A guide to the Prague nightlife, prices, tips and tricks!
During the night the city dresses different coat than during the day; suddenly the old historical town changes to a wild party place, where you can meet friends from all over the world, enjoy some quality music and drinks.
Prague gained its popularity among young people in the past few years for several reasons; the beer is fairly cheap (beer is actually cheaper than water here) and the drinking age is 18 years. Many hen a stag parties have been hosted in Prague’s bars and pubs.
It is legal to drink on a street here, that’s why there are so many garden restaurants in the summer time, but don’t be fooled – you can get arrested if you get caught causing public disturbance.
Most clubs and restaurants in the center offer menu in English, so you won’t have any communication issues. You may be surprised when it comes to the measurements; beer glass is 0.5 liter, wine glass is 0.2 liter and liquors are served in a shot glass. Mixed drinks are not as popular in the Czech Republic, but you may find them in selected bars.
Although the city has gone through some major changes over the years, the culture has remained popular. The prominent feeling in the city is now one of sophistication, offering several new venues with alternative club scenes. The vast choice of bars, restaurants, and clubs makes it the ideal place to spend a weekend, or an extended vacation.
Many of the new developments and trendier venues have been built in cheaper areas. There are three defined types of club in Prague nightlife: cheap, innovative and expensive. The cheaper ones appeal to the young tourists and backpackers that often visit the city. The innovative clubs have been built to cater to the younger and trendier generation who often prefer to enjoy the more modern music and ideas. The expensive clubs are designed for tourists and wealthier Czech locals.
While there are many bars and clubs located in Prague, only some of them are truly known and famous among the local residents.
It is obviously unnecessary to write down a list of all bars and clubs in Prague, but I would like to present you a short list of places offering great fun, entertainment and food:
Karlovy Lázně, Smetanovo nábřeží 198, Prague 1
The well-known disco club and bar in the heart of the city sits next to Charles Bridge. It is easily accessible by tram (17, 18) or on foot. Admission fee is 180 CZK and the club is opened from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Klub Lávka, Novotného lávka 201/1, Prague 1
The Lavka club offers another good locale to taste the Prague nightlife. Like the Karlovy Lazne, this club is located near the Charles Bridge. Transportation there is the same as above: take the tram 17, 18 stop at Karlovy Lazne (possibly Staromestka).
Duplex, Vaclavské náměstí 21, Prague 1
Duplex club can be found in the middle of Wenceslas Square at the corner of Jindrisska Street. For better orientation, it is the top floor of the building with the inscription "Debenhams". Duplex is a modern disco club with a rich program and good quality food and drink. The price level is slightly higher, but still very affordable for most tourists.
Lucerna Music Bar, Vodičkova 704/36, Prague 1
Lucerna Music Bar is located close to Wenceslas Square, near by the "Vaclavske namesti" tram station. The club belongs to the time-proven quality clubs and is not considered a newbie in the Prague nightlife scene. World famous bands entertain patrons with concerts on a regular basis. Weekends often belong to the music of the eighties and nineties.
Solidní Jistota, Pštrossova 21, Prague 1
Conveniently located, though not directly in the center of the city, this club is easily accessible by foot from the National Theatre. Solidni Jistota (Solid Certainty) is a famous nightclub, especially among the locals. A wide range of excellent foods with a relatively wide range of drinks are served here. Good prices and a friendly atmosphere greet those who choose to enter the doors.
Bombay Bar, Dlouhá 13, Prague 1
Easily accessible on foot from the Old Town Square, Bombay Bar is a very successful cocktail bar where you never get bored. Interesting variations of 150 different alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails are available at reasonable prices as well as dance music, live DJs, and lots of nice people.
Roxy, Dlouhá 33, Prague 1
Roxy Music is an established club which plays an important role in Prague nightlife. Balancing on the edge of rock, techno, and experimental music, the club has attracted many renowned artists. The interior has a somewhat industrial and artistic impression.
Futurum, Zborovská 82/7, Prague 5
This is another place for tourists to stop and enjoy Prague nightlife. If you are near the Andel metro station, then this is one the most easily accessible locales In addition to special events, the club focuses mainly on music from the eighties and nineties.
Dog's Bollocks, Nádražní 42/82, Prague 5
Here comes my secret tip: This club is located farther from the city center than any of the aforementioned clubs; however, it offers a pleasant stop for everyone looking for great drinks, excellent food, and modern music. It is open daily from 5 p.m. until the early morning hours and closed on Sundays.
Žluté lázně, Podolské nábřeží 3/1184, Prague 4
During summer months you may also want to try this ultimate nightlife place in Žluté lázně situated on the right bank of the Vltava River in Podolí. Read more..
Techtle Mechtle: Vinohradská 47, Prague 2
Milá tchýně: Na Zbořenci 9, Prague 2
James Dean: V Kolkovně 1, Prague 1
Nebe: Křemencova 10, Prague 1
SaSaZu: Bubenské nábřeží 306/13, Prague 7
Misch Masch: Veletrzni 826/61, Prague 7
Mazanej Králíček: Hybernská 32, Prague 1
Retro: Francouzská 75/4, Prague 2 (techno & house)
Harley's Bar: Dlouhá 18, Prague 1 (rock)
Radost FX: Bělehradská 234/120, Prague 2
Infinity: Chrudimská 2a/2526, Prague 3
Phenomen: Nádřažní 84, Prague 5
K.U. Bar Lounge: Rytířská 13, Prague 1 (a bit snobbish...)
Zlatý Strom: Karlova 6, Prague 1 (a bit snobbish...)
PopoCafePetl Music Club: Újezd 19, Prague 1
PopoCafePetl Cafe Bar: Italská 8, Prague 2
P.M. Club: Trojická 10, Prague 2
Mecca: U Průhonu 3, Prague 7
Finally, here are some gay friendly places to enjoy Prague nightlife:
Friends Bar & Club: Bartolomějská 11, Prague 1
ON Club: Vinohradská 1789/40, Prague 2
What is the appropriate dress code in Prague? It obviously depends on the occasion. Let’s have a look:
Theatres & Concerts
It is wise to dress appropriately for any cultural event in Prague; formal evening dress and a tie. If you don’t have a formal dress with you, you will be allowed to enter any theater in your casual cloth, but you have to count with mocking looks.
If you don’t have a space for a suit in your luggage, try to squeeze in a good looking shirt, pair of slacks and dress shoes. Ladies can add one or two extra dresses and pumps.
Bars & Clubs
When enjoying Prague nightlife in bars & clubs no dress code is applied unless you are invited to a special party.
Prague has been known for a decades for its very favorable prices. This is unfortunately changing year by year; however, the rates of alcohol and beer in particular are still very affordable.
Needless to say, the further from the city center you are, the lower the prices can be expected, even though, it is still possible to come across affordable spots right in the Old Town. Some of these are listed above.
You can check the prices here.
Prague is a beautiful charming city and you may feel you find yourself in a fairy tale, but don’t let your senses to fool you; it is a modern metropolis with everything what it represents. If you feel you have to be careful and you don’t trust everybody while strolling down the Broadway in New York or posh London, you want to do the same here in Prague and stay alert.
Ensure that you have the numbers for the local police and the embassy stored in your mobile phone. Although the precautions that you need to take may make you think twice about visiting, if you are sensible when traveling, you will have an amazing and fun time enjoying all of the sights Prague has to offer.
Don’t forget, if you want to enjoy nice, carefree vacation keep in mind that safety is the priority number one!
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