Prague Nightlife

Prague is a city that takes its liquid refreshment, and its after-dark entertainment, seriously. The beer is rightfully world-famous and beer gardens are a dream, a new trend for cocktail bars has taken the city by storm, and music and dancing options are plentiful.

Plus, with such a small city center, you'll rarely have to travel far to find the best bars and clubs. In fact, one of the great

pleasures of Prague is wandering around Old Town and just popping into any of the bars that take your fancy (and that don’t look hideously overpriced). Go for the back streets, and don’t pay much more than 50 Kč for a beer.) Another Prague perk is the relaxed hours. In the past, bars used to close down by 10 pm or so, but now Czechs have taken cheerfully to all-nighters spent discussing philosophy in smoky dives, listening to jazz in cavernous underground clubs, or dancing on tables in avant-garde clubs.

Many of the best nightlife spots combine international pizzazz with a bit of Czech eccentricity—think beers delivered by a miniature railway or a cocktail bar where absinthe is a major component in most of the menu options.

Prague is also a very musical city, which is reflected in its nightlife. A lot of the clubs also host live music performances, and the atmospheric jazz clubs offer great shows almost every night of the week.

Clubbers have plenty of options too, although anyone looking for the cutting edge of cool is unlikely to find it in Prague, because having a good time is much more important. There's an increasingly visible gay scene, too.

For those who want to look beyond the bar, there are evening cruises on the Vltava that show off the city’s gorgeous waterfront, which is beautifully lit as the sun sets. In recent years, a thriving scene on Náplavka (a riverside walkway in Nové Mesto) has sprung up, offering cheap and cheerful pop-up pubs right alongside the water, often accompanied by food and fashion markets. And if we're talking alfresco drinking, Prague's beer gardens, comprising no-frills benches and brews in its beautiful parks, are a must-visit in summer.

And while Prague isn’t Monte Carlo, gambling is legal, and there is a range of establishments from exclusive high-end casinos to all-night herna bars with slot machines and video-game terminals. Most gamers say the top venues lack ambience and only the brave try the nonstop herna bars.

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U Zlatého Tygra

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The last of the old, smoky, surly pubs in the Old Town, the "Golden Tiger" is famous for being one of the best Prague pubs for Pilsner...

Ungelt

  • Music Clubs

Hidden in the side streets behind Old Town Square, this basement has been around since the 15th century and has been a cozy club with...

Vagon

  • Music Clubs

When it fills up, this long and narrow room offers only a few good spots to actually see the band that's playing, so video projectors...

Vinárna U Sudu

  • Bars/Pubs

Although Prague is beer territory, this pays homage to that other camp: wine. A mazelike, multilevel cellar forms the large wine bar...

Vlkova 26

  • Bars/Pubs

The cool kids hang out at this out-of-the-way Žižkov basement bar to drink and chat late into the night. It's cozy, with dim lights,...

Vzorkovna

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Currently the holder of the unofficial title of Prague's most alternative city-center pub, Vzorkovna operates a confusing chip system...

Výtopna

  • Bars/Pubs

Located on the very touristy Wenceslas Square, the drinks here are delivered by miniature train. It's gimmicky but great fun when the...

Zlatá Praha (InterContinental Prague hotel)

  • Piano Bars/Lounges

On the roof of this distinctly uninspiring building is a bar with wonderful city views. The 9th-floor Zlatá Praha restaurant and bar...

Švandovo divadlo Na Smichove

  • Music Clubs

This popular Smíchov nightspot does double duty as a concert venue on some nights and a drama stage on others. Interesting avant-garde...

Žižkov Television Tower

  • Bars/Pubs

Once just a slightly weird communist landmark, the TV tower now houses a swanky cocktail bar, restaurant, and one hotel room, all inside...

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