The Ultimate Guide to Nightlife in Prague

The nightlife in Prague is one of the craziest you will ever experience. What exactly can you expect? Well, be prepared for anything and everything. Do you want loud music, flashing lights, and a sweaty night of regret? How about a chill, relaxed kick back with your friends? Maybe just drinking by the Vltava River as the sun sets? There are so many different ways to have a night out in Prague, but I’ll give you my ideal itinerary.

8PM and earlier:

Ha, just don’t even bother going out to a club or bar this early. This is when I would suggest finding a relaxing spot to sip on a beer or your drink of choice. A few bridges past the Charles Bridge, you will find an area where you can sit right by the Vltava River and have some drinks. This is where a lot of the locals go, so you know it’s good.

Beer gardens are also a popular spot for locals and travelers alike. My personal favorite is Hospudka na Hradbach in Vysehrad. Take the red line to Vysehrad and try to find your way around the historic and beautiful neighborhood until you get to the beer garden. It is a large, open space with many tables, decently priced beer, great food, and a stunning view of the city (pictured below). I could spend hours upon hours here. I definitely recommend it as a pregame before a night out.

beer garden prague

Another place that I really enjoyed was a pub simply called The Pub. You pour your own beers as there’s a tap at your table. It measures how much beer you consume and it compares that to other tables in the area and even other cities. If you’re like me, you’re a competitor and you’re going to make sure your table gets first. We got first. I had to take a nap at 8 PM by the river. Drink responsibly. Or not, because this is Prague.

10PM – 1AM:

This is when I would start trickling into the bars. Beer is legitimately cheaper than water in Prague so you can literally walk into any establishment and get the job done. Some popular ones are James Dean and Harley’s, and you will usually find a good crowd there. However, they are personally not my favorite and you will leave reeking of cigarettes and shame. The atmosphere there is dark with loud classic rock and oldies playing all through the night. 

For some reason, poor lighting and cramped spaces are required by all bars in Prague. U Sudu is one bar that makes it work. It kind of feels like a dungeon and their bottom floor is even known as Hell. Have a few beers at this centrally located, underground bar and move out for the night once you start feeling it.

There are so many more pubs and bars you could go to in Prague but I have a bad habit of skipping out on the bars and heading straight for the clubs. Up next, my area of expertise.

1 AM – 5AM:

Ah, my personal favorite stage of the night. If you’re like me, then you’re absolutely heading to a nightclub to awkwardly dance the night away and then wake up with only a Snapchat story to refresh your memory of the night before. Let’s cut to the chase.

Chapeau Rouge is my absolute favorite place to go. Crazy, crazy, crazy crowd here and DJs that always play some great music. There are three levels in this club, so you’re bound to find one you like. My favorite floor is the one where you get really sweaty, dance on top of couches, and make a complete fool of yourself. You’ll know which one it is.

Retro is a place that can get very crazy, very fast. If you’re not drunk enough, this place might be overwhelming or feel like too much. If you’re at that perfect level, this is where you’ll want to be. Expect to be sweaty and disgusting within 30 minutes. Hey, no one’s judging.

Music Club Zlaty Strom (the underground part of the Golden Tree Hotel) is my “safe bet” place to go. It is right by the Charles Bridge and Old Town Square and has a few different rooms as well. It has its share of sit down areas where you can share a giant fishbowl with the homies. Once you get to your preferred level of drunkness, there are several dancefloors. I have personally experienced some crazy stuff here. It might not be where the locals go, but you can have a lot of fun here. Plus, it is in walking distance of everything from drunk food, the metro station, and the Charles Bridge.

Lucerna is one of the only oldies clubs that I liked. It will play the most random music, but sometimes you just have to roll with it. They literally played Never Gonna Give You Up unironically here, but hey, I’ll jam to it. Big dance floor, loud music, bright lights, and a great location right by Wenceslas Square.

There’s a five-story club called Karlovy Lazne that a lot of people are always curious about going to. I personally didn’t mind it but it is pretty touristy. It is a massive club and each level has its own vibe. There’s one floor with old American disco music, one that played EDM, and one that plays hip-hop and R&B. Pick your poison. Drinks are expensive and they do not take card here. It is right in the center of Prague, just a block away from Charles Bridge, so it will be crowded, touristy and pricy.

There is an Ice Pub inside which was pretty neat. It costs 150 Czech Crowns ( about 7 US dollars) to get in, and that comes with a drink, but you will only be allowed in it for a short period of time. My group got pushed out after only 30 minutes.

5AM:

There is only one move left at this point. Get yourself a doner kebab and head on over to the Charles Bridge. This is the most peaceful and quiet you will ever find it, and also the most beautiful. Watching the sunrise from this spot is the icing on top of a fantastic night out. Also, the residual drunk person in passing makes for quality entertainment while you wait for the sun to peek out and the metro to start running.

charles bridge prague

To sum it up, if I had one night in Prague to pick the perfect night out, it would start at the Vysehrad beer gardens followed by pregaming by the Vltava River. Around midnight or 1 AM, I’d start making my way to Chapeau Rouge. Grab your drunk pizza or drunk doner kebab around 4 AM and start making your way to the Charles Bridge for a sunrise you will never forget.

Where’s your favorite place to experience the nightlife in Prague? Do you have any suggestions that I might be missing out on? Let me know in the comments!

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21 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to Nightlife in Prague

  1. I think we would go for the chiled out watching of the sunset, drinking a beer as the darkness lures in. We’re a big sunset hunters, so I guess it’s not for everyone

  2. If I was 21 again I could totally do this .. but at 34 I am at the point in my life where 8am sounds like a nice place for bed. However – I will get up at 5am for a sunrise – so thank you for that tip! That is my favorite time to photograph cities.

  3. I aboslutely loved Prague when we went although it was in the dead of winter and it was COLD!!!! So heading to pubs and bars just wasn’t on our radar. By the end of the day we just wanted to head back to our apartment to warm up. Looks like they have an awesome party scene though. Love how you even broke it down into time slots!

  4. Prague keeps escaping my travel itineraries and I don’t know why! It has always been high up there too. I think maybe next fall I need to go! The nightlife sounds good, would love to have a nice glass of wine enjoying the sunset view 🙂

  5. Beer gardens sounds like my kind of place. I looove beer. Hopefully one of these days I can visit there.

  6. I am not a party person but I wouldn’t mind going to the Charles Bridge at 5 am so see the sunrise! I haven’t been to Prague yet but I am hearing lots of positive comments about this county. Hope to get there one day. 🙂

    1. The Charles Bridge at sunrise was something that I was awake to see more times than I’d like to admit haha, such a great view though.

  7. I usesd to associate Prague a lot with Absinthe but I don’t see it so often these days (and Czech-folk don’t really understand it). Anyway, it would be the perfect pick-up at 08:00AM the next morning. Hair of the Dog and all that.

  8. Prague is a wonderful city. I visited it the last winter but in summer it could be more amazing. I love your shots and your tips too. Great article

  9. I went to Prague on a uni trip and we went out almost every night!! ha ha. I remember the Karlovy Lazne club well! It’s such a great city for night life, though I am now looking forward to going back and just sight seeing now I’m 30!! :-p

  10. Night life in Prague sounds crazy. So much to explore theree. I liked the idea of starting from some calm places like beer garden and then at the end stomping to some electronic music. A great way to spend some good time with friends.

    1. The nightlife there was so perfect for me. Something for everyone but especially for me haha

  11. Bloody hell, some of these places brought back a lot of memories especially ‘that’ touristy club, Karlovy Lazne. I think I lasted an hour in there before moving on! I love the beer gardens and bars in Praha, they sure know hwo to make a good beer.

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