Stag and Hen Parties in Prague
The city is a popular destination for groups looking to enjoy a Prague stag do and more recently Hen party groups as well. It's also been known for Rugby and Football clubs to organise group tours as well. It is possible for a group of people to enjoy themselves without getting paralytic. This page seeks to give some pointers on what to expect and how to enjoy the week/weekend.
Attitude to a Stag Party or large groups of menA few years ago after suffering a Summer of clearing up pewk and broken glass (the last straw for one owner was when a stag party group of 20 guys went into Caffreys Irish Bar on the Old Town Square, ordered a beer each and after saying cheers they each tipped the beer over their heads), several places decided to put a ban on Stag party members entering their bars. The ban lasted one year and then it was back to normal business with "Stag party" people allowed in again. Such is the power of cash. In fact, my advice for large groups of men coming to Prague is to mark the positions of the Irish bars on the map and stick to them. Add to that list the George and Dragon on the Old Town Square, Harleys Bar in Dlouha, the 2 Sport Bars (Tip Games and Paddys) in Ve Smeckach and you'll have at least 11 or 12 good Prague bars to trog around. Smaller Czech bars will leave you standing at the bar as the staff make it clear there is no beer to be had. Clubs will try and maintain a balance of men/women in the club. In my experience, unless you are blind drunk or abusive then you should get in but, the trick is to arrive early or bring members of the opposite sex in with you.
If you intend spending a lot of time in one place (as a stag party may well do) then consider running a tab. Normal rules apply i.e. If you order food then you can have a tab (credit) where you can order more drinks and pay later. The only issue here are that if waiters/waitresses are changing shift then you have to settle that part of the tab or finish it completely. Secondly, the more the bill goes up the more the chance or unofficial "service" charges being included. Twenty guys drinking 4 different kinds of beer gets tough to track. The Irish/English bars are all used to running tabs for stag groups and taking a credit card payment from one person. Nobody accepts cheques here.
Specifically for Hen Parties
Large groups of women can go anywhere so that's that part sorted out. General places to go are mentioned later on this page . There are also many Cocktail bars in Prague where you don't get Stag parties very often. Bombay, Bugsys and Aloha are only three to mention. Do an internet search for "Cocktail Prague" to get a reasonably full list or take a look at my recommended bars for some suggestions.
Prague Strip Clubs
You'll find good descriptions of the Prague nightclubs and venues I know at the nightlife page which also contains a "talk-through" on how to use a local website to search for exactly the type of club and music that you like. The two main nightclubs for tourists wanting mainstream music are next to the Charles Bridge called Lavka and Karlovy Lazne.
Places to go to get rat-arsed
Most bars in Wenceslas Square. Side roads off Wenceslas Square on the right as you go up you'll find Rocky O'Reillys in Stepanska. In Ve Smeckach you'll find the strip clubs and three of the sport bars. Around the Old Town Square you'll have Caffreys Irish Bar and the George and Dragon pub. A short walk away from the Old Town Square you have Mollie Malones Irish Bar in Kozi, Legends Sport Bar in Tynsky Dvur (now called The Dubliner) and Harleys Bar in Dlouha. Joes Bar in Malostranska will let a group of up to 10 get in OK as will U Maleho Glena in Karmelitska. Around the corner in Trziste is JJ Murphys Irish Bar which sometimes uses it's function room for a large stag party. Further along the Mala Strana side of the river, a stag party normally end up at the Shadow Cafe (formerly "8 ball") in Ujezd. At the end of Na Prikope (50 metres from the Powder Gate you see the CNB (Czech National Bank). Around the corner is the "Tlusta Koala" (Fat Koala) which used to be the John Bull Pub but, now has gone more international. Cheap beer in comparison to the usual ex-pat bar.
Places to go to enjoy a drink
As well as the places above, from the Old Town Square, take a walk down Parizska and try the bars like Pravda or Barock. On the way out of the square in the direction of Mollie Malones, try the basement bar called Kozicka (www.kozicka.com) or walk along Dlouha (Bombay Cocktail Bar, Lary Fary and others). Take a look for the Celnice Group (Kolkovna, Olympia and Celnice) bar/restaurants. A local Prague favourite is Papas Bar (www.papasbar.cz). It's on it's third refit (1996 it was called Gulu Gulu, then it was the Celtic bar, now it's Papas). I think Gulu Gulu was the best but, Papas is a close second.
Stag Crowd Control
If something gets out of hand at your stag party (does that happen??) then don't expect the Police to be called in early. The bars and strip clubs on Wenceslas Square and the Irish bars in general are all in contact and you'll find a number of "local heavies" can be assembled at short notice. The police will be called for insurance reasons and recording of damage etc.
Personal Safety on your Stag
The trick here is to stay as a group. You'll have no problems inside bars and clubs so long as you keep your wallets/purses and mobiles in your pockets. Outside is a different matter. Czech TV regularly shows video footage of "loners" on Wenceslas Square being relieved of their wallets by street women. There are two pages on this site called Warning and Checklist that will help prepare you to prevent and/or recover from this type of event.