HERES OUR LATEST UPDATE ON PANAMA CITY NIGHTLIFE
It’s based on getting to each place from the hostel, but nothing is far away
PLACES TO EAT
Close by are a number of budget cafes and restaurants. On Via España (turn left from the hostel and across the road) there are at least 3 cafeteria style places. Café Reina isn?t bad. Across Via Espana is the Farmacias Arrocha, turn left here and youll find a shady looking Chinese place on the left hand side about halfway down the street. Look for the black windows. The food is good, its cheap and there is A LOT of it. Just before the Chinese place is a fast food fried chicken place called Pio Pio. Keep going down the street and on the next corner across the road youll find a local place with Panamanian food. Beers are cheap and the food is good. On Via Espana to the right (about 3 blocks away) youll find Mcdonalds.
A bit further afield youll find plenty of western (more expensive) places. Via Argentina is about a 20 minute walk (left on Via Espana), or a short taxi ride away. Some good choices there are The Green House, Manolos, El Trapiche and the New York Bagel Café. The bagel café is great for breakfast and lunch. Theres lots of other options, you just need to get there and walk.
Via Veneto (Via Espana, turn left 15 minute walk) has the Veneto casino which can fun for eating at and watching the hookers in action. If you walk around this area youll find a lot of places. Beruit, close to the Marriot hotel, is a popular place for middle eastern food.
Calle Uruguay is popular for going out and for eating. Its about a 25 minute walk away (left on Via Espana, go past the Shell gas station. Just past the gas station youll see traffic lights, take the next turn to the right after the traffic lights.. Down the hill, across the big street, keep going up the hill, then down the other side. Youll see Hooters and turn right. The whole area is called Calle Uruguay, dont miss some of the places on the side streets. Try Habibis, upstairs at La Bodaguita and Sahara. Athens, at the start of the street opposite Hooters, is a great option for good, cheap greek food.
The Causeway is another place with lots of options. Youll need a taxi at night time ($5-6) but its probably worth it. Theres great views over the sea and back to the city. At the end of the causeway near the Marina is Cayukos. Its cheap, popular and has good food and beer. Its also one of the few good outdoor eating options, certainly the only one on the water. Facing the Marina its on the left near the slipway for the boats.
There is an expensive vegetarian restaurant on Via Argentina. (haven’t try it yet). And a hindu restaurant, somewhere around Calle 50. Also the Rastafarian cafe on a side street of Via Veneto.
You can buy veggy food in the Riva Smith supermarket (and falafels in the kosher supermarket).
Kosher Super Market: There is a kosher super market in Punta Paitilla near the Multicentro Shopping Mall, and another one actually in Multicentro.
The Panamanian people love a party – a fact reflected in a wide variety of nightlife spots-bars, discos, pubs and casinos. It all takes place in three sectors of the city: the business district, Casco Viejo, and the spectacular Amador Causeway connecting a string of Panama Bay islands with ocean and city views both day and night.
As in any big city, keep to the lighted main streets and have a great time. Taking a taxi from the hotel is a safe way and relatively cheap way to get to any of these places.
Close by are a couple of decent local options (very local??). Across Via Espana is the Farmacias Arrocha, turn left here and about halfway down on the left hand side of the road is BAR 37. Beers are cheap and they have ok music and a dance floor. Keep going down the street and turn to the right, on the next corner on the left side of the road is El Maison de Perez. Its on the first floor. This is a good place for local salsa and draws a good crowd. Again, beers are cheap and often they have 2 for 1 mixed drinks. These are a good option for a local night out, but its probably wise to be aware of who youre talking to in here. Violence is rare in Panama, but these places can attract a shadier type of clientele. Dont let that put you off going though, why would you come to Panama if you just wanted to hangout in places like back home
Calle Uruguay has some of the best options of clubs and bars. This is where you go to see and be seen. And youll pay for it. Most clubs have an entrance fee of $10-15 and beers cost $2-3. It can be cheaper if you go before 11pm, especially for the girls. Guys, if some hot girl is talking to you, its probably not because she likes your good looks, if you know what I mean??.
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 LoungeAn 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
Sahara The full package a nightclub, disco, pool hall, outdoor patio and restaurant. Located on Calle 48, across from Gauchos Steakhouse.
Mystik: A pretty 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
The old town as they say have 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.
Scena Platea Take a trip back in time at this cozy, 1920’s decorated, charming entertainment joint. Live jazz shows Thursdays and a very popular salsa night with a live salsa band on Fridays.
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