dancing. An upscale Drinking Bar pretty popular among the professional gay Tico Yuppies for a night of fancy cloths and flirting. The bar caters towards more of the gay twink crowd where the guys barely look old enough to get in.
    entrance $5 to $7 depending on the day and time
    Wednesday to Sunday open from 8 p.m. - 3 a.m. (Friday & Saturday open till 5 a.m.)

CHECK IT OUT...More about El Bochinche Plus Video of Bochinche
CHECK IT OUT...michael alan's Blog REVIEW of Bochinche's

Pucho's Night Club:

  • An Icon of the gay life in Costa Rica where everyone goes, yet no one will admit to it. Drag shows every night and nude strippers that take EVERYTHING off leaving nothing to the imagination....and offer "private dances" in little stalls, so you can imagine how crazy they get… As they dance, they play with themselves, and don't be surprised if their dick ends up in your drink..... There is a Dark room on the back area of the bar. Best day of the week: Tuesdays. Weekends open bar from 9:00 PM till 1:00 AM. Cover: $10.

michael alan's REVIEW of Pucho's
Address: Calle 11 and Avenida 8 San Jose, Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 2256-1147

CLUB OH! - Formerly known as Déjà Vu:

  • Club Oh! is a mostly gay crowd. Their music tending towards electronic, U.S./U.K. dance club hits, techno-heavy disco with two dance floors and weekly drag shows. The weekends are packed with good looking guys as this is the place to see and be seen for the local gay Costa Ricans. Get there early or you'll wait on line for awhile. The neighborhood is sketchy so you'll definitely want to take a taxi to and from the bar. Open bar from 10:00 PM till 1:00 AM. Don't miss the Midnight shows. Cover with open bar in VIP lounge. Also Club Oh's! VIP area has its own DJ: $ 15

CHECK IT OUT...Lots more about Club Oh! - plus Video of Club Oh!
michael alan's REVIEW of Club Oh!

Al Despiste Bar:

  • Al Despiste Bar is a popular hangout in the Zapote part of San Jose, Costa Rica. Al Despiste is well known for the "bocas", great variety of tasty foods. Live music and activities all the week. Karaoke on Fridays and Gogo dancers on Saturdays.

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Phone: (506) 2234-59-56
Address:next to Universal, Multiplaza del Este, in front of Mudanzas Mundiales. Zapote, San José, Costa Rica

-- Our Readers Reviews --

  • We went for their 5th year anniversary and had a blast... Although, it's not a club/bar like you would see at El Bochinche, Club Oh! or Avispa. This is more of a local neighborhood gay dive bar. - Marcello M. from Phoenix, Arizona

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