If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Panama City guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Panama City for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like Boatyard to busy places like Sharky's Beach Club that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the Airport - Pfn area? No fear - we share all the facts!


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This Front Beach Road nightspot hooks 'em with delicious late night eats, an impressive selection of drinks and live sets from local bands and entertainers. The low-wattage attitude, friendly staff and beautiful regulars draw in vacationing night owls looking for an evening on the town but not wanting to fight the larger crowds at PCB's super clubs. After a nice burger and drink, take a walk along the beach to fully enjoy this Gulf Coast treasure.

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Sharkey's Beachfront Restaurant and Tiki Bar is one of the more convivial and widely known bars in Panama City. Located along the immaculate shore, this venue claims to feature one of the world's largest Tiki huts. In addition to late night hours and a full wrap-around bar that provides speedy service and signature cocktails, there's a menu filled with fresh seafood favorites like Fired Blue Crab Claws as well as dishes like Jamaican Jerk Chicken.

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Open for lunch, dinner and dancing, this one-stop nightspot stop has it all. Throughout the year, solo artists, regional bands and special events keep the place rocking well into the early morning hours. The full menu features light appetizers, fried oysters and their famed lobster cakes – all great fuel for twirling around the floor. A good wine menu, nice beer selection and full repertoire of specialty cocktails help keep your thirsts in line. Before you leave, be sure to grab some Schooner's gear as a souvenir of your Panama City holiday.

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Sharky's Beach Club

This beachfront institution has been serving delicious food and frothy mixed cocktails for almost 20 years. "Smack dab on the beach," the bar is home to the world famous Tiki Hut, where bands and solo acts perform during afternoon jam sessions. At night, things really heat up with live entertainment and a youthful energy fueled by droves of 20-somethings who tend to congregate here.

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Schooners is an absolute must when it comes to nightlife in Panama City, Florida. The bar is open into the wee hours of the morning, and after the dinner crowd dies down, this open-air hangout transforms into a hopping late night hot spot. Ideally located on Panama City's pristine beach, Schooners is the go-to place for locals who want to enjoy live music, dancing and some of the best-made drinks in town.

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One of a few true sports bars in Panama City, Time Out offers 19 flat panel TVs, some of the biggest and best burgers in town and, of course, plenty of beer. Locals flock to this popular dive to order classic eats from the famous menu, especially the crab cake sandwich. Simple and undeniably satisfying, Time Out is a great place to watch sporting events with large groups. Expect plenty of cheering on game day!

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A popular tradition among many bars in Panama City is to be adjoined to a liquor store, a practice that may at first seem rather seedy. Sidekicks Lounge is anything but, however, offering a near perfect synthesis of local charm and class. The atmosphere is warm and casual, great for patrons seeking an unpretentious place to shoot darts or pool and enjoy a few well-poured drinks. They also feature karaoke two nights a week.

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Granite Cafe and Star Bar

A Panama City, Florida original, this martini bar is a 35-year-old neighborhood tradition in the historic St. Andrews area. On top of their broad selection of fine wines, rare beers and unique cocktails, Granite Cafe and Star Bar boast a spectacularly varied menu. The bruschetta appetizer, served with tangy goat cheese, makes for a great starter or late night snack on evenings when you feel like hanging around until last call.

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