Entertainment in Panama is top notch, and you can find it around every corner, down every alley, and at the bottom of every pint. For a good time, you’ve come to the right country. Weather you are being scraped from the bottom of a Chivas Bus at 4am, screaming madly for one of the 12 teams in the country’s professional soccer league, or stumbling into El Café Azul at sunrise; entertainment in Panama is in no short supply and can be had at a bargain. This country is quickly becoming a hot destination for travel, kind of like the next Costa Rica and you can find a ton of options for going out and enjoying yourself.
Panama is very rich in culture, and finding entertainment in Panama is never very difficult. Because of the influence of the United States in the last century, many locals speak good English and therefore exhibits, menus, and performances are often in English. Over 10 museums are open in the Panama City area, most of which are centered in the Casco Viejo area. There is absolutely no shortage of bars, restaurants or great live music venues. On any given weekend, at least four or five locations will be featuring a live band, so your search for entertainment in Panama shouldn’t be too difficult, especially if you are into live music. Panama City is by far the most cosmopolitan city in the Central America, and in fact for entertainment and nightlife even rivals Rio or Cancun. Wander down Calle Uruguay and you will be lured into any number of places, or stumble home through El Cangrejo and the same will hold true. Regardless of the hour, this city alive, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you are looking for entertainment in Panama City, and want to go check out the “strip” of bars, your best bet would be to head to the Calle Uruguay area. Home to such famous bars as the Londoner, People, Sahara, and Habibi’s, this district truly has something for everyone. If you are just looking to grab a drink and hang out on the patio, make sure to check out Habibi’s. If you are trying to rage all night, then do not miss Mystic or Moods. Unplugged is a good spot for live music, or if you time it right then check out S6is for an album release party-very plush. Starlight is a great spot for Karaoke, and their English/Spanish song book has something for everyone. Other hot spots include Moods, TGIF, and El Bambero.
Amador Causeway is another great area for nightlife and entertainment in Panama. Perhaps the most famous strip in the country, Amador causeway has a lot to offer. Play is more of a club environment, and Paya more of a down tempo and chill lounge. Two great spots not to be missed on the causeway. And if you are staying in the El Cangrejo area, then make a pit stop in La Taverna 21 for a down home Spanish style area, or La Terraza-the original gringo bar.
Entertainment in Panama is not limited to bars, however. The city’s rich culture brings many famous musical acts to town, including Kenny G, Sean Paul, Don Omar, and many others. The Figali center, Teatro Nacional, Atlapa Convention Center, and Anayansi are some of the many great venues for events. Live theatrical performances are another way one can find entertainment in panama, including The Theatre Guild of Ancon and Teatro La Quadra. Plays and performances are often presented in English, so if you don’t speak much Spanish then you still wont have any problem.