Lately, a slew of new bars have been opening here in Casco Viejo. These new locations offer a greater variety of options for local residents and visiting tourists. Currently, there are more than 10 bars and late-night restaurants that keep their doors open to the wee hours in the morning.
The arrival of vibrant, new nightlife venues illustrates this historic district’s growing “coolness” among Panama’s socialite community. Casco Viejo is on the verge of overtaking Calle Uruguay as Panama City’s preferred nightlife destination. What attracts people to Casco is its low cost of entry. Rarely, is there a cover charge. Secondly, the crowds at places like Calle Uruguay are often very pretentious and clicky. This makes meeting new people a very difficult task. However, in Casco Viejo the crowds tend to be more down-to-earth and approachable. The opportunity to meet and enjoy the company of new friends adds to allure of the district’s burgeoning nightlife.
More importantly, the emergence of the nightlife scene here is evidence of the long awaited gentrification process of this historic district. Since Casco Viejo was designated a world heritage site, approximately 15 years ago, the neighborhood has seen a revitalization. Although the process has been slower than many expected, everyday progress is being made towards restoring Casco Viejo back to its glory days. The nightlife scene is just another step.
Here are a list of the new bars to check out while in Casco Viejo:
Mojitos: Open air bar that offers cheap beers and is a great place to relax. It is located on the edge of Plaza Herrera.
Relic: Is turning into Panama’s most hoppin’ bar. Upbeat rock music spliced in with modern pop music attracts both locals and foreigners.
Havana Panama: Arguably Central America best laid out salsa bars. The space is incredible and feels like you’re actually in Havana, Cuba.
Coming soon a Wine Bar in Casa Ruigar.