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Bar Arriba

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$$ - $$$
Bar, Spanish, Pub
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Main Street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 1052
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Marbella, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Christian who manages the are is always around to ensure this bar runs at a high level. The food here is some of the best in town. Great spot to watch sports and turn into the best night club in town at night.

Thank Darcy B
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are in Samara twice a year and we always eat at Bar Arriba 2 or 3 times during our stay. The restaurant is on the 2nd level and overlooks the main street of Samara. At dusk, across the street you can hear a cacophany of birds as they settle in for the night. In the rainy season, it's the... More 

Thank mel_T19
Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We (stupidly) planned our vacation during the first round of the NHL playoffs. We scrambled to find somewhere to watch the games and we stumbled upon Bar Arriba. They were so nice and accommodating. We watched three Leafs games here throughout our vacation. The food was delicious, the drinks were cheap, and the staff was great, even while we were... More 

Thank _brittneycapati
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good bar with awesome food, drinks and any sport you want to watch, we went and watched the Toronto maple leafs playoffs games. Happy hour is 5-7 everyday for 2 for 1 drinks.

Thank Scottcan D
Orlando, Florida
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Stopped for some drinks and noticed its located next to a hostel, therefore bringing out lots of party people. Cool vibe and live music, drinks were inexpensive and good.

Thank wanderlusttt89
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Had dinner here once the first night of my 16 day stay, and a drink my last night here. Based on one dinner I would say the food appears good but the vibe is not welcoming. Each time, the bartender was....como se dice, a punk!

Thank Michael D
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Bar Arriba is everything a sports bar in Samara should be. It has multiple TV's and one really big screen TV for special events (Soccer is big!) Darts are played. Tables next to side are great for people watching down on street. Good bar food, drinks and some microbrews served. Also some good entrees. Love the chicken kababs. Great place... More 

Thank James C
Cambridge, Canada
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 10 March 2017

I ate at Bar Arriba a few times whilst visiting Samara. The food was great, large portions and good value for money. The service was good and quick. Good atmosphere. Recommend it.

Thank nmiddlet0n
Level Contributor
18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

We went here our first night in Samara. We ordered chicken skewers and a chicken wrap. Both were good and decently priced, drinks were a little over priced. Our waitress was a friendly American expat who gave us tips on where to go out in Samara. This seems to be a popular spot for young tourists, it's next to a... More 

Thank Victoria H
Rochester, New York
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

The food is standard american fare the bar and music make this a popular place almost nightly. The satellite TV brings in sports from around the world and we got to watch Football Bowl games and NHL hockey while drinking and eating in paradise. good fun. Ya gotta go when DJ Rai A Nai is playing!

Thank kmcgpace

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Spanish, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 1052

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?