2. Caribe Hilton

Caribe Hilton

Gone is the Beachcomber Bar that once lured drinkers to the hotel, so make your way to Caribar, the now de facto Colada maker on the grounds. Blenders are the preferred tool here, so expect an icier rendition of the classic cocktail that’s a bit easier to drink (and refill and drink again).

3. Bar La Unidad – The creative Piña Colada

For another modern take on the drink, head to Bar La Unidad. Bar partner Candido Alfonso describes the bar as a high-end speakeasy, and the team’s riff on the Piña Colada, the Colada Gold, matches that tone. Bartenders combine Bacardi Anejo 4 Year Rum with a house-made spiced syrup, coconut water, pineapple juice, bitters, and, interestingly, fresh lemon juice.

4. Jungle Bird


As part of Colectivo Icaro, a group of all-star cocktail bars in San JuanJungle Bird serves “not tiki, but Taino-tropical drinks.” Tepache, a drink made from fermented pineapple peel and rind, appears all over central America and the Caribbean, but bartenders at Jungle Bird build on the traditional low-ABV beverage to create a new take on the classic Piña Colada. In the Tepache Colada, servers combine tepache with Don Q Oro and coconut cream for a modern cocktail rooted in tradition.

5. La Penúltima

The bartending industry hangout La Penúltima makes a solid rendition of PR’s hometown beverage, Yisell Muxo, director of brand advocacy for Don Q Rum, says. Bartenders from across town come for La Penúltima’s burgers and back patio but also for the elevated Piña Colada. The drink begins with a quick rinse of Amaro Montenegro, followed by Don Q, a house blend of Coco Lopez and high-fat coconut milk, pineapple juice, maraschino liqueur, and a topping of Angostura bitters and cardamom.

6. La Central

La Central