Casual Drinking Spots, Hot Dance Spots, Sports Bars & Authentic Czech Bars
Beers are a buck, the culture invites consumption and there’s a plethora of places to enjoy the libation pleasures of Prague.
Pivos are so cheap, people go out with the equivalent of 20 Euros, drink like a fish and return home with enough cash for a hangover breakfast the next morning. There’s a certain joy in ordering another when it costs about the same as a pack of gum back home.
In this compact city with a casual conscience there’s no worrying about driving or even cab rides, only the biggest clubs have lines and cover charges (and even at that it’s just a couple hundred KC) and places stay open until 4, 5, even 6 in the morning.
There’s no real closing time and it’s not uncommon for some people to be getting home when others are headed to work.
This is nightlife in Prague.
Beers are from 25-35 krown (or crown, or KC), depending on where they are consumed. That’s about one Euro for those keeping count. And while the Czech Republic is world famous for its excellent pivo, there is also a quite potent Czech vodka as well as a drink called Absinth, “the king of spirits.”
Dress is largely casual; jeans are the most common attire.
There’s a party in Prague and PubClub.com is about to put the life in Prague’s nightlife.
Prague’s Best Bars And Other Cool Spots
Locals and Tourists Alike Head to the Red Bar
The search for debauchery beings – and can very well end – at a lively place off Old Town Square called Chateau Rouge.
A bar with red walls awaits, a chalkboard with a variety of alcoholic options beckons and a crowd of locals, service industry people and tourists – in other words, just about everyone – makes it into the Chateau at least once during the week.
Some prefer to pull up to a table by the front bar, others head straight for the back bar while still others make tracks for the funky downstairs dance club (no cover).
At the same time local neighborhood hangout and rocking party spot, the Chateaux is, quite simply, Prague’s Best Bar. On the main level, the cool bartenders and a carefree attitude make it as comfortable as a well-worn pair of jeans.
Down the narrow set of spiral stairs than can be quite tricky to navigate after several 27KC Pivos, is like entering an entirely different spot – a jumping dance club with party and hip-hop music in a setting that’s part Jetsons and part psychedelic ’60s.
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Location: Off Old Town Square. Head to the archway past the John Hus statue and go straight through the other arch. Chateau Rouge is the corner building on Jakubsk‡ Street. On weekends from midnight forward there will be people mingling outside and a Barbie doll spins in one of the windows.
Clearly, the Chateau is not the only show in town. In fact, it may be best to first pull up at the majestic Municipal House for some prime Prague people watching. Poised perfectly at a busy courtyard by Prague’s main shopping street and a roadway arch from old Town Square, it’s ideal for sipping a slow cocktail and enjoying the passing scenery.
The setting is spectacular, as well – the outdoor patio is at one of Prague’s most magnificent structures, one which hosts classical concerts in a building designed by a collection of the country’s top artists
Location: At the Municipal House courtyard adjacent to Powder Gate.
And speaking of lounging, the atmosphere is more nouveau at Bar Rock. With cozy red couches and chairs for excellent lounging, it’s a modern martini bar and restaurant that’s a nice mid-evening option.
Location On Parizska Street, two blocks from the Cechuv bridge.
More rocking than Bar Rock is KU Bar Lounge. Nicely appointed with house DJs, it’s just what it name says – a bar/lounge. Don’t expect to blow the roof of the place, it’s not that kind of bar. But it does provide that nice combination of classy bar with divine dancing.
Location: On Rytyrika, one of Prague’s main streets just up from Mozart’s house.
Authentic Czech Bars
Rustic Places to Down Some of the Best Beers in Prague
Some places in Prague remain as they have been for decades. Or centuries.
U Medvidku is where Mozart drank. The Black Bull – or U Cernacho Vola – is down from the Prague Castle and is where members and coaches from the Czech hokey team go for Czech beers. The Golden Tiger is generally regarded as the most authentic of all Czech pubs; it’s by Old Town Square.
So what IS a n authentic Czech bar anyway? Basically, it’s basic bar with thick picnic tables made pretty much for one thing: drinking Czech beer. They are not, generally speaking, great pickup places.
The Dance Clubs
Cutting it Loose Until the Morning’s Early Hours
Prague’s nightlife cranks into high gear in its crazy dance clubs.
The coolest hot place is Karlovy Lazne Dance Club at the Charles Bridge. It has four levels, all with different music and a different feel. Party like it’s 1999. Or 1899. Or even 1399, because Karlovy Lazne is almost like being in an old castle with the staircases as spires and the river outside the big windows as the moat.
There is disco, modern and hip-hop, and a first-floor cafe. The craziest spot is mid-level, which plays 60s-70s-80s fun party music. As a result, the dance floor explodes with enthusiasm. Lounge areas on each level make getting a 30KC beer a snap (120KC cover, open ’til 6 on weekends). This is an extremely casual club; people even show up in shorts.
Next door is a plush, more upscale bar and club called Lavka.Exotic lounge decor with a view of the Charles Bridge make this a total hot spot with a good-looking crowd. A sexy lounge greets guests while a room with the dance floor glows over the Vltava and a well-stocked tequila bar can aid the party mood.
Location: At the south side of the Charles Bridge.
On the outside, La Fabric looks like a nice restaurant with a bit of party potential. On the inside, that potential is realized. Go down the staircase keep spiraling downward – the night is about to do the same. On the bottom floor sits a sweaty, packed dance floor. It has a jumping DJ in the coolest of settings.
With its brick walls and ceiling, it’s like dancing in a wine cellar. La Fabric is one of Prague’s best bars of any kind. It has a festive party attitude, great music and a carefree drink-and-dance atmosphere.
Location: In the “Mozart area” on Uhelny Street.
Prague’s splashiest, flashiest club is Duplex Dance Club with a rooftop terrace. It’s built as a giant glass cube on the sixth and seventh floor in the middle of Wenceslas Square. But it’s not the decor but the DJs that make the place rock.
It has a terrace balcony with views of the city, dancers suspended over the large dance floor, beaming lights, etc. It’s the “clubbiest” of the Prague clubs (300KC cover, open ’till 6).
Locals Bars On & Near Siefetova Street
There’s More Places Behind the Train Station in Praha 3
Behind the train station, where many of Prague’s less expensive hotels are located, is an area full of different places to explore.
It starts on Seifertova (the main street) at a popular bar/restaurant on the corner. Hureuh Didkrch’s dining area combines soft mood lights with good, authentic Czech food. Downstairs is a cool, small club with live music.
A half-block up the side street is Cafe Pavlac, a modern martini bar that’s definitely got the cool crowd. The patio in the back is really hot – it has a fire show!
There are several other bars in the area; just walk down Seifertova and pop into a happening place.
High on the list of many locals is Palac Acropolis club. It invites crazy behavior, mostly among locals in the neighborhood. Its specialty is live music and has two stages – one large, one small – to showcase bands, as well as a theater bar and cafe.
Location: By “the needle” on Kubelikova Street
Prague’s Best Sports Bars
Not just Futbol, But American Football, Too
Expatriates who want to watch the local team on the tube and tourists who are die-hard fans and just can’t stand to miss the alma mater even though they may be halfway around the world can indeed reach their goal because Prague has sports bars. And they show more than soccer and cricket, In fact, American football, baseball and basketball are fed in via satellite.
Legends, under the two archways off Old Town Square, is the city’s Best Sports Bar. This is a very cool place to watch sports. The main bar is down a set of stairs and it’s almost like being in a cave. Plasmas are everywhere and after the big game(s) a DJ plays cool tunes. At 35KC, the beer is pricey by Prague standards, but it’s also some of the best beer in town.
On Ve Smeckach off Wenceslas Square are two sports bars, which some locals prefer to patronize over Legend’s
The Pack is an English sports bar that’s the top spot of regulars. And just up the street is the larger Sports Bar Zlata hvezda, or Golden Star. It has a couple of rooms, including a large area with huge-screen TV. For chllin’ sans sports, the patio in back is the place.
O’che’s Cuban Bar is actually a small Irish bar (Guinness and sports) on Lilova, very near the Charles Bridge.
Smoking Pot in Prague
Yes It’s Legal, But Not In The Bars
Pot is big in Prague. So much so, it can seem like a miniAmsterdam.
Locals don’t hesitate to roll one right in a bar. However, they must go outside to smoke it. As far as hard drugs go, it’s not really as obvious and PubClub recommends taking the high road rather than going down that road to get high.