Best bars in Prague
The two Pivo a párek pubs — one in the Žižkov neighbourhood, the other in Vinohrady — capture everything that always made Czech beer culture great, and transport it into the modern day. Each pub offers a rotating selection of about seven of the country’s best craft brews, with a similarly small and well-curated list of sausages to choose from. The atmosphere is relaxed and bright, and you won’t find friendlier or more attentive bartenders.
With its truly thrilling menu of cocktails, you’d be hard pressed to find a better cocktail bar anywhere in Europe, let alone in Prague. Hemingway Bar begins with the writer of the same name for inspiration, but its mixologists know no limits when it comes to crafting drinks in terms of both taste and presentation. Word about Hemingway Bar has been out for a while now, so you’ll always want to come with a reservation.
When they say Gin & Tonic Club, they really mean it. Located only blocks away from Wenceslaus Square, this hip gin bar was borne out of the passion of its owners for the classic G&T and the myriad possibilities that the drink offers as a sort of cocktail canvas. You can order off the menu, ask for a special creation, or try a gin taster menu. Hungry? They’ve also got Czech tapas at the ready.
On any given night, the place where you’ll find the greatest representation of Czech craft brews from across the country is Námestí míru’s Gastropub 20 PIP. This smart two-story pub, which only recently opened its kitchen and claimed the “gastropub” moniker, never has the same selection two weeks in a row. No matter when you come, they’ve got enough taps that even the most discerning beer drinkers will always find something to savor.
Bar & Books has options in both Old Town and Vinohrady, and both will give you a quiet, intimate space for drinking all of the classic cocktails, with cigars for sale and an excellent whisky menu to boot. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the set of a 1920s movie, but don’t expect a raucous party — Bar & Books is for a quiet, cozy night with drinks that you want to sip slowly and enjoy.
Black Angel’s Bar on Old Town Square has something for everyone. For the history lovers, it’s a Prohibition-style bar situated in the cellar of a gothic hotel. The award-winning cocktails are based on recipes from a legendary Czech alcohol smuggler from the era — but perfected. Earlier in the evening, you might find live jazz in a relatively calm atmosphere, but it heats up later at night.
Prague isn’t the first stop on a wine aficionado’s list, but Vinograf might convince you that it should be. These three wine bars are each stocked with upwards of 300 wines, with the flagship Senovážné Square location offering more than 700. Here, the knowledgeable wait staff will help you discover the native Czech varietals or guide you towards your international favourites. Don’t be afraid to come hungry, either.
Jiřího z Poděbrad Square’s Beer Geek is a perennial favourite of the foreign craft beer crowd, but their selection is usually at least two thirds Czech microbrews. The bartenders are always happy to give you tasters of the approximately 20 choices that they generally have on tap. They also have a short menu offering, among other things, numerous varieties of that ideal side dish for beer: chicken wings.
Prague’s red roofs and spires are an indispensible part of the city’s charm, and at T-Anker, you can sip your brew while sitting among them. The secret about this outdoor rooftop joint is finally out, so make your reservation at least a week out. Once you’re sitting at one of the covered tables with a pleasant breeze wafting around you and one of their own brews in your hand, you’ll know why.
Surprise “Choose Your Fate” cocktails determined by tarot cards, drunk under a richly decorated Renaissance ceiling — a trip to The Alchemist Bar isn’t just a drink; it’s a true experience. When you step inside off Wenceslas Square, ignore the feeling that you’re putting yourself in the path of tourist kitsch and allow yourself to enjoy this bar’s creativity and dedication to the 17th century act that it’s putting on.
The down-to-earth Bukowski’s Bar encapsulates Prague’s gritty Žižkov neighbourhood in bar form. Between the solid versions of classic cocktails and the cheap, quality beer from the nearby Vinohrady Brewery, you’ll understand why Bukowski’s regularly fills up by about 9pm (an issue you can easily avoid with a reservation). The eclectic decorations, including a fascinating wall of mirrors, add to the charm.
Cash Only Bar began as the sister bar to the perpetually packed Hemingway Bar, but it’s gained a passionate fan base of its own since it opened. It’s got seasonal cocktails that change by the month (prepared by bartenders who are more than ready to whip up your favourite if you can’t find it on the menu) and a more relaxed, open atmosphere than Hemingway. No reservations, have a hot dog, and remember to bring cash.
You’ll find traditional Pilsner bars scattered across Prague’s Old Town, but none carry the same history that U Zlatého tygra (which translates to “At the Golden Tiger”) does. While you may no longer find high level politicians and Czech literary luminaries like Bohumil Hrabal sitting at its worn, wooden seating, you’ll still get the bustling atmosphere and the ever fresh Pilsner that these venerated men enjoyed throughout the 20th century.
Tretter’s New York Bar, with its upbeat atmosphere and experienced mixologists, could qualify as Prague’s favourite place for a fancy party. You’ll definitely need a reservation unless your goal is to mingle, which is also a good reason to head to this Jewish Quarter hot spot. Only steps off Old Town Square, Tretter’s certainly gets its fair share of tourists — but a loyal contingent of locals is also always part of the crowd.
It’s all in the name with L’Fleur Mixology & Champagne. Their carefully crafted cocktails each has a history, technique, and presentation that your waiter will be happy to explain, but the bubbly is just as good of a reason to make your way into the Jewish Quarter towards L’Fleur. They might just have the best selection in the city, so it’s perfect if you’ve got something big to celebrate.