My Top 5 Favorite Places to Go Out Dancing in Panama City

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My Top 5 Favorite Places to Go Out Dancing in Panama City

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There were 2 things that I noticed when I first moved to Panama:

  • 1. Panamanians party hard
  • 2. There is a Panamanian remix to every song, no matter the genre: pop, dancehall, kompa, etc.

This mean that partying is an art-form here and the city comes alive after midnight (yes, unless it's a day party, you're better off getting a power nap and hitting the streets at 10 or 11 pm). You are expected to expertly grace the dance floor without ever spilling a drop of your drink and belt out the words to the latest Latin hits at the top of your lungs.

Dancing and partying in Panama City, Panama

Ladies, men will ask you for your hand to dance without expecting more. Guys, learn a few basic moves as Latin music necessitates that men take the lead. Most importantly though, have fun!

With that being said, here are my top 5 recommendations on where to truly enjoy the party scene and "bailar":

1. Villa Augustina

Villa Augustina attracts the most eclectic crowd in Panama. The open roof venue in Casco Viejo host different types of music events each night. Thus, no 2 experiences are ever the same. One night you may stumble upon a House Music DJ Battle, another night it’s Jamaican Dancehall and Panamanian Plena. What is certain, however, is that the “come as you are” vibe and amazing graffiti art along the walls will make you feel comfortable enough to try out your best dance moves.

2. Teatro Amador

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This restored theater on the edges of Casco Viejo has a reputation for long lines, a packed dance floor, and memorable moments. The dress code is strict so make sure to dress to impress if you want to make it passed the bouncer. As the night progresses, the "theater" goes into full club mode with dancers and acrobats above while revelers dance on the dance floor below to the best of Latin music.

3. Relic

Relic is a staple of Casco Viejo. Located on the bottom floor of Luna’s Castle Hostel, the place is always packed with expats, backpackers, and young Panamanians alike. Enjoy the music from the outdoor terrace or squeeze onto the narrow dance floor with a couple hundred of your closest friends. Either way, you’re guaranteed to have a good time with a DJ that spins a little bit of the best of everything. The best thing about Relic is that it’s well within a student or budget travelers budget: free.

4. Alta Bar

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Alta Bar on the popular Calle Uruguay is for those who like to dress to impress and paint the town red when they go out. This upscale, two-level dance club attracts many Panamanian young professionals. As the night progresses, the dance floor quickly becomes packed while the DJ spins the best of Latin pop hits. When you need a break from all the fist pumping and hip shaking, make your way to the relaxed outdoor deck to catch your breath and enjoy the cool night's air. Entrance is always free. Happy hours and drink specials are available every night.

5. Tantalo

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Tantalo’s Rooftop bar has become synonymous with coolness in Casco Viejo. With an awe-inspiring view of Panama City’s skyline and the feel of the fresh ocean air against your skin, Tantalo has something going on every day of the week except for Monday. Initially, you might think that the chic crowd of foreigners and upscale Panamanians is too cool to dance, but that all changes as the night progresses. The DJ plays the best of pop hits, Latin songs, and house music.

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