Restaurants and nightlife

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visitor19-16_suple_Page_22_Image_0005Panama City has always had a lively nightlife scene to rival that of any in cities many times its size. Panama restaurants can compare favorably with those in any part of the world and cater to all tastes and pockets. Carousing has been a national pastime since the days of the conquistadores. Panama City has a number of zones that attract the night time crowd.

Calle Uruguay

This is the designated “pink zone” of the metropolis. It offers the largest concentration of clubs, bars and restaurants in a chic urban area right in the heart of the city. Whether watching the action from a restaurant, dancing the night away to electronic music, singing karaoke, moving to reggaeton beats or enjoying a pint at an English Pub, Calle Uruguay is a great place to be.

Casco Antiguo

Panama City’s Old Quarter is experiencing a resurgence in culture and nightlife. As the quarter has gradually undergone a process of restoration over the past couple of decades, so have appeared bars, restaurants and clubs along the balconied streets and in the ancient plazas, not to forget exclusive rooftop options.

Zona Viva

Out on the Amador Causeway, where many of the city’s fine restaurants can be found, there is another bar and discotheque complex called Zona Viva where numerous establishments offer different themes and options for all tastes

Other areas that hold pockets of nightlife include Vía Argentina, with its good selection of restaurants and San Francisco, where the LiBar restaurant/club is popular as is the renovated terrace bar at the Sheraton Hotel. The Marbella neighborhood boasts the Nuvo Club in Plaza New York, the chic Perla Lounge at the World Trade Center, the Hard Rock Hotel and the Lobby bar at the Decapolis Hotel.

“Gentlemen’s clubs”

Elite, located on Calle 50, offers continuous shows seven nights a week. Le Palace, located opposite the Executive Hotel offers continuous shows each night from 10:30 p.m

Folklore Shows

Restaurant Las Tinajas offers shows each evening from Tuesday through Saturday while Pencas on the Amador Causeway has a show every Wednesday evening..


Casinos are, situated in or adjacent to some of the big hotels (check out the Hotel El Panama), offering action, music and shows.