Panama City

Panama City's after-dark offerings range from a quiet drink on historic Plaza Bolívar to dancing until dawn at one of the clubs on Calle Uruguay, with plenty of options in between. Although there are bars everywhere, nightlife is concentrated in Casco Viejo, El Cangrejo, and Calle Uruguay, though there are also a few options in the Area Bancária and Punta Paitilla.

Casco Viejo is the city’s nightlife epicenter, with a variety of bars and clubs that rock into the wee hours on weekends. The Calzada de Amador is the place to head for a quiet drink with lovely ocean views. The streets around Calle Uruguay are packed on weekends, when a predominantly young crowd fills its bars and dance clubs. There are also a few night spots in El Cangrejo and Punta Paitilla, where a couple of hotel bars have amazing views.

The nicest casinos are in, or next to, the city's big hotels, namely the Panama Marriott, Veneto, Trump Ocean Club, and El Panamá, and often have excellent bands performing Latin music in their bars.

The city's dance clubs play a broad mix of music that includes pop, salsa, reggaetón, and house music. Cover charges run between $5 and $10, and sometimes include a drink.

There are also strip clubs, locally called "nightclubs," scattered between the Area Bancária and El Cangrejo, which have traditionally catered to business travelers, but are becoming a bit of a tourist attraction in their own right. Prostitution is legal in Panama, but streetwalking is not, so representatives of the world's oldest profession gather at a few of its bars and casinos.

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  • 1. Danilo's Jazz Club

    Panama City | Music Clubs

    Named for Panamanian jazz legend Danilo Pérez, this 50-seat venue has quickly become one of Panama City's premier live music venues. Small and...Read More

  • 2. Ego y Narciso

    Bars/Pubs

    This tapas restaurant has tables on Plaza Bolívar, with views of the illuminated Iglesia de San Francisco and other historic structures, making...Read More

  • 3. Tántalo

    Bars/Pubs

    The rooftop bar of this hip hotel has a great view of the city's skyline beyond the ancient roofs of Casco Viejo. Weekends vibrate with the...Read More

  • 4. Altabar

    Dance Clubs

    One of Panama's hottest dance clubs, Altabar has DJs from Wednesday to Saturday and a sleek decor of white sofas and a black tile floor. There...Read More

  • 5. Azul

    Bars/Pubs

    This pool bar and grill on the 13th floor of the Trump Hotel is a popular weekend spot, thanks to its impressive view of the sea and the skycrapers...Read More

  • 6. Bora Bora Panamá

    Dance Clubs

    This spacious dance hall (formerly known as Habana Panamá) hosts a variety of DJs, live music, and musical styles, from rap to salsa to electronica...Read More

  • 7. Casablanca

    Bars/Pubs

    Casablanca, on the ground floor of the old Hotel Colombia, has tables on beautiful Plaza Bolívar, which is a great spot for a drink and conversation...Read More

  • 8. Cielo

    Bars/Pubs

    The pool bar on the roof of the Manrey Hotel is a popular weekend spot. DJs pump the crowd up and the danger of somebody falling into the pool...Read More

  • 9. El Panamá

    Casinos

    The Hotel El Panamá is home to a large Crown Casino that is popular with Panamanians. It includes a bar that regularly hosts live music and...Read More

  • 10. El Pavo Real Panamá

    Bars/Pubs

    El Pavo Real Panamá is an attractive, British-inspired pub on a quiet stretch of Vía Argentina. It has a long bar, indoor and outdoor seating...Read More

  • 11. Habibi's

    Bars/Pubs

    Habibi's is mainly a restaurant, and there are better dining options nearby, but its covered terrace is a good spot for a late-night drink on...Read More

  • 12. Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megalopolis

    Bars/Pubs

    The second floor of this massive hotel has two bars that are sometimes extremely crowded: Bling, a dance club, and Stage Bar, which hosts live...Read More

  • 13. Istmo Brew Pub

    Bars/Pubs

    Istmo Brew Pub, next to Sevilla Suites hotel, serves several overpriced home brews, as well as the city's best selection of imported beers....Read More

  • 14. Jeronimo

    Panama City | Music Clubs

    This attractive venue in Casco Viejo features art exhibits in the front, comfortable seating, and a bar in back, with live jazz by local groups...Read More

  • 15. Kayuco

    Bars/Pubs

    Kayuco is a popular open-air bar and restaurant on the southwest corner of the marina on Isla Flamenco, with a view of the boats and the city...Read More

  • 16. La Rana Dorada

    Bars/Pubs

    This popular microbrewery at the edge of Casco Viejo offers half a dozen home brews and a small menu. You can sit indoors or on the front terrace...Read More

  • 17. Las Bóvedas

    Bars/Pubs

    This French restaurant on Plaza Francia has tables on the plaza and a bar inside one of the Bóvedas (arched, brick chambers dating from the...Read More

  • 18. Las Bóvedas

    Music Clubs

    The bar at the French restaurant Las Bóvedas, on Plaza Francia, usually has live jazz on Friday night. There's a mellower atmosphere than the...Read More

  • 19. Manolo's

    Bars/Pubs

    Manolo's is a café and restaurant on busy Vía Veneto with a wraparound terrace cooled by ceiling fans. There are better places to eat, but the...Read More

  • 20. Martini Bar

    Bars/Pubs

    This large lounge, located in the Radisson Decapolis hotel, was once one of the city's hottest lounges, but it's now a nice spot for a quiet drink. ...Read More

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