The decadent rooftop bars of Panama City

The decadent rooftop bars of Panama City

What better place to feel the wind in your hair than in a fabulous rooftop bar, caressing the clouds? There’s something so effortlessly chic about a rooftop bar, and Panama City is showered in them. In the old town of Casco Viejo, one is particularly spoilt for choice. The scope of rooftop bars means that if you aren’t content where you are, you can essentially peer over your shoulder and peek at how things are going at the other nearby rooftops, which you can either see directly, or hear the music playing. Panama City is an urban wonderland filled with music-loving Panamanians who relish in dressing well. So, get your dancing shoes on, and join the glitterati in the sky.

 1. Tantalo

Take your Panama City experience to new heights with a visit to Tantalo, the most popular rooftop bar and club in Casco Viejo. Tantalo is actually a ten-room boutique hotel with a bar and restaurant on the ground floor, however, the rooftop terrace is the jewel in their crown. The sunset-loving crowd starts arriving in the late afternoon to wine and dine on quinoa and chickpea salads, sautéed octopus with coconut milk, and other fine culinary creations. The servers occasionally wear Panama hats, which actually say ‘Panama’ on them, serving as an amusing reminder of where you are.

2. Gatto Blanco

Next door to Tantalo, is yet another fantastic rooftop bar, Gatto Blanco, which has an intimate and unassuming atmosphere, and hosts live music sessions every Tuesday. Musicians are even invited to bring their own instruments to jam long. On Wednesdays, women can take advantage of their ladies night offer with a glass of sangria for just $1. Gatto Blanco is the rooftop bar of Casa Nuratti Boutique Hotel. Make your way through the ever-stylish foyer to get the lift up to Gatto Blanco and escalate your evening.

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3. Capital Bistro Panamá

At the very entrance of Casco Viejo, one bar stands out among the rest, tempting prospective patrons with an enticing view of the Pacific. Capital Bistro is a scintillating outdoor bar on the banks of the water- any closer and you would be in it. Their scrumptious signature cocktails coupled with the string lit ocean view, makes this one very magical evening out indeed.

4. Casa Casco

Casa Casco feels utterly elegant, but the staff aren’t too fancy to play dress up. On special occasions (such as Mexican national day recently), the terrace bartenders will don sombreros or whatever props they can get their hands on, to spruce up your experience.

Casa Casco is the name of the entire building and the first three floors house three independently run restaurants: Marula, Nación Sushi and Mano de Tigre. The fourth floor is the nightclub, Casco Club and finally, the fifth floor is the site of the decadent terrace bar with panoramic vistas. Upon arrival at the roof terrace, you will be asked if you would prefer the city or sea view. What a laborious choice that is.

 5. Lazotea

Lazotea is the only rooftop bar on this list with a swimming pool, which you can actually swim in. Enough said. Well actually, there’s much more to say. Lazotea is a fabulous place for parties and I myself celebrated my most recent birthday there. A beautiful local band played live and set up shop right above the illuminated pool. This was certainly one for the books.

 6. 1400 Rooftop

Obarrio rooftop bar 1400 has alternating themed nights ranging from stand up comedy, to old school reggaeton parties. The promise of free open shots on weekends bodes very well for ladies as well as gentlemen. On Wednesdays, they have an After Office special of all-you-can-drink Margaritas for $10 from 6-9pm, and the same on Thursdays, strictly for the girls.

7. Panaviera

Experience the envy-inducing view at Panaviera at least once in your life. When next will you be able to say that you saw the sun set at the highest pool bar in Panama and Central America as a whole? Lamentably, you can’t actually enter the pool, but you probably wouldn’t want to anyway given how spectacularly you dressed for the occasion.

8. 360 Rooftop

It pays to be female at 360 Rooftop bar. In addition to their ladies night on Thursdays, mujeres can have all you can drink Martinis, Mojitos and Margaritas on Tuesdays between 6 and 10pm for $15. On Fridays, there are occasionally even free fishbowl giveaways for any four (female) friends arriving together. Boys however, will have to make do with 2 for 1 Coronas and Cuervo. For the After Office crowd, there are various 2 for 1 offers from 6-8pm each weekday.

9. V Piso

Given that Panama City is blessed with year-round warm weather, what better way to enjoy the delightfully brisk air, than with a cocktail in hand? Recently opened V Piso is a welcome addition to the Casco rooftop bar scene. Perched luxuriously above Restaurante Tomillo, you could make a stopover here for Tapas and a tequila sunrise.

10. BITS Rooftop Lounge

It would be negligent to exclude the Hard Rock Hotel rooftop bar from this write up, seeing as it is actually called “Bar in the Sky”, or BITS for short. Enjoy nightlife above the city at this extravagant drinkery, which is enthroned with picture-perfect panoramic views. 62 stories above the ground, you get an ethereal vantage point and exquisite cocktails. Life is good.

This post originally appeared on CascoSpanish.com. For your very own experience at Casco Antiguo Spanish school, take a look at their classes and get in touch with them pronto. Cheers!

 

 

 

Rosie Bell is an international travel writer, author of the book “Escape To Self”, and Content Editor for Club Elsewhere. Follow her on Instagram @TheBeachBell.

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