In Casco Antiguo

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A brief guide to late night partying

The Old Quarter has become Panama City’s epicenter of events for late night partying. It is easy to understand why. The choice of restaurants, bars and nightclubs attracts an international and local mix of cosmopolitan people. There are many options but The Visitor presents here a few top selections to make your night out to Casco Antiguo a memorable one.

Teatro Amador

(www.teatroamador.com)

This old theater space was remodeled and inaugurated last year and has become a mainstay of Casco Antiguo night life. The venue has grown to cater to a steady following of savvy club goers who appreciate a good sound system and a nice space to enjoy it. Electronic acts are a forte, but also of repute are the Late Night Jazz series and stand up acts.

Espacio Panama

(Tel. 211-2758)

This indoor/outdoor bar and dance club pumps the latest electronica hits through its ample sound system. The gutted, Old Quarter structure –several floors in height– gives the impression of an enormous art installation. Resident DJ, Michal Scheffler, is a popular act. Visit their Facebook page for their special events.

Havana Panama

(www.habanapanama.com)

This huge space features a sunken dance floor and an upstairs big enough to get lost in. It has hosted concerts from major artistes from the likes of Rubén Blades and Albita Rodríguez, cementing the venue’s reputation as an Old Quarter staple and a destination for fans of Latin music.

Tántalo Hotel,

(Facebook/TantaloHKR)

The upscale and trendy rooftop bar of the boutique hotel is a popular spot to see and be seen. Tántalo regularly hosts parties, often with a theme, that go well into the night.

Danilo’s Jazz Club

(www.AmericanTradeHotel.com)

The latest addition to the Old Quarter music scene is the realization of a dream for Panamanian jazz legend, Danilo Pérez. The intimate, 50-seat venue hosts local and international musicians, many of whom rose through the ranks of Danilo’s jazz school and foundation that bears his name. Shows take place at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily.

Relic Bar

(www.relicbar.com)

One of the first venues to lead the Old Quarter revival is a basement bar and dance space whose ambience of stone walls, dim lights and modernist touches have made it a popular place for artists and music lovers. Relic is actually the bar of the popular hostel, Luna’s Castle, a fact which ensures mingling with their international clientele.

Barlovento,

(Tel: 6980-9598, 6613-4345)

This rooftop “café and terrace” has become a fixture for the expat crowd intent on making new friends and networking.

Villa Agustina,

(Facebook/lavillaagustina)

This building used to house the area’s main ice factory in the days before refrigeration. Today, the spot features popular events with music from rock bands, rap acts and DJs.

Rana Dorada,

(www.laranadorada.com)

The microbrewery chain manufactures its suds at its Casco Antiguo location, and provides tours several times a week. Ask for a beer flight to try all their delicious concoctions. Its outdoor seating offers good views of the bay.

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