Your Prague Nightlife Guide – Best Bars & Clubs

Prague holds the title as the biggest party scene in Eastern Europe. In this post, we’re going to tell you why Prague’s nightlife is so epic and the best places to party in Prague. What was once a quiet (suppressed) corner of the Iron Curtain, Prague has made up for the oppressive, creatively deprived years under the Communist Regime.

Now it may be unsuspecting that this fairytale of a city with its baroque architecture, pristine castles, and churches could host some of the largest underground music + dance scenes on the continent. How could a place so quaint looking with such quiet locals harbor such an uproarious nightlife?  It might have something to do with the dirt-cheap drinks and super unique venues.

Once the tourists caught onto the flexible legal systems regarding certain vices in the Czech Republic, Prague nightlife became rowdy and bumpin’. It is now one of the main reasons that tourists come here (Besides all of the amazing sights in Prague during the day of course).

Today, visitors will see tribes of British stag parties (Bachelor parties) running through the streets. Australians drinking like it is Christmas (don’t worry, we will tell you where to avoid these shenanigans …or not avoid them).

As austere and tight-lipped the Czechs seem during the day, they certainly know how to let loose at night. It will still take about 5 beers for them to open up with you. Patience is a virtue, or in their eyes, a waste of their time.

Prague locals have an impressive talent for turning any unsuspecting building into a place to get sloshed.  Here, you can have your pick of any excursion at any volume. From peaceful Prague beer gardens to wacky bohemian dance clubs to underground brick rooms under grocery stores, the Czechs know how to throw a party.

And in Prague, there is enough to keep you going for years. Seriously, if you went to one bar every day, it would take you just under two years to hit every single bar in Prague. Prague has over 600 bars and over 100 clubs, and you don’t have years. Whether you have a 2-week vacation or just 3 Days in Prague – You need to make the most of it, NOW!

With such little time and so much drinking to do – we put together a list of the best nightlife in Prague. Including the top bars, clubs, and late-night after bar food joints that you should indulge in as you spend your precious time in this glorious city.


Prague’s Bar Scene

Prague has the second-highest bar density rate in the WORLD. Where London, New York, and Tokyo have more bars, in relation to their population, Prague has the most bars per people. Meaning if you get kicked out of one, all you have to do is wobble into the one next door and resume your night out in Prague.

Although many are rooted in tradition, the bar scene is getting a nice makeover. There are still the iconic and archaic pubs that have somehow managed to stay open for over 6 centuries. Ok, it isn’t magic; they are selling BEER- an industry that doesn’t falter during any time of economic depression or dictator regime.

However, since the boom in tourism + uprising of craft breweries, the nightlife scene now bounces from traditional pub culture to whatever Millennials think is cool these days.

If there is one sentence that will get you automatic respect ( Ok, slow down. When it comes to tourists, the Czechs are disinterested at best, gruff at worst) you should learn before the basic formalities.

Pivo, prosím= Beer, please

Even if you order it right, don’t expect a pat on the back and a hearty welcome to their city.

One aspect you may notice is that the Czechs have a slightly different rating system for their beers. Instead of alcoholic levels, they have a maltiness rating system. The maltiness has nothing to do with the alcoholic content so don’t count on that number to gauge its potency.


Best Bars in Prague by night of the week

Without further adieu, here is a way to stay pleasantly buzzed with their liquid joy for each day of the week.

 

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Monday:  Craft Beer Spot.

This is a place that gets to the point. With no artistic frills or interpretive metaphors to their name, you know what you are signing up for. This is a good joint for the more committed ( pretentious) beer geeks. But with a surprisingly friendly wait staff, they will help you navigate all that they have to offer.

The 10 brews on tap come in a variety of styles, mainly featuring the microbrew trend in the Czech Republic, but not excluding some foreign styles as well. Craft Beer Spot also offers biodynamic wines and ciders for the non-beer drinkers. You can enjoy the modern white brick interior or sit out in the sun on their garden roof deck when the sunlight decides to grace this cold city with her presence.

Craft Beer Spot does offer live music on occasion. However, it isn’t publicized on their website so you won’t know until you get there ( the Czechs are GREAT at communicating).

 

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Tuesday: Kasárna Karlín

If you are traveling with children, but still want to find places that think drinking with children is socially acceptable ( No judgment here. Most Czech kids find it more surprising to deal with their parents sober), Kasárna Karlín is the best of both worlds.

Kasárna Karlín is an old barrack that has been turned into a community center. What once housed soldiers has become an adult and child playground ( bars for the adults and a sandpit for kids ( ok, and adults)). They offer a wide range of multigenerational activities, click here to see the event schedule.

The hallways that once had stoic soldiers milling about now holds a softer side: art galleries, crisp white cafes, bars, and dance nights. Everyone is bound to find something they love about this place.

On Tuesdays, they have free movie showings. So now, you can sit back in lawn chairs that are the same color as your beer where soldiers once practiced military drills.

 

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Wednesday: Nightmare Bar

Although you may feel like you are walking around in a fairytale, Prague does have its own dark magic. If you are over the pristine architecture are looking for that grungy Prague you know exists, head over to Nightmare bar.

Right off the Town Square, you can walk down the stairs of this building into a literal horror movie. The Nightmare Bar is filled with horror memorabilia hanging on every wall, hologram pictures, and life-size Freddy, Jason, and Leatherface dummies line the bar. They will stare menacingly at you as if you had just cut in front of them (and you don’t want to cross them). Red lights line the top of the bar and a jukebox blasts heavy metal ( you know, to give it a cozy feel ).

Their signature cocktails are themed after some classic horror stories (the Michaels Knife is surprisingly sweet). As you can guess, the Bloody Marys are a little too good….

Just be sure to keep count of how many people you came with ( Where’s Becky?!)

 

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Thursday: Hemingway Bar

If you traveled to Prague to become more “interesting and contemplative”, the Hemingway bar is an excellent choice for your brooding + creative angst.

This dimly light prohibition themed bar is decorated like an extravagant Great Gatsby party. High-class liquor bottles line the bar and are magnified in front of mirrors that reflect their decadence and your sorry mug.

This bar honors the beverages that gave Hemingway his liquid inspiration to write his glorified memoirs and novels. Rum, absinthe, and champagne cocktails are poured into dainty crystal glasses and surrounded by typewriters ( in case you get the sudden urge to start that novel you have been thinking about).

It is also an excellent spot to try out the alcohol outlawed in many other countries: absinthe. Their pink cocktail, the Revenant, is served in a strange bottle (not unlike the shape of an ostrich) with an orchid floating in it (a drink so ostentatious you might as well just liquify a 100 dollar bill add some simple syrup and drink that).

This place is tight and fills up quickly. Reservations are recommended but you can always sit at the bar. CASH ONLY

 

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Friday:  U Fleků

U Fleku is so well renowned that most people have this brewhouse above seeing the Astronomical clock on their to-do list in Prague. Fortunately, the clock is right around the corner.

There are several bars and beer halls that claim the title as the oldest running spot in Prague. They keep trying to settle it in a drinking contest, but after 30-minutes everyone eventually forgets what they were fighting about and forget about the quarrel for another 100 years.

Nevertheless, U Fleck is said to be one of the oldest beer halls in the city. The first written document dates back to 1499, meaning they could have been drinking there for YEARS and forgotten to write it down. It was made at a time where people thought that syphilis was treated with liquid mercury (what could go wrong there?). THAT is how old this place is. Regardless, it has proudly been brewing for over 500 years.

Moreover, the building has been maintained to look like the time it was made in. The numerous rooms are filled with large + long tables that will make you feel like you are in a drinking scene from a Shakespearean show. You have enough room to bring all of your closest friends and new acquaintances for a less pious version of the last supper.

Each room is filled with rustic paintings, cobbled archways, and suits of armor. They also have great traditional Czech food to pair with your beer.

Every Friday, there is a weekly Cabaret. There is no better way to kick off the weekend in Prague than Cancan dancers swinging their skirts and dancing around your tables.

 

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Saturday: U Medvidku

Rivaling U Fleku is U Medvidku for the title of the oldest beer hall in Prague. U Medvidku claims to be established 550 years ago in 1466, meaning this place might be older than the founding of the Americas. It proudly serves one of the Czechs strongest beers: a bittersweet dark lager ranking at 11.8% alcohol. It’s titled X-Beer, they claim it’s the  STRONGEST BEER IN THE WORLD.

What makes U Medvidku better than U Fleku is that you can sleep there. No, you can’t starfish on one of the tables once your melatonin kicks in early after all of your beer drinking. U Medvidku part of a hotel, click here for rates. Prices are usually $50-90 depending on the dates. You can stay the night or drink from the comforts of your own room ( no need to tip your bartender).

They are as well known for their drink as their food ( and claim to have the best pork knuckle in Prague). They also offer beer brewing classes if you are so inclined to make your own.

Sunday: Roesel

So let’s make the assumption that you probably didn’t get home until 6 am.  If you want to find a quiet space to get over your hangover and get the ringing out of your ears, pop over to Roesel. On the castle side of the city, Rosel is tucked away by the Charles Bridge.

They are known for their phenomenal idea of pairing of beer and cake ( the Czechs can really match beer with anything if you give them a chance).  Roesel is a nice spot to eat a rich chocolate cake with a dark beer as you journal or read. Fortunately, they have lower alcohol content beers so you can wean off your hangover.

They also have good lunch and dinner selections ( but you came here for the beer and baked goods right? Don’t pretend that you suddenly care about your waistline ). It is an ideal spot to step away from the crowds and have some nice quiet time or conversation with your friend. Plan on talking since they don’t have cellphone service in the building…you read that right.

Roesel is bringing things back to basics. They may be a response to the hordes of tourists that leave a trail of chaos behind them as they head back home Sunday evening from their crazy weekend indulging in Prague nightlife. Roesel is trying to bring back quiet Prague.


Prague Club Scene (+ Best Nights)

There isn’t a night where you can’t find yourself nodding to tech music or bopping your head to some classic 80s jams. The Czech’s were a little culturally stunted because of communism and still think that the Friends theme song is an appropriate dance party tune. Regardless, you will not be bored with the club scene in Prague.

It may feel like a time warp after you spend five hours rocking your head to drum and bass in a laser-filled basement to forget it is 2019.  But the American study abroad student vomiting on the sidewalk across the street will quickly remind you what year it is.

 

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Monday Night in Prague: Ku Bar + Lounge

Who said Mondays had to be hard? Not Ku Bar + Lounge. Ku Bar + Lounge is one of the original clubs in Prague. While they are open 7 days a week, Monday is their specialty. Lots of original cocktails.  It has helped Prague maintain the title as one of the club capitals of Europe with its Mad Mad Monday parties.

It is one of the longest-running parties in the city ( because they know that the beginning of the week is already hard). The DJ set ranges from RnB to House music.

Additionally, Ku Bar even offers a cocktail masterclasses with a mixologist where you can learn how to mix your own drinks.

 

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Tuesday Night in Prague: Cross Club

Welcome to the steampunk dreams you have always wanted. Upon entrance, you might think you have hit your head on the door and woken up in  Tim Burton’s brain. This club is designed with machinery parts hanging from every nook and cranny. It feels like you are walking through a hoarder’s garage who has a penchant for car parts and machinery.

Every day, Cross Club has two main stages and offers non-mainstream live musical performances or live electronic music. But they go beyond techno beats. You can dance to a wide range of music, from dubstep to reggae to rockabilly. During the weekdays they also offer community programs such as book readings, live theatre, panels, and screen features. They also have a restaurant and cafe with incredible and affordable food.

Try to keep track of time. You might feel like you have been gone for hours until you look at your clock and realize only 5 minutes have gone by.

 

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Wednesday Night in Prague: Le Velmont

If you are feeling a little dramatic and are looking for a classy night, enter Le Velmont. This underground, dim-lit “ Paris in Prague” feels like you walked into an interior designer’s private lounge, who happens to have a taxidermy business on the weekends.

This brick layered speakeasy has everything: classy cocktails, giant gazel heads mounted on the walls, crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling sandwiched between a Can-Can dancers swing. It is like a mini Moulin Rouge. On occasional nights you might find a dancer swinging and singing from the ceiling.

The building itself is part of a UNESCO site. How the Czechs were able to persuade the organization to take a preserved piece of history and repurpose it into a drinking station is beyond impressive.

While it is technically a dance club, the tight space fosters more philosophical conversations than dancing. But it might finally give you and your friends the time to contemplate, “ What was Camu really saying in the Stranger?”

  • Bar Hours:
    • Wednesday & Thursday 7 pm – 3 am
    • Friday & Saturday 7 pm – 5 am
  • Club Hours:
    • Friday & Saturday 10 pm – 5 am
  • Address: Uhelný trh 414/9, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
  • Dress code: while there is no overt dress code, I wouldn’t come here in jeans and a tank people here wear nice blazers, leather shoes, and have a chance to look nice.
  • Cover: Depending on events

Thursday Night in Prague: Radost FX

If your neck is starting to get a little sore from nodding to all that techno and want to move the rest of your body, Radoat FX is the place to go. It is one of the few places that has a heavy rotation of Hip Hop + R&B.

It’s interior is what I like to call “gypsy space” meets “gaudy Victorian.” Large furniture shaped for royalty ( or the moon? I’m not sure what is going on here) is made out of cheap materials and painted with electric colors.

While it is a vegetarian restaurant during the day, it takes the phrase “Please Don’t Stop the Music” a little too seriously as is one of the later night clubs around. Probably because Rihanna filmed her music video for that song there).

Friday Night in Prague: Lucerna

Lucerna is centrally located and one of the biggest night clubs + music venues in Prague. It is great for live music. It hosts a lot of local celebrities and occasionally gets a bigger Western name to play. There is typically an event happening every evening but check the local listing for what the have going on.

They typically have events every Thursday-Sunday and then hopscotch between events throughout the week.  The specialty is Lucerna’s 80’s + 90’s nights where people will sing “ We Built This City” with sincerity. Sorry, but it wasn’t built on rock and roll.  It was built on communist tears and the blood of their enemies.

Saturday Night in Prague: Mecca

Mecca is another of Prague’s biggest clubs and stands by its name. It is Prague’s capital for deep house, techno, and electronic music lovers. This three-story club is filled with flashy lights, large dance spaces ( that do get quickly crowded) and tucked away little lounge rooms for you to rest your feet from dancing. It typically attracts an upscale crowd, so bring your one night dress out for this.

There are 3 floors, 5 bars, and 2 music stages making it one of the best places for a taste of Prague nightlife. Each night varies with events, so you need to check their calendar before you go. This place is a bit pricer in drinks, but the party doesn’t end until 6 am, giving you more than enough time to make the most of your money.

 

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Sunday: Cloud 9: Rooftop Lounge

Cloud 9 Bar and Lounge steps away from the archaic vibe of Old Town and is a space to go if you are craving some modernity. It is sleek and contemporary from the inside out. It feels like one of those bars that James Bond would walk through to as he tries to seduce a Russian spy ( of which there are many in Prague).

On Sundays, from 4 pm-6 pm, they offer Drunch.  You know, the universally understood time between dinner and lunch. It’s before luper and after snackernoon. During this Drunch, they have a nondescript “bottomless offer”. They have a special DJ set for their Drunch events and is probably a good way to keep working off that hangover.

The views from the top of Cloud 9 are stunning, and the bar offers a wide variety of interesting cocktails. Just don’t stand too close to the edge of the roof during the Happy Hour.


Where to Go At 4 am Looking For Drunk Food in Prague

So you have just spent the last god knows how many hours hopping from pub to bar and dancing to Michael Jackson’s “ Don’t Stop Till You Get It Up” until 4 in the morning.

You have worked up an appetite.

Sadly, a lot of restaurants in Prague close their kitchens around midnight. Your best bet is hitting up one of the sausage stands, which is one of our favorite foods in Prague. They are typically open until 2 am and are located in more popular places like Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, and close to the castle. They also offer fried cheese for your drunk vegetarian friend.


Regardless of where you participate in Prague’s nightlife, there is nothing like staying out late enough where you walk up Petrin hill, wreaking of beer + cigarettes, and watching the sunrise. You will never feel more alive, and you can only do that in Prague.

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