Best student budget clubs in Panama City

Panama City nightlife is one of the best in Central America. Much of the nightlife in Panama City happens in the historic district in Casco Viejo and few spots around the city. Most of these clubs are bars at the same time. Bars can stay open until 3am Sunday – Wednesday and at 4am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Here are some of the hottest bars and nightclubs to visit in Panama City.


Altabar: One of the best spots to share with friends, get some drinks, and eat. Located at Calle Uruguay. Most of the university students come to this place. On Thursday’s you can go to their famous “Ladies Night” where there is open bar till 11:30 PM. On Friday & Saturday you’ll find a trendy crowd dancing to the latest DJ mixes. Cover fees are around $10-15.

bling hard rock

Bling: Don’t want to spend much? This is best spot to go on Thursday’s. Open bar the entire night for $10-15 dollars. Located upstairs of the Hard Rock Hotel. Most of the locals come to this place on Thursday’s. Friday’s and Saturday’s are packed too.

teatro amador

Teatro Amador: This restored theatre located at Casco Viejo is one of Panama’s top spots to party at! Every Thursday Teatro Amador features deep house music by local and international DJs as part of their Late Night Music series. Then on Friday the atmosphere becomes hotter with reggae and salsa sounds for their Dizzfruta night. And on Saturday anything goes with their PUNCH party series featuring the latest crossover music. Cover fees are around $10-15 for men’s & $5 for girls.

relic panama

Relic: This was one of the first good bars in Casco Viejo to open and it’s still a popular place to go. It’s located on the bottom floor of Luna’s Castle Hostel with a large outdoor terrace and a cave-like indoor bar. Relic usually has a good mix of backpackers, foreigners, and locals. It gets extremely crowded on Friday and Saturday so if you want a more chill atmosphere go on Thursday. Free cover here.

casa jaguar

Casa Jaguar: It’s one of the newer spots to open. Luckily, this spot is 3 minutes away walking from Teatro Amador. Once the clock strikes midnight, Casa Jaguar starts to get wild on any given Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.

tantalo bar

Tantalo: Stringed lights, good DJ, skyline view, and trendy Panamanians and foreigners always create the perfect party atmosphere at Tantalo’s Rooftop. On Tuesday’s they have Artes Martes where they have a live artistic performance, Wednesday is Latin Night, Thursday is Ladies Night, and on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday you’ll find a trendy crowd dancing to the latest DJ mixes.

Gatto Blanco: This is located on the roof of the Casa Nuratti Hotel in Casco Viejo. The relaxed intimate setting provides great views of the Panama City skyline and Casco Viejo.


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