Best bars in Panama
BALBOA YACHT CLUB, Amador Causeway – One of Panama’s oldest bars dating back to the early Canal Zone years, now under a giant palm covered terrace on the banks of the Panama Canal.
CAYUCO, Isla Flamenco, Amador Causeway – Open-air relaxed bar over the water.
EL APARTAMENTO-SOTANO, Federico Boyd Avenue, Bella Vista – A relaxed rock n’ rock, culture, art bar with live performances from punk rock to hip hop.
EL PAVO REAL, Via Argentina, El Cangrejo – An English pub with pool tables, darts, pints, pub grub and often live music, open since 1983.
LA RANA DORADA (THE GOLDEN FROG), Near Einstein’s head, Via Argentina, El Cangrejo – A popular Irish-style bar with a large selection of beers, stylish pub décor and street-facing terrace.
SEVEN BAR, Corozal West, Diablo – In an old Panama Canal airplane hangar in the former Canal Zone, Lums offers an American hometown bar atmosphere with pool tables, outdoor garden and juke box.
MOJITOS SIN MOJITOS, Plaza Herrera, Casco Viejo – A laid-back, open-air bar in the old town ruins serving cold beer and burgers and hot dogs off the grill.
PADDY MICK’S, Near the Holiday Inn, City of Knowledge – An Irish pub with indoor and outdoor seating and bar food menu including fish ‘n chips.
PLATEA, Street 1, Casco Viejo – Classy jazz and salsa music venue and bar.
RELIC BAR, entrance to Casco Viejo – A funky bar with an outdoor garden courtyard popular with a party scene that attracts backpackers and the Panamanian upper crust.
STEINBOCK, Calle Cincuentenario, Coco del Mar – Authentic German bar with a large German beer selection and authentic German food. Closes at midnight.
TABERNA 21, Via Argentina, El Cangrejo – A rock ‘n roll Spanish tapas and wine bar that serves beer out of a 100-ounce tube.
TANTALO, Avenue B, Casco Viejo – rooftop bar with good view and $10 cover charge Friday and Saturday nights.
THE LONDONER, Calle Uruguay, Bella Vista – A low-key comfortable British pub with a selection of imported bottled and draft beers, fish ‘n chips, booths, pool tables, television screens and darts.