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I know that I might be a little biased (because I studied abroad in Prague), but I think Prague has the best all around nightlife in Europe.
Don’t get me wrong, those are amazing cities to party in – and I had some wild nights in those places. But they just don’t have the complete nightlife package that Prague offers.
Prague has it all. Insane nightclubs, hundreds of pubs, underground cave bars, rooftop terraces, dive bars, house parties and my favorite of them all, beer gardens.
On top of all that, there is one more thing that sets Praha apart from the other big European party cities that I mentioned above. And that is…
Prague is much cheaper than every country on the Euro (The Czech Republic’s currency is the Koruna). For example: at my favorite underground bar called U SUDU (read about it below), a half liter of beer was about $1.50USD. How’s that for a bargain? For just $10, you can be hammered.
The drinking culture in Prague is similar to it’s neighboring country, Germany. Everything is beer, beer, beer. The Czech’s actually drink more beer per capita than any other country in the world, which gives Prague such a fantastic nightlife scene. There are several beer gardens located around the city, each one with long wooden tables, lots of rowdy people and an unlimited supply of beer. In the summertime, beer gardens are best places to drink beer during the day. My favorite beer garden is called Riegrovy Sady, which was just a few blocks away from my house (Namesti Miru station). You must check it out if the weather is nice!
Of course, the clubbing scene is amazing. There are at least a dozen big room, EDM dance clubs that stay open until the sun rises. Prague is also home to the biggest club in Central Europe, the 5-story Karlovy Lazne Club. No matter which night of the week you’re out, people will be drinking there until 6AM. It’s just that crazy.
If clubs or beer gardens aren’t your thing, then don’t worry because the pub/bar culture is ecstatic! There are many underground, grungy dive bars that feel like you’re walking thru a maze because there are so many rooms. Most of them have dance floors, awesome electronic music, and different bars in each room. Seriously, these are the spots to go to pregame (drinking before going to the clubs) because the beer is so cheap!
Alright, without further adieu — here is my list of the best places to party in Prague!
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*Top Clubs in Prague*
Sasazu is Prague’s newest and biggest club for partiers who like raves and house music. Since its opening in 2009, Sasazu has held a wide range of international DJS’s and performers such as Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, One Republic and Fedde Le Grand. As one of the largest entertainment facilities in Prague, this club can hold up to an incredible 2500+ people. A good mix of locals and international guests are always partying at Sasazu. The interior is a giant room with a dance floor in the center, with bars surrounding every corner. There is a sweet upper deck with many tables and a balcony overlooking the club, making it a perfect to take a break from dancing. If you had to choose one club to go to on a Saturday night, I would highly recommend going to Sasazu.
Cover is usually $10 (200 CZK), but can be more if there is an event or big-name DJ. Drinks are more on the expensive side, but not too bad because everything is relatively cheap in the Czech Republic.
Bubenske nabrezi 306/13
17004 Prague, Czech Republic- Holesovice
Metro: Holsovice stop on the Metro A line (red line). Sasazu is located just north of the Vltava river
Retro is my favorite club in all of Prague. This incrdible electro-house music club has a capacity of 1,200+. You will find well-known DJ’s nearly every weekend, spinnin’ their best dance beats. Retro is a sort-of a mini version of Club Sasazu- with an upper level balcony overlooking the club and a big dance floor in the middle. Inside, there are many bars surrounding the dance floor, and a separate section in the back with tables. The sound system and light show is amongst the best, and music is always extra loud. There is always a good mix of local Czech’s and foreigners, which makes this clubs so unique and awesome.
Cover charge is normally about $5 for guys and girls get in free. Drinks are very reasonably prices, given that this club is in a neighborhood instead of in a tourist area.
Francouzská 4, 120 00 Prague 2.
The Metro/Tram stop is Namesti Miru, and it’s right around the corner
#3. Karlovy Lázně
With 5 stories of music, dancing and fun, Karlovy Lázně is the biggest music club in Central Europe. Every floor has its own unique style, including a hip-hop floor, an 80s dance floor, a hard-core trance floor and more. The very top floor is a chill-out room with mellow tunes and big couches, so you can take your loved ones up and relax. The interior of this club dates back to the 14th century, with original mosaic tiles on the walls and floors. It’s known as a foreigner club and you will meet cool people from all over the world. Don’t miss out on the fun here, because Karlovy Lázně is one of the most famous clubs in Europe. There is a party on every night of the week!
Cover charge is generally about $7-10 (150-200 CZK) per person. Girls do not get in for free. Drinks are on the expensive side (because it is a touristy club), so make sure to get nice and drunk before you go.
Novotneho Lavka 5
Old Town, Prague 1
Metro stop is Staromestka (line A) and the tram stop is Karlovy Lazne (trams 17, 18 and 53). It’s right next to Charles Bridge.
Located in the heart of Wenceslas Square (Prague’s main shopping district area), Lucerna is your place for the best 80s and 90s dance music. This enormous underground club hosts popular Czech bands during the week, and turns into one of Prague’s hottest clubs by night. The nightclub is only open on Friday and Saturday nights, because bands are playing during the week. The interior is massive, with big monitors displaying the music video of each song, and a giant dance floor that will rock your world. Lucerna is always flooded with foreigners and international students and makes a great place to meet new people.
Cover Charge is always $5 (200 CZK) for guys, and free for girls. Drinks prices are very reasonable, with a great selection of Czech Beer, hard liquor and wine.
New Town, Prague 1
Take the metro to Muzeum (lines A and B) or Mustek (lines A and B). Tram stop: Vaclavske Namesti (trams 3,9,14,24,51,52,54,55,56,68). You will see a big neon sign that says Lucerna in Wenceslas SQuare- this is the club.
Duplex is located on a rooftop in Wenceslas Square- one of the best locations for a club in Prague (this picture was taken from the balcony). During the day, Duplex is a great place to eat lunch or dinner. At night, Duplex transforms into an incredible nightclub. The club is designed as a huge glass cube, on top of the 6th and 7th floor of a building in Wenceslas Square. The views at the top are magnificent. The layout is awesome, with dance floors on two different levels, four bars and a great sound system. Duplex Club was awarded with membership of the World’s Finest Clubs. Often, there are special events held at this club for international students, so make sure to check those out!
Cover charge is from $5-10USD for boys and girls. Drinks are expensive, given it’s primetime location.
In the middle of Wenceslas Square, on the top floor of a building. Just look for the big sign that says “Duplex”- You can’t miss it.
Roxy is a great club for electro-house-techno music lovers. Conveniently located on Dlouha Street near Old Town Square, Roxy is well-known as one of the oldest and best clubs in town. This club has a huge dance floor, and hosts international DJ’s every weekend. The light shows are awesome- strobe lights, disco balls, neon colored- flashing lights and a big video monitor is all on the Roxy dance floor. There is a giant bar in the back that will serve you any kind of drink you prefer, including absinthe. Roxy is conveniently located just minutes walking from Old Town Square and the Charles Bridge. Thursday-Sunday are the best nights to Roxy 😀
Roxy is located in a very touristy area of Prague, so the prices are expensive, but reasonable. Definitely drink a lot before you go!
Dlouhá 33, 110 00 Prague,
It’s around the corner from Old Town Square on Dlouha street.
#7. Radost FX
Radost translates “joyful” in Czech, and that’s exactly how you will feel at this club. Radost FX is a small club with lots of potential. The crowd is usually international kids (lots of Americans), and the music is normally American hip-hop (sometimes old school hip-hop). Radost is known as the club where Shakira shot her music video “Please Don’t Stop The Music.” There is also a great vegetarian restaurant/breakfast place attached to this nightclub, which is perfect for hangover breakfasts the next morning. The club has a sweet back room, with fuzzy black-and-white couches and a bar, to hang out when you are tired of dancing. Head here on Thursday nights beacuse that is the most popular night to go!
Cover charge is $5 for guys, and girls get in free. Drinks are reasonable and less expensive than most clubs around Prague.
Belehradska 120, 12000 Praha
Tram and metro stop is I.P. Pavlova and it is literally across the street, you can’t miss it.
#1. U Sudu
For being somewhat of a hidden bar, U Sudu is THE place to pregame at before the night gets wild. When you walk in the door, your first impression will be that U Sudu is no more than an ordinary bar. But as you keep walking and turning corners, you will keep discovering new rooms underground, in a cave-like set up. There are 5 different rooms all spread out from each other, and several bars to get your favorite drinks. You literally feel like you are inside a cave when wandering around this bar- that is why it is so unique. There are always people there everyday of the week- mostly locals but also some foreigners who have heard about this secret bar. U Sudu is the best place to meet with a group of friends before going out to a club or wherever the night takes you. In each dim-lit room, there is always different music, bringing on different vibes constantly. Don’t miss out on the fun at U Sudu, I went there at least 4 times a week!
Very cheap beer (less than $2 for a half-liter of beer), and no cover charge.
Vodickova 10, Prague.
Take the tram or Metro to Karlovo Namesti and walk 2 blocks alongside the park. It is located directly across the street from Hooters.
#2. Double Trouble
Double Trouble is one of the most popular “cellar bars” in Prague (a cellar bar is an underground bar/club, with a dance floor and several rooms and tables). It is conveniently located between Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square, and drinks are reasonably priced. DJ’s are playing every night from Monday to Saturday, and the atmosphere will build up as the night gets going. Definitely worth checking out if you are in Prague on the weekdays. Most ‘Bar Crawls’ will take you to this place at some point during the night. There is no cover charge, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
Super Cheap! Very reasonable prices for beer and mixed drinks, and no cover charge.
Old Town, Prague 1
Metro: Mustek (line A and B)
Tram: Narodni Trida (trams 6, 9, 18, 22, 53, 57, 58, 59)
#3. Chapeau Rouge
Chapeau Rouge is another underground bar that is great to party on any night of the week. There are 3 levels- the main level is a chill bar with a bunch of tables, 2nd level underground is a room with a DJ (usually house music) and lots of dancing, and the 3rd level below the ground is another DJ (usually dub-step) with more dancing and a bar. Generally speaking, the music gets more intense/psychedelic as you go farther downstairs. Chapeau has music playing all day long, so there is no bad time to have a drink or a smoke here. This place seems like it never closes, and is located right in Old Town Square. I have never had a bad time at Chapeau!
Cheap cheap cheap and no cover!
Old Town, Prague 1
Metro: Namesti Republiky (line B)
Tram Stop: Namesti Republiky (trams 5, 8, 14, 26, 51, 54, 56)
#4. The Dubliner
This typical Irish Bar is located in the heart of Old Town Square. The Dubliner is big, and has everything that an Irish Bar should have (beer, sports and fun). There is always Guinness, Fosters, Heineken, Stella Artois, Strongbow Cider and Staropramen on tap, so make sure to stop here if you like quality beer. On weekends, there is live music of DJ’s performing, which draws in a big crowd. The Dubliner is also a great place to watch sporting games, because there is 2 big screens at each end of the main bar area, and passionate fans to give this bar a great atmosphere.
A little more expensive than your average bar in Prague. Beers are about $4-5 USD.
Old Town, Prague 1
Take Metro to Staromestka (line A), or to Namesti Republiky (line B). Tram Stop is Staromestka (trams 17, 18, 53).
Where to Stay in Prague?
A lot of people ask me which are the best hotels to stay in Prague, so I have compiled this list of quality places that I’ve either stayed at myself or found online. From cheap hostels to luxury condos, Prague has a large variety of accommodations that will satisfy your needs to party the night away.
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1) For Budget Travelers – Czech Inn Hostel (Book Online Now)
*rates – $12/night for 12 bed mix dorm, and $46/night for deluxe double room
Czech Inn is conveniently located in the Namesti Miru district (my old neighborhood), very nearby clubs Radost and Retro. This hostel has a very nice staff, and always attracts fun backpackers from around the world. They offer daily pub crawls around the city to get the night started!
2) For Mid-Price – Hotel Salvator (Book Online Now)
*rates – $56/night for a double room
Hotel Salvator is located close to Old Town, but off in a charming neighborhood so you won’t be disturbed. The building is very old and it gives off a nice feel that is reminiscent of apartment life back in the day, with the old decor, wallpapers, furniture, and creaking wooden floors. There is even a garden! You will love this authentic experience.
3) For Luxury – Radisson Blu Alcron (Book Online Now)
*rates – $183/night for a superior double room
The Radisson Blu is as good as it gets in Prague! The front desk person and manager on duty go above and beyond to make your stay very enjoyable. The rooms are huge, clean and comfortable. Breakfast served is incredible with many choices (both local Czech and other), and the bar inside is a great place to have a drink!
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