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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.
 
 

Novomestky pivovar

December 11, 2008

Novomestky pivovar

Novomestky pivovar

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he first microbrewery in Prague, Novomestsky pivovar can be likened to a never-ending cellar, a labyrinth of rooms that seem to go on forever as you walk further into its depths – don’t miss the frescoed walls along the way (my favourite is the fat lady giving you the eye).

 

The pub offers its own brand of 11° (light and dark) wheat beer alongside a scrumptious menu of large portioned meals.

 

Weekend nights are totally packed with busloads of German tourists dropping by for a good time. Calling ahead for reservations is recommended.

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u maleho glenas

December 11, 2008

U Maleho Glena (Little Glenn’s)

u maleho glenas{xtypo_dropcap}I{/xtypo_dropcap}t is there you can probably find Glenn himself, serving out tap beer to swarming guzzlers with commendable calm and cool.

 

If you’re not much of a beer drinker, but would like to go to a bar for some decent food, a nice cocktail and cool jazz, you have found a home. The staff and customers here heartily recommend the pitas, but a beer with your meal will only cost you an extra 35Kc.

 

The upstairs crowd is mostly Czech drinkers and the occasional embassy late-nighters, but if you travel downstairs, you’re in for some soul stirring live music, or at least a serious jazz experience.

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zanzibar prague

December 11, 2008

Zanzibar

zanzibar prague The drink menu is the size of a novella and the bar does to the seasoned alcoholic what a foot-long hotdog does to Ned Flanders: intimidates.

This posh whiskey hut is decorated in a somewhat southwestern style, and curiously adorned with tasteful black and white erotic photographs.

The crowd has a dull shine and keeps to themselves, mostly losing themselves in the depths of the drink choices or checking to see if anyone is spending more money than they are.

This is a good place to flash the wad to an economically minded girl, and if the 1,500 korunna champagne doesn’t get her in the mood, perhaps the photos will.

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December 11, 2008

Bar Jaguar

{xtypo_dropcap}M{/xtypo_dropcap}angled gypsy hookers stand on corners around Uhelny Trh like spiders in a web. In this bastion of sin you will find a tiny strip club called Bar Jaguar, which you can easily locate if you look for the gangs of gawking men who loiter on Skorepka by the front window of the bar, through which you can see the dancing.

 

It’s a hundred krowns to get in and another hundred for a beer but it’s a small price to pay for the lesson in humanity that a good strip club like Bar Jaguar affords. I’ve always wondered what the rouge-cheeked harlot in the corner, chain-smoking and awaiting her turn on stage, is talking about with the Albanian in the corner.

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bar 39 prague

December 11, 2008

Bar 39

bar 39 prague

{xtypo_dropcap}W{/xtypo_dropcap}ell, come one and all to get a glimpse of pure evil at Bar 39 in the heart of Zizkov. I paid my twenty crowns and descended into the small cellar bar whose walls are covered in graffiti and whose atmosphere was charged with 180 beat per minute techno.

 

Young girls flounced about bent on another night of depravity and young boys dulled their raging and confused desires for the little vixens with huge spliffs that made the rounds through the bar. The flailing limbs cut the atmosphere of smoke and out stepped his evilness.

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Club Baang!

December 11, 2008

Club Baang!

Club Baang!

{xtypo_dropcap}O{/xtypo_dropcap}ne of the grittiest and least charming areas of Prague has a new and hip hangout just up the street from Namesti Bratri Synku. The interior defies the general Nusle decor of drab colors and putrid stink for something more urbane composed of light-tans and off-whites and the enticing smells of the kitchen (think Kozicka).

 

The Baang Club is also a Nusle departure as it shuns the standard Czechno-pop or country music for, when I was there, early-sixties Rolling Stones and Motown. With a wide range of drinks and top shelf brands and service that is unheard of in this depressing quarter of Prague it truly sent this reviewer, who unfortunately resides in Nusle, into a state of shock.It also seemed a bit shocking to see the young social-climbing Czechs and their hottie girlfriends seeming ready to proclaim this cool little bar the new shi-shi hot-spot.

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Al Capone's Prague

December 11, 2008

Al Capone’s

Al Capone's Prague

{xtypo_dropcap}P{/xtypo_dropcap}eople squeeze in and out of the narrow front entrance, through to the middle section of a few stools and small tables, where the world’s worst portrait hangs, and back to the wider lounge area in the back.

 

The shadowy Bartolomejska, where the STB had a station and where Vaclav Havel was imprisoned, is a street of escapes, one of dim streetlights casting a sepulchral glow on the cobblestones – and Al Capone’s fits right into the spell, a perfect place to start a bad but passionate love affair or get your ass kicked.

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palac akropolis prague

December 11, 2008

Palac Akropolis

palac akropolis prague

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}humping beats, choking, sweet-fragrant smoke, dread-locked girls and pierced guys slowly letting their heads bob in the current of music, smiles patiently waiting to be split by the spliff.

 

Good vibes abound, the DJs are always fresh and inventive, the concerts are consistently quality, and the blessed patron has his or her choice of three bars, a coffee-shop, and the concert venue, each with their own particular charm.

 

Palac AkropolisIt’s hard to believe that a place this cool isn’t pretentious, but it isn’t. They take all kinds here, and this is the place to go.

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prague Caffrey's Irish Bar

December 10, 2008

Caffrey’s Irish Bar

prague Caffrey's Irish Bar{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}hen Caffrey’s is definitely the place to get yours in the sun, right on the square none-the-less! A perfect place to start the day off with a traditional Irish Breakfast, the day will only get better from there on.

 

This sister pub of the old James Joyce serves Caffrey’s, on tap, hence the pub’s name, and if you haven’t tasted Caffreys yet, then you haven’t been drinking beer, my friend.

 

Velvet golden goodness is the best phrase I can think of, with no aftertaste and it carries a good wallop and it’s still worth every drop.

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December 10, 2008

Rocky O’Rielly’s

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