So, you made your dream vacation a reality. Now that you've arrived, the first thing you want to do is go out and celebrate your first night in Panama! Panama's nightlife can be as basic as a local watering hole or as wild as the all-night dance clubs along Calle Uruguay in Panama City. Backpacker destinations such as Bocas Town have funky, bohemian hangouts; nicer hotels usually have bars or restaurants with pleasant areas to drink and chat.
You may find yourself listening to a new band and pickup up new moves in one of Panama's nightclubs, then spend the next evening at a beachside bash on Isla Colón in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. Wherever you go, you'll have a great time enjoying Panama's music and meeting locals. Be sure to keep a little bit of Panama currency (balboa coins or U.S. paper dollars) for tipping! Have fun perusing this list of Panama's nightlife offerings, but have even more fun at the cozy cocktail lounges, international bars, and dance discos you'll soon be heading to!
#1: Panama City
Panama City is a young, modern city, so you can find plenty of hotspots that feature DJs playing top 40 hits and electronic music. Many of these nightlife destinations also offer the same type of drink specials and happy hours that you’ll find back home. Check out rooftop clubs and restaurants that transform into bumping dance floors after midnight.
Make sure to visit distinctive spots like Villa Agustina, the oldest bar in Casco Viejo. The historic neighborhood of Casco Viejo has a nice collection of bars located fairly close together, making for a charming spot to go bar-hopping. Many of Panama City’s revelers end up on Calle Uruguay, Panama City’s most exciting destination for nightlife. This is where you’ll find the highest concentration of late night destinations where you can dance until the early morning hours.