The 10 Best Bars in Casco Viejo, Panama

Courtesy of Casa Casco
Courtesy of Casa Casco
Brittney Schering

Night owls unite for a good time in Casco Viejo, Panama City’s unique district that comes to life after dark. Whether in search of a romantic restaurant and bar overlooking the city, or a nightclub with eclectic music and party people, Casco Viejo offers an extraordinary social experience with streets full of celebratory energy. Try them all with this ultimate list of Casco Viejo’s 10 best – perfect for bar-hopping the night away.

1. Casa Casco

Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub, Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Pub Grub

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With three restaurants, a nightclub and a gorgeous rooftop overlooking the historic district, Casa Casco is a favorite among locals and travelers. It’s an especially great spot to watch the sun go down if you get there early enough.

2. Danilo Perez Jazz Bar

Bar, Nightclub, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

Located inside the elegant American Trade Hotel, this live jazz bar offers a unique experience for music lovers who enjoy sipping signature cocktails while listening to fantastic rhythms and harmonies.

3. 360 Rooftop

Bar, Pub Grub

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The truth is in the name of this recent addition to Casco Viejo’s collection of rooftop bars – 360-degree views of the city. Pair the exceptional views with a two-for-one happy hour from 5-8 p.m. to get the evening underway.

5. Jeronimo

Art Gallery

Feeling the art scene of Tantalo, but ready to move on to the next bar? Jeronimo offers an upscale art gallery and bar. This sophisticated dual-purpose watering hole is famous for hosting joint art shows and a late-night social scene simultaneously. Creative folks love Jeronimo. If you are partial to art, or the art-inclined, check this place out. Do dress to impress.

6. BarLovento

Bar, Pub Grub

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Rooftop-hopping is possible with so many options in Casco Viejo. Check out BarLovento next for a hookah lounge rooftop bar with an incredible view and cozy seating. Occasionally silent films are featured on a large outdoor screen. While BarLovento doesn’t have a dress code, patrons do dress well.

7. Platea Jazz Bar

Bar, Pub Grub

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If you finished your cocktail at Danilo and are ready to try another spot but still feel that jazz, head over to Platea Jazz Bar. This live music location mostly features jazz, but also adds a hint of salsa to spice things up.

8. Relic

Bar, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub

This incredibly unique bar boasts an underground, open-roof bar inside the ever-popular hostel, Luna’s Castle. Always booming with locals and backpackers, Relic recently opened a VIP lounge upstairs, too. With both indoor and outdoor seating, this Casco staple is a must-visit when in Panama.

9. Casa Jaguar

Bar, Nightclub, Gastropub, Restaurant, Beer, Pub Grub

Ready to kick things up a notch? Casa Jaguar is a fantastic, upscale nightclub popular among beautiful people who love to get their groove on. Expect a packed dance floor full of eye candy. Casa Jaguar also features a restaurant and art gallery with a strict dress code.

10. La Vecindad

Bar, Pub Grub

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Keep dancing at La Vecindad, which translates to “neighborhood.” True to its name, this neighborhood bar is a local outdoor hotspot with a large crowd, live DJ and loud reggaetón which results in lots of lavish dancing.

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