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Another busy night at Futurum, Prague
Photograph: Futurum Music BarAnother busy night at Futurum, Prague

The 15 very best nightlife spots in Prague

Want to sample the world-famous nightlife in Prague? Get around with our guide to the city’s best bars, pubs and clubs

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Elijah Solidum
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No matter the type of night you’re after, the best nightlife spots in Prague can provide it. The Czech desire for excitement knows no bounds, but there is more to a night out in Prague than a seemingly endless conveyor belt of pivo that seems to cost less than water. Sure, you can find that too, but nightlife in the Czech capital is more varied than you might assume. Prague is endlessly stylish and that is mirrored in the bars, pubs and clubs.

The best places to go out in Prague are almost always outside the centre, so get yourself a metro ticket and explore the neighbourhoods. Many spots in the Old Town have abandoned character in favour of profits, with the real fun found in Holešovice, Smichov, Kárlin and the rest. Still, it would be churlish to ignore the tourist-friendly spots in Prague 1, and our guide to the best bars in town covers plenty of ground.

Best nightlife in Prague

If you want plenty of history with your beer, head to The Golden Tiger. The Prague 1 location means a slightly more expensive beer, but where else can you sip in such celebrated surroundings? Bohumil Hrabal (one of the greatest of all Czech writers) was a frequent visitor back in the day, a stamp of approval that most places would die for.

Hemingway Bar

Hemingway Bar must be one of Prague’s top cocktail bars... if not the best. The bar is named after Ernest Hemingway himself – that guy loved a drink, after all, and these days the bar keeps that predilection of his alive, boasting as it does a menu of more than 200 rums (plus a dangerously wide absinthe selection). Hemingway is an essential stop for any self-respecting hedonist.

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MeetFactory
Photograph: MeetFactory

3. MeetFactory

Once a city abattoir, MeetFactory is now a homage to all things creative. Part market, gallery and theatre, it also doubles up as a popular party and concert spot with an ever-eclectic schedule of events for all tastes. It also has a bike repair shop, although why you’re taking your bike to the nightclub is another thing entirely.

4. Klub 007 Strahov

The word ‘iconic’ gets overused in the modern age, but the adjective is more than apt for this famous spot. Dark, dingy, yet utterly delightful, Strahov 007 has been a rebellious venue in the city since 1969 with no end in sight, making it one of the longest-tenured clubs in Prague. Simply get the tram to Strahov stadium and follow the crowds.

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Hells Bells Rockin' Pub
Photograph: Hells Bells Rockin' Pub

5. Hells Bells Rockin' Pub

Who doesn’t love a grimy metal bar? Smichov’s finest has been serving up cold lager and fiery tunes for at least forever, and is there a better combination than beer and riffs? No, there isn’t. A location just 30 seconds from Anděl makes this basement bar a popular spot all through the week.

Elbow Room
Photograph: Elbow Room

6. Elbow Room

Prague does it all when it comes to nightlife, but something about the secret living room atmosphere at Elbow Room really showcases the city at its boozy best. Elbow Room is one of the best examples of this, a cocktail bar (of sorts) in Bubeneč that straddles the line between peaceful escapism and centre of the city excitement. The cocktails are as good as you’ll find in Prague, which is no small statement.

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Futurum
Photograph: Futurum Music Bar

7. Futurum

Late night parties, international rock and roll superstars, wacky themes and more fun than most can handle. That’s Futurum in a nutshell, a Prague 5 spot with curious architectural quirks to accentuate the relentless energy flowing from every pore. You can’t really miss this grand old building, but you may well find yourself missing it differently once you leave.

Harley’s

That this club has a biker theme tells you all you need to know about the vibe you can expect. For those looking for a different scene, the grungy, dimly-lit basement of Harley’s makes for a hazy environment for a hazy night out. The wide range of rock music that plays all night offers a pleasing contrast to most Prague clubs with their focus on chart pop, trance and EDM.

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9. Cafe Jericho

All sorts of popular with Prague’s ever-thirsty crowd of artists, Cafe Jericho hums with conversation and pivo from open to close. A somewhat hidden side street location adds another layer of magic to the place, and most evenings see the place spill out onto the pavement outside. A variety of traditional snacks accentuate the beer, although you’ll see as much wine being enjoyed here as you will the amber nectar.

Letna Park
Photograph: Letna Beer Gardens

10. Letna Park

At various points during the summer, the whole of Prague seems to become one big beer garden, but the gorgeous views and history of Letná keep it at the very top of the table. It happens to be at the very top of the city too, where a humongous statue of Stalin once stood but now sits carefree folks with a view of Prague that takes some beating.

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Malkovich
Photograph: Malkovich

11. Malkovich

This Žižkov spot claims to serve ‘pseudo cocktails’, and that description will make perfect sense once you step through the door into a bar of contradictions and character. The living room aesthetic is strong here, a homely atmosphere accentuated by the low hum of conversation and the occasional cat. The prices are low, and the chances of fun are high.

Roxy

One of Prague’s nightlife staples, Roxy is a guaranteed exhilarating night out. The atmosphere here is vibrant, and the club’s interior – with its one-of-a-kind art and in-your-face colour scheme – only adds to the ambience. Roxy’s aim is to ‘revive the space of the music club through visual arts’, and that symbiotic relationship between its art and music makes for a brilliant assault on the senses.

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Lucerna Music Bar

Just off the bustling Wenceslas Square, the Music Bar in Palác Lucerna is one of Prague’s biggest clubs. Though it boasts one of the city’s more spacious dance floors, it also fills up faster than most. Don’t miss their 1980s nights, where you can dance unironically to ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ with people from all over the world. Lucerna also doubles as a concert venue and hosts some surprisingly big names.

Pivovarský klub
Photograph: Pivovarsky Klub Benedikt

14. Pivovarský klub

Sat just a short walk from the metro station in Florenc, Pivovarský Klub is arguably the finest place in Prague for lovers of all things beer. More than 240 different brands line the walls here in a friendly bar with pivo as far as the eye can see, with plenty of snacks to help soak it up as you go. The cellar downstairs gets plenty rowdy from time to time if that’s your bag.

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Déjàvu

Déjàvu is far from the biggest or fanciest club in Prague, but that may be why it’s very much a local favourite. It also boasts arguably the best bang for your boozy buck when going out in this city. Considering its growing popularity and central location, the drinks are surprisingly cheap – especially during their daily happy hour, when you can get most cocktails for less than £2.

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