The Best Bars in Panama City, Panama

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Martina Gili

Panama City’s tropical climate creates the perfect environment for buzzing nightlife. Whether you’re looking for a rooftop lounge in the financial district or a salsa bar in Casco Viejo, the capital has you covered. Discover the best bars in Panama City with our guide and have a blast in this unique Central American megalopolis.

BITS Hard Rock

The BITS is, quite literally, a bar In The Sky. Situated on the 62nd floor of Panama‘s famous Hard Rock Hotel, this roof lounge is the perfect place to elevate your nightlife to the next level. Besides its extensive cocktail list, BITS also offers spectacular panoramic views of the city, a spacious indoor area and a luxurious outdoor lounge.

Gatto Blanco Rooftop Club

Located at the top of the boutique hotel Gatto Blanco, Gatto Blanco Rooftop Club is one of the most intimate rooftops in Casco Viejo. With a great rotation of national and international DJs, it is home to some of the best electronic music in town. Gatto Bianco also offers a refined cocktail menu to guests and visitors, ensuring you spend a memorable night while enjoying one of the best views in town.

El apartamento y el Sotano

El Apartamento y el Sotano (meaning “The Apartment and the Basement”) is a bar and event venue housed in a large yellow villa in the neighborhood of Bella Vista, where no two nights are ever the same. With rock music in the basement and indie jams in the apartment, it will feel like one big house party where you can make new friends, dance and enjoy a few drinks while listening to your favorite music.


Biergarten is an open-air bar, perfect for hanging out with friends and listening to great music. Located in the financial district of O barrio, Biergarten is a green space at the heart of the city where you will get a chance to taste some of the best national and imported artisanal beers, alongside an excellent selection of dishes, in a casual and relaxing setting.

La Rana Dorada

Besides being one of the most representative animals of the Panamanian fauna, La Rana Dorada (or “Golden Frog”) is a local brewery in Panama that brings a selection of high-quality artisanal beers to the city. These can either be purchased or enjoyed at one of their pubs, located in Via Argentina and in Casco Viejo.

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