Prague 1 (The Old Town)
It may be called the Old Town, but the modern bars and electric clubs show a whole different side to this district of Prague! Known as Prague 1 to the locals, this area is jam-packed with uber cool bars, cocktails and clubs that are open until late. You could spend an entire day at Prague 1 from shopping to eating and dancing until you drop at the nightlife venues that line the streets. Kicking things off, for a venue that’s weird and wonderful try the Anonymous Bar in the heart of the district. This bar plays on the famous activist organisation and their masks, but still offer a cool and collected atmosphere with super tasty cocktails to sip on.
For a place with a bit more kick, you have to try at least one of Prague’s famous absinthe bars. Absintherie Jílská is maybe the most popular bar to date, serving not just neat absinthe but cocktails infused with the strong liqueur too. The interior is neon green and they also serve food to soak up the alcohol if need be. It’s not all heavy drinking and bitter concoctions in the Old Town, enjoy a more chilled vibe with unbeatable, freshly made cocktails at Hemingway Bar. This sophisticated establishment is a great choice to start the night classy, with dark wood furnishings and a one of a kind cocktail list.
When it comes to late night bars, Prague has endless options that you can’t possible fit into one tiny weekend (did someone say reunion?) For a traditional drinking experience, lively energy and a bar that’s open until 2am Bugsy’s Bar is your best friend. Easily accessible just a little way away from the river, everyone can fit into this underground watering hole. On the flip side, it might be nice to throw in a totally new experience instead! On one floor of the massive KARLOVY LÁZNĚ nightclub you’ll find the ultimate ice pub. Whip on a thermal jacket, put on some gloves and venture into the below freezing temperatures where even your glass is made completely of ice.
When you’re feeling a little tipsy and need to dance it off, it’s time to find a nightclub to finish the last night of freedom in style. As previously mentioned, the largest nightclub in Prague is KARLOVY LÁZNĚ with 5 floors of pure party. This venue is an adult playground inside and opens it’s does until as late as 5:30am on weekends. A bar/club that might take you by surprise from the outside is One Club. From the exterior this venue seems to be a low-key bar, but inside you’ll find booming music, eccentric performers and neon lights to blow your mind and entertain all the girls for the evening.
Clubbing doesn’t have to mean huge dancefloors and stifling music, it can also include exclusive lounges and moody lighting – just like DÉJÁVU Music Club. For flavoured gin with a kick and some extremely interesting décor is a smaller venue, this music club is the best fit for you in Prague. Last but by no means least, one of the most popular nightclubs in Prague and the Czech Republic as a whole is Golden Tree Nightclub. This venue has the perfect balance of quirky décor and personality with 3 floors of live DJ’s, dancers and performers for the best of both worlds.
The second district of Prague is significantly less busy but still has a fair few bars, pubs and clubs to sink your teeth into. You’ll find a noticeable difference in price from one section to the other, but compromise the energy and atmosphere of the Old Town for something more chilled. Zanzibar is the perfect example of this, featuring sloped ceilings in an underground tunnel. For a super small hole in the wall, have an authentic Prague experience at Klub 21. Popular with locals, this lounging bar is a great place to chat and toast to the bride to be.
In keeping with smaller, cosier venues, Bar Black Sheep on the outskirts of this district is a great cocktail bar for weird and wonderful concoctions. This curved venue is like a family away from home, and if you find yourself visiting more than once they might even remember your name! Once you’ve tried a few cocktails off the menu at Bar Black Sheep, finish the last night of freedom off at Retro Music Hall EDM club just around the corner. This nightclub is huge compared to the rest of the nightlife in Prague 2, and offers events and entertainment including live DJ sets all year round to make the weekend one to remember.
For easy drinking, there’s no place quite like Wenceslas Square. Catch a bus, the metro or taxi straight to the square and then spend an evening stumbling to and from the different pubs and bars that litter this area. As well as being effortlessly beautiful, the square has continued to open bar doors to different venues that might catch your eye. For casual drinking and any beer-loving brides out there, Pivotéka is a totally unique beerhall that serves IPA’s and local brews you won’t find anywhere else. They sell themselves as the pinoeers of illegal beers – but don’t worry, it’s all legal and very tasty.
Not everyone loves a pint when they’re trying to get into the party spirit, and if you’d rather tantalise your taste buds with a delicious cocktail you’d prefer the Parlour cocktail bar. Boasting a relaxed atmosphere and expertly-made drinks, this venue is a great place to start the pre-drinks. One thing we would place a bet on is that every country around the world has at least one Irish bar. Prague is no exception, and Rocky O’Reilly’s is the popular choice for both locals and partygoers alike.