There’s been a number of rooftop bars opening over the past few years and Panama City’s tropical climate creates the perfect environment for them. Check out these places and enjoy the spectacular views, a refreshing cocktail, and beautiful people.


Selina

Selina is where you’ll find the cool kids of Panama City sipping on cocktails and craft beer. The decor is tropical chic, utilizing lots of plants and vibrant murals splashed along the walls. They organize lots of weekly events like live salsa music, electronic music DJs, acoustic concerts, and more – so you can always count on something going on. You can also stay at Selina (use promo code PTYLIFE-PANAMA for 5% off) if you want to always be in the middle of the action.

Address: Casco Viejo, Click here for location on Google Maps


Vista Corona

Photo via @vistacoronapanama

The newly opened Vista Corona rooftop offers a fabulous place to watch the sunset and enjoy a drink. And if you are there during sunset (around 6 pm) they give all attendees a Coronita beer for a group cheers.

Address: Casco Viejo, Click here for location on Google Maps


Isaki

Photo via @isakicasco

Isaki has a beautiful rooftop terrace where you can enjoy one of their creative Asian-inspired dishes and creative cocktails.

Address: Casco Viejo, Click here for location on Google Maps


El Faro

Photo via @elfarodelcascoantiguo Instagram

El Faro has one of the best views and sits on the border of Casco Viejo and the skyscrapers of Panama City view a gorgeous view of both. They are famous for their seafood dishes, mojitos, and other rum-based drinks.

Address: 5 de Mayo, Click here for location on Google Maps


W Panama

Photo via @wpanama Instagram

The W Panama is located in the heart of Panama City’s shiny skyscrapers and offers a gorgeous view from the pool terrace. It’s technically not a rooftop but it’s high up enough and makes a great spot to socialize with a cocktail.

Address: Obarrio, Click here for location on Google Maps


Capital Bistro 

Photo via @capitalbistropanama

As you enter the historic Casco Viejo district, Capital Bistro is probably the first rooftop you’ll notice. It’s perched right at the entrance with a beautiful view of the ocean and skyline.

Address: Casco Viejo, Click here for location on Google Maps


Casa Casco

Casa Casco features three different restaurants, a nightclub, and a beautiful rooftop terrace overlooking the historic district. My advice is to head up here at 6 pm for a spectacular view of the sunset.

Address: Casco Viejo, Click here for location on Google Maps


Tantalo

Photo via @tantalhotel Instagram

Tantalo was the first rooftop bar in Casco Viejo and it’s still one of the best. The hipster stringed lights and view of the modern Panama City skyline is the perfect ambiance to sip on a passion fruit mojito. There’s also something going on almost every night of the week like live art on Tuesday, latin music on Wednesday, ladies night on Thursday, and a mix of music on the weekend. Plus they have an amazing happy hour on weekdays with half price drinks before 7 pm. 

Address: Casco Viejo, Click here for location on Google Maps


Panaviera

The Panaviera is located on the 66th floor of the Ocean Sun Casino, part of the JW Marriott Hotel and has the best view of a city sunset. As you walk in, the doors open to an over-the-top infinity pool flowing over the cityscape. The rooftop opens at 5 pm and I recommend arriving at that time to catch the last glimpse of the sun going down over the hills. 

Address: Punta Pacifica, Click here for location on Google Maps


Lazotea

Photo via @lazotea_rooftop Instagram

Lazotea is located on the rooftop of Hotel Casa Panama and boasts great ocean and city views. It’s an ideal place to have dinner & drinks before heading out to one of the more rowdy places in Casco Viejo to party.

Address: Casco Viejo, Click here for location on Google Maps


AC Hotel 

Photo via @acpanamacity Instagram

The AC Hotel is also located in the city center and offers a sweeping view with an incredible infinity pool. The cocktail bar on the roof is only opened on the weekend but you can buy a drink on the lobby level any time and bring it up.

Address: Obarrio, Click here for location on Google Maps


Numen

One of the highlights at La Concordia Hotel can be found at the Numen Rooftop where a striking 360º view of Panama City’s skyline offers a priceless way to admire the city’s iconic landmarks. This gastro lounge offers a wide variety of cocktails and fusion tapas, hookahs, and live music to enchant your night out in Casco Viejo.

Address: Casco Viejo, Click here for location on Google Maps


Compadre Barber’s Club

Photo via @compadrebarberspty Instagram

Compadre is a five-floor building in Casco Viejo with a different ambiance on each floor. The first floor houses a super hip barbershop and as you climb the stairs you’ll find a tattoo studio, vintage museum, bar, and of course – the rooftop.

Address: Casco Viejo, Click here for location on Google Maps


Gatto Blanco

Gatto Blanco is an intimate rooftop in Casco Viejo that’s not overly fancy or pretentious and they always have good electronic house music playing if you’re into that.

Address: Casco Viejo, Click here for location on Google Maps



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I'm Joey, a guy from Louisville, Kentucky that packed up and studied abroad in Panamá at the age of 20 and haven't moved back since. What started as a semester trip to Panamá has turned into 10+ years of living in Latin America and becoming a full-time travel blogger. I now rotate between living in Panama City, Bogotá, and Lima. Follow me on Instagram @joeybonura for more updates on my life abroad!

14 Comments

  1. We went to The Roof yesterday, the promotion for 2 for 1 beers is in fact for Fridays, not Thursdays.

  2. Rocio Szpilfegiel

    Visiting Panama with my son (23) to celebrate his graduation! I have not been in Panama in over 30 years! and want to show my son the beauty of my country, looking for Roof Top Amazing views but suitable for mom son quality time…….Will appreciate your comments

  3. Omegaman

    1400 and barlovento are WAAAAYYYY overpriced!!

  4. Great line up. There are 10 girls heading to Panama in February and we want to make it an aamzing weekend. Where is the ultimate best, yet classy place to party? Keep in mind we are all closer to 30 than 20??

    • Brian Gregory

      Casco viejo has several clubs and bars for partying. You can walk around in the old town at night it was very safe and you can follow the crowds to the different spots. There is also a bar crawl company that does bar hopping there in casco.

  5. Hey Joey, you should check out floor 15 on the best Western plus zen hotel, it has a nice rooftop bar. Pending a second floor inauguration

  6. Paola Elizaga

    next post – underground bars: Relic, Onplog, El Apartamento 🙂

  7. A great idea, enjoyed reading your round-up of rooftop bars (I didn't know about the Panamericana!) I enjoyed going to the Manrey when it first opened and found the food to be excellent, as well. Today Tantalo has probably taken the number one spot in my list of favorites, since it's so easy to have dinner and drinks there.

    Panama has come a long way from the days when the Costa del Sol housed the only rooftop bar in the city (and the only Indian restaurant in town was downstairs!)

    Cheers!

    Jessica Ramesch
    Panama editor
    International Living

    P.S. You may also be interested in:

    Panama Interesting Facts
    http://internationalliving.com/countries/panama/fact-file/

  8. David Menotti

    I really liked this report. Now I got a couple of places to add at my night's party. Congrats for this blog. We need that kind of blogs in Panama. I would like to read a report about beaches. It could be nice.

  9. Awesome, with the ever-changing nightlife in my home country, it's hard to figure out where to go everything I go back. Keep up the good work!