There are a lot of bars and lounges in Panama where you can stand around, have conversations, and glare at everyone that walks in – but if you want a place where people actually move and dance, these are the places you need to go to in Panama City.
Casa Jaguar starts as a restaurant but once the clock strikes midnight, this place gets wild! The best thing about Casa Jaguar is that it has two ambiances: a large indoor area that places a mix of music and an outdoor patio with electronic music.
La Tana just opened in Casco Viejo and is the current hotspot locals are flocking to for a lush club experience. They typically play a mix of reggaeton, electronic, and current top 40 music. On Fridays, they typically have free shots for ladies from 10 pm to 11 pm.
Teatro Amador is a restored movie theatre from the 1920’s turned into a nightclub and event venue. They play a mix of reggaeton, top 40, and electronic music but attracts a younger clientele of 18-20-year-olds.
Moloko has quietly become one of Panama City’s favorite underground lairs for late night electronic music. The entrance is through a sketchy back alley in Casco Viejo after midnight through a nondescript black door with a red lightbulb overhead.
La Buat is a very local bar in Casco that tends to have electronic music DJs on Friday and reggaeton / Latin music on Saturday. Regardless of the genre, people here like to dance!
Marietta offers a full nightclub experience and typically has free drinks for ladies who arrive before midnight.
La Septima Central gets super crowded on Friday & Saturday but makes a fun spot to go dancing! They typically have a mix of reggaeton and U.S. top 40 music.
Keep in might that most people go out on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The majority of the nightclubs are located in the Casco Viejo neighborhood and NOT the downtown highrise area. Expect the clubs to be empty if you arrive before midnight as Panamanians like to go out late and stay until the 4 am closing time.