Take a Walk on the Wild Side

The venues listed in this section are not for everyone, but those looking for the rougher side of the Czech bar scene shouldn't miss these traditional establishments. If your visit to Prague is inspired by the early Milos Forman movies or by Bohumil Hrabal's books, you might be disappointed about how westernized Prague looks nowadays and the fact that it is getting worse everyday. So you might perhaps ask yourself whether the old and authentic Prague has completely succumbed to the pressure of western chains, shopping centers and fake professional smiles. We believe that the answer to this question is no and have therefore created this wild section. These kind of bars definitely still exist but you should know that a foreigner might have a hard time in some of these venues since English is not so common in these bars, and what is more, perhaps slightly frowned upon. Also, before you enter, you should know a little bit about the pub culture in these establishments; first of all, none of these venues are non-smoking and aren't usually air-conditioned so you might end up sitting in a thick cloud of cigarette smoke. Secondly, the interaction with the waiters might depend on their mood, perhaps this sounds unprofessional to you, but can't it also be seen as direct and slightly liberating? Thirdly, if your first order is orange juice, don't be surprised if you are looked at strangely or perhaps advised to go to the nearest candy store instead. Lastly, don't be surprised if the waiter brings you a glass of beer without your ordering it - an empty or half empty glass of beer in front of you can be seen as a signal that you desire another one, at least in some pubs. If this doesn't scare you, you should know that the venues listed in this section offer a chance to experience the real Prague and are an essentially Czech phenomenon. Also, if the locals accept you, you might end up making new friends and perhaps hearing some "unbelievable" Hrabalian pub stories in broken English.

  • U zlateho Tygra | Prague Pubs U zlateho Tygra – At the Golden Tiger

    If you wish to experience a traditional Czech pub in the heart of Prague, U Zlateho Tygra is your one-stop shop for a traditional Czech pub with true unpasteurized Pilsner Urquell on tap. This is one of the most centrally located authentic Czech pubs and should be a must on your list of things to see and do in the city of Prague. Be aware that this pub belongs to the locals, which means that the majority of the tables...

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  • At the Black Ox | Prague The Black Ox – U cerneho vola

    Situated in the lovely Loreta Square is the Black Ox pub. The Black Ox is one of the last authentic Czech pubs in Hradcany, the Castle District of Prague. The Black Ox, a true throw back to the past, is a traditional Czech pub that houses a majority of locals drinking fresh Kozel beer from the tap with the occasional tourist thrown in. The ancient interior features rather atmospheric original vaulted ceilings, walls decorated with old coat of arms from...

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  • Klub Ujezd | Prague Bar Klub Újezd

    Klub Újezd was one of the first post-Communist bars to pop up in the once depressed city of Prague and has been completely packed ever since. You will definitely have a great time at Klub Ujezd, that is, if you can find a table. This multi-level bar is always hopping and the friendly bartenders keep the drinks flowing all night long to local clientele, usually in attendance with their loyal dogs, and young eager tourists alike. Located across from the bottom of Petrin...

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  • U Sadu | Prague Beer Halls U Sadu

    U Sadu is most definitely a favorite of Czechs and visitors alike! It is a traditional Czech pub with a cozy upstairs, it’s walls decorated with everything from garden hoes to saws, while downstairs features a labyrinth of rooms filled with smoke and happy drunk people. If you are lucky a certain bartender will be working and will change into his special outfit after midnight which includes a black leather vest and bow-tie complimented by his large hairy chest. The...

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  • Zlý časy | Prague Zlý časy

    Looking for craft beer in Prague? If so, hop on a tram, hail a cab or run - straight to Zlý časy. Zlý časy is the craft beer lovers heaven, full stop. Situated in the Nusle neighborhood of Prague 4, just off of pretty Náměstí Bratří Synků, Zlý časy, or Hard Times as it translates, features an array of rare craft beers brewed in the Czech Republic on tap (over 40 kinds of liquid pint heaven) as well as bottled...

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