Prague Nightlife - TOP PICKS
Find a clubA great Prague club resource is Rave (www.rave.cz). A Prague nightlife specialist search engine, this link will get you to the dance/music Prague club gig listings and includes the rest of the Czech Republic. It's in Czech but, I'll show you how to get the info you want. Imagine you are surfing for Prague club action in Prague about a month (or even a week or a day) before you come here. Do the following:
Go to the Prague nightlife search site at www.rave.cz/party.php (the dance party listing part of the site).
Underneath the "PARTYLIST" menu tab you'll find a light blue "search box" with some options.
On the right are three rectangular boxes below a Czech question "Kam chces vyrazit?" (Where to you want to search for your Prague club), the middle one says "vyber mesto", use the dropdown box to select "Praha" (or if you know the exact name of the Prague club that you want choose it from the "Vyber Klub" dropdown box.
Now go to the left hand side which has the question "Kdy chces vyrazit?" (when do you want to search). There are many options:
- dnes - today
- zitra - tomorrow
- tento tyden - this week
- pristi tyden - next week
- tento vikend - this weekend (weekend includes Friday)
- pristi vikend - next weekend
- tento mesic - this month
- pristi mesic - next month
- kdykoliv - whenever
TIP1: when you get to the individual club webpage then usually the address and opening times can be found on the "Kontakt" tab and the club schedule will be on the "Program" tab.
TIP2: A "real" Prague club i.e. not just a drinking bar with music, will allow free entry Sunday to Wednesday but, have an entry charge Thursday, Friday and Saturday but, it is not big i.e. 50-100kc and even then you may get a free beer.
Below is a collection of Prague nightlife venues for both dance gigs and music but, if you have found the music that you like then the rave.cz website will give you the best Prague club choices.
Prague Club - Techno
www.roxy.cz - Roxy
Metro "B" (yellow line), Namesti Republiky
For Prague nightlife it's still the techno and rave king now with cool metal/glass tables upstairs and new floors. Everything else still a bit rough" looking. Partying Prague club at it's craziest, lots of very young kids (16) and some drugs. Still very cool. Lost it's drink licence a couple of times.
www.radostfx.cz - Radost FX
Metro "C" (red line), I.P.PavlovaRadost FX is a restaurant, bar lounge club upstairs and for Prague nightlife, the heavy soul masses are in the basement. A Prague club which can get pretty touristy sometimes, but with a bunch of friends it's a really cool spot. Recently it has diversified into R'n'B and now has a specialist "Black Music" soul night.
www.mecca.cz - Mecca
Club Mecca has a cool seating area upstairs together with a restaurant that is open till 11PM and downstairs the techno club leaves the ears and eyes sensorally challenged. Prague nightlife includes parties every Friday and Saturday, restaurant open through the week. They have different resident DJ's and also plenty of foreign ones. Webpage has full description of nightly program events in English. Prague tickets for popular gigs are often pre-sold. Prague tickets on the door are expensive and first come first served.
Prague club - Jazz Clubs
I've now written a special Jazz Clubs page to point you in the right direction of some nice venues and there are other choices below:
www.musicbar.cz - Lucerna
Lucerna Music Bar is perhaps the most famous Prague club of all and one of the best jazz venues in Prague but, it's not a jazz club. The main hall hosts a variety of celebrity awards and events whilst the smaller club caters to the rock and jazz bands. The complex also contains a cinema and a restaurant.
www.agharta.cz - Agharta
The Agharta jazz club used to be at Krakovska 5 off Wenceslas Square (shows how long I've lived here if I know that). Now it has moved to the old home of the Zelezna jazz club in the street called Zelezna just off the Old Town Square as you walk to the Estates Theatre. The entrance to the club is halfway along on the right, and next to the alleyway through the big wooden door. For Prague nightlife I like this jazz venue because it always attracts a nice group of people. Plenty of seating close to the stage and a waitress service unlike most of Prague clubs. Prague tickets for this Prague club are mostly on the door.
www.jazzblues.cz - Jazz Republic
For Prague jazz this is my second favourite club depending who is on that night. I like the internet page "Calendar" which gives good descriptions of the bands, instrumentation and vocalists i.e. not just the usual name of the band which is great if you know who they are but, no good if you want to know something about them. Prague club with emphasis on Blues.
www.redutajazzclub.cz - Reduta
For Prague nightlife, Reduta jazz club has a reputation for being a bit touristy (especially Russian) but, still enjoys acclaim for bringing new talent onto the Prague circuit. Infamous for Bill Clinton's impromptu sax solo. What I don't like is the fixed bench seating as it's comfortable if you facing the front but, you'll have wicked back ache if you are not. A small bar outside and the cloakroom is worth the money as space in the room is limited.
www.bluessklep.cz - Blues Sklep
Blues Sklep (Blues basement) is a new club on the Prague nightlife scene. Different jazz and blues bands on most nights. A good Prague club on the jazz circuit. Emphasis on Blues. Sells Ferdinand beer and the spirits are very reasonably priced. Liliova 10, far left corner adjacent to the King George restaurant (far left door). Any map showing the old "James Joyce Irish Pub" is good because that's the location.
www.jazzlounge.cz - U Stare Pani
U Stare Pani jazz club (At the Old Lady's) is a famous Prague club and one of the bigger jazz venues similar in area to Reduta but, with a corner stage. It's off the beaten path and the easiest way to direct you to it is to stand with your back to U Medvidku, look to your left to the end of the road. As you enter this road (Jilska) you will find another road goes off to the right (Michaelska) the club is in this street about 50 metres on the left. Tables and chairs abound. A nice atmosphere but, can seem a bit empty even if it is half full. A Prague nightlife jazz circuit venue but favours one or two jazz bands over the rest. Prague tickets in advance or on the door.
www.malyglen.cz - U Maleho Glena
U Maleho Glena (Little Glen's) is an American bar with an excellent basement club if you like jazz in your Prague nightlife. It is not only for jazz so check the dates before you go. A Prague club that can get very sweaty if a lot of people turn up. The bar above does great salads. Most of the tickets for this Prague club are on the door.
Prague club - Mainstream
www.karlovylazne.cz - Karlovy Lazne
Karlovy Lazne (next to the Charles Bridge) lays claim to being not only the biggest Prague club but also the biggest club in Europe so don't hold that against it. Four floors with varying types of mainstream, techno and drum'n'bass mixed music. This is a Prague club that does not host gigs. Now a Prague nightlife mainstay. Prague tickets are all on the door.
www.lavka.cz - Lavka
Lavka (next to Charles Bridge around the corner from Karlovy Lazne). A Prague club completely refurbished after the flood. Used to have the reputation of having lots of single Czech girls looking to get hooked up with expats serving tours of duty in Prague. Still does apparently!!!! Very nice outside garden area. Stay outside for a quiet-ish drink late in the evening and then go back into the Prague club. Pleasant Prague nightlife option.
www.sedmvlku.cz - Sedm Vlku
Sedm Vlku (Seven Wolves) is a largely reggae Prague club interspersed with the taste of whomever the DJ is on the night. Webpage currently Czech only. Opens 1700-0300 Monday to Saturday. Vlkova 7, Prague 3. Prague tickets when hosting a gig.
www.xt3.cz - XT3
This Prague club used to be called "GURU". Located at Rokycanova 29 in Prague 3 , Zizkov. Eclectic mix including reggae, ska, rock, hip-hop, punk, funk. No themed nights like central Prague venues. Opens mon-sat as a night club and Sunday is "beer, stories and table football".......
www.studio54.cz - Studio54
For Prague nightlife, this is the only decent "After Party" Prague club that I know. If you want a real mix of people and great DJ's AFTER the normal clubs have closed then this is the place. Located at Hybernska 38 (30 metres before the highway). Opens 0500 to 1300 with each DJ getting two hours. You can download mp3 music from the site to give you an idea of the different types of music each DJ plays.
Prague club - Music Bars
www.doubletrouble.cz - Double Trouble
Melantricova 17, Prague 1. Not strictly a Prague club, it's primarily a bar with DJ's coming in 6 nights a week. Reasonable alcohol prices and music. The kind of Prague nightlife at which to start but, I would not plan a whole evening here.
www.mischmasch.cz - Misch Masch
Veletrzni 61, Prague 7. This Prague club was formerly the home of "disco letna". Opens wed-sat from 8pm to 4am. Entry charge is 50kc for women and 100kc for men. Divided into three areas, the Dance Zone music depends on the DJ. The "Oldies" area speaks for itself and the "lounge" is primarily black soul. Can be a good night but, suffers in trying to please everyone and it's a bit out of the way.
www.backdoors.cz - Back Doors
Andel, Prague 5. Half a block over from the Novy Smichov shopping centre in the direction of the river. Not strictly a Prague club, primarily a bar/restaurant which has nightly DJ's. Perfectly good Prague nightlife for people staying in this newly developed area.
www.m1lounge.com - M1 Lounge
The M1 Lounge opened at Masna 1 in the Old Town. Now this is a full-on Prague club. It plays mainly R&B, hiphop, House and Indie but, it has the occassional themed night, Most of the M1 program info is on it's My Space area www.myspace.com/m1lounge. Club opens from 6pm to 4am but, is closed on Mondays. Relaxing Prague nightlife.
www.wakata.eu - Wakata
Wakata is a little way out of town in Bubenec Prague 7. Opens 7 days a week. Prague club plays mainly hiphop, R&B, jungle and reggae.
www.duplex.cz - Duplex
Duplex Prague (Prague club formerly Fromin) is located at Vaclavske Namesti 21 on the 6th floor and has reopened after renovation. Two different dance levels, five bars, professional club dancers, smart Prague nightlife etc. Be patient with the webpage flash settings. You go in on the ground floor and take one of the lifts up to the top.
Prague club - Open Air Night Clubs
Prague nightlife doesn't just happen in sweaty basements. In Prague during the Summer you'll find places that are not open at any other time than the Summer. The first place is at the scenic point on Letna which also doubles as a beer garden about 100 metres away from the National Technical Museum at the edge of Letna Park as it overlooks Prague. The second outdoor Prague club is "Strelecky Ostrov" (Shooters Island) down the steps mid-way across the Legii Bridge which doubles as a beer garden and gig/theatre venue in the Summer (actually, all of the Prague "islands" come together in an "United Islands of Prague" gig festival). The third outdoor Prague club is the "Czech Riviera" www.zlutelazne.cz which is a riverfront scene about 2km downriver but easily accessible by tram (beach volleyball and sun loungers etc). Take your mosi-spray in the evening. Entry charge for Zlute Lazne is variable depending on the time of day or the event. Excellent Summer nightlife in Prague.
Prague club - Strip Clubs
Obviously Prague nightlife will be different for everybody but this page is now only for Prague club info regarding music and dance. A specialist page has now been written for people who want strip clubs to be a part of their Prague nightlife. You can find this info on the Prague Stag and Hen page.
Prague nightlife - Stag/Hen Nights
A specialist page has now been written for people coming to Prague on these types of "group" celebrations. You can find this info on the Stag and Hen page.