The 15 best bars in Prague

Find the best bars in Prague including traditional Czech craft beer pubs, wine shops and absinthe-centric cocktail bars
Check out our list of the very best bars in Prague
Photograph: Courtesy Prague.eu
By Lani Seelinger |
Advertising

If there is one true essence of the Czech Republic, it is sure to be found nestled in the corner of an old-timey pub with a pilsner on tap and a waiter eager to provide you with your next beer before you’ve even finished the one in your hand. These classic pubs have all but disappeared from the centre of Prague, but an eclectic selection of bars and restaurants for all tastes have replaced them.

The Prague bar scene today is multifaceted and best enjoyed by trying a different vibe every night — or several different vibes in the same night. After all, if you only stick to the hip cocktail places, you’ll miss out on the fruits of the recent Czech craft beer renaissance — and vice versa. Open your mind, and an oft-repeated rule for how to best enjoy this golden city's attractions and things to do also applies when it comes to bars: while the tourist centre certainly has enough to occupy you, you’ll have the best results by going a bit further afield.

Best bars in Prague

1
Pivo a Párek
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Anita S.
Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Pivo a párek

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.

2
Hemingway Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Stephanie S.
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Hemingway Bar

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.

Advertising
3
Gin & Tonic Club
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Gin & Tonic Club
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Gin & Tonic Club

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.

4
Gastropub 20 PIP
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Vladimir K.
Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Gastropub 20 PIP

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.

Advertising
5
Tynská Bar & Books
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Kathleen D.
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Týnská Bar & Books

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.

6
Black Angel's Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Rafaèle B.
Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

Black Angel’s Bar

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.

Advertising
7
Vinograf
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jan H.
Bars and pubs, Wine bars

Vinograf

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.

8
Beer Geek
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Sophie F.
Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Beer Geek

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.

Advertising
9
T-Anker
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Petra B.
Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

T-Anker

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.

10
The Alchemist Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Alan S.
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

The Alchemist Bar

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.

Advertising
11
Bukowski's Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Bukowski's Bar
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Bukowski’s Bar

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.

12
Bukowski’s Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Regina W.
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Cash Only Bar

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.  

Advertising
13
U Zlatého tygra
Photograph: Courtesy U Zlatého tygra
Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

U Zlatého tygra

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.

14
Tretter's
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Michael E.
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Tretter’s

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.

Advertising
15
L'Fleur
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Eric B.
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

L’Fleur

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.

Feeling peckish?

Check out our list of the best restaurants in Prague to try on your next trip/
Photograph: Filip Vido, courtesy Terasa U Zlaté studně
Restaurants

The 14 best restaurants in Prague

The City of a Hundred Spires has diversified in both its inhabitants and its restaurant offerings, all without losing its down-to-earth spirit. 

Advertising