jimmy buffett's margaritaville is one of a chain of restaurants and bars that originated in key west florida. the atmosphere is key west style and the music of course is jimmy buffett. margariteville is located on front beach road with a view of the beach. the restaurant serves local seafood and american fare moderately priced. a fun place to eat and drink on p.c. beach.
Dress Code: casual.
the hofbrau beer garden is a some what strange adaptation of the world famous hofbrau haus in downtown munich. the exterior blends in with it's beach bar themed neighbors while the interior is a replica of the famous bavarian beer hall. having visted the original in munich i found the panama city version very interesting. architecture aside, they offer a very good selection of german food and of course the world famous hofbrau beer. a very nice change of pace from the numerous seafood restaurants and beach bars in p.c. beach.
Dress Code: casual.
Coyote Ugly is totally awesome! The bartender's and waitress' dance on top of the bar and anyone is welcome to dance with them. They will come up to you and just pour a shot of something down your throat! It is totally off the hook fun!
Dress Code: Whatever you want
nightlife tips on panama city beach would not be complete with out the mention of club lavela. club lavela has been a famous spring break destination for decades. this mega bar has wet tee shirt contests by the pool during the day and nine bars in operation at night. the clientelle of club lavela is college students and 20 somethings. club lavela is a wild rowdy place that is definately a must see spot if you are single and under 30. my last visit to club lavela was about 20 years ago when i was in my 40's. because of my age at the time i felt out of place here.
Dress Code: almost none during the day. club attire at night.
It's a must, you have to go to Salty's Beach Bar.
Fun, Fun, Fun!!!!
Outdoor bar, live DJ or live band, coldest beer in town. And whatever you do you have to order the Watermelon drink, WOW, what a drink. Serves 6 people and it loaded with booze. They hollow out a watermelon and fill it with liquor. You will be doing the Watermelon Crawl in no time. See ya there!!!
Dress Code: out door bar, very casual.
I am a former nightclub employee, therefore I am very critical of nightclubs so keep that in mind in this review.
There is only one thing that I like about this club, it is physically VERY impressive, it is VERY large. However, it was also very cheaply built and it is definitely showing its age. No number of people that this club can ever attract can ever make it seem busy. The crowd is very male and has a very poor attitude of simply trying to get laid, which 99+% of the crowd fails at doing. The DJ's are slightly better than other DJ's in PC and their lighting equipment is also above average, but whats it worth when 80% of their dance floors are flat out devoid of people? Also, this club has insanely high cover charges ($20+) and above average drink prices.
I would only suggest going here if you absolutely NEED to see the biggest club in the country, and even then, you'll probably still feel jipped.
This club is 80% outdoor, therefore one's opinion of it will largely be based on the weather, when I was there it was around 60 F and rather windy.
This club was not a good time in my opinion. I went for free because of a Lee Jeans T-shirt so it was no skin off my back, but I felt bad for the people who paid to get in. The architecture of this club makes me think it was never intended to be a club. The DJ booth cannot see the single dancefloor, this greatly affects his performance as he can't see what's going on. Also the DJ is kinda middle aged and seems like a HS Dance DJ rather than a wild spring break type guy that you want. dancefloor is large, unfortunately this club has trouble adequately filling it. No lights to speak of and being outside, acoustics are poor. Drink prices are above average.
Would only recommend if you're not paying
Dress Code: whatever, if its not absolutely warm out I'd suggest dressing more heavily than you typically do to a club.
Walks on the beach are nice. There are a lot of people that will be having a small party at the edge of the beach in front of their hotels/motels. This is a good way to get to meet people. If not to meet people, it is a good way to enjoy the waves crashing, the moon rising, and if you are in a good spot....the stars. On occassion you will see a huge yacht way out in the ocean. You can see the lights from it.
Another thing you could do is to go for a walk on Front Beach Rd. This is where you will see people cruising, and walking. There is a place to go get icecream, play video games, miniature golf($50 prize if you get a hole in one on the last hole), and go-cart racing.
Dress Code: Nights are really warm, but breezy. You will most likely be sunburned, so you might feel a slight chill. If you plan to go walking at night, and think you might be gone for awhile, take a light jacket(not really necessary). Otherwise, you will be fine in a short sleeve shirt, shorts, and your choice of shoes. Preferrably sandals or flip-flops, due to the sand from walking on the beach.
Pineapple Willie's, a small indoor bar with a nice size deck. Not too crowded when we were there, but definitely a good time.
They have Fat Tuesday drinks. Will go anywhere for a 190 Octane :)
Dress Code: Casual beach, shorts and shirt.
Sort of like a college town bar, but right on the beach.
It's just across the street from the 'super clubs' (La Vela and Spinnaker), but not as crowded and cheaper. Great fresh shucked oysters and a good bar. Reasonably priced menu. Gets a little crazy during spring break.
Dress Code: If it's legal you can wear it.
We had a pub crawl our first night in PCB. We hit up places such as Sharky's, Spinnaker, Harpoon Harry's and ending with the world famous Club LaVela (see separate tip for this one). These places offered food, drinks, dancing, music and an all around great time.
Dress Code: Anything goes for attire; some people showed up in dresses, jeans and some in swim suit tops with shorts. During spring break, as long as you're dressed it doesn't matter what you have on!
Located on the beach, this famous club was home to several hot body and wet T shirt contests during the day, and one of the hottest, most famous night clubs when the sun goes down. It holds 9 dance floors in separate rooms with all different types of music, a bar around every corner and 2 pools, one indoor and one outdoor. Definitely a place to check out.
Dress Code: None specific, mostly club attire but come hang out during the day in your swim suits!!! If I rmember correctly, the outdoor pool was closed at night.
This is a much cheaper club than all the others on the strip, apparently its management changes hands frequently so this review may already be out of date, but I enjoyed this club thoroughly. I'm not impressed with big and fancy clubs, but clubs where you can actually have fun. This is defnitely a more "urban" style club with one medium sized dance floor, cheap generic beer in plastic cups and so many people you can't move. Good times, reminds me of the clubs in Detroit.
Dress Code: as little as possible, it gets really hot, if you wear a desirable hat, be wary of people trying to steal it.
If you are a night person, or like to go out at night for awhile, be sure to go to Club La Vela or Spinnakers. I did a lot of things during the day, and was wore out at night, so I never had the chance to go. So a recommendation here would be to take a nap during the day, or sleep during the day and party all night at the clubs.
Like I mentioned above, I have not been to the clubs, but you can plan your trip ahead of time by looking up information about PCB on the computer, you will see and hear a lot about Club La Vala, and Spinnakers. These two are really hot when it is Spring Break. If you look them up online you will get to see lots more information on them and see what all kinds of activities they hold.
Dress Code: Very warm at night, so probably hot inside. Just wear what you usually wear at the clubs. Just about, literally, anything goes.
Indoor and outdoor bars, dance floors, and food. Several outdoor swimming pools. Located on the beach!
Dress Code: Casual, shorts, or swimsuits.