The most chic disco in Prague pushes the limits with parties so hedonistic you wonder if there isn’t a law against them. Hip-hop, funk and disco are the prevalent flavours on the dance floor. The vegetarian café (see Radost FX) upstairs is open until 4am. During peak lunch and dinner hours, it can be very hard to find a seat.
The Old Town’s most exciting club (see Roxy), this former cinema is a must for fans of jungle and dub. Parties continue well into the morning, much to the dismay of the neighbours. Such live acts as the Asian Dub Foundation take the stage when it’s not occupied by DJs or an experimental theatre production. A portion of Roxy’s proceeds goes towards funding Prague’s Linhart Foundation, a non-profit organization whose aim is to promote contemporary art.
In addition to being at the heart of Prague’s indie and world-music scene, the Palác Akropolis hosts the likes of Ani Difranco, Apollo 440 and Transglobal Underground. The small, smoky Divadelní bar is the hippest, hosting Prague’s best DJs. On the ground-floor level is a café and Czech restaurant. On a more cultural note, this is also the best venue in town to hear contemporary Romany music from such local acts as Alom or Věra Bílá and Kale. It is a unique space for music, theatre and art projects.
One of the largest entertainment spaces in Prague, capable of accommodating up to 2,500 guests, SaSaZu has welcomed many well-known performers from all around the world, including British singer Lily Allen, Dutch DJ Tiësto, American rapper Pitbull and pop band One Republic. The hip restaurant offers excellent food from East Asia and boasts a Michelin Bib Gourmand.
The shoebox-sized cellar at “Little Glenn’s” has to be Prague’s smallest jazz venue (see U Malého Glena). The music ranges from African-inspired drumming to blues to modern jazz, and most of it is of a high standard. Upstairs is a café where you can get reasonable food and brunch at weekends. The club is run by the same people who operate Bohemia Bagel.
Located in the centre of the city, Rocky O’Reilly’s is popular with locals, expats and tourists alike. This Irish pub, with a fireplace, provides a comfortable setting to enjoy beer along with fish’n’chips and Irish snacks. You can also unwind or cheer with your friends while watching your favourite sport that is shown on one of the 11 giant screens at the pub. They also have live music performances.
The proprietors of Mecca have turned this former factory in the Holešovice warehouse district into a giant dance-and-dining emporium. The food is nouvelle cuisine, the crowd trendy and the parties cool. A little off the beaten track – take a taxi – but worth it. The restaurant serves food until 2am. Visitors can enjoy at the five bars, two stages and three floors of entertainment.
An Irish bar located off the Old Town Square, Caffrey’s is one of Prague’s most popular and also pricier nightspots. The varied food and drinks menu, with many Irish specialities, is complemented by good service from friendly staff. Visitors can relax with a drink at the comfortable bar or enjoy sports matches on one of the several television screens. There are live music performances every night.
Prague’s music scene is teeming with so-called “revival bands”, most of whom take the stage here with tributes to everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Sadé. There are also several bars and an internet café. The Rock Café has two halls, one of which is primarily reserved for film screenings and theatre and the main music hall has been designed for various music productions.
Local “big-beat” acts are the mainstay at this music bar, but it occasionally hosts big names in jazz such as Maceo Parker, as well as where-are-they-now relics (an adjoining venue, the Velký sál, or large hall, hosts bigger acts such as Wynton Marsalis). The club’s 1980s and 1990s night is one of the biggest dance parties in town.