During the daylight hours, the city presents a very ancient and solid façade to the public but there is a young metropolis waiting to burst forth when darkness descends. Partygoers weave their way about the gothic buildings in search of the next tavern offering liquid refreshment that doesn’t even make the wallet weep. Naturally, sipping, gulping or pouring beer directly down the gullet is the great pastime here and why not – experts claim that the beer brewed in the Czech Republic ranks as some of the best in the world. Make sure you pay a visit to one of the numerous beer halls, or pivnica’s, that peek out from behind the town’s walls and sample some of the amber nectar yourself.
Prague Nightlife Travel Guide
However, if hops don’t seduce your tastebuds then there are plenty of trendy and modern cocktail bars opening up where the Czech Republic’s most beautiful slide onto the bar stools. Some bars have live music and licenses in this part of the world take after their Mediterranean counterparts and don’t close until very late – or the until the last person staggers out.
The Old Town houses the majority of bars, and you won’t need to stumble far when looking for the next glass of the alcoholic stuff. Further out in the suburbs, and particularly in the slightly cheeky Zizkov district, you will find a large number of nightclubs which cater for all music tastes. Venues arrive and then disappear so quickly that it can be hard to keep track of where the hip tickle the dance floors. Keep an eye out for flyers or find a copy of the Domesta-Downtown leaflet for details of club nights. Word of mouth is another good way of finding Prague’s party creatures.
Some of Prague’s big-name nightclubs include;
1. Radost FX
Belehradska 120, Vinohrady Telephone – 224 254 776 Opening hours – 10pm-5am
Prague’s longest-running dance club. Not only does it offer soul, house and R&B in luxurious surroundings but there’s even a vegetarian restaurant if you want to indulge. Entry costs Kc100.
Kubelikova 27, Prague 3 Telephone – 222 712 287 Opening hours – 24 hours
A labyrinthine club comprising of bars, cafes, live music and even theatrical performances.
3. Karlovy lazne
Smetanovo nabrezi 198, Stare Mesto Telephone – 222 220 502 Opening hours – 9pm-5am
A massive clubbing complex very close to the Charles Bridge offering three floors of dance, house, hip-hop, R&B and pop music to the hoards. Admission is Kc 50-100.
Another popular after-hours occupation is going to jazz bars – and Prague has many extremely good ones – to receive a dose of the rhythm and blues. The annual jazz festival always attracts at least one big name and Reduta, Narodni 20, Nove Mesto, telephone – 24 912246, is one of the oldest jazz clubs in Europe with live music starting at 9pm. Bill Clinton famously played his sax here and if it’s good enough for him…