Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Panama City nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Panama City Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


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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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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This sprawling nightlife complex has been hot for years, drawing scores of revelers for good food, fun, surf and shakin' on the dance floor. Centrally located on the beach, the club offers a range of social activities for party-seekers. Check out live bands on the open-air deck, cool out under the shade at one of several bars, or move your moneymaker in the Groove Room. No nightlife excursion to the Gulf Coast is complete until you make a stop here.

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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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Splash Bar

This festive and fun gay bar is a popular spot to see the sights and maybe meet Mister or Miz right. Music blares, the guys are gorgeous, and the bartenders stir lethal cocktails. Not for the faint of heart, but what nightspot this fun is anyway?

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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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Club La Vela

This searing hot beach club is the spot for the hyper-trendy MTV set – and anyone who wants to party with them. The expansive club has it all, including theme rooms, dance floors, several bar areas and a deck. Check out the South Beach-style Pussy Kat Lounge, the private MTV Tower, the booming Space or the teen-friendly Dark Room. The party starts early and runs well into the morning as the scores of partiers revel in the sights, sounds and sins of Club La Vela.

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