It’s no secret that Prague has some of the best, if not THE best nightlife in Central Europe. As soon as the sun goes down, the Czechs spill on the streets on the sniff for absinthe, beer and a good time.
Serious clubbers have a huge handful of clubs that’ll be spinning till dawn or maybe you’d like to join the beautiful and well dressed people in the many smart cocktails bars. Failing that, pile into the warm, inviting and attractive beer halls where beer is God in the home of Pilsner, Staropramen and Urquell.
Regardless of how you spend your nights in Prague, they all have one thing in common – They’re very affordable, bordering on cheap.
I’ve been to Prague, close to 10 times over the past years and after carefully examining the nightlife scene (it’s a hard task) there is one thing that has become very clear; They LOVE a good theme. I don’t know why there are so many themed bars in Prague and I actually don’t care.
The quirky weirdness of Prague is one of it’s major draws, because where else can you visit a nuclear bunker, see two statues pissing literary quotes, see giant metal babies crawl up a television tower, hear legends of boiling peoples eyes out to protect a clock or have your drinks delivered by model train!?
Where? 28. října 1001/3, 110 00 Praha 1-Můstek
When you walk into Batalion for the first time, you’d think you’ve walked into some strange pop art porn exhibition but actually this is one my favourite hang outs in Prague. For over 100 years this comic book themed museum and bar has a homage to Kája Saudek. Yes, you can giggle at huge breasted woman in strange situations, blue alien/human hybrids shooting guns at devil clawed girls but you can also enjoy 100 CZK (£3.50) so drink up, shut up and get amongst it. PS the bar is open 24/7 so no matter what time of the day, you’re always guaranteed a good time and contender for best themed bar in Prague.
2. Aloha Wave Lounge
Where? Dušní street 11, Praha 1
By day you can rustle up typical Czech brunch with a Tiki flare with smooth jazz crooning in the background, but night the drink menu is overflowing with speciality rum signatures and trendy Caribbean martinis. Their strawberry and basil lemonade is so, SO delicious but always better with a shot of rum.
3. James Dean
Where? V Kolkovně 922/1, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město
Fans of Grease and all things 1950’s will LOVE James Dean. So tell me more, tell me more, like does he a car?! Actually yes, there’s a really cute car made into sofas, Marilyn Monroe lip shaped urinals and a jukebox to keep Rizo twerking till sunrise. The mechanic cladded bar staff are a little cold and I’ve had some issues in the past their treatment towards some of my passengers, so as a rule I only go by myself, and not part a group. Don’t let that put you off, don your kitten heels, full skirts and go let’s do the hand jive.
4. Hanger Lounge
Where? Dušní 9/9, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město
Pan-AM airways invites you all to come fly with me! Who would’ve thought of an aviation theme bar – give that person a high five. The Hanger Bar is a late night bar has some very hot pilot bar men throwing cocktail bottles, setting stuff on fire and just generally looking very cute. Whereas you can swoop and dive into the Pilots Lounge and hang out with the beautiful girls of 1940/50s Pan-Am serving business class style dishes and cocktails.
Where? Palác Fénix, a.s., Palác Fénix, Václavské nám. 802/56, 110 00 Praha
Do you want your drinks delivered to you by model train? Of COURSE you do, who wouldn’t? This family restaurant does traditional Czech food along with crowd pleasers like pizzas and grills. Yes, the food is just average, it can get very busy at times but, come on, it’s so fun to literally chase your drinks along a huge train track.
Where? Jilská 7, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město
As the name suggests, the Absintherie is home to the final word on all things green fairy. Absinthe chocolate, slush, ice cream, beer and cocktails are served in a huge Absinthe museum. You can witness the original fire ritual and try over 60 different recipes not to mention the bar tenders can answer literally any questions you’ve ever had on the most lethal drink in the world!
7. Medieval Tavern
Where? Tavern King Brabantského Thunovská 15 110 00 Prague 1 – Malá Strana
Ain’t no party like a 1430’s party, right? Fair maidens will refill your flagon over and over again while gypsy dancing twirl and flip around you and fire eaters and spitters greet you at the door. Tickets are €40 each, so it’s not just something you ‘rock up to’ but if you’re wanting something a bit special from your visit to Prague then saddle up and polish your armour.
Where? Michalská 432/12, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město
Voted as one of the best bars in the world, Anonymous is the first bar in Europe to have V for Vendetta as it’s theme. The staff conjure some incredible cocktails all while wearing the ‘hacktivist’ and famous Guy Fawkes style mask while the bars namesake movie plays on a constant loop in the background. This is a once in a lifetime bar and once you’ve had a cocktail served in a wooden bird box, bio-hazard bins or next to a smoking gun, you’ll too will find yourself stickin’ to the maaan.
9. Bar and Books.
Where? Týnská Bar And Books / Monkey Tobacco Týnská 19, Prague 1
If you want to slink into a slice of New York then scoot on over to Bar and Books behind the Tyn Church. You’ll feel like Frank Sinatra with beautiful cocktails, burlesque events it’s be easy to forget you were even in Prague.
10. Kolonial Restaurant
Where? Široká 25/6, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město
On you marks, get set and GO to Kolonial, as far I know the only cycling theme bar in Prague maybe Europe!? Victorian Penny-Farthings adorn the walls, bike pedals have been adapted into bar stools and bike chains swoop from the ceiling and what could’ve been a really kitschy theme has actually been achieved rather tastefully. The traditional Czech food is served with a modern twist with a large menu of draft beer will always have me racing back for more.