La Factoría might have poured fuel on Puerto Rico’s contemporary cocktail scene when it opened in San Juan in 2013, but inside the charming-yet-gritty bar feels as though it’s been around for centuries. The sprawling building hosts a surprising labyrinth of six drinking dens in total, each with different menus and themes catering to guests looking for a slightly different experience. The main bar, El Facto, gives way to other spaces like the wine-focused Vino, the intimate El Desvío, or dance-friendly Shing A’Ling. Cuban-inspired cocktails take centre stage at La Cubanita, and El Final offers a smaller setting for eclectic tastes. The tie that binds each one together is a dishevelled-chic theme that weaves throughout the decor and outstanding cocktails made to showcase Puerto Rican sensibilities conjured up by celebrated bartender (and co-founder) Roberto Berdecia. Whether you’re seeking a night of festive dancing over Lavender Mules with friends, or a quiet contemplative cocktail for date night, this San Juan bar is a must.
La Factoría is again named The Best Bar in the Caribbean 2023, sponsored by Scrappy's Bitters.