Whether you’re in Panama City for business, shopping, sightseeing, or just a quick layover, everyone likes a drink at the end of the day, right? And there are no shortage of excellent bars where you can kick back and absorb the nightlife of this awesome city. Here are a few of our top picks:
La Rana Dorada: Micro brewing is fairly new to Panama, but Rana Dorada, named after the endangered Panamanian frog, is doing a pretty good job so far. They offer 5 delicious local brews, including a Pale Ale, Pilsner, Belgian Ale and an India Pale Ale. Ask for the sampler if you’re having trouble deciding. Oh, and the beers go especially well with their top-notch pizza and ceviche.
Tantalo Rooftop Bar: Great views of Panama City’s skyline and bay and delicious snacks from the rooftop of Tantalo Boutique Hotel, situated in the historic Casco Viejo neighborhood. Have dinner at their first floor tapas restaurant- super yummy and lots of ambience, then head up to the roof to feel the cool evening air and soak up the view.
S’cena/Platea: Love live music? Then step into this gem of a bar and take a trip back in time surrounded by cozy 1920’s decor. A charming dance and dinner joint, Platea offers regular live jazz shows and fantastic Salsa bands, while upstairs, S’cena fills you up with a tasty mediterranean-inspired menu.
Republik Bar: A small and relaxing bar that despite its political theme—pictures of past Panamanian presidents adorn the wall—attracts a younger crowd. Features a pool table, outdoor seating, and appetizers.
The Londoner: Located in the middle of Calle Uruguay in the business district, The Londoner is a low key spot to drink your pint in the cozy atmosphere of an Englishman’s den. In addition it offers the ubiquitous british deep fried foods (Fish and Chips anyone?) and a pool table. It’s also one of the few bars in the city that will be lively at the beginning of the week.