Clarion Victoria Hotel and Suites Panama
Calle D, El Cangrejo
Panama City, 0
Phone: (507) 395 9000
Fax: (507) 395 9001
Bars & Cafes
Travelers know: good beer is a valuable commodity, rarely discovered in Central America and extremely worth indulging in when it does appear. Isthmo Brew Pub doesn't only offer an array of great imported beers, they also brew several themselves, including options of light ale, dark ale, and even a porter that are all available in a foam-crowned pitcher or by the pint. Tables are situated out front beside the sidewalk or inside the pub, where wooden furnishings surround the bar and pool tables. Simple meat dishes and sandwiches are served in the laid-back ambiance, under the comforting influences of carefully dimmed lighting and pop music that's quieter outside than in. Sadly, the Brew Pub is closed on Sundays.
The bright, warm-colored interior of Al Grano is positively alluring, and patrons can choose to settle in there or be seated outside in the fresh air. A circular window facing the sidewalk reveals the potted plants and red counter within the cheery yellow building, where diners order various soups and salads. All menu options are fresh and light, conceived to be absolutely ideal for the stringently hot days in downtown Panama City.
An atmospheric place with trattoria-style tables for seating and ceilings of vines twisting through trellises, the Wine Bar delivers just what it implicitly offers: over 200 vintages from Europe, Chile, and California populate the menu, while peaceful live performances of Latin or jazz music often drift through the air after 9p. Cheeses, pizzas, or other snacks are ready accompaniments, and hungrier patrons can even order from the spaghetti-serving, pasta-promoting, noodle-noshing Caffé Pomodora next door. Try the Calzada de Amador for another location.
An irresistable blaze of greenery leads customers into Dolce, as whimsical potted plants stretching in all directions give a bit of privacy even to the tables set out beside the sidewalk. Inside, coffee drinks and pastries are the principal theme, but the café offers a whole range of light foods like salads, soups, sandwiches, chili, muffins, and desserts. Seemingly a bit out of place but completely satisfying, bratwurst and sauerkraut are included in the regular menu. Be sure to pay attention to the artistic signs and other decorations tucked throughout the café. Closed Tuesday.
Rockin' Gorilla is near impossible to miss among the restaurant-laden downtown neighborhood, as it sports an enormous, full-color, 3-dimensional statue of a cartoony gorilla posing with an electric guitar mounted on its green-tiled roof. As may be expected from that sort of welcome, the atmosphere inside is casual and fun, great for big groups looking for dinner or just a few drinks. The menu has tasty Panamanian and American foods that go down perfectly around the pool table or at the bar. For customers who feel like becoming fans, by the way, Rockin' Gorilla is on Facebook.
This favorite among foreigners living in Panama City feels like a real British pub from the first step through the door to the last bite of burgers and chicken sandwiches, the last stick of fish & chips, or the last sip of Guinness. Live music entertains the crowd free of charge from time to time. The restaurant has a second location on Calle 52, open Monday-Saturday from 4:30p until appreciably late.
Bagels and shmear? Coffee and pancakes? Tourists from the Big Apple might feel like they've traveled an awfully long way for their hometown specials at the New York Bagel Café, where touches of bright colors enliven a cool and clean interior with a couple billboards listing an exhaustive menu. Beyond the bagels, customers find breakfast and brunch dishes of eggs in every style, pancakes short stack and tall, french toast, oatmeal or granola, bacon or sausage, and Tex-Mex like huevos rancheros and breakfast tacos or burritos. Later on in the day, hefty burgers quietly make their appearance among the brunch-style cooking.
In the heart of Panama City's nightlife scene, the sultry scents and blissful flavors of Middle Eastern cuisine fill the dining room at Habibi's up to the white canopy-draped ceiling and spill out to the tables placed on the open-air roofed porch. Hookahs and various drinks make great accompaniments to mainly Lebanese cuisine; light fare includes treats like hummus or baba ganoush with hot pita bread or baklava for customers in the mood for a sweet. Heartier meals include falafel and shish kabobs, or more familiar fare such as pizza, pasta dishes, and Cajun chicken. Patrons are often treated to the shimmies and jingles of a talented belly dancer on Friday and Saturday nights.
Set within the Bristol Hotel, Salsipuedes Cocina & Bar seeks to offer diners a taste of Panama's colorful, energetic and joyful culture on a plate. The menu is composed of a selection of refined local dishes, created with skill and an artistic flair. Try the portobelo carpachio, crocodile in sweet and sour sauce, and the tuna with passion fruit. The ambiance is elegant, sophisticated and warm, perfect for a business dinner, or even an intimate meal with loved ones.
A sleek color scheme of reds, oranges, and of course chocolatey browns sets the ambiance for delectable dark evenings with specialties like veuve clicquot champagne imported from Ponsardin de Reims, France. Chocolate electro lounge seems to be some elaborate gazebo from the outside, and the warm glow of the interior quickly sucks new arrivals into the customary scene of graceful leisure.
The most sophisticated culture of Panama's nightlife scene finds its home at Privé, a classy place for a quiet evening on the Calle Uruguay. Fashionably outfitted couples while away a romantic evening or a few friends sip at favorite cocktails as electronic music slips seductively through the air. The lounge is decorated in grays and silvers, with indoor and porch areas for patrons to meander through.
In a practical-looking green building on the Calle Uruguay, contented folks relax over a few pints, some proper filling food, and a game or two of pool: the Londoner is nothing less than a real pub. Beers include stouts and ales, English and Irish imports to Panama, and the Irish whiskey is an appealing option. The walls are hung with rugby shirts and dart boards, and the tables are weighed down under platters of fish and chips, shepherd's pie, and bangers and mash. Sensibly, happy hour starts as soon as the place opens on Mondays through Wednesdays, running from 5 until 7p. Cheers!