A few people may remember Hurricane Michael devastating Panama City in 2018, but what most people are witnessing today is not just another disaster story – it is the greatest comeback story of all time. Not long after the hurricane, a local man said, “Once upon a time, we were known for our tall standing trees; now we are known for our tall standing people.” That epitomizes the spirit and character of the locals that pour their hearts and souls into the rebuilding and revitalization of Panama City. The two main historic districts are vibrant, pedestrian-friendly, thriving, and alive with art and live music.
The Downtown Panama City and Historic St. Andrews neighborhoods are the secret sauce in the City’s recipe for success. Anchored by public marinas on the northern shores of St. Andrews Bay, each historic district has a distinct look and feel. As different as they may be, they each have an authentic vibe thriving on the creativity and excitement of our locals and travelers that come to experience it firsthand.
You can find anything you're looking for in Panama City. From a symphony orchestra to a jam session at the coolest dive bar, or from pizza to grouper picatta – you will find it here, and that's why we #LovePC.
DID YOU KNOW…
- Three-time U.S. National Oyster Shucker, Honor Allen, was born and raised in Panama City.
- Movie stars like Clark Gable and Cowboy Bill Elliot performed at the art deco 1936 Ritz Theatre (now the Martin Theatre) in Downtown Panama City.
- Panama City is home to the only working drawbridge in Northwest Florida, located on Massalina Bayou near Tarpon Dock Seafood.
JENNIFER'S LOCAL FAVORITES:
Energy Realignment? "Check out Caldwell's Labyrinth in Historic St. Andrews."
Best Sunset? "It's a tie between Uncle Ernie's in St. Andrews and No Name Lounge in Highway 98 in Panama City."
Best Date Idea? "Panama City Hot Glass on Harrison Ave. Make a memory to bring home."
Need some Irish fun in your life? "Check out House of Henry Irish Pub on Harrison Ave."
Best place to find out what's going on? "DestinationPanamaCity.com."
"I love the Downtown Farmers' Market on a Saturday or Sunday. (Harrison Avenue on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm; all local vendors.)" – Harmony N.
Three Downtown Venues to Check Out…
History Class Brewing Company
6 E. Fourth St.
Small neighborhood brewery serving a full spectrum of beers from hazy IPAs, ciders, stouts, and porters. Also serves "Southern Small Bites" of beer-friendly food that represent our community and culture, such as wings, pulled pork, truffle fries and giant pretzels with beer cheese. A favorite locals' meet-up spot!
Panama City Center for the Arts
19 E. Fourth St.
Owned by the City of Panama City and managed by the Bay Arts Alliance, the beautiful Center for the Arts, built in 1925, sits at the corner of E. 4th Street and Harrison Avenue in the center of Historic Downtown Panama City. With over 30 exhibitions a year, there is always new art to see. Visit pccenterforthearts.com/exhibitions.
318 Luverne Ave.
CityArts is proud to be a staple of the local arts community, hosting art exhibits, art and dance classes, and many cultural events. Additionally, CityArts Co-op is a coworking space for artists, photographers, dancers and more, offering programs and services to support the performing arts community. Visit cityartscooperative.com.