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El Sotano is what travel is all about

I heard opera at 5 pm raining over San Jose and knew I had to go inside. Once inside I listened to... read more

Reviewed April 24, 2018
Bangkok, Thailand
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Good time

Great place! We enjoyed the food,drinks, music and casual atmosphere! Our waitress spoke enough... read more

Reviewed April 2, 2018
San Jose, Costa Rica
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24 Apr 2018
“El Sotano is what travel is all about”
2 Apr 2018
“Good time”
Inside a historic Neo-Classical house in the heart of San Jose you will find a wide variety of Art, Music and Culture. 2 Different stages, Art Gallery, Theater, Dance, Alternative Art Spaces, Local Design Shop and Recording Studio. In the basement...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Calle 3 | Corner Avenida 11, 700 Meters North of El Teatro Nacional, San Jose 00506, Costa Rica
+506 2221 2302
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Reviewed April 24, 2018 via mobile

I heard opera at 5 pm raining over San Jose and knew I had to go inside. Once inside I listened to old Latin records, watched a free dance class, ate and drank to my hearts content and will be coming back to listen to...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank cdoyle1307
Jose A, Director General at El Sotano, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2018

Thanks so much for your kind words!!! Hope to have you back

Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Great place! We enjoyed the food,drinks, music and casual atmosphere! Our waitress spoke enough english to help us with the menu. Definetly worth checking out!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank deehanna2017
Reviewed June 18, 2017

I came to Costa Rica 30 years ago. I have been a dancer all of my life & great lover of the Arts in all forms. When El Sotano opened 4+ years ago, I was in sheer heaven. The moment I stepped in the door...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank KatiWinnegrad
Jose A, Propietario at El Sotano, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2017

Thanks for your kind words and support always Katti!!!!

Reviewed February 16, 2017

Dining is from 11 until 8 and the food is good but the real attraction is the music. Blues jam on Mondays. Some really good players and a really friendly of blues fans. There's a room upstairs that is a little larger but most of...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank dirkb231
Reviewed February 15, 2017

At El Sótano you can find a very small place to listen live music form Jazz to Rock. They try always to have good musicians.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank rurolex
Reviewed January 24, 2017

In the small hidden basement you can experiment all kinds of intimate concerts. Check out the programme and go! El Sotano is placed in a very hip area of SJ (or, at least it was i 2014 when I was there!), where there's plenty of...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Sandra E
Reviewed January 19, 2017 via mobile

We spent a few hours here to have drinks and listen to some jazz. Very cool vibe - a visiting guitar player from Mexico did two numbers, then they opened the floor to anyone who wanted to jam. Come early to get a seat, it's...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Sarah G
Reviewed December 21, 2016

From live jazz, rock, poetry and theatre to special vinyl sessions, of very eclectic music, i love this place, is very small, so the vibe is always fine, good to hang out with friends who like to talk, over it, theres another nice bar and...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Eduardo P
Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

I went to El Sotano a couple of times. The best part for me was their sandwiches. They are very nice I would say, also taking in consideration the price. The beers are normal (nothing out of the box) with good price. Overall a nice...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Mohit S
Reviewed November 4, 2016

Small place for some food, bar, jazz and some more. Very nice place to be with friends. Very small room for jazz performances of young musicians, local and international

Date of experience: November 2016
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February 24, 2018|
Response from Corazon_de_melooon_ | Reviewed this property |
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Aqui la música siempre es buena todos los dias de la semana.