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Jazz has been prevalent in Prague since the 1920s, but it was after World War II that jazz became a part of the city’s culture. Today there are jazz festivals all over the Czech Republic, and tourists come from all over to check out Prague’s bustling live music scene.
Prague’s Old Town is home to most of the city’s Jazz clubs and definitely the place to be if you are looking to attend more than one venue in a night.
Agharta is a cellar club located just off Old Town Square. With live music from 9pm and a 250CZK entry fee, it is popular with both locals and tourists. Agharta also explores other music genres from blues to swing. The bar prices are cheap and like many of the city’s venues has a waiter service. It is a small venue, so get there early (open from 7pm) to ensure you get a seat.
Bily Konicek is a restaurant in a 12th Century cellar in Old Town Square. It serves traditional Czech grub but also has a vast international menu. From 9pm, live jazz bands take centre stage, playing right through until 12am. Be warned – if you are on a budget, this is not the place for you, but is perfect for a special or romantic occasion.
In keeping with the cellar theme, U Stare Pani is one of the best jazz clubs in Prague. The place just oozes with ambiance even before you’ve entered the club; to get to the cellar, you have to go through the reception of the U Stare Pani hotel and down a candle-lit stairwell. Open from 7pm until 2am with live music from 9pm and entrance fees ranging from 200-250CZK.
Jazz Republic is a personal favourite of mine. The laid back vibe, impressive selection of musicians, attentive waiters and overall atmosphere make it an easy place to lose yourself in for the evening. Music ranges from ‘tradtional’ jazz to funk, soul, acid jazz and more. Entry is also free as it is sponsored by The Lobkowicz Brewing Company.
Be sure to also check out Ungelt Jazz & Blues Club in Old Town Square.
Reduta Jazz Club is just a short walk from the famous Wenceslas Square in New Town. Despite there being considerably less well-known jazz venues in New Town, Reduta is actually one of the oldest and most prestigious in the company. It is a small, simple venue which allows for a great connection with the musicians, but there is no waiter service so you will have to leave the main room when buying drinks. Entry is 300CZK with music from 9:30pm.
Not far from Charles Bridge in Mala Strana is the cosy U Maleho Glena Bar. It is positively tiny, so it is imperative you arrive early or you may not be able to squeeze in. It’s a friendly venue with a very local feel, but don’t let that put you off if you’re someone who doesn’t like to step off the tourist trail, the staff are very friendly. There are different musicians playing each night from 9:30pm with entry being 200CZK or under.