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There are many places in Panama City where you can find good food, excellent bars and discotheques, but Calle Uruguay, located in the neighborhood of Bella Vista, seems to have a great concentration of them. You can literally leave one bar or restaurant and step into another just a few meters away. The street and those around it come alive at night with hundreds of revelers looking for the best happy hour, food or music.
After 11:00 pm when most restaurants are closed, street vendors are at hand if you are feeling hungry. They have an amazing array of food such as hot dogs, hamburgers, stuffed arepas (a Colombian corn tortilla full of cheese, chicken and other toppings) and even tacos with all the trimmings, including the hottest and tastiest sauce you have ever tried in your life.
Once your hunger has been satisfied it is time to hit the discotheques. Alta Bar is the place to go if you want to drink, eat and dance under one roof. Its lively atmosphere attracts the young and the beautiful with great music and promotions at weekends. If you want to celebrate a special event you can make reservation on their website www.altabarpanama.com.
The Londoner is a low key place to drink your Chivas or beer in the atmosphere of an English pub. In addition it offers pub food and the famous English ‘ fish and chips’. This is one of the few places you’ll find something happening on a Monday or Tuesday night. Their pool tale is a popular feature. Located in the middle of Calle Uruguay: Tel: 214-4883.
Cielo, Manrey Rooftop Pool Bar and Lounge is situated on the roof of the Manrey Hotel. The rooftop terrace has a small swimming pool, cabañas and great lounge music. It is similar to the rooftops in Miami with its white decor, palm trees, wooden deck and a pool in the middle. If you like sun, swimming, cocktails and partying this is a great rooftop bar. It is known for its delicious burgers. For more information call 203-0000.
Mystik is a pretty popular club with a dark setting, small dance floor and couches to lounge on, so it is perfect for friends who want to dance but also want to have a good conversation. It is located on Calle 47, east of Calle Uruguay, Bella Vista. For more information call 380-0550.
Moods is a popular nightclub recently renovated. It plays mostly reggae and Latin music with the occasional cover band. It is located on Calle 48, Bella Vista. For more information call 263-4923.
S6IS, pronounced “seis” is located upstairs from Prive, this bar has mostly electronic music. There is often only standing room, making it intimate and easy to meet people. For more information call 264-5237
Prive is a chic, classy and quiet place for a more select 25-35 crowd. For more information call 264-7711.
Sahara is the full package – a nightclub, disco, pool hall, outdoor patio and restaurant. It is located on Calle 48, across from Gauchos Steakhouse. For more information call 214-8284.
These are some of the discotheques in the area for those interested in discovering Panama’s nightlife.