As with most European cities there are lots of bars and clubs in Prague which makes a very exciting nightlife scene.
Keeping track of which are the ‘cool’ places to go is quite difficult as it seems that once they become ‘cool’ and well-known, they are no longer the place to be seen.
Here we list only the long-established ones. You can pick up a listings magazine that will tell you what’s on and where to go for the best in Prague nightlife in most hotels and hostels and decide for yourself. We’ve listed some here that are worth checking out. Bars are open all day and the clubs usually kick off around 11pm and stay open until about 4am. If you are looking to keep the party going after 4am you will find some clubs that stay open later.
Duplex – Duplex is one of Prague’s most popular nightclubs with huge dance halls filled with local teenagers and even stag-party stragglers. It is a combination of nightclub, café and restaurant. During the day the 6th-floor terrace restaurant is a great place for coffee to enjoy the views. At night offers a view overlooking the lights of Wenceslas Square.
Location: Wenceslas Square 21, New Town, www.duplex.cz
Mecca – very fashionable club, featuring industrial-chic club to dance to house and techno music.
Location: Pruhonu 3, Holesovice, www.mecca.cz
Karlovy Lázně – another huge and very cool night club. Each floor has its own style, from chill out to hard core trance; live bands at ground level, dance to classic disco on first floor (Discotheque), rock to 1960s and 70s music on the second floor (Kaleidoskop), or house and techno on the third floor (Paradogs).
Location: Novotneho lavka, Old Town (close to Charles Bridge), www.karlovylazne.cz
RadostFX – this very famous club features top local and international DJs. Exquisite sofas, mosaic-topped tables … Café serving great veggie food and cheesecakes, a Moroccan lounge in the back for relaxation and downstairs dance club that only gets going after late hours.
Locaton: Belehradska 120,Vinohrady (close to underground station IP Pavlova), www.radostfx.cz
La Fabrique – disco with a couple of dance floors for people of all ages.
Location: Uhelný trh 2, Old Town, www.lafabrique.cz
Roxy – If funk and techno is your favourite then Roxy is the best club in town. Arrive around midnight when the fun starts.
Location: Dlouhá 33, metro Namesti Republiky, www.roxy.cz
There are a number of sophisticated cocktail bars in the centre of Prague. Try Tretter’s bar, near Old Town Square, which has a classic atmosphere with a friendly bar staff. Also in the area are Zapa Bar and Bugsy’s which are very good choices too. Behind the Tyn Church on Old Town Square, there is Tynska Bar and Books. ZanziBar in Lesser Town is good choice if you wish to visit some of Prague’s VIP bars; high prices and standards are guaranteed.
Tasting Czech Beer
The Czech Republic is also very famous for its beer. Pilsner Urquell and Budvar are the best-known brands. So if you want something really special, try going to Kolkovna, near Old Town Square, which is popular amongst expats. This restaurant serves fresh unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell on tap, which is a very tasty brew. The food and Czech cuisine is a little more expensive than a local-oriented pub, but many find it is worth a visit. But be warned, the large restaurant is often full. Other recommend places for hanging out and drinking great beer with your food are: Pivovarsky Dum on Ječná, not far from Wenceslas Square, U Vejvodů near Narodní Třía, and the historic brewery, U Fleků, near Charles Square.
Tip: U Pinkasů – first pub to serve world famous Czech beer Pislner Urquell, traditional Czech food (close to underground station Mustek).
The side streets near Wenceslas Square (especially Perlova Street) are full of strip clubs. This is Prague’s small red light district. Pickpockets can be a problem in this area at night (often employing women who run up to groups of men asking for a hug, etc. in order to divert attention from pickpockets).
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