First things first – Prague offers a great night out. Its bar and club scene rightly enjoys renown, but these days the reputation is founded on far more than stag-friendly strip dens. If you're after high culture, great beer, quality DJs or anything in between, there's plenty to keep you busy.
The choice of discos and dance clubs is far greater than it was a decade ago, although when it comes to night-time entertainment, the city still sometimes falls into the trap of quantity over quality, so it's probably best to plan your big nights in advance. Be aware too that just as the city's drinking venues vary widely, so too do its prices – there are some seriously swish bars in town, but you'll pay for the privilege.
Lap-dancing clubs can still be found here in abundance, although many bars, restaurants and clubs (especially around the Old Town) have banned or actively discouraged stag parties, so Prague isn't quite the destination it used to be for budget debauchery.
Of course, the traditional recipe for a great night in Prague involves beer and music - two ingredients the Czechs excel both at making and enjoying. For many, rubbing shoulders with the locals while enjoying world-class lagers in a welcoming bar or traditional beer hall, before moving on to one of the city's various jazz clubs, provides the perfect authentic evening.
Bars in Prague
If there's one place in town that can claim to give a comprehensive overview of the country's love affair with beer, it's here. Despite its name, this isn't so much a club as a mecca for lovers of a quality tipple, offering more than 200 bottled beers and six on tap at any one time. As well as typical Czech varieties, you'll find brews from Belgium, Germany and further afield. There's great food to soak it up too.Address: Karlín, Křižíkova 17, Prague, 180 00
Telephone: 2223 15777.
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One of the city’s most authentic old taverns, this is a traditional beer hall serving up great pilsner to narrow, smoky tables full of drinkers. The fact that, even here in the tourist-filled Old Town, it remains hugely popular with locals (particularly at the end of each working day) says much about its magic. Former president Václav Havel famously brought Bill Clinton here.Address: Staré Město (Old Town), Husova 228/17, Prague, 110 00
Telephone: 2222 21111.
This bar focuses on Ernest Hemingway's drinks of choice: absinthe, rum and champagne. You can find over 200 varieties of rum on offer and the most extensive collection of absinthe out of any bar in the Czech Republic. This is the place for those who love a great cocktail.Address: Stare Mesto, Karoliny Svetle 279/26, Prague 1,
Telephone: 773 974 764
Clubs in Prague
With an emphasis on slick service, classy cocktails and good DJs, Fashion Club's bid to attract Prague's beautiful people has been a success since the venue opened at the top of a former communist department store. The club itself is a smart, on-trend nightspot, aimed mainly at the young and moneyed, and the panoramic views on offer help its credentials. Its on-site restaurant is worth investigating too – particularly if you happen to have a craving for caviar.Address: Námĕstí Republiky, Námĕstí Republiky 8, Prague, 110 00
Telephone: 7741 38803.
Another club in a prime position, this time at the top of a building overlooking Wenceslas Square. The rooftop terrace makes this a great place for a coffee break during the day, but by night this is one of Prague's hottest clubs, with a slick lounge-bar format that attracts the city's top DJs and some of its most elegant clientele. It is no wonder Mick Jagger celebrated his 60th birthday here.Address: Nové Město (New Town), Václavské námestí 21, Prague, 113 60
Telephone: 7322 21111.
M1 Lounge Bar & Club
Owned by an expat New Yorker, this club has been a strong player in the Prague nightlife scene for a while now, and although it's got a luxury vibe thanks to an extended dance floor, a cocktail bar and serious VIP space, the emphasis here is still about the music, with the club's team of DJs spinning a well-received selection of hip-hop and house, R&B and indie rock.Address: Josefov, Masna 1, Prague, 110 00
Telephone: 2271 95235.
Live music in Prague
Reduta Jazz Club
First founded back in the 1950s, this venue can lay a strong claim to being Prague’s oldest and best known jazz club. As such, it has hosted some great musicians over the decades – not to mention ex-President of the United States, Bill Clinton, who famously played his saxophone here. There are live music acts on every night.Address: Edge of Staré Město (Old Town), Národní třída 20, Prague, 110 00
Telephone: 2249 33487.
A tourist attraction in its own right, this stunning neo-Renaissance building in the city centre has, since 1946, been the seat of the world-class Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Boasting internationally renowned composers Antonin Dvorak and Bedrich Smetena among its countrymen, classical music remains at the heart of the Czech Republic’s cultural history, and this is the perfect venue to enjoy a little of it, especially during Prague’s Spring Music Festival.Address: Josefov, Alšovo nábřeží 12, Prague, 110 00
Telephone: 2270 59352.
An art gallery and theater during the day, this former warehouse hosts live music programmes at night. Expect regional artists and up-and-coming bands performing alternative, rock and folk, among other genres.Address: , Ke Sklárně 3213/15, Prague 5,
Classical music in Prague
Dance in Prague
Theatres in Prague
Music and Dance in Prague
Culture in Prague
Consisting of a concert hall, theatre and cinema, Palác Akropolis is an established cultural complex in Prague. It puts on nearly 1,000 events annually, mainly focusing on art, music and theatre. You may well catch international indie, rock, metal or world music acts that are touring in this intimate setting. Be warned, though, it's a popular joint and sells out quickly, whether it's for homegrown talent or acts like Marianne Faithful, Megadeth, Sigur Ros or The Strokes, all of whom have gigged here in the past.Address: Zizkov/Vinohrady, Kubelíkova 1548/27, Prague, 130 00
Telephone: 2963 30913.
Prague National Theatre
Another fantastic neo-Renaissance building, the Prague National Theatre, standing proudly on the bank of the Vltava, is regarded by Prague's citizens as one of its most important institutions and a historic key-stone in the country's cultural development. Here, amongst the sumptuous late-19th-century décor, the Prague Opera and Ballet perform regularly within a calendar of Czech drama and advent concerts.Address: Nové Město (New Town), Národní 2, Prague, 110 00
Telephone: 2249 01448.