Prague Nightlife: bars, pubs and clubs in Prague

Forget the Prague of cheap booze and Europe's most daring strip clubs. Today, Prague night is all about cocktail bars and alternative clubs.
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Those who do not choose Prague for its romantic picture-postcard atmosphere come here for the nightlife.

In the past, the Czech capital has built a solid reputation as a city of fun, unfortunately of a low standard, consisting of cheap beer and raunchy erotic shows.

Even today, the night in Prague is still haunted by pub crawls of 20-somethings who want to get drunk on the cheap, rowdy bachelorette and bachelor parties and shouters who try to funnel tourists to the nearest strip club (where they will get their pockets emptied of tips and expensive drinks).

Fortunately, there is much more to spend an evening having fun: from traditional pubs to trendy clubs, even in nightlife Prague is a modern European capital where everyone can choose what to do according to their tastes.

What to do at night in Prague

Nightlife in Prague starts with a drink. A traditional pub experience is a must: the Czech Republic is the home of lager beers, and rivers of quality blond beer flow in Czech taverns, perfect for a warm, informal evening. Remember to cover your glass when you are tired of drinking, or the waiter will continue to serve you cool, frothy mugs.

If you want something more chic, choose one of the modern cocktail bars, which have sprung up in recent years in the wake of new international trends. Trendy and cool, Prague’s cocktail bars boast some of the hottest bartenders (and bartenders) in Europe.

The evening then continues at the discotheque, and here the choice is truly vast. The discos in the centre are mostly commercial clubs, not very interesting from a musical point of view (they still play the big hits from the 80s and house music) but very crowded.

The pulsating vein of Prague’s nightlife is made up of alternative music clubs, DJ bars and experimental, underground venues; the most sought-after by young Pragueers are the pop-up clubs, which only last a few months. Look for them too: it’s more fun than a Pokemon hunt!

Clubbing areas

The central areas are full of nightclubs aimed mostly at tourists, especially on Wenceslas Square and the neighbouring streets.

Much cooler is the Zizkov area: once the working-class district of the Czech capital, today it is probably the district with the most nightclubs per square metre in the whole of Europe. Here you will find all sorts of venues: famous traditional pubs, alternative clubs, trendy bars.

Prague has more than 30 gay clubs, cafés, saunas and restaurants, and this number is constantly growing. Recommended areas to find gay clubs are Vinohrady and Zizkov itself.

Opening hours and music genres

Nightclubs in Prague generally open at 11 p.m., but fill up later and stay open until 4 a.m. There are, however, clubs that are even open 24 hours a day!

The musical genres on offer range widely, and it is not uncommon for a club to offer different genres depending on the venue or the evening.

Alternative shows

If you want to go out in the evening but are not party animals, in Prague you certainly won’t be bored.

Live jazz music

Are your rhythms slower than techno and electronica? You’re in the right city anyway: jazz is very popular in Prague and you’ll have a good choice of delightful clubs offering live jazz music. Needless to say, Prague is a temple of classical music and every day you can choose from several concerts, operas and ballets.

Black Theatre

An experience not to be missed in Prague is attending a performance of black theatre, an atmospheric type of theatre that developed here and that can be enjoyed without needing to know the Czech language.This type of performance is based on dance, music and video art: the performance takes place against a black backdrop with ultraviolet lighting. The contrast creates a truly spectacular effect.

Puppet and marionette shows are also typical and very popular in the Czech Republic: certainly less adrenaline-pumping than a strip show, but in our opinion much more enchanting.

Medieval dinner with show

If you want to spend an alternative evening in a great restaurant with a show included, drop by Krčma U Pavouka1 in the centre of Prague: the medieval-themed dinner with unlimited drinks is absolutely a must among tourists and others!

Recommended venues

Among Prague’s countless venues, we have selected the most interesting, famous, historical or curious ones for you! Here is the list divided by area:

Old Town (Staré Město)

Bugsy's Bar

2Pařížská 1068/10, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia (Website)

The menu at this bar is called ‘Blue Bible’ and offers more than 300 different cocktails. Not recommended for the undecided!

Karlovy Lázně

3Novotného lávka 198/13, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia (Website)

“THE” club in Prague: in an elegant 15th-century building a few steps from the romantic Charles Bridge stands this five-storey temple of fun. Very popular with tourists.

Reduta Jazz Club

420, Národní 116, Nové Město, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia (Website)

Legendary Prague jazz club, where the International Jazz Festival is held every October.

Zizkov

Palac Akropolis

527, Kubelíkova 1548, 130 00 Praha 3-Žižkov, Czechia (Website)

A cultural centre that is also an entertainment centre. It offers a very interesting calendar of musical events, as well as theatre, dance and other artistic disciplines. If there is nothing on the programme that interests you, it is still worth a visit for its bizarre décor that mixes natural and futuristic atmospheres.

Nakladove nadrazi Zizkov

6J. Želivského 130 00, 130 00 Praha 3, Czechia

Literally ‘Žižkov Freight Station’, this multi-purpose space created on the initiative of Zizkov politicians is famous for parties, but also for independent film screenings and theatre performances.

Holešovice

Mecca Club Prague

7U Průhonu 799/3, 170 00 Praha 7-Holešovice, Czechia (Website)

Located in a former factory, the Mecca club plays mainly house and techno music. Bob Sinclar, Jaydee, Markus Schulz, Tiesto and other international artists have played here.

Cross Club

823, Plynární 1096, 170 00 Praha 7-Holešovice, Czechia (Website)

If you don’t want the usual disco, the Cross Club is the place for you. With its sci-fi-style décor built from what looks like scrap metal, it offers ska, reggae, hardcore, funky, alternative hip-hop and electronic music and is also a cultural centre where exhibitions, lectures and film screenings are organised.

Florenc

Cloud 9 Sky Bar & Lounge

9Pobřežní 1, Karlín, 186 00 Praha-Praha 8, Czechia (Website)

One of Prague’s most exclusive cocktail bars is located in the Florenc area, usually snubbed by tourists (except for those who have to take a bus). Yet it is here that you will find the luxurious Hilton Hotel, inside which you will find this chic bar. Sure, you’ll spend a bit, but the view of Prague is exceptional.

Map

In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article

Pub Crawl in Prague

Especially suitable for younger people in the mood to get acquainted with Prague visitors from all over the world, the Prague pub crawl takes place in the city’s most famous venues and, if you like the genre, is certainly a fun experience.

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