Where To Party in Prague!
Fun Spots, Czech Beer Bars And Nightclubs Review
PubClub.com's favorite bar in Prague is Chateau Rouge off Old Town Square.
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 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.
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Prague's Best Bar And Other Cool Spots
Locals and Tourists Alike Head to the Red Bar
Prague's best bar is a true pub club – pub on top with a downstairs dance club.
It's not exactly a mega-club, but the dance club is fun and a bit funky.
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
The autentic Czech beer bars are small and drinkers sit at picnic tables.
Authentic Czech pubs are vintage places with basic old wooden picnic tables, ancient wood floors and are as smoky as a barbecue pit. They appear as if they've been around as long as the Charles Bridge. As do some of the patrons.
Most Czech bars can be identified from the street by a "Bud Var" sign out front; this means it serves Budveiser, the original Czech beer. These are the most common bars in Prague and are on practically every corner.
Some of these bars are very small and local. So try and act as if you've been there before. That means take a quick survey of any open table or seats, confidently stroll over there and make eye contact with the waiter to order a beer. If a spot is reserved, as may be the case if people are seated at a table, keep moving. Sometimes even out of the bar.
Thankfully, this potential game of musical picnic tables doesn't come into play at the biggest and best of these Czech bars, U Vejuodu, though the waiters certainly seem as if they prefer Czechs to tourists. As much of a restaurant as a bar, its has creaky wood floors, an arched ceiling and a kettle pot over the bar. With a sizable main bar, large space in the back and even a room to the side, it's really too large and lively to be considered a true locals' Czech pub, but it's got the right look and feel. The plasma TVs showing music videos give it a modern touch.
For a touch of history, U Medvidku is where Mozart drank. Heavily. That's because it is located steps behind his residence (his sculpture is on the building).
Locations: Both are in what we call "the Mozart area" meaning they are around the corner from Mozart's place. U Medvka is on Narodni, which connects to the Mosi-Legi bridge (the one with the island). U Vejudodu is on a small side street, Jilska.
It's darned difficult to find the Black Bull; this is the entrance.
Across the Vltava River, not far from the Prague Castle, is as authentic a Czech pub as can be found in Prague. The Black Bull – or U Cernacho Vola – has just a half-dozen tables and what PubClub.com believes to be the best beer in the city. Certainly it's among the most potent. Finding it is a trick and it serves to really build up one's thirst; it's down from the castle across from a pair of "No Pezi Zone" signs. This is is a favorite spot of the Czech national hockey team coach.
Location: Lorent‡nské Street, near the Prague Castle.
U Zlateho Tygra, or the Golden Tiger, is the most recognized authentic Czech bar in Prague. Yet we don't recommend it and it's only mentioned here to counter encouragement from others. Right off Old Town Square this is one of the stay-away bars; walk in and get the cold stare of locals and staff who don't like non-Czech people invading their turf. It's like that scene in Animal House when the Faber College folks walk into the bar with Otis Day and the Nights. At the Golden Tiger, the same thought comes to mind: "Leaving, what a good idea!"
The Dance Clubs
Cutting it Loose Until the Morning's Early Hours
Prague's nightlife cranks into high gear in its crazy dance clubs.
There's a dance party in Prague and PubClub has found it.
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.
Prage has mega nightclubs that pack in the people.
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).
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 mini Amsterdam.
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.