As beautiful as Paris, as bohemian as Amsterdam, and with Europe’s best beer, Prague is a gem.
It’s a European favourite – at times it feels like half the world’s travellers are on Charles Bridge. But explore its cobbled lanes a little further and you’ll find the real Prague; boho galleries, traditional bars, gothic spires and bijou cafes.
From traditional beer halls to sleek new cocktail bars and clubs, Prague’s nightlife is kicking from dusk until dawn.
Beer halls and pubs
To sample the legendary Czech beer, a traditional beer hall or pub gives you the most authentic experience – and the cheapest pints in all of Europe. Rub shoulders with locals, sit in a beer garden on a warm evening, and if you’re lucky, hear traditional accordion music. Expect the clientele’s age to vary; you may well end up being drunk under the table by Grandfather Czech.
Bars and wine cellars
As Czech drinking culture evolves, you’ll find a new generation of sleek, cosmopolitan cocktail bars, trendy microbreweries and cosy wine cellars. Raucous crowds of stags, hens, expats and youngsters spill out into the Old Town square, while the winding side streets have quieter bars. As Czech wine grows in popularity, wine bars are popping up serving home-grown wines from Southern Moravian vineyards in romantic candle-lit cellars.
Night clubs and live music
Prague’s got a small but wonderful selection of jazz clubs, and you can find live music every night in the city’s central area. Clubbing in Prague is big business, if not a little stuck in a time warp, with a range of house, techno, indie and lots of 80s nights. Head to the hip Holesovice district in Prague 7 for more heavy-hitting industrial factory dance clubs.