Tia Maria Jose de Diego Formerly: aka Tia Maria's Liquor Store

92% love it
Meet the locals
Though there isn't much here in the way of entertainment, Tia Maria's is a great place to meet locals and find out what Puerto Rico is really like. Part of its popularity might be that it is known for serving the strongest drinks on the island.


    • ThenakedislandS
      ThenakedislandS Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Authentic Puerto Rico
      This is a purely Puerto Rican Bar with pool table. The drinks are mega-sized and the prices cheap. If you are looking to escape the tourist zone and see the island in a safe and gay-friendly setting, Tia's is a local favorite. For accurate and updated information on Gay San Juan, visit http://thenakedisland.com

    • serpentdancer
      serpentdancer Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Not too bad.
      Is the greasy bob type place. Just chill and have fun. Great place for daddies!

    • Buttery93
      Buttery93 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Tia Maria
      Nice place, early crowded on starting around 9PM. First spot for everyone to be at a bar, then bar hops to the next one. Little space, so it's a little tight, you have to push or pass a lot of people to make it inside, 2 pool tables, would be better if they only had 1. Cheap drinks and strong! Nice and friendly bartenders. On special ocasions/activities (xmas, valentines and more) they open a second local space to group more people inside. Tuesdays and Sundays they have Karaoke night, horrible awful, avoid at all costs. Nice on friday and saturday evenings. Mixed music as they have a old machine playing cd's so not a great assembly of new music, but that and its regular customers is what makes the place the most known gay bar around the place to be. Friendly crowd.

    • sxmguy
      sxmguy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      This place is where me and friends head first before to head to circle. The drinks are cheap and u always meet someone there. In july 2011 i met a nice doctor there and we talk now and then. Yes its a much older crowed but its fine for me, i hate to much kids as they all have attitude. The Machine that play the music is great. just wish that they only had 1 pool table. 2 is way to much when the places get to busy u cannot walk around good. they should stay a little longer open they will do much better. As that new club Heaven and Hell is not any good and it will close very soon. Cannot wait to come back

    • Tonkatruck
      Tonkatruck Over a year ago
      Hates it

      It's a good place to meet locals. Can be incredibly crowded in the evening. The clientele tends to be in their 30's to 40's mostly. Drinks are well priced and and bartenders are friendly. 2 pool tables in the back but its so tight back there you literally have to move sometimes for them to take a shot. Parking can be a problem and theres always some hustler trying to charge you for a parking space in the street.

    • markcole
      markcole Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Friendly and Fun with Strong Cheap Drinks
      The outside was a bit ghetto, and I felt a little self conscious being stared at by the smokers standing outside while I looked for the doorway to get inside. The people inside were having a good time and real friendly as were the outside smokers when they came back in. The bartenders were a hoot and there was a respectable crowd for 11:30p on a Wednesday night. This was the beginning of our bar crawl and I noticed that much of the crowd from Tia Maria seemed to move with us to the eagle, and beyond.

    • mjpfrank
      mjpfrank Over a year ago
      Hates it

      It's actually called Tia Maria's Liquor Store but is, in fact, a bar that also sells to-go alcohol. I was told by a gay local bartender that this is the place people to after work or in early evenings, so I gave it a try. It was scary! I don't think there was one gay guy there besides my friend and I and it was empty. I was afraid we were going to get robbed! Don't know what the night scene is like but don't go in the early evening!

    • Chuecakid
      Chuecakid Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Best watering hole in SJU
      Strong drinks, yes, but they are also have some great prices. Best place to start the night, spend the evening, or take in a late afternoon. The crowd in the afternoon is totally different than the late night crowd. I remember when nobody went to this place years back when I was living in SJU, now it seems nobody has never been there.

    • tbag
      tbag Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Not only the strongest drinks....
      The cheapest and some hot locals plus niteclub across the street

    • ChicagoGuy
      ChicagoGuy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Start of The Night
      What a great place to start the night. A friend and I came here first each night we went out in San Juan. It is packed with good looking local guys and the drinks are cheap and strong. We came here on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Don't waste your time going out on Mondays or Tuesdays, as there is nothing going on and most places are closed or close early.

    • jyrfuentes
      jyrfuentes Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Best drinks

    • lorenamia
      lorenamia Over a year ago
      Loves it

      i came here to star off the night and let me tell you that it was wall to wall full with local guy none of them cute but friendly i would say not really much for the trans crowd. NOW.....The best part is that you can have two drinks from here and you will not need another for a week"that strong" i guess be cause its a "liquar store" the size of my kitchen that. they can do that but have a friend to handy help drive you home when you get drunk! and you will get drunk...trust me!

    • yanko63
      yanko63 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Spot
      I was a nurse at the De Diego Hospital, one block from Tia Maria, so every night after work I was regular. great people and very friendly staff. Also, great partys on Pride weekend. June 5-7. I will be there this year. Come and celebrate with us. Yanko

    • peerspective
      peerspective Over a year ago
      Loves it

      meet locals
      oposite of starz club, mostly locals, gets crowded early and stays so long, drinks not expensive, often people in front of bar smoking, easy to connect, nice easy place, two billard tables in the back,