Drinking and nightlife in Archipiélago de Bocas del Toro

  • Nightlife in Bocas del Toro Town

    Selina Bar

    The bar at this landmark hostel is open daily, with happy hour between 7pm and 8pm, but most people make it here between 10pm and 2am on a Friday, when all the stops are pulled out and it's party time.

  • Nightlife in Bocas del Toro Town

    Bookstore Bar

    Just what its name suggests: this cavernous spot sells both books and drinks, though most seem more interested in the latter. It's the best spot for live music in Bocas, with rock, salsa and punk on Tuesday and Saturday. Run by a couple of affable North Americans, it's a mecca for gringos at the start (and sometimes at the end) of an evening.

  • Nightlife in Bocas del Toro Town

    Barco Hundido

    At some point you'll probably find yourself at this open-air bar, affectionately known as the ‘Wreck Deck’ after the sunken banana boat that rests in the clear Caribbean waters in front. A short boardwalk extends from the bar to an island seating area that includes swings; perfect for stargazing.

  • Nightlife in Bocas del Toro Town

    Tequila Republic

    While you're still 3000km from Cancun, this lively bar with an island vibe offers more than a tequila fix, though you'll get that too. There's frosty cerveza and good cocktails in addition to great tacos and grass-fed burgers.

  • Nightlife in Bocas del Toro Town

    La Iguana Surf Bar

    Kick off your crazy Bocas night at this popular surfer and skate bar on the waterfront. Start with a US$2 beer-tequila combo. You probably won’t be in the mood for the dancing pole yet, though.

  • Nightlife in Isla Colón


    A waterfront tiki bar with good pub grub, this is a nice place to gather for sunsets and cocktails, and the burgers ain't bad either. It's a US$2 taxi ride from Bocas town.

  • Nightlife in Bocas del Toro Town

    Bocas Brewery

    This smart little brewpub in the Barco Hundido complex has nine beers on tap, ranging from its greatest hit Maracuya Wheat (with passionfruit) to IPAs and tropical red ale. Start out with a four-beer sampler.

  • Nightlife in Bocas del Toro Town

    El Toro Loco

    Expat-owned, this sports bar is the closest thing you’ll find to Hooters in Bocas. Five screens are aglow at the same time and there's occasional live music. Bottled beer only.