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With its dim lighting, ghostly atmosphere and woodcut artwork, entering Prague is a little like walking into a Kafka novel. Although it’s on the bar vortex where Kingsland Road meets Old Street, it’s often overlooked – a shame, as it’s pretty good.

The menu tucked into empty bottles placed on each tabletop lists 30-plus cocktails (around £7), but many drinkers are here for the Czech beers, among them the rarely found Budvar Dark on tap, and for cheap Czech-influenced snacks such as roll mops, marinated cheese and pickled sausage.

The presence here of the St Vitus Gallery adds a weird, creative touch to some of the artwork; the place is filled with paintings and illustrations by local artists.


Venue name: Prague
Address: 6 Kingsland Road
E2 8DA
Opening hours: Open/food served noon-midnight Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-1.30am Fri, Sat
Transport: Tube: Old Street tube/rail or Hoxton rail
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A bar well worth czeching out (sorry, couldn’t resist!). Prague has an extensive list of delicious cocktails with the menu presented as message in a bottle, literally answering my SOS on a dreary weeknight. The décor is cool and relaxed at the same time, which is a rare feat, underpinned by friendly staff, low lighting, interesting art and mix of beaten up leather couches. It easily feels like you could be in a trendy friend’s apartment and you could comfortably settle in here for the evening.


Cosy little bar in Shoreditch - with the friendliest bar staff ever. Sampled a range of absinthe cocktails, Haribo shots and Oreo shots here - all very authentic tasting. Dim lighting and an ecclectic mix of cosy chairs and vintage sofas make this a great little place to kick back, chill out and enjoy drinks with a friends or a partner. Apparently it's been around for 11 years - only wish I had discovered it sooner!


Broadly themed around Eastern Europe, this bar doesn’t try to play on stereotypes. It's a regular venue that might well have been in Prague, which is a refreshing contrast with other Slavic places in London. Situated in the heart of Shoreditch, it has a strong competition, but always offers a good alternative, when you just want something slightly different than your regular East London bar. Beer is affordable and snacks are great (gherkins were amazing and made me homesick!), but I’d move furniture around to make it more cosy and intimate, especially in the evenings.