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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 nighttime entertainment, partyers are spoilt for choice and its best to plan 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. Old Towns boasts some lovely spots, with rooftop bars offering freshly shaken cocktails to Gothic style cellars flogging clandestine mixtures.

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 locals while enjoying world-class lagers in a welcoming bar or traditional beer hall provides the perfect authentic evening. Jazz enthusiasts can then move on and revel in one of Prague's unique and vibrant clubs.

Bars in Prague

Hemingway Bar

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: Staré Město (Old Town), Karolíny Světlé 26, Prague 1, 110 00
Telephone: +420 773 974 764
Website: http://www.hemingwaybar.cz/bar-prague

Pivovarsky Klub

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 8, 180 00
Telephone: +420 2223 15777
Website: http://www.pivovarskyklub.com/?lang=en

u Zlatého tygra (Golden Tiger)

A smoky and authentic old tavern, this traditional beer hall serves up a great variety of traditional pilsner, local pork dishes and coffee to boot. Even here in the tourist-filled Old Town, it remains hugely popular with locals (particularly at the end of each working day) saying much about its magic. Former president Václav Havel famously brought Bill Clinton here.

Address: Staré Město (Old Town), Husova 228/17, Prague 1, 110 00
Telephone: +420 2222 21111
Website: http://www.uzlatehotygra.cz/en

Clubs in Prague

Duplex Club

Located in a prime position, this club overlooks the beautiful and historic Wenceslas Square. During the day, the rooftop terrace is ideal for a coffee break, but by night becomes ones of Prague's hottest clubs, with a slick lounge bar 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, 110 00
Telephone: +420 7322 21111
Website: http://www.duplex.cz/duplex-events/duplex-sunset-sessions

Fashion Club

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. If for nothing else, its panoramic views are worth a visit for and its on-site restaurant is spectacular.

Address: , Námĕstí Republiky 8, Prague, 110 00
Telephone: +420 224 815 733
Website: http://www.f-club.cz/en

M1 Lounge Bar & Club

Owned by an expat New Yorker, this club is a strong player in the Prague nightlife scene. It's got a luxury vibe thanks to an extended dance floor, a cocktail bar and some 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: Staré Město (Old Town), Masná 1, Prague 1, 110 00
Telephone: +420 2271 95235
Website: http://www.m1lounge.com

Live music in Prague

MeetFactory

An art gallery and theatre 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, 150 00
Telephone: +420 251 551 796
Website: http://www.meetfactory.cz/en/

Palác Akropolis

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. A surprisingly intimate setting, this venue has played host to an array of indie, rock and metal acts from all over the world. As well as promoting homegrown talents, you may well catch the likes of Marianne Faithful, Megadeth or Sigur Rós, all of whom have gigged here in the past. Be warned though, it's a popular joint and sells out quickly. So book early to avoid disappointment.

Address: Žižkov, Kubelíkova 1548/27, Prague, 130 00
Telephone: +420 2963 30911
Website: http://www.palacakropolis.com

Reduta Jazz Club

First founded back in the 1950s, this venue has 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 1, 110 00
Telephone: +420 2249 33487
Website: http://www.redutajazzclub.cz/en

Rudolfinum

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. The perfect venue to experience Czech Republic's cultural history; the monument comes to life during Prague's Spring Music Festival. Boasting internationally renowned composers Antonin Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana among its countrymen, you'll be hard-pressed to find a greater example of Czech's love affair with classical music.

Address: Josefov, Alšovo nábřeží 12, Prague 1, 110 00
Telephone: +420 227 059 227
Website: http://www.rudolfinum.cz/en

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Culture in Prague

Prague National Theatre

A fantastic example of neo-Renaissance architecture, the Prague National Theatre stands proudly on the bank of the Vltava. Regarded by Prague's citizens as one of its most important institutions, it is a historic keystone 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: +420 2249 01448
Website: http://www.narodni-divadlo.cz/en

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Jurys Inn

Near to a metro station and a 20-minutes walk to the Old Town Square, this modern hotel offers great value for money with its 214 clean and bright rooms coming in five categories - double, premium king, twin, triple and family, all of which are generously proportioned and come with free Wi-Fi. This is also a comtemporary restaurant and bar.

Four Seasons Hotel Prague

As you’d expect, Prague’s luxurious Four Seasons Hotel enjoys an unbeatable location, perched below Prague Castle and only a stone's throw from Charles Bridge. Everything here is as it should be at a Four Seasons. There are 19 suites, including the sumptuous Presidentia, furnishings are elegant and artwork original, and there’s a 24-hour concierge service, state-of-the-art gym and spa. The hotel also goes out of its way to create a child-friendly environment, with complimentary cots and a babysitting service.

Hilton Prague Old Town

The location of this hotel in Prague is spot on, only a short walk from Námìstí Republiky, the Municipal House and the beginning of the Royal Road. Guests have access to a health club, pool, gym and sauna, as well as local tennis courts and a golf course. The rooms blend state-of-the-art facilities with comfortable furnishings and contemporary styling.

Florentina Ship Hotel

For great value and something completely different in Prague, you'd be hard pushed to find a better concept than this floating hotel, converted from a large river cruiser and moored at the river's edge in the middle of the Old Town for the winter season. Fully refurbished to include 54 snugly comfortably cabin rooms and a café/bar, the ship's spacious sundeck would be the perfect cocktail spot if you were paying twice the price.

Hotel Josef

This light, bright and super-modern hotel in Prague provides the perfect antidote to the heavy gothic architecture that dominates the surrounding city centre. Designed by Eva Jiricna, with a spectacular glass atrium as its focal point, the hotel's 110 luxury rooms all come with equally contemporary facilities, from high-end designer bathroom suites to Wi-Fi access.

Hotel Cloister Inn

Dating from 1772, this fascinating historic building, enviably situated in the Old Town between Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square, was once a Jesuit convent, before serving as offices for the Soviet secret police. This cheap hotel in Prague now provides 73 comfortable rooms ranging from singles to triples. Unlimited buffet breakfasts are served in the former chapel.