For a Central American beach town, the nightlife scene in Monterrico  is pretty tame (weekends aside). This is certainly not your average “spring break” destination. Most places close at 10 p.m., with only a few exceptions.
The liveliest place in town is Johnny’s Place (right on the beach, tel. 4369-6900, www.johnnysplacehotel.com ), where the party goes until 1 A.M on weekends.
Another hotspot is El Animal Desconocido (8 p.m.–1 a.m. Thurs.–Sat.), where you can chill out to an eclectic mix of dance and rock music in a colorful atmosphere.
Another good option for a drink is Taberna El Pelícano, behind Johnny’s Place, but it also closes early.
The poolside bar at El Marlin is another popular watering hole. It sometimes closes late.
A great place to watch the sunset and enjoy a drink is Mañanitas Beach Lounge (tel. 5771-7768, 11 a.m.–1 a.m. daily), situated above the beach with a second-story patio.