Prague is well-known for its nightlife and is a city that can offer almost every kind of entertainment you can imagine come sun down. Whilst most of the pubs and restaurants close around midnight, the bars and clubs remain open and buzzing until they close in the early hours, if they close at all. From trendy rock bars to five-floor clubs, and live jazz cafes to quaint Czech pubs
Despite the image the title of ‘Old Town’ conjures up, Prague’s Old Town is anything but dreary, with lively restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, clubs and famous monuments alike sharing the streets surrounding Old Town Square. Whilst in many European cities it can prove tricky to sample local cuisine, Prague is in no short supply of charming, local restaurants, such as Staromácek, a traditional Czech restaurant just off of the square. Come nightfall it is lit by candles and there is a sensational array of traditional, simple meals on offer such as pork sausage with horseradish and goulash served in a bread cup. Like any good Czech restaurant, they also serve some fantastic local beers and a nice selection of wines.
Old Town is also home to one of the largest club complexes in Central Europe, Karlovy Lazne is popular with both locals and tourists, With an entry fee as little as 70czk, you have access to five clubs, spanning across five floors, whether you’re into house music or 70s disco tunes you will find a floor to suit you. This place can get insanely busy, so arrive early to avoid long queues.
Top bar: Batalion bar. Open 24 hours a day, this trendy grunge bar literally never sleeps. Spread across two floors you can relax with a cocktail upstairs before heading downstairs into a basement club offering music from rock to euro-pop.
Top tip: Head to Jazz Republic for an evening of free entertainment from some incredible local, jazz groups. A good place for a casual drink before heading onto one of the late night bars.
New Town is the youngest and largest of the towns in central Prague. Most notably Wenceslas Square is the heart of Prague’s nightlife and the focal point of New Town where you can find a mix of hotels, housing, bars, clubs, shops and eateries.
N11 Music Club is located just off of the Square. Though it is quite small it has a variety of different lounges and dance floors as well as several bars. On weekend nights N11 plays mostly Hip-Hop and R&B music, which makes it quite unique from the other generalised music clubs in the city centre.
Top club: No trip to Prague would be complete without an absinthe in a cellar bar. Starsky & Hutch is a large cellar bar, spread over several levels and complete with a dance floor. Popular with both locals and tourists, the DJs in this place will keep you going until the early hours.
Top tip: Make sure you take a map with you as it is quite easy to get lose your way around the winding streets – and don’t be afraid to ask for directions/recommendations for your hotel receptionist.
Where To Stay in Prague
For Stag and Hen parties the Wenceslas Square Apartments in the centre of New Town offer packages for large groups looking for accommodation nearby by to the top nightlife spots in Prague.
The Chili Hostel near Charles Bridge offers a very reasonably priced and comfortable stay for backpackers, students and the thriftier traveller.