The Best Bars In Dorado, Puerto Rico

Pina Colada © ruben i/Flickr
Pina Colada © ruben i/Flickr
Photo of Valerie Rouse
9 February 2017

When vacationing in Dorado, shopping is not the only recreational activity to engage in. A night out on the town is a must when visiting a tropical paradise close to San Juan. The following watering holes are the best bars to get a taste of the best cocktails and alcoholic beverages in the Puerto Rican sun.

La Terraza

Restaurant, Bar, Caribbean, Seafood, $$$
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This lovely patio bar is connected to a local restaurant of the same name. The huge sea shell themed mural is a central focal point and adds to the comfy, intimate atmosphere. The benefits of La Terraza restaurant and bar is that patrons don’t have to go elsewhere for a nightcap after dinner. La Terraza offers a wide variety of alcoholic beverages to suit any taste. The piña coladas are an excellent choice here for those who prefer a lighter and more tropical cocktail.


Bar, Caribbean
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Sangria | © Didriks/Flickr
Alavara is another popular drinking spot in Dorado. This lively bar is known for its excellent service and the prices are quite reasonable. The most expensive food or beverage item costs about $30, which is fantastic for the budget-conscious traveler. Customers can enjoy tapas dishes and sumptuous cocktails, and sangria before retiring for the evening.

San Juan Café

Bar, Puerto Rican
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Watermelon Bellini
Watermelon Bellini | © Personal Creations/Flickr
This ultra-modern, sophisticated bar is very welcoming with its relaxing ambiance. San Juan Café‘s specialty drink, the tropical bellini, is highly recommended. Sodas, tropical frappés and iced tea are available for those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages. Prices are reasonable and you can get a glimpse of their menu here.

El Chile Ardiente

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer
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White wine
White wine | © Shunichi kouroki/Flickr
El Chile Ardiente casual bar is owned by Rafael Velazquez who is affectionately known as Rafy. It is a family-run business with a lively, happy atmosphere. Patrons can select regular soft drinks and beers (cervezas) or stronger alcoholic beverages like Bacardi rum and wines. This is a great spot to hang out after consuming the Mexican fare offered on the menu.

El Corozo Sports Bar & Restaurant

Bar, Restaurant, Puerto Rican, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub, $$$
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This lively sports bar has an American feel about it. There are several large televisions placed around the restaurant on the walls with different sports games being featured simultaneously. El Corozo serves a wide variety of sodas, margaritas and piña coladas. Feel free to sing along in the karaoke session after your meal or join in the nightly entertainment with friends. This a very reasonably priced bar and restaurant with a fun atmostphere.

Chilis Dorado

Bar, American, $$$
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Margarita | © Lee Coursey/Flickr
Chilis Dorado is a bar with a casual setting and a lively atmosphere most of the time. Patrons get accustomed to the birthday songs being sung on a daily basis throughout the restaurant, as this is a popular place to dine for celebrations. A wide variety of specialty drinks, like margaritas and piña coladas, are offered by friendly, attentive servers.

Papo Guacaro's Place

Bar, Puerto Rican
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This cool, hip and trendy bar has been around since 1940. Customers feel free to relax as there is plenty of outdoor seating available in the lovely Puerto Rican sun. At Papa Guacaro’s Place, American beers, like Coors Light, are served on a daily basis and other selections include sodas, juices and other non-alcoholic beverages; perfect for a quick pick-me-up or break during the day.


Bar, Restaurant, American, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
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Applebee’s is known as a popular American chain restaurant. The atmosphere is very relaxing and inviting with large televisions placed all around. This bar has beer specials everyday so patrons can often get very good prices and drink deals. Mojitos are the drinks of choice here and they mix them with expertise, creating particularly tasty versions of this classic cocktail. The delicious frozen sangria is highly recommended as well.

The Mezzanine at St Germain

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Wine, Beer, Cocktails
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Pina Colada
Pina Colada | © ruben i/Flickr
This groovy bar has an extremely cozy ambiance with an atmosphere that time travels back to the 60s. The old-fashioned drapes and lovely antique furniture are reminiscent of older times. Incidentally, this spot was the former home of a previous Puerto Rican leader. The happy hour is not to be missed with some great prices on food and drinks. The barrelitos rum with coconut mix is a favourite with most patrons at The Mezzanine.

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