Prague is home to some of the best nightlife in central Europe. It’s young, beautiful and lively crowd thrives to have a good time on every day of the week. Part of the reason for the incredible nightlife is due to the BEER. Prague is well-known for it’s affordable and tasty home-brewed beer, which is a why people come here from all over the world. Whether you like to dance to techno at huge clubs, meet some people at a dive bar, or casually sip on a beer in a beer garden– Prague is your city!
The drinking culture in Prague
Fun fact– The Czech Republic consumes more beer per capita than any country in the world. Like I mentioned earlier, the beer is not only delicious, but it’s also very cheap (about $2 USD for a half liter). Actually, the beer is cheaper than water in most restaurants, so why not always drink beer? There are more bars and clubs scattered around Prague that I can count. Many of the bars in Prague are ‘underground cellar bars’. They look like standard bars from the outside, but inside you walk downstairs into a cave-like atmosphere. They’re unique and so much fun.
Here’s a video about the do’s and don’ts of drinking in pubs in Prague:
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Fun bars in Prague
This is my favorite ‘cellar bar’ in Prague! 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 downstairs and turning corners, you will discover new rooms underground, in a cave-like set up. There are about 5 different rooms all spread out from each other, each with it’s own bar. U Sudu is the best place to meet with a group of friends before going out to a club. In each dim-lit room, there is different music played, bringing on different and cool vibes in every room. Don’t miss out on U Sudu!
Chapeau Rouge is the best place to go on any random night of the week. There are 3 levels- the main level is a chill bar with a bunch of tables, the 2nd level is an underground room with a DJ (usually house music) and lots of dancing, and the 3rd level is farther underground and hosts DJ (usually dub-step) with more dancing and fun. Each level has it’s own bar and different feel. Generally speaking, the music gets more intense/psychedelic as you go farther downstairs. There is no bad time to stop by and have a drink at Chapeau!
This bar is one of the most popular ‘cellar bars’ in Prague. DJ’s are playing every night from Monday to Saturday, and the atmosphere will build up as the night gets going. Double Trouble is definitely worth checking out if you are in Prague during the week, because there is something going on here every night. Drinks are reasonably priced and it is conveniently located between Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square. There’s no cover charge, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
If you are in Prague on a Wednesday, you must go to Deja Vu for karaoke night! If you aren’t in Prague on a Wednesday, this place still has plenty of things happening all the time. The crowd is a lively young bunch and the atmosphere is wonderful. They always have special deals like 50% off drinks on Thursday (sometimes) and other promotion through bar crawls, etc. Deja Vu is a great place to start or end your night.
The layout of Popo is very similar to U Sudu ‘cellar bar’ with many rooms. Towards the back, there is a fun dance floor with a DJ that is spinnin’ the latest and greatest dance tunes. The drinks are really cheap here and the crowd is a good mix of young foreigners and locals. It’s a great place meet people, have a few drinks and dance the night away.
This bar was right near my old apartment, and one of my favorite places to start the night. The top floor is a very delicious restaurant and you’d never guess there is a rockin’ bar downstairs. Just like every other bar, the drinks are very cheap and there is a fun dance floor in the back with loud speakers. I recommend stopping at Legenda for a quick beer before getting the night started.
Awesome Clubs in Prague
If you like to go clubbing (like myself) then there is no better city to be than Prague. The peak hour for any given club is around 2AM, and most clubs stay open until the sun rises. Many clubs host big-name international DJ’s that play the best electronic dance music hits and gets the party going. No matter which day of the week it is, there is always a place to party and have fun in Prague. It seems like Czech people never work because they are always out drinking. Check out where I recommend to get your dance on.
Prague’s biggest club for partiers who like raves and house music. Since it’s opening in 2009, Sasazu has hosted big names 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!
This is my favorite club in Prague! This awesome electro-house music club can hold over 1200 people at one time. Every weekend, you will find well-known DJ’s blasting their music on the high-quality speakers. 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 club unique and awesome.
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 and have a memorable night.
Duplex has one of the best possible locations for a club- on a rooftop in Wenceslas Square. During the day, Duplex is a tasty restaurant and hang out spot. At night, Duplex transforms into one of Prague;e best nightclub. It looks like a huge glass cube from the outside and the views from the top are magnificent. Inside this multi-level club are two dance floors, four bars and a world-class sound system. Often, there are special events held at this club for international students on Tuesday nights, so make sure to check those out!
Karlovy Lázně is probably the club you hear about from all of your friends that went to Prague. It is the biggest music club in Central Europe, with 5 stories of music, dancing and fun. Every floor has its own unique style, including a hip-hop floor, an 80s dance floor, a hard-core trance floor and more. To be honest, it is pretty touristy but it is still a lot of fun! I’ve never had a bad night here. You will find people from all over the world on any given day of the week. It’s located right next to Charles Bridge which is a perfect if you want to go to another club or get late night food!
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 playing the best electronic music jams. Monday is the night that we always went to Roxy because there is no cover charge (usually it is $5 on weekends). Friday and Saturday are also great nights to experience Roxy. 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.
Prague Drinking Tip– After a night of dancing and drinking, the first thing that comes to mind is FOOD! Most street vendors stay open 24 hours, where you can get a delicious sausage or a famous Smaženy Syr (fried cheese sandwich) even in the early hours of the morning.
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Good run down of the Prague nightlife scene! I will be hitting Prague in July hopefully mid-week is not too quite!
Great article! I lived in Prague for a year, so I am familiar with all these places. Lucerna was always a lot of fun for me. It took me awhile to get to Karlovy Lázně just because all my friends had already been before me and didn’t want to go again–it is definitely a “one time only” kinda place. Worth checking out though. And no worries about a mid-week slump during the summer. The clubs are always crowded with tourists and students!
Good to know Katie, thanks for all the Prague tips!
whats the nightlife like on mon til fri ?
It’s pretty common for locals to go out (even clubbing) during the week so you’ll definitely be able to find plenty to do.