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The 15 best bars in Prague

The Czech capital isn’t all cheap beer joints. You’ll also find craft cocktails and wine galore at the best bars in Prague

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By Lani Seelinger and Auburn Scallon |
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As in all great party cities, a night on the town in the Czech capital can mean many things. Most of the best bars in Prague focus on a specific drink – craft beer, local wine, speciality cocktails – and many cater to very specific crowds. In fact, going for a beer in one neighbourhood one evening, and another the next, can lead to really quite different nights out. But whatever you quaff and wherever you go, drinking in Prague is a laidback, leisurely pursuit – so feel free to sip slowly and savour your order.

For a traditional experience, pivo (beer) is the drink of choice. Look for domestic beers under 50 CZK and microbrews generally less than 85 CZK to avoid paying a tourist tax. Head to more intimate venues to sample wines from small producers, and if you’re exploring the nightlife scene, expect mixologists at late-opening bars to take their art very seriously, creating unusual mixes from seasonal ingredients rather than serving so-so rum-and-Cokes. The crux is, you’re in for an excellent time. And how hard will it hit your wallet? Don’t panic – wine and cocktails run closer to, but still usually below, international averages when compared to the famously affordable world of Czech beer. Na zdraví!

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Best bars in Prague

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

Pivo a párek

A quality draught beer and a bite to eat is all you need for a solid pub night in Prague, as proven by this laid-back local favourite. Locations in the Vinohrady and Žižkov neighbourhoods serve just what the name promises, ‘beer and hot dogs’ – but think more grilled sausages and bread than a doughy American bun. Casually dressed beer fans line the pub tables and mellow outdoor gardens, where smoking is still fairly common.

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The outdoor space at Kasarna Karlin in Prague
Photograph: Dorota Velek

Kasarna Karlín

Fancy a glass of wine in the former swimming pool of an army barracks? Or a beer to go with your outdoor summer film screening? How about a comforting boozy hot chocolate after a spin around a pop-up ice skating rink in winter? This multi-purpose arts complex on the border of Karlín and New Town offers alcoholic drinks and entertainment for all moods and weathers. 

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The interior of Veltlin wine bar in Prague
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Veltlin

This intimate Karlín wine bar isn’t limited to local wines, but you won’t find any bottles that have crossed an ocean here. The daily selection of natural vino poured each night comes exclusively from countries within the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. The friendly, multilingual staff are happy to chat about personal preferences and price points.

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Inside Bar Cobra in Prague
Photograph: Alexander Dobrovodsky, courtesy Bar Cobra

Bar Cobra

The effortlessly cool spot near Letná Park fades from mellow table service through the afternoons and evenings into a DJ-backed party from Thursday to Saturday. Just a tram ride across the river from Prague’s Old Town, locals sprawl across the window ledges on hot summer days, making it easier to spot this subtly marked bar lined with black awnings. Draught beer, sparkling wine and a seasonal cocktail menu fuel the party into the early hours.

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Hemingway Bar
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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Hemingway Bar

When cocktail bars first took off in Prague, many stuck to a formula of Prohibition-era décor, international spirits and passionate mixologists who clearly took great pride in their craft. The suspender-clad staff at Hemingway Bar in Old Town gained an early reputation as one of the best. Reservations are essential to get a seat inside this popular, speakeasy-style establishment loved by tourists and residents alike.

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

Vinograf

Navigating the Czech wine landscape can be hard work, so a bit of help will certainly come in handy. Consider the staff at Vinograf your personal tour guide through hundreds of bottles, poured and paired with a platter of light snacks. Locations in New Town’s Senovážné Square and Malá Strana, both just a few steps away from Prague’s popular tourist drags, make Vinograf the ideal way to round off a day of sightseeing.

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Beer Geek
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Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Beer Geek

Your average Czech pub will offer one or two lagers from a single brand and potentially a dark ale on draught. But Beer Geek breaks the ‘Pilsner is king’ tradition with 32 microbrews on tap ranging from sours to stouts, catering to an international clientele in the Vinohrady neighbourhood. Americans, Brits, Germans and Belgians could all easily find a hometown favourite on tap. Food-wise, expect chicken wings in 11 different forms. 

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A bartender behind the Dva Kohouti bar in Prague
Photograph: Kopie Souboru

Dva Kohouti

The young men behind Dva Kohouti – which translates, oh-so cheekily, as ‘the two cocks’ – come from solid pivo pedigree. Exposed beer tanks, bench seating and standing room tables create a minimalist, industrial vibe, while the beer garden has quickly become a buzzing Karlín hangout. Come here to discover the next generation brewmasters – don’t miss the house lager, brewed on site and served alongside a rotating selection of Czech microbrews. 

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

L’Fleur

Your seasonal cocktail at L’Fleur might be inspired by a Parisian artist or a Greek legend – try and suss it out yourself. The setting is elegant, with stained glass windows and chandeliers dangled over couples snuggled in booths, but a staff of young, much-tattooed mixologists keep the mood light and chatty. The extensive champagne list attracts guests looking to celebrate splurge-worthy events (including making it to the weekend).

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A masked mixologist works his magic at the Anonymous Shrink’s Office in Prague
Photograph: Anonymous Shrink’s Office

Anonymous Shrink’s Office

Add some intrigue to your evening out at the Anonymous Shrink’s Office, which takes quite the theatrical approach to mixology. After ringing a doorbell and being led to a leather chair, visitors are presented with a menu full of Rorschach tests to help them choose a drink. Don’t worry – you’re allowed to confirm the ingredients in your chosen form of therapy before it arrives.

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U Zlatého tygra
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Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

U Zlatého Tygra

Many of this city’s pubs go back decades if not centuries, and Old Town’s U Zlatého Tygra (‘At the Golden Tiger’) has hosted its fair share of conversations between presidents, poets and influential Czechs. This is a glimpse inside Prague’s old-school drinking culture, minus the ashtrays since a 2017 smoking ban, but complete with wooden benches and arched ceilings, plus a perfectly poured glass of Pilsner Urquell with a healthy head of foam.

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

Cash Only Bar

When disappointed visitors were turned away from Hemingway Bar’s full house, they needed a backup plan. Luckily, the enterprising Hemingway team jumped at the opportunity and added a more relaxed option just down the street. The long hallway of bar stools and standing-room space still offers exquisite seasonal cocktails and simple snacks like popcorn and hot dogs, but with no fear of rejection. 

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Výčep

This new pub in the Vinohrady areas blends its Bohemian location with Moravian influences, including draught beer from the Dalešice brewery in the east of the country. A spacious combination of clean lines and light wooden tables, plus a traditional folk soundtrack, make for a relaxing environment in which to make light conversation with fellow travellers. 

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

Bukowski’s Bar

Bukowski’s Bar takes a very different approach from the bars with kitschy décor and out-there drinks that pull in punters around the city centre. This Žižkov neighbourhood favourite relies on simple, classic, reasonably priced cocktails served in dim candlelight. The best place to sit is at one of the tables tucked in the nooks and crannies of the bar’s adjoining rooms. 

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Cross Club

Steam punk décor and dance music collide in this late-night club in Prague’s edgy, formerly industrial neighbourhood of Holešovice. Multiple stages with live music and DJs spinning dubstep, hip hop and electronic music ensure the dance floors keep reverberating until 5am or later on weekends. Bartenders serve an eclectic crowd draught beer, wine and shots.

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