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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Mojitos Sin Mojitos

    Bars/Pubs

    This funky little place on the southeast corner of Plaza Herrera looks like a construction site from the street, but at night the ancient walls...Read More

  • 16. The Wine Bar

    Bars/Pubs

    The Wine Bar, located on the ground floor of the Las Vegas Hotel Suites, has live Latin music nightly, mostly mellow duos or a guitarist. They...Read More

  • 17. Vieja Havana

    Bars/Pubs

    Cuban music, a massive, hardwood bar, and walls covered with photos and paintings of Cuba make it easy to imagine you're in Havana's old quarter...Read More

  • 18. DiVino Enoteca

    Casco Viejo | Bars/Pubs

    This corner restaurant and wine bar is a popular spot thanks to a cozy atmosphere, frequent live music, and an excellent selection of wine and...Read More

  • 19. Greenhouse

    Bella Vista | Bars/Pubs

    The Greenhouse is one of the few places in the Calle Uruguay area where you can get a quiet drink on weekends. Seating is amidst the foliage...Read More

  • 20. La Terraza

    El Cangrejo | Bars/Pubs

    La Terraza is a below-street-level bar that's a popular watering hole for expat gringos and Panamanians alike. They serve burgers and other...Read More

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