Club La Vela, Panama City Beach

#8 of 9 in Nightlife in Panama City Beach
Club La Vela is not only the largest nightclub in the USA, it is also one of the trendiest and most respected nightclubs in the world. As such, Club La Vela has to continuously reinvent itself to stay on the cutting edge of entertainment and club life.
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  • Came here with my wife, met all the staff (super friendly), partied with DJ vortex. You can SWIM at the club!! What what?!?! It’s lit. They do daytime pool parties and $5 premium drinks, and they have...  more »
  • My friend and I were excited to return to Club La Vela after the amazing time we had last year. This time was different. The male bar tenders attitudes were HORRIBLE but the women that were walking ar...  more »
  • We read club la Vela is the biggest in the USA. So obviously we wanted to take a look. We arrived at the entrance and saw the cover was 25 dollars per person (on a Wednesday night). We thought it was ...  more »
  • We were a group of 15, paid 1k for VIP section and were ready to order more drinks. 1. Some water spilled on the floor and the Hostess refused several times to clean it saying we would have to be gone before she can clean or we can all squeeze into a very small area that was dry so as not be in the water on the floor. I explained to her it wasn't safe and she said nothing she could do about that. Later on a security guard came and just spread the water around like it was being cleaned. That was our cue. 2. We requested for 1 Song, just 1! And the DJ could not accommodate the song saying it was not available in the computer that if they played the song, it will not be a continuous beat 🤔. The manager took almost 45 minutes trying to explain this to us when it could have only taken a couple of minutes to download the song or switch it to our song. We were very disappointed and left! We were told to come back the next day in the afternoon and tip the DJ $20 to play the song the next day. Needless to say, that didn't happen. We went to the parking lot and played our song and Danced to it. Never to return.
  • Very nice club scene. Many rooms to choose from. Easy to get in and out. You might have to stand in line for a bit.
  • Hello there Club La Vela visitors! For those who have come to this nightclub or wish to go there, well here’s the story about my history in going there. On August 2017, my friend and I were staying there in Panama City Beach, FL for a week while we were visiting from Austin, TX for our summer vacation from home. This was our first time visiting Panama City Beach, FL. We came to this nightclub 5 times already where we got to meet some people, dance, relax, drink and have some fun. We’ve hung out with a few underage girls who were like 18 or 19 years old who were visiting from like Nashville, TN. One of them were drinking and then got kicked out by the security guards who question here, talked to her about something and then escorted her out the door for the rest of the night. My friend and I were already 21 years and older, so we haven’t gotten stopped or questioned once, but they do as for IDs at the front entrance when you go pay and get your wristband after they’ve verified your age and stuff. Also, beware that for those who might not understand for those who are from Florida or live in Florida, beware that the security guards are strict and they are to easily catch anyone who’s drinking underage or do anything that you aren't supposed to be doing even if you don’t get caught at first. Notice this too that if you’re 21 years or older and if you were to hang out with someone underage and you or that person is drinking, y’all two can both get questioned, asked for ID, spoken to and get escorted out the door like y’all are banned for the rest of the night. Remember that this is the USA and anyone that hangs out with one or two underage people who are drinking and you’re not drinking, you will seriously get kicked out and Florida security guards are not as friendly and peacefully as you think outside of Florida, depending on which state in the country you live in. I know this seems like a cool and fun place to go hang out at and spend some time at while on vacation away from home, but just beware on how the security guards can be strict, because you don’t want to get your night ruined by being kicked out by them and not get let back in until the next day or longer. For those who plan to go into Club La Vela at the ages of 18-20, do ever think that you can buy alcohol and not get caught, because the security guards or any employee stuff will go around asking people for ID for holding alcohol in your hands and if you lie for getting caught finding out your real age, you’ll still get kicked out. It doesn’t matter if you’re with someone that’s 21 years or older, but you need to understand that you’re in the US and the law of drinking 21 years or older is still followed, no matter where you’re at, especially at a public place. The bartenders maybe might not ask for your ID before selling you any types of alcohol, but getting caught later by one of the security guards is the worst thing that can happen to you for drinking underage. Think seriously before coming into these clubs for those who are new to Florida, because employee staff and security guards will always ask for ID if they see alcohol in your hands and question you about your age while going to a public area where they will sound like they are police officers trying to detain you. For those who have experience in going to nightclubs and local bars, you’re in good shape, but for those who are new to it, read some of the rules online and maybe call the place on what rules you need to follow and understand so you won’t get in trouble when entering this club, which I totally recommend you doing before coming to Club La Vela. The good thing about Club La Vela is that once you get your wristband you can always come in and out for the rest of the night for free until closing after paying once to get in as long as you got your wristband on.
  • My husband and I went to Panama City last year and we had an excellent time! We stayed in the condos right by Club La Vela and decided to walk over that Saturday night and check it out. I'm so glad we did because we had the absolute best time there! It is nothing like the clubs in our home town. It was so much fun and we cannot wait until we go back this summer for our vacation! If only June 20th would hurry up and get here already!!
  • If you’re coming from traveling and need a spot to just have fun and meet new people then I high recommend this place, it has a choice of 3 different dance rooms to choose from plus a dinning area. It’s a great place to have a great time and the staff is amazing
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