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Piña Calavera, Panama City | Courtesy of Piña Calavera
Piña Calavera, Panama City | Courtesy of Piña Calavera

The Best Concert Venues in Panama City

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Updated: 15 September 2017

Whether you’re craving a large-scale Shakira concert, or you’re looking for an intimate live jazz performance, Panama City‘s music scene has got you covered. Here are the best concert venues in Panama‘s capital city.

Figali Convention Center

The Figali Convention Center is an indoor sports arena that was built in 2003 to host the Miss Universe Pageant that took place in Panama. Located in Fort Amador, in Panama City, the venue hosts the biggest concerts of the country, featuring world-renowned starts ranging from Ricky Martin to Justin Bieber.

Avenida Amador, Panama City, Panama, +507 906 5812

Danilo’s Jazz Club

Danilo’s Jazz Club is a bar and music venue located in the American Trade Hotel, in a beautiful colonial mansion in Casco Viejo. Founded by the Grammy-winning Panamanian jazz pianist and composer Danilo Perez, the 50-seat club hosts international as well as national artists, many of whom are educated by the Perez Foundation.

Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama, +507 211 2000

Danilo’s Jazz Club, Panama City | Courtesy of Danilo’s Jazz Club

Teatro Amador

The Amador Theatre was inaugurated in 1912. For many years it served as a cinema, screening silent movies, and it was also the headquarter of the Amador Amusement Company. The theatre was abandoned after the US invasion. It was not until its restoration in 2012 that it became a cultural platform that hosts art shows and mainly concerts.

Avenida Central, Panama City, Panama, +507 212 1565

Teatro Amador, Panama City | © Courtesy of Teatro Amador

Teatro Balboa

The Balboa Theatre was inaugurated in 1950 by Panama’s Canal Company with the goal of becoming the entertainment hub for all the American inhabitants of the areas of Balboa, and Diablo en la Boca, next to the Canal Zone. Though it mainly served as a cinema, it also hosted some theatre and music performances. The Theatre was handed over to the National Institute for Culture in 1979 and is now a concert venue.

Avenida Arnulfo Arias Madrid, Panama City, Panama, +507 6592 4626

El Sotano

Located in a large yellow villa in Bella Vista, El Sotano (meaning “The Basement”) is an events venue where no two nights are ever the same. From rock music to indie jams, concerts feel like a big house party where people meet up to have fun and listen to their favourite tunes whilst having one or two drinks.

Avenida Federico Boyd, Panama City, Panama, +507 6617 3038

Piña Calavera

Piña Calavera (literally translated as ‘pineapple skull’) is a funky underground venue located in Casco Viejo that hosts live music and concerts from Thursday to Saturday. Great for listening to some alternative tunes.

Calle 11 Este, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama, +507  6037 7968

Piña Calavera, Panama City | Courtesy of Piña Calavera

Roberto Durán Arena

Named after Panama’s boxing legend, the Roberto Durán Arena is a huge indoor sporting space and concert venue in Panama City. With a capacity of over 8,400 spectators, it hosts the most popular events in town, ranging from Justin Bieber’s performances to the Pope’s visit.

Calle 116 Este, Panama City, Panama