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Spending An Evening In Old San Juan

Due to COVID- not much is happening yet..I have updated a few things

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 the 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 Spanish history of the island, but you will find some other dances/music.

Monday Night

Live Piano 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: from 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • Cost: no cover charge, dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-725-4927 for more info or reservations

Tuesday Night

Live Piano 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 6:30-9:30pm
  • Cost: no cover charge, dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-725-4927 for more info or reservations

Wednesday Night

Live Piano Jazz at Carli’s
  • 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 6:30pm.
  • Cost: no cover charge, dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-725-4927 for more info or reservations

Thursday Night

Live Music Show
Piano Jazz at Carli’s Bistro
  • Carli plays Jazz on the acoustic grand piano
  • 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 6:30pm
  • Cost: no cover charge, dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-725-4927 for more info or reservations

Friday Night

Live music or Flamenco Dance show
  • Where: Rincon Iberico, located on the first floor of the Ballaja Building, up by El Morro in Old San Juan
  • When: Friday nights starting around 7:00pm- Check their Facebook page for exact performance and time.
  • Cost: usually about $28, which includes show, Tapas and a glass of wine. Dinner recommended, reservations required
  • Contact: call 787 725-5936 for more info or reservations
Jazz Duo 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 6:30pm
  • Cost: usually no cover charge, dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-725-4927 for more info or reservations
Juan Carlos and Flamenco Rumba show
  • Where: Triana Tapas & Flamenco Restaurant, 251 Recinto Sur in Old San Juan
  • Info: Triana Tapas Facebook Page
  • When: Friday nights at 8:00pm
  • Cost: dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787 725 8819 for more information https://www.facebook.com/trianatapasyflamenco

Saturday Night

Juan Carlos and Flamenco Rumba show
  • Where: Triana Tapas & Flamenco Restaurant, 251 Recinto Sur in Old San Juan
  • Info: Triana Tapas Facebook Page
  • When: Saturday nights at 8:00pm
  • Cost: dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787 725 8819 for more information
Classic Rock 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 6:30pm
  • Cost: usually no cover charge, dinner recommended
  • Contact: call 787-725-4927 for more info or reservations

Sunday Night

Flamenco Show- Triana Tapas
  • Juan Carlos and Flamenco Rumba show 8:00pm
  • Info: Triana Tapas Facebook Page
  • Where: Triana Tapas and Flamenco in Old San Juan
  • Contact: call for more info (787)725-8819

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It is a very solemn religious holiday...and with 95% of the island being Christian, don't expect too many "fun" things going on. Though in the tourist areas (OSJ/SJ) some stuff will be open. I suggest you ahead and ask the specific places.

Comment by Gwenn on 27 Mar 2019

Would these activities be open on Good Friday? Is there anything going on in OSJ or San Juan Metro area on the evening of Good Friday?

Comment by Aksh Sharma on 27 Mar 2019

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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