BARS AND RESTAURANTS IN COSTA RICA
The drinking age in Costa Rica is 18 years old, and it has become a hot spot for Spring Breakers so remember three things, 1) everyone on vacation likes to get drunk the first night they arrive. 2) Costa Ricans love to drink 3) but they don’t like drunks. Always remember, to respect the country and tip the waitress
Many of the known city bars serve a good variety of beers and cocktails. However, local drinks are by far the most popular and the cheapest.
There are really only two brands of local beer. The most popular, Imperial and Pilsen, are both quite good and have that non-filtered (Mexican) taste to them. Imperial is national beer and is easily distinguished by the black eagle on the label. Bavaria is Costa Rica’s version of a darker, full bodied, beer. Imported beers are available in the more upscale bars, but don't expect to find any in some thatch roof isolated establishment. Imperial and Bavaria cost anywhere from $0.60 USD to $5.00 USD in the upscale bars; and a pocket-drainer in any tourist-trap hotel.
If you are a yuppie wine drinker go to France, because it is not served in every bar or restaurant in Costa Rica. But all is not lost, Costa Rica does have some very good wines that would give the thumbs up to any wine taster. Good wines are sold in specialty stores and you can get them at many of the better hotels. The most popular Costa Rica rum is Ron Centenario but this is on the expensive side, since it is Costa Rica’s premier rum.