Friday, February 19, 2010
Club Reports: San Juan, PR
With just one night to spend in San Juan it's impossible to get to learn many clubs. Late afternoon was spent wandering around Old San Juan and while I saw many bars, I did not see anything that looked like a club. So I stuck with a couple casino hotels in the tourist districts to see what was happening. At the Eternal lobby bar inside the Condado Plaza Resort & Casino in Condado (above), things were slow. Even the casino wasn't very crowded. They have live DJ's on weekend nights and I'm told it gets pretty crowded.
Things were considerably more lively at the El San Juan Hotel & Casino in Isla Verde. The lobby bars were packed and they had a DJ spinning 70's & 80's over to the side. It was like a night at 8TRAX as he spun one classic after another. The lack of a formal dance floor did not keep lobby bar patrons from getting up and doing the Boogie!
I quizzed a lot of people about where was the best club in San Juan and everyone mentioned Brava in the same hotel. Hotel guests enter for free but it was $20 for those staying at cheaper hotels! But it was worth it. DJ LM (pictured above) knew his music and the club was packed. I came in around midnight hearing an hour of Hip Hop, DJ Kabuto came on and moved into about an hour of fast-beat Reggaeton and then to my pleasant surprise, LM was back on and played an hour of House/Techno/Dance. Put this club on your list if you're ever in San Juan!