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Thinky’s Guide to Prague Bars and Pubs
 
We’ve heard them all, and each new time they ring a little bit more hollow.
 
“I came here to experience a different culture,” or “I wanted to be unhindered,” or the classic “I want to find myself.”
 
Bullsh*t. This city has more bars per block than a prison, and we came here to continue our degenerate alcoholic lifestyles in a country where we couldn’t possibly stand out.
 
From one degenerate to another, and in the words of whoever wrote the theme song to “The Jeffersons,” there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. Now that we’re all on the same page, here’s where you need to go.
 
 

U Stare Pani Jazz club Prague

July 11, 2012

Stompin’ “At the Old Lady’s”

U Stare Pani Jazz club Prague

In fact, U Stare Pani (“At the Old Lady’s”), may just be the most attractive jazz venue Prague has ever had.

“We wanted to create something special, a place people want to come and stay,” explained Jan Abt who, with his companion Martina Henzlova, designed every aspect of the club.

Located in the basement of a lavishly renovated building in the heart of Old Town, which also contains a three-star hotel and restaurant of the same name, U stare pani has the refined atmosphere of an elegant supper club. Individual tables preserve the club’s intimacy and protect you from the hazard of sitting cheek-by-jowl with a bunch of musical day-trippers more interested in giddily rehashing their adventures on Charles Bridge than in the music.

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BAR PIRANHA

December 11, 2008

Bar Piranha

BAR PIRANHABar Piranha located in central Prague offers friendly atmosphere for the smoke & beer and for fans of dj and hard music. And they have big aquarium, of course, with piranhas.

 

And pinball.

– Bar Piranha, Žitná 47, Prague 1, Prague, Czech Republic, +420 222 210 350, Metro: Muzeum, Mustek, Tram: 3, 9, 14, 24, 52, 53, 55, 56, 58
PUNTA AZUL

December 11, 2008

Shadow Azyl

PUNTA AZUL

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}his place is Czech in the very best sense of the term, sporting creative art, a curvy molded bar, tables of very relaxed youth, beautiful women, cheap cold beer, phat mixed beats, and of course the obligatory foosball and pinball machines.

 

This is probably one of the best spots around Ujezd if you have pure relaxation in mind, together with the aid of a few organic substances. The crowd is friendly and the air is thick.

 

Reason to go: dueling DJs.

 

– Shadow Azyl (Formerly Punto Azul), Kroftova 1, Prague 5, Prague, Czech Republic, Tel: +420 2 5732 8594, Metro: Andel, Tram: 6, 9, 12, 58, www.puntoazul.cz

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Rock Cafe

December 11, 2008

Rock Cafe

Rock Cafe{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}his “complex” has a CD shop, a music electronics store, an Internet cafe, an amateur gallery, a kino, and of course the concert venue.

 

This bleak, black pit is where you can see the best of Prague’s hair-rock cover bands, solidly supported by Prague’s disgruntled youth.

 

Twisted Sister, Metallica and Ozzie constantly channel themselves into the grungy rockers that play here.

 

Reason to go: because we’re not gonna take it anymore.

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oxy nightclub in prague

December 11, 2008

The Roxy

oxy nightclub in prague

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he old tea room is now a coatcheck, the admission price to parties has quadrupled and the old big screen U2 parties of mid-decade have been replaced by the most famous reliables in town: MIX, ZEN, and CLIMAX, to name a few. But some things are the same.

 

The Roxy PragueThe thousand capacity experimentalni prostor [experimental space] is still the only place where the clientele is more interested in sweating than being seen, still the only club that offers a raw and genuine vibe, and still the only place in town where you can catch freaky German art films one night and trip-hop dj’s the next.

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Wakata

December 11, 2008

Wakata

Wakata{xtypo_dropcap}I{/xtypo_dropcap}t doesn’t look like a classic club, more like your friend’s flat. The news is that the wall dividing the two rooms doesn’t exist any more, which opens up the whole space.

 

You’ll feel at home here till it’s time to go home.

 

-Wakata, Malírská 227/14, Praha 7, Bubenec, 170 00, Prague, Czech Republic, Tel: +420 233 370 518, www.wakata.eu, email: [email protected], Tram 1, 8, 25, 26 Nighttram 51, 56, Stop: Letenské námestí. Nearest metro: Vltavská, or Hradcanská, Open: Mon. thru Thur.: 17-03?, Fri. and Sat.: 17-05?, Sun.: 18-03?, DJs play daily from 21:00, on Fri. and Sat. from 20:00

December 11, 2008

Anubis Club

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}wisting cavernous passages lead to a creatively styled dance floor, industrial decorations, and a post-apocalyptic bar with chicken wire protecting the nectar bottles of this Hades.

 

Which circle is this?

 

The dying seem resigned but some still cling to the dance floor with the shallow breath of stale hormones; others play foosball.

 

How far are we from the safe-warm of the womb? How did I get on this couch? Who is this girl?

 

Reason to go: I dare you.

– Anubis Clu , Štítného 14. 130 00 Praha 3, Czech Republic, tel.: +420 775 259 866, [email protected]

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KLUB XT3

December 11, 2008

XT3

KLUB XT3

{xtypo_dropcap}R{/xtypo_dropcap}ight from its inception the club focused on DJ culture – drum&bass, hiphop, house, reagae. At that time most of the now-famous DJs used to come to the club to practise their craft and lots of them made their debut in front of an audience at the club.

 

In the beginning the club borrowed decks and equipment for the weekends, but XT3 soon bought its own equipment and the club started bursting at the seams, especially on Wednesdays and Thursdays when hiphop and drum&bass nights are held.

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mecca prague

December 11, 2008

Mecca

mecca prague{xtypo_dropcap}O{/xtypo_dropcap}f course, I’ve never been to Miami, but I watched enough Miami Vice to know it when I see it, and this isn’t it.

 

White leather furniture, a pristine bar and creative glasswork are just an intriguing prelude to the dark pit of a dance floor that lays beyond, undulating with sweaty, entranced bodies, which cease twisting only for a quick smile, smoke, or sip.

 

Mecca regularly hosts Prague’s best vinyl masters, including Chris Sadler, veteran Prague wizard from the Sceptered Isle.

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Radost FX Cafe

December 11, 2008

Radost FX

Radost FX Cafe

{xtypo_dropcap}S{/xtypo_dropcap}tart your evening with cocktails and dinner for two, there are many hearty and healthy courses to choose from the menu, which is a piece of art itself.

 

The food is well priced and anybody can find a dish of all things pasta and vegetarian.

 

Then, move to the FX Gallery and have a few more drinks while listening to the house DJ mix his tunes and hold court.

 

There is always hip music playing, interesting photography and art on the walls, and the couches are very spacious for two people to enjoy themselves.

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Molly Malone's in a scene from Eurotrip

December 11, 2008

Molly Malone’s

Molly Malone's in a scene from Eurotrip{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he Reason you know is that there is a crowd of about twenty people standing and chatting directly in front of the bar, and a seating area with about ten empty tables.

 

It has an Irish OK Corral effect, with a giant hitchin’ post supporting lanterns, and empty whiskey barrels lying about in a heavily wooden area.

 

The stone fireplace is apparently used, so this could be a cozy winter spot, or a cozy early August spot, if this weather keeps on. There are plans for a new menu, a garden, and new paint, so hopefully you won’t have to suffer through the awful peachy-pink walls like I did.

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O'Briens Irish Bar

December 11, 2008

Irish Pub O’Brien

O'Briens Irish Bar

{xtypo_dropcap}S{/xtypo_dropcap}omehow, it all changes from authentic Irish to Cap’n Pegleg’s seafood shack. The surreal kitsch goes right down to hanging sea nets and mini life-preservers, so far that you expect to see Gilligan drunk in the corner, complaining to himself about how he never gets any respect from the skipper.

 

The crowd was quiet, apparently undisturbed by the total lack of continuity downstairs, so I followed suit, drank and tried to forget.

 

Reason to go: good atmosphere at cheap prices.

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O'Che's Cuban-Irish Pub

December 11, 2008

O’Che’s Cuban-Irish Pub

O'Che's Cuban-Irish Pub

{xtypo_dropcap}H{/xtypo_dropcap}ence the label of ‘Cuban pub’ for O’Che’s, which works (intentionally) well as a thin disguise for this Irish hangout which sports an undeniably Irish name.

 

Not far away from the James Joyce, which is located on the same road, O’ Che’s sports a smaller, lighter atmosphere with a younger crowd (or so it seemed when I last went), and the best, most wonderful and beautiful waitresses around.

 

It’s a convenient location for the spill over from Joyce, or just a nice alternative for those thirsting for more Irish booze in a Cuban gin joint.

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le clan prague

December 11, 2008

Le Clan

le clan prague{xtypo_dropcap}O{/xtypo_dropcap}kay now, so what is this all about? I heard about this club in Vinohrady but it is kind of mysterious because the name and the address are unknown.

 

Since it is supposed to be a new hang-out of all those well-known random people I asked one of them to take me there.

 

That place really is very discrete. No name written above the door, no street number visible… only a metal crescent moon denominating the entrance, just like a sign for those who already know.

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Pivnice U Karla IV

December 11, 2008

Pivnice U Karla IV

Pivnice U Karla IV

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he real action is downstairs in the cellar pub area that houses two rooms with the usual stony walls and long wooden tables you’d come to expect in a Czech cellar outlet.

 

As with U Sudu, at Pivnice U Karla IV (Pub of Charles the Fourth) you get the young Czechs here as well, on the rowdy side if you’re unlucky. On the brighter side, the Pub of Charles the Fourth is also a pizza joint. The menu offers quite a variety of ‘zas that start from Kc 99.

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Jo's Bar & Garaz

December 11, 2008

Jo’s Bar and Garáž

Jo's Bar & Garaz

{xtypo_dropcap}U{/xtypo_dropcap}pstairs is a typical sports bar, someplace one might expect to see Al Bundy hanging out with the Monday Night Football announcers, and yet something wilder lurks below.

The cheese-fries style testosterone gives way to DJs and dancing on the weekends, breathing life into a down-stairs dance floor that is described by the owner as “dark and grisly.” Somehow I think this was meant in a good way.

 

This place fills with a crowd of mostly foreigners with a healthy helping of locals, and in the past has had raging private parties (details withheld) and male strippers on Lady’s night. It also hosts a couch that has seen more action than Jon Woo.

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