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The Tico Times’ Sports Bar Guide: Costa Rica’s bars offer taste of home

Thanks to the popularity of North American-style sports bars among Costa Ricans – and a solid Gringo expat population – a juicy burger, an ice-cold beer and TV screens showing your favorite games are easy to find in the capital.

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Mac Daddy: Patrons can shoot a game of pool at Mac’s American Bar in Sabana Sur.

Jessica Phelps

And it’s not just Gringos who will fill the bars. Expect to see some Ticos in the crowd as well.

When North American-style sports bars first opened in Costa Rica, there were only Gringos hunched over beer bottles watching top teams on televisions overhead, said Eddy Barrientos, manager of Mac’s American Bar in the west-side Sabana Sur neighborhood. But sports bar popularity has gradually caught on among the Costa Rican crowd.

“The American population is growing and they are bringing their culture here,” Barrientos said. “But Ticos are also becoming interested in sports bars.”

The former Tiny’s Tropical Bar on Avenida Central is said to have been the first sports bar in Costa Rica. It was opened by a former Michigan football player in the 1980s and closed in 2003 due to the owner’s failing health.

Dozens of others followed on its heels, including Mac’s, Time Out Tavern, Henry’s Beach Café and Hippos.

So if you want to head out for burgers and beers this weekend try the following places:


Time Out Tavern

Time Out Tavern

Time for time Out: Time Out Tavern, a popular expat hangout in Escazú. 

Alberto Font

Address: 300 m south of the Costa Rica Country Club, Escazú

Contact: 2588-2622,

Price of a burger: ₡4,900-5,900 ($9.80-12)

Price of a beer: ₡1,500-3,000 ($3-6)

Hooters Costa Rica


What a Hoot: Hooters has three locations in the Central Valley, in Heredia and Escazú on the west side and in San Pedro to the east. A new location will open by the end of this year in Cartago, east of San José.

Francesco Vicenzi | Tico Times

Address: Plaza Itskatzú, across from Multiplaza Escazú; and across from the UCR Faculty of Law, San Pedro

Contact: 2588-2340 (Escazú); 2234-0317 (San Pedro),

Price of a burger: ₡4,900-6,600 ($9.80-13)

Price of a beer: ₡2,000 ($4)

Henry’s Beach Café

Address: 400 m north of Fischel, Guachipelín de Escazú

Contact: 2289-6239,

Price of a burger: ₡4,500 ($9)

Price of a beer: ₡1,900 ($3.80)

Hippos Grill & Tavern

Address: 700 m south of Multiplaza rotary, Escazú

Contact: 2288-1534,

Price of a burger: ₡6,900 ($14)

Price of a beer: ₡1,668 ($3.30)

Goool!!! Sports Bar

Goool Sports Bar

Goool!!! Sports bar in Rohrmoser.

Jessica Phelps

Address: 150 m west of Channel 7, Rohrmoser

Contact: 2290-0216,

Price of a burger: ₡3,000 ($6)

Price of a beer: ₡1,500 ($3)

Mac’s American Bar

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Tasty wings at Mac’s American Bar.

Jessica Phelps

Address: 75 m east of the Contraloría, Sabana Sur

Contact: 2231-3145,

Price of a burger: ₡3,500 ($7)

Price of a beer: ₡1,100-1,300 ($2.20-2.60)

Chubbs Bar

Address: 50 m north of the Del Rey, downtown San José

Contact: 2222-0835,

Price of a burger: ₡3,000 ($6)

Price of a beer: ₡1,200 ($2.40)

Casino Club Colonial

Address: Av. 1, Ca. 9/11, downtown San José

Contact: 2258-2807,

Price of a burger: ₡4,995 ($10)

Price of a beer: ₡1,300 ($2.60)

Sportsmens Lodge

Address: 200 m west of Calderón Guardia Hospital,   Ca. 13, Av. 9/11, Barrio Otoya, San José

Contact: 2221-2533,

Price of a burger: ₡3,500 ($7)

Price of a beer: ₡1,100 ($2.20)


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