Panama, a transcontinental country in Central America, an international hub, a melting pot of people and cultures from around the world. A combination of Latin, American and European influences, it’s modern yet still steeped in history. Take these elements, put them into a bar in Fitzroy, one of Melbourne’s more diverse suburbs and you have The Panama Dining Room.
High above Smith Street, overlooking the treetops and the old buildings, this highly regarded venue blends 70’s class with a touch of grunge to give patrons a relaxed experience without compromising on quality drinks and food. It’s a restaurant, a bar, a place you can have a game of pool and if you want you can even have your wedding here. Specialising in single vineyard wines, cocktails made with craft spirits and great local and international brews, the European inspired menu also traverses countries in a way that is uniquely Australian. Don’t forget the $1 oyster happy hour every night from 6pm – 7pm, perfect with a glass of bubbles.
A loft conversion with exposed brick walls, Panama like the country it’s named after embraces the past but isn’t scared to be innovative. It’s a fusion of all things good without being pretentious in any way. It’s a multi purpose space where you can start the night in one area then move around and continue to party without having to leave, especially on Fridays and Saturdays from 10pm when the DJ starts his first set. With friendly, knowledgeable staff to look after you from beginning to end, a trip to Panama is just what the doctor ordered.