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El Barril

El Barril (1309 Avenida Ashford, C-2, Condado) — If you stop by this neighborhood bar at, say, 9 or 10 pm, you may find yourself alone with the bartender. It doesn’t get going until 11 pm at the earliest, but 1 am is probably better if you want a true taste of San Juan nightlife. It closes, oh, when the last person leaves. There’s music most nights, whether live performances or DJs. Although not a sports bar per se, this sister property of Bar Gitano) is a good spot to catch an important game, whether Champions League soccer or American football. Several local beers are on tap, and there’s also a great passion-fruit-spiked white sangria. Tasty burgers and wings are available if hunger strikes, and you can also order from the tapas menu next door.