Barman Guide, your guide to bars and nightlife destinations!

Category - Prague bars

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.
 
 

j.j. murphy & co

December 11, 2008

J.J. Murphy’s & Co

j.j. murphy & co{xtypo_dropcap}C{/xtypo_dropcap}ool bartender, beautiful waitress, Stan the Man, and even a German guy preaching the finer points of cleaning up on the amphibian market.

 

A nice clean and shiny Irish pub down the street from the American Embassy, this place has a different charm. Something about the place brings about the weird and wild, such as naked girls dancing on the bars and big Finnish guys swinging chairs.

 

Don’t worry; if things get out of hand, the cook is an ex-marine. Cool bar staff and waitresses, the occasional jam sessions, and lots of local characters. Something about Malostrana brings about the weird and wild, such as naked girls dancing on the bars and big Finnish guys swinging chairs.

read more

red hot and blues

December 11, 2008

Red Hot and Blues

red hot and blues

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he crowd is mainly ex-pat and tourist, seeking out familiar eats from home, such as burgers and nachos, which are authentic in more than name.

 

A relaxed place to kick back and not worry about the wallet, or it will drive you straight out the door.

 

They also serve the best nachos in Prague, and who can put a price on that?

 

Reason to go: good American eats and strong cocktails.

 

– Red Hot & Blues, Jakubská 12, Prague 1, Staré Mesto, Prague, Czech Republic, Reservation: +420 222 314 639, Office: +420 222 314 639 Email: [email protected], Open: Mon-Sun 8:00-24:00

December 11, 2008

Pivnice Jamajka

{xtypo_dropcap}N{/xtypo_dropcap}o doubt developers have big plans for the area leading from this metro station down to the riverfront. A friend tipped me off to a bar that will likely be one of the many that get swallowed up in the giant wave of gentrification that is soon to come.

 

Jamajka is a small pub that wafts out lazy clouds of cigarette smoke on to a street that is lined with buildings covered with ages of soot.

 

A mixed-age, working-class crowd swill Postrizinske Pivo, the only place to get this beer in Prague, for 13.80 kc.

read more

Solidni Nejistota

December 11, 2008

Solidni Nejistota (Solid Uncertainty)

Solidni Nejistota{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he decor is simple and peachy, save for the motor-trike out front. The DJ continually belts out Grease Mega-Mix tracks, old and whiny U2 ballads, and the occasional Lucie cock-rock to get the girls going.

 

This is the place to meet for the single and looking, and if you’re as poor as I am, don’t be discouraged; the girls are beautiful, and your English can get you further than you think.

 

Reason to go: digits.

 

Pštrossova 21, 110 00 Praha 1, Prague, Czech Republic, Tel: +420 605 000 500, www.solidninejistota.cz

read more

December 11, 2008

Jama, The Hollow

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he great vibe greets you at the door to this elongated pub, with tables and chairs jam-packed so tight you wonder how the waitresses squeeze through, slim as they may be.

 

Pivo offerings are south Bohemian brands such as Regent and Platan, which are on the sweeter side and the full bar can give you a mother of a headache the morning after, if you try to tackle it.

 

A menu of Czech/American fare is available for rumbling stomachs. For nibbling, their chicken fingers come with the most delicious dip. For the morning after, Jama offers a pretty robust brunch menu on weekends.

read more

Kavarna Sudicka

December 11, 2008

Kavarna Sudicka

Kavarna Sudicka{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he homey feel is increased by the “grandma’s cupboard” (if grandma was a raging alcoholic) style bar, and the friendly bar staff. They carry a small selection, but quality wines at very affordable prices, and I can personally recommend the Svatovavrinecke.

 

The second bottle really completes the fuzzy buzz.

 

Reason to go: in case you call the girl you met at Solidni.

– Kavarna Sudicka, Nitranska 7, Praha 3, Prague, Czech Republic, tel.: +420 2252 0672 Open daily from 17:00 to 22:00, www.sudicka.cz

read more

scott at fraktal

December 11, 2008

Fraktal Bar

scott at fraktal{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he next time you round up the boys and head out with the goodhearted intention of getting lubed up in order to numb the effect of breakin’ some poor dumb b*stards nose and winding up in jail on the grounds of sheer principle, don’t go to Fraktal.

 

It’s not that kind of place. What Fraktal is, more or less, is one of the best goddamned bars in the city. Hidden away from the punk sonsab*tches as mentioned above, it causes one to find yet another reason to feel the need to migrate to Letna.

read more

tomtom club

December 11, 2008

Tom-Tom Club

tomtom club{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he weird coolness of that corner of Dlouha-Revolocni has not fully dissipated. Check out Tom-Tom Club and dig the vibe: Red walls, candles, an eclectic wine list and antique furniture juxtaposed with more modern pieces are only the beginning.

 

I thought I entered the twilight zone when I caught the duo in the back room.

 

The guy on the accordion was a dead ringer for Weird Al Yankovic and when he played “Deep in the Heart of Texas” and my drinking buddy spit Budvar all over me in laughter. Think that can’t be topped? They closed with the Muppet Show theme.

read more

tretters prague

December 11, 2008

Tretter’s Bar

tretters prague

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}retters is serving some of the finest cocktails in town in a mellow setting accompanied by quality service. Each drink I tried, save for the Nutty Margarita which was watery and full of unfulfilled promise, was inventive and delicious.

 

Difficult to choose a favorite I’d have to say the Hemingway Special. Bittersweet and memorable, like Papa’s books, it’s composed of light Rum, Marasquino, lime and grapefruit juice served with a (rare in this country) ground cherry and a sugared violet.

read more

u krale jiriho

December 11, 2008

U Krale Jiriho

u krale jiriho

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}ttracting a mix of both local and foreign patrons, this pub is distinctly Czech and well it should be!

 

Climbing downstairs to its little alcove, the bar and its friendly staff await you, as do the noise of the crowd.

Walking through an archway, you get to a larger cellar room which, more often than not, gets more smoky than most lungs can take.

 

The stuffed figure hanging by a noose from the ceiling certainly provides a topic to get the conversation going. Quench your thirst here with a cold Platan, light or dark.

read more

vinarna u sudu

December 11, 2008

Vinárna U Sudu

vinarna u sudu{xtypo_dropcap}I{/xtypo_dropcap}t doesn’t look like much at first, but the secret lies further in, each door revealing a new twisting cellar, more rooms, more people, more smoke and further, further, further down.

 

After having the distinct “Goodfellas kitchen sequence” feeling, you finally reach the end point which you thought would never come.

 

A back room even smokier than the other ten you just passed through, injected with lively modern music, and peopled by Czechs who appreciate creative lighting and a festive atmosphere more than a cold and cheap beer.

read more

chateau prague

December 11, 2008

Chapeau Rouge

chateau prague{xtypo_dropcap}O{/xtypo_dropcap}nce inside, try not to believe your eyes and ears. At night it’s loud, body packed, with a staff wearing shirts sporting the quip “the customer is always wrong”, this is the place to go if you’re a tourist seeking to find out if everything you’ve heard about Czech women is true.

 

You’ll find that it is. It’s the kind of bar you’ll just end up spending too much time in. It’s not the bar’s fault, really.

read more

ujezd rock pub

December 11, 2008

Ujezd Rock Pub

ujezd rock pub

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he bar is well stocked, but the seating a bit cramped, and always full.

 

A descent to the basement is met with curling alien figures and the sound of breaking glass.

 

Thrash tunes rip fast and heavy through the rat-cellar below, and as one surveys the clan of leather-clad exploited youth that rule the nether domain, one can imagine a bloody civil war erupting, the bold and the beautiful brutally ousted by the unsavories below.

 

Reason to go: to check out new tattoo’s.

read more

A Studio Rubin

December 11, 2008

A Studio Rubin Theatre Club

A Studio Rubin{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}n artsy place with a notable lack of pretension, one can examine the original photography and clever art without feeling the need to relate it to some obscure German movement or James Joyce.

 

For the less high-minded, there’s a second DJ room that also shows selected films, even a few in English.

 

A Studio Rubin

Reason to go: cheap drinks in cool, soothing surroundings.

Malostranske Namesti 9, Prague 1, Metro: Malostranska, Prague, Czech Republic, Tram 12, 22 tel. +420 25753 5188 www.astudiorubin.cz

read more

Hapu cocktail bar Prague

December 11, 2008

Hapu

Hapu cocktail bar Prague

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he thing that distinguishes this Czech pub from the rest of the pack, is its wide assortment of unique mixed drinks and cocktails, poured extremely generously by the owner and bartender Martin.

 

In addition to getting large drinks for little money. The drinks are made with FRESH juice! Martin and his wife Misa lovingly squeeze every lemon, lime, and orange with panache, creating a taste bud overload for all those who partake.

 

This cozy cocktail lounge is worth searching out if you are in the Prague 3 area, because it’s relaxed, comfortable, and the drinks are just that damn good.

read more

la casa blu

December 11, 2008

La Casa Blu

la casa blu

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he beer here is cheap, the waitresses charming and gorgeous, and the Mexican actually done with some flair and skill.

Their mixed drinks are extremely creative, the point that their ice tea has grenadine and bits of fresh apple encased by a rim lined with sugar.

 

That was a first. This is a great place to go if a pleasant atmosphere can diffuse your general distaste for pompousness and people bloating themselves.

 

Reason to go: cinematic significance.

– Kozi 15, Prague 1 – Josefov, Prague, Czech Republic, Metro: Namesti republiky, tel.: +420/224 818 270, SMS reserve system: 723/446 002, www.lacasablu.cz

read more

1 2 3