Spending An Evening In Old San Juan

Traditional Puerto Rican Dance ShowWe get asked time and time again about things to do in Old San Juan in the evening. And you know what? There are actually lots of things to choose from!

We have done a self-guided walking tour, a guided night-time walking tour, ride a Segway, and have just gone out and have a drink. In addition to these ideas, we complied a list of live music and dance "shows" around town.

I’m not going to talk about the dance clubs in this article, though there are tons of great bars and dance clubs in and around Old San Juan to check out if you are in the mood to dance. Realize, most of these clubs don’t get going until well after 11:00pm. It’s in the clubs that you will find the Salsa, Merengue, Cha-Cha and Reggaton – the more popular of today’s dances.

The setting of Old San Juan is historic city, so it’s fitting that many of the shows are Flamenco, which reflect the history of the island, but you will find some other dances/music.

Monday Night

  • DARK

Tuesday Night

Live Jazz at Carli’s Bistro
  • The owner of Carli’s Bistro, Carli Munoz, is the ex-piano player for the Beach Boys. Carli plays Jazz on the acoustic grand piano most nights.
  • Where: Carli’s Bistro, located on the first floor of the Banco Popular Building, corner of Recinto Sur and San Justo Streets in Old San Juan
  • When: Tuesday nights from 7:15pm until 10:00pm
  • Cost: no cover charge, dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-725-4927 for more info or reservations
Flamenco Show/live Dance music/Salsa Lessons at Triana Tapas
  • Juan Carlos and Flamenco Rumba show 7:30pm, Live Dance Music with Ricky 8:30pm, Free Salsa Lessons 8:45pm
  • Where: Triana Tapas and Flamenco in Old San Juan
  • Contact: call for more info (787)725-8819

Wednesday Night

Live Jazz at Carli’s and Jam Sesson
  • The owner of Carli’s Bistro, Carli Munoz, is the ex-piano player for the Beach Boys. Carli plays Jazz on the acoustic grand piano most nights.
  • Where: Carli’s Bistro, located on the first floor of the Banco Popular Building, corner of Recinto Sur and San Justo Streets in Old San Juan
  • When: Wednesday nights from 7:15pm until 9:00pm. Jam session starts at 9:00pm-bring your instrument.
  • Cost: no cover charge, dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-725-4927 for more info or reservations
Flamenco Show/live Dance music/Salsa Lessons at Triana Tapas
  • Juan Carlos and Flamenco Rumba show 7:30pm, Live Dance Music with Ricky 8:30pm, Free Salsa Lessons 8:45pm
  • Where: Triana Tapas and Flamenco in Old San Juan
  • Contact: call for more info (787)725-8819
Live music at The Latin Roots
  • Live music and dining
  • Where: The Latin Roots, located behind the Sheraton, 104 Calle comercio in Old San Juan
  • When: Wednesday Ladies Night from 8:00pm until 1:00am
  • Cost: no cover charge, dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-975-1200 for more info or reservations

Thursday Night

Live Music Show
  • Featuring live music.
  • Where: The Parrot Club Restaurant, Fortaleza Street in Old San Juan
  • When: from 7:00pm , with dinner seating or at the bar.
  • Cost: free for customers
  • Contact: call 787-725-7370 for more information
Live Jazz at Carli’s Bistro
  • Carli plays Jazz on the acoustic grand piano, with special guests.
  • Where: Carl’s Bistro, located on the first floor of the Banco Popular Building, corner of Recinto Sur and San Justo Streets in Old San Juan
  • When: Thursday nights from 7:15pm until 10:00pm
  • Cost: no cover charge, dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-725-4927 for more info or reservations
Live music at Princesa Gastrobar
  • Live music
  • Where: Princesa Gastrobar, located on Paseo Princesa in Old San Juan
  • When: Thursday nights from 7:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Cost: no cover charge, dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-723-7878 for more info or reservations
Nocturnos de Museo- Night at the Museum and music
  • Where: The Museum of the Americas, on the 2nd floor of the Ballaja Barricks in OSJ
  • When: 3rd Thursday of the month from 6pm- 9:00pm
  • Cost: free
  • Contact: call 787-724-5052 for more information
Flamenco Show at Triana Tapas
  • Juan Carlos and Flamenco Rumba show 7:30pm
  • Where: Triana Tapas and Flamenco in Old San Juan
  • Contact: call for more info (787)725-8819
Live music at The Latin Roots
  • Live music and dining
  • Where: The Latin Roots, located behind the Sheraton, 104 Calle comercio in Old San Juan
  • When: Thursday nights from 8:00pm until 1:00am
  • Cost: no cover charge, dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-975-1200 for more info or reservations
Night Club
  • Night Club featuring 2 floors of music- live music 1st floor, House music (Hip/Hop, R&B, Reggaeton on 2nd floor
  • Where: Moreno’s Spot, on Tetuan St, in Old San Juan
  • When: Thursday nights from 10:00pm until ? late
  • Cost: no cover charge,
  • Contact: call 787-724-5130 for more info

Friday Night

Flamenco Dance Show
  • Enjoy a free dance show with dinner featuring live music.
  • Where: Barrachina Restaurant, 104 Fortaleza Street in Old San Juan
  • When: Friday nights from 8:00pm until 9:00pm, dinner seating for show starts at 7pm
  • Cost: reservations for the dinner show are necessary
  • Contact: call 787-725-7912 for more information
Carli Munoz Jazz Trio at Carli’s Bistro
  • Where: Carli’s Bistro, located on the first floor of the Banco Popular Building, corner of Recinto Sur and San Justo Streets in Old San Juan
  • When: Friday nights starting around 8:00pm
  • Cost: usually no cover charge, dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-725-4927 for more info or reservations
Live music at The Latin Roots
  • Live music and dining
  • Where: The Latin Roots, located behind the Sheraton, 104 Calle comercio in Old San Juan
  • When: Music from 8:00pm until 1am
  • Cost: cover charge
  • Contact: call 787-975-1200 for more info or reservations
Live Music Show
  • Featuring live music.
  • Where: The Parrot Club Restaurant, Fortaleza Street in Old San Juan
  • When: from 7:00pm , with dinner seating or at the bar.
  • Cost: free for customers
  • Contact: call 787-725-7370 for more information
Live music at Princesa Gastrobar
  • Live music
  • Where: Princesa Gastrobar, located on Paseo Princesa in Old San Juan
  • When: from 7:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Cost: no cover charge, dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-723-7878 for more info or reservations
Night Club
  • Night Club featuring 2 floors of music- live music 1st floor, House music (Hip/Hop, R&B, Reggeton) on 2nd floor
  • Where: Moreno’s Spot, on Tetuan St, in Old San Juan
  • When:Friday nights from 10:00pm until ? late
  • Cost: no cover charge,
  • Contact: call 787-724-5130 for more info
La Rumba Party Cruise
  • La Rumba is a Floating Night Club featuring a full service liquor bar.
  • Where: San Juan Bay – departs from Plaza Darsena right by La Casita in Old San Juan
  • When: Friday nights at 10:30pm, 12:30am and 2:30am
  • Cost: adults $20 ($5 discount for locals with ID), children (over 6 years old) $7, seniors $10
  • Contact: call 787-375-5211 or 787-525-1288 for more info
Flamenco Dance Show
  • Where: Rosa de Triana Tapas Bar & Restaurant, 72 Caleta de San Juan (across from El Convento Hotel and the Cathedral) in Old San Juan
  • When: Friday nights at 8:30pm
  • Cost: dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-722-1144 for more information
Flamenco Dance Show
  • Where: Triana Tapas & Flamenco Restaurant, 251 Recinto Sur in Old San Juan
  • When: Friday nights at 8:30pm
  • Cost: dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787 725 8819 for more information

Saturday Night

Live Music Show
  • Featuring live music.
  • Where: The Parrot Club Restaurant, Fortaleza Street in Old San Juan
  • When: Saturday nights from 7:00pm , with dinner seating or at the bar.
  • Cost: free for customers
  • Contact: call 787-725-7370 for more information
Flamenco Dance Show
  • Enjoy a free dance show with dinner featuring live music.
  • Where: Barrachina Restaurant, 104 Fortaleza Street in Old San Juan
  • When: Saturday nights from 8:00pm until 9:00pm, seating for dinner show starts at 7pm
  • Cost: reservations for dinner show are necessary
  • Contact: call 787-725-7912 for more information
Flamenco Dance Show
  • Where: Triana Tapas & Flamenco Restaurant, 251 Recinto Sur in Old San Juan
  • When: Saturday nights at 8:30pm
  • Cost: dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787 725 8819 for more information
Live music at The Latin Roots
  • Live music and dining
  • Where: The Latin Roots, located behind the Sheraton, 104 Calle comercio in Old San Juan
  • When: Music from 8:00pm until 1:00am
  • Cost: cover charge
  • Contact: call 787-975-1200 for more info or reservations
Live Jazz music at Princesa Gastrobar
  • Jazz music
  • Where: Princesa Gastrobar, located on Paseo Princesa in Old San Juan
  • When: from 7:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Cost: no cover charge, dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-723-7878 for more info or reservations
Night Club
  • Night Club featuring 2 floors of music- live music 1st floor, House music (Hip/Hop, R&B, Reggeton on 2nd floor
  • Where: Moreno’s Spot, on Tetuan St, in Old San Juan
  • When: Saturday nights from 10:00pm until ? late
  • Cost: no cover charge,
  • Contact: call 787-724-5130 for more info
Carli Munoz Jazz Trio at Carli’s Bistro
  • Where: Carli’s Bistro, located on the first floor of the Banco Popular Building, corner of Recinto Sur and San Justo Streets in Old San Juan
  • When: Saturday nights starting around 8:00pm
  • Cost: usually no cover charge, dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-725-4927 for more info or reservations
La Rumba Party Cruise
  • La Rumba is a Floating Night Club featuring a full service liquor bar.
  • Where: San Juan Bay – departs from Plaza Darsenas right by La Casita in Old San Juan
  • When: Saturday nights at 9:30pm, 11:30pm, 1am, 2:30am
  • Cost: adults $20 ($5 discount for locals with ID), children (over 6 years old) $7, seniors $10
  • Contact: call 787-375-5211 or 787-525-1288 for more info

Sunday Night

Live Music Show
  • Featuring live music.
  • Where: Toro Salao, Calle Tetuan in Old San Juan
  • When: Sunday nights from 8:00pm
  • Cost: $39 for dinner and show,$20 pp for just the show
  • Contact: call 787-722-3330 for more information
Flamenco Show/live Dance musica Triana Tapas
  • Juan Carlos and Flamenco Rumba show 7:30pm, Live Dance Music with Ricky 8:30pm
  • Where: Triana Tapas and Flamenco in Old San Juan
  • Contact: call for more info (787)725-8819
Romantic Sunsets Trio Concerts
  • Only on the last Sunday of the month. This is an enjoyable evening attended by many older locals who all dance and sing along. Presented by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
  • Where: Plaza Darsena, on the waterfront next to La Casita in Old San Juan
  • When: Sunday nights from 5:30pm – 8pm.
  • Cost: free
Live music at The Latin Roots
  • Live music and dining
  • Where: The Latin Roots, located behind the Sheraton, 104 Calle comercio in Old San Juan
  • When: Music from about 3:00pm until 1:00am
  • Cost: no cover charge, dinner or drinks recommended
  • Contact: call 787-975-1200 for more info or reservations
La Rumba Party Cruise
  • La Rumba is a Floating Night Club featuring a full service liquor bar.
  • Where: San Juan Bay – departs from Plaza Darsenas right by La Casita in Old San Juan
  • When: Sunday nights at 7:30pm, 9:30pm, and 11:30pm
  • Cost: adults $20 ($5 discount for locals with ID), children (over 6 years old) $7, seniors $10
  • Contact: call 787-375-5211 or 787-525-1288 for more info

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Of course the beaches, but also exploring Old San Juan, and El Yunque are free or close to it! But also other natural sites- Las Pailas waterslide, or Cueva Del Indio are very inexpensive- $1-2 pp. The blog has a tab for type of visitor for Budget traveler. That might help. Taking the ferry over to Culebra or Vieques is less than $5 RT (great beaches/snorkeling), but it will probably be sold out. July is a tough month, as it is high season...so expect crowds everywhere!

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Jun 2015

Hello, My children and I along with there dance group will be traveling to P. R for the Kids/Teen Salsa Congress this July2015....Coming from Houston, TX and on a serious budget what is there to do with kids ages 12-19yrs old??? Thanks....blog has helped me a lot to map areas of interest / transportation options....

Comment by Carmen F Sanchez on 04 Jun 2015

Oops- you are correct. We forgot to take it off the list. Done now. Thanks!

Comment by Gwenn on 08 Apr 2014

Hi Guys, just to let you know that the 3D light show is not available anymore ;-(

Comment by Glorimar on 07 Apr 2014

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