With just a handful of tables, almost no room at the bar and pillars blocking sight lines, this wouldn't seem like a promising spot for a jazz club. Yet it consistently packs out every night as well-known local groups take to the tiny stage. There's also a small CD shop in front. Live music starts from 9p. The club also sponsors the year-round AghaRTA Prague Jazz Festival. Featuring home-grown and foreign talent, there's a fantastic array of events, all listed on their website. Tickets can be purchased online; check website for details.
This Prague jazz club played its part in the city's cultural revival of the mid-60s. Much later, a sax player named President Bill Clinton took the stage here while on a state visit to the Czech Republic. The line-up includes newcomers alternating with reliable old favorites, among them pianist Emil Viklicky and songstress Vlasta Pruchova. With this being the most popular jazz club in the city, it is advised that you grab a seat early.
Radost FX is a café, restaurant-bar and music club all in one building. The street-side café has only around 20 seats and is generally busy. It is offset by the larger restaurant-bar on the backside of the building which boasts some of the most comfortable and ornate couches in Prague as well as one of the best weekend brunches. The music club in the lower level plays host to various visiting bands and DJs and offers a mix of international music as well as their own stable of resident DJs.
A popular hangout, U Maleho Glena's food and service are better than average and a comfortable vibe pervades throughout. Jazz fans take note as the tiny cellar plays host to live local jazz every night of the week. Its small size means that you always have a great seat to watch the band from. Usually frequented by people who like to linger and have conversations, this jazz cafe is open till the wee hours of the morning.
Standing on the site of a movie theater, this is arguably the best venue in town for live alternative and world music. Popular with excessive artsy types and heavy-drinking musicians, the place is known for its good-humored outlandishness. Local DJs spin house and techno records nightly from 11p in the Divadelni Bar, and acoustic sets are often featured in the back bar. Palace Akropolis stays open as long as the drinks are still flowing and patrons are standing.
This has become a favorite of old school blues and jazz types who get their nightly fix of live music and drink. The place has earned a good reputation for offering new acts as well as sponsoring the occasional bit of comic theater and dance. A good sprinkling of jazz and blues-hungry tourists visit, especially in summer. Though a relatively new club, the space is ancient and the owners have done a good job of creating an ambiance that rivals other local music venues in town. This place is definitely not for claustrophobics, as it fills a warren of narrow vaulted chambers below a courtyard and is usually thick with cigarette smoke. Shows start at 9p.
The Absintherie is a quirky bar offering its guests a staggering selection of over 60 varieties of absinthe, served in its pure form or crafted into sinfully delicious cocktails, chocolates, ice creams and many other delightful incarnations. This mysterious spirit has for a long time remained shrouded in claims being the cause of bizarre hallucinations and odd sensations, leading it to be marginalized from mainstream consumption. Hoping to dispel these myths, the staff at the Absintherie are always open to answering any questions you may have or providing suggestions to ensure the very best experience. The bar is adorned with displays of rare absinthe bottles and instruments associated with the distillation and service of the spirit. You may even purchase bottles of absinthe, souvenirs and other knick knacs to take home with you.
Kotleta restaurant and bar is a part of the Delicato group of restaurants. With classic wooden furniture and a lovely patio with potted plants, the restaurant boasts an ambiance that is at once stylish and laid-back. The comfort promised by the wafting aroma of grilled meat not only draws in weary tourists, but also locals in search of a hearty meal. The menu features a selection of traditional dishes including the ever popular goulash, roasted chicken leg with celery sauce, salmon skewers with tuna, prawns, zucchini and cherry tomatoes, and risotto with pork tenderloin. With some delicious drinks and home-made desserts to choose from, besides the weekly lunch menu and Czech specialities, Kotleta is an ideal choice for a soul satisfying meal.
A popular haunt of British and American expatriates who have yet to figure out they are in a foreign city, this pub tends to attract a noisy crowd of hooters and hollerers in an fun atmosphere. Tucked in a corner of Old Town Square, the restaurant/bar attracts its fair share of tourists stumbling by, especially those longing for a pint or needing to speak real English. In addition to traditional Irish food, with all day Irish breakfasts served everyday, the restaurant also serves excellent seafood. Naturally, the popular drinks are Irish: Caffrey's beer (of course!) Guinness and Murphy's. On special occasions - such as St. Patrick's Day - Irish dancing and live folk music pulls in the hordes. Expect typical Irish pub decor with plenty of pictures and pub souvenirs. And yes, don't miss the plasma screen TVs, placed for you to watch your favorite games!
Opened in 2009, Bed Lounge has taken locals and tourists alike quite a fancy. This bi-level resto-bar with its pristine white beds, tables, furnishing and walls is illuminated in various shades by the changing color lights. Dine on comfy beds or tables with your beloved or gang of friends. Relish dishes like homemade burger, beef sirloin fillets and grilled meats. Those who love hookah, can smoke away on the comforts of their beds. Enjoy happy hours by a taking a sip of cocktails, wines, and beer from their extensive list.
Set in the arcade of Grand Hotel Praha and overlooking the Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock, Steak Restaurant El Toro Negro is among the top steakhouses in town. Watch your choice meats and seafood prepared before you on a lava grill. Tantalize your appetite with starters like Beef Sirloin Carpaccio, thin slices of slowly roasted Pork Belly and Tiger Prawns fried in chilli and garlic. Savor succulent Beefsteak, Filet Mignon, Rump Steak, Ribeye, Grilled Chicken Wings and Grilled Salmon that are beautifully spiced and melt in your mouth. Their drink list has an impressive offering from across the globe. Their vintage cooking decorative elements, wooden accents, exposed bricks and art frames lend it a rustic charm.
Bugsy's Bar has a cocktail list the size of a phone book, and just about every one they make is a winner. The award winning bar staff is quite friendly and knowledgeable. If somehow you desire a cocktail that is not contained in their menu, if you ask for it they will make it for you. Expect no backpackers here, as well-to-do businessmen from all over all but live in this place. A swanky interior and an air of joviality hangs thicker than the smoke from innumerable cigars that are smoked here.