The Panamanian people love a party, a fact reflected in a wide variety of nightlife spots, bars, discos, pubs and casinos. Most of the best places are located in three sectors of the city: the business district, Casco Viejo, and the spectacular Amador Causeway connecting a string of Panama Bay islands, with great ocean and city views both day and night.
As in any big city, its advisable to keep to populated and well lit main streets. Have a great time and drink sensibly. Taking a taxi from the hotel is a safe and relatively cheap way to get to any of these places
These are a good option for a local night out, but its wise to be aware of who you are talking to in here. Violence is rare in Panama, but these places can attract a shadier type of clientele. Don’t let that put you off going though, why would you come to Panama if you just wanted to hangout in places like back home
The Londoner: Low key, a place to drink your Chivas or hops in the atmosphere of an Englishman’s den. In addition it offers deep fried foods and a pool table. One of the only places you’ll find happening on a Monday or Tuesday. Located in the middle of Calle Uruguay. Tel: 214-4883.
Cielo, Manrey Rooftop Pool Bar and Lounge An upscale and unique venue, they frequently feature DJs and events—check it out for yourself. Calle 48 Este
Urbano Bar This is stylish retro themed bar with mostly chilled out electronic and ambient music. Calle 48, above the Palms restaurant
Mystik: A popular club with a dark setting, small dance floor and couches to lounge on. Located on Calle 47 east of Calle Uruguay, Bella Vista.
Moods: Popular nightclub recently renovated. Mostly reggae and Latin music with the occasional cover band. Located on Calle 48, Bella Vista.
S6IS: Pronounced “seis.” Upstairs from Prive, this local plays mostly electronic music. Mostly standing room making it intimate and easy to meet people
Prive: Chic, classy and quiet place for a more select 25-35 crowd
This is the old town of Panama City. There are plenty of bars and clubs to fill your night with,from the hostel a taxi will be around $4 per taxi which will take around five minutes.
Habana Panama: A salsa dance club with live music that brings Cuba from the 1950’s to Panama. This is where The Bachelor and his date got a salsa lesson. Enjoy watching fantastic salsa dancers or join in on the fun. Located on Calle Eloy Alfaro and Calle 12 Este
Tantalo Rooftop Bar Great views of Panama City’s skyline and bay and delicious snacks from the rooftop of Tantalo Boutique Hotel. Have dinner at their first floor tapas restaurant, super yummy and lots of ambience.
Barlovento Rooftop Bar A very popular rooftop bar with Casco views. A hip local crowd plus visitors.
Relic One of the most interesting bars in Panama City because of it’s location- inside a stone cellar attached with historic city walls that date back hundreds of years. They have indoor and outdoor seating and cater to a wide variety of musical tastes
La Rana Dorada Micro brewing is fairly new to Panama. Nobody has carried out the craft better than Rana Dorada, named after the endangered Panama frog. So far it offers 5 brews: a Pale Ale, Pilsner, Belgian Ale and an India Pale Ale. Ask for a courtesy sampling of courtesy sampling to help you decide. It will go well with their delicious pizza and ceviche
Di Vino Enoteca A trendy new Italian bar and restaurant that features a wide selection of wines. It’s open late and is described as a “place to share culture, philosophy, tastes and passions.” Located on Ave. A and 4th St. in Casco Viejo
Vieja Havana Authentic Cuban Bar with Cuban food and drinks, including the largest selection of rum in Panama. Located on Ave. B and 5th St.
Mojitos Sin Mojitos This restaurant-bar specializes in the three B’s: Beer, BBQ and Burgers. Eat on the patio surrounded by stone walls hundreds of years old. On the Corner of Plaza Herrera.