If you are in Panama City and looking for concentrated nightlife or bars then there really are only a handful of neighborhoods where you can hop in and out of different locales without too much walking. The Via Argentina neighborhood is probably one of my favorites in the middle of downtown. It maintains that neighborhood feel with large sidewalks along the main boulevard with trees lining the median. The whole street is filled with cafes, restaurants, and bars. There are no clubs in this area, but tons of bars so it is great for the afternoon pub crawl that oddly ends up stretching late into the night.
So if you’re looking for a great pub crawl around the city I’m going to break down my recommendation to making the best of a pub-tastic afternoon on Via Argentina.
La Rana Dorada
To kick off the crawl you start at Rana Dorada, known for their craft beer, whose beer is good, but does not warrant the high price tag. So, you start here during happy hour where the beer is 50% off. Their pale ale and IPA do have a bit strength to them, so it will get the buzz going quick with one or two pints. The place fills up, so it is another reason to get here early and post up outside on the patio. The vibe is more of an American north eastern white collar bar, so they’re trying to be classy.