If you know that then you may also know that two different San Juan bars claim to have invented this popular and tasty drink.
We recently visited the restaurant and bar that eventually, after a long battle, was officially recognized as the place of origin of the piña colada, Restaurant Barrachina.
We came for the piña coladas but stayed for the atmosphere and the food.
Barrachina Restaurant is located in the heart of Old San Juan on Fortaleza Street and was founded in the late 50’s by Chef Pepe Valencia who hailed from Valencia, Spain.
Located steps away from the Governor’s Mansion, La Fortaleza, Barrachina’s location is ideal and is walking distance from the cruise ships and the hotels in Old San Juan.
The entrance and interior patios of Barrachina are welcoming and comfortable. You are immediately transported to an old world era through the decor and latin music. There is also live music at specific times while you dine.
The restaurant seamlessly divides into different seating areas, each with a different feel and decor. The walls are lined with a large collection of local art and the smells coming from the kitchen are just delightful.
Barrachina serves hundreds of piña coladas on a daily basis, but from what we also came to understand, Chef Pepe was known for his Paella. Well, we ordered and enjoyed both along with stuffed fried plantains!
After a couple more rounds of piña colada it was fully clear to us that Barrachina and Bartender Don Ramon Portas Mingot did a huge favor to society when they combined rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice to create one of the best cocktails on this planet!