Planning a Football Trip to Prague? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Prague is not only the capital of the Czech Republic it is also the capital of Czech Football, Prague has seven professional football teams and a total of 14, plus one reserve team, in the top four divisions of national competition. Czech beer is world famous and Prague has numerous brewers and pubs making this a fantastic destination for a Football Trip.
Football Trip to Prague – How to get to Prague & How to get around
Football Trip to Prague – Fly to Prague
Multiple airlines fly to Prague every day and you are able to fly direct from Prague from most large airports in the UK
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Directions from the Airport
Václav Havel Airport Prague – Prague Airport is an international airport located on the northwest edge of Prague and around 17 km north of the city. All international flights arrives here. The journey from airport to city centre takes around 25 – 30 minutes, or around 50 minutes by public transport
No.119 (Airport -> Metro A Dejvicka, intervals of 5 to 20 minutes, travel time 25 to 35 minutes)
No.100 (Airport -> Metro B Zlicin, intervals of 15 to 30 minutes, travle time 18 minutes). Good choice if you are heading to the western part of the city.
The bus line AIRPORT EXPRESS (AE) connects Prague Airport with Prague Main Railway station (Praha Hlavni Nadrazi). The bus daily from 5 a.m. till 10 p.m, in a regular interval of 30 minutes, the journey takes 33 minutes. The buses used are solely low-floor vehicles offering easy entry and sufficient space for luggage.
If travelling at night, catch the night bus No 510 (between midnight and 3.30) from Prague airport to the tram, heading for Divoka Sarka, then take tram No 51 to Dejvicka underground station or further to the city centre (Namesti Republiky or Wenceslas Square).
Taxis from the Airport
I got the bus but here is some advice on Taxis – http://www.pragueairport.co.uk/taxi-from-to-prague-airport_to_centre/
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Football Trip to Prague – Travel By Train
The average journey time between London St. Pancras International and Prague hl.n. is 17 hours and 52 minutes and the fastest journey time is 12 hours and 28 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 11 trains per day travelling from London St. Pancras International to Prague. Tickets start at around £75 via Voyages SNCF.
Football Trip to Prague – Travel By Coach
Eurolines provide coaches to Prague from London. They offer an overnight service leaving London around 14.30 and arriving at around 12:00 the next day. Tickets start at around £52 each way
Football Trip to Prague – Travel By Ferry
It takes between 10 and 11 hours to drive to Prague from Calais. Book Ferry tickets via DFDS Seaways.
Football Trip to Prague – Travel Around Prague
Once in the city centre and checked-in to your hotel, travel around on foot (Prague is a compact city and highly pedestrianized) or take public transport. Use taxis with caution – taxis hailed on the street can overcharge and traffic congestion can slow your journey. A ticket for the Prague public transport network permits travel on all trams, buses and the metro, and you can transfer between transportation modes, all for a set period of time.
The Prague Metro operates between 05:00-midnight. Metro lines run a service every 2-3 minutes during peak hours, and every 4-9 minutes after 7pm. All areas of the city centre are covered. There are three metro lines: A (green), B (yellow) and C (red).
Daytime trams operate 04:30-midnight. The most popular trams run every 4 minutes during peak times. Other trams run every 8-10 minutes during the week, and 8-15 minutes at weekends. Night trams operate 00:30-04:30. These run every 30 minutes and have different numbers to day trams (numbers 51-58 are the standard night trams).
Football Trip to Prague – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Prague – The Stadium
Eden Arena (formerly known as Synot Tip Arena) has a capacity of 21,000 people and it is the most modern football stadium in the Czech Republic. It is the home venue of SK Slavia Prague and Bohemians 1905 until 2016. In the early 1950s, Slavia was forced to leave its stadium at Letná and a new stadium was built at Eden in the Vršovice district. Its capacity was about 50,000 (mostly for standing). The wooden western (main) stand was taken from the old stadium at Letná, the rest of the stands were made of concrete. In December 2003, the old Eden stadium was torn down and Slavia built a new stadium on the same site which opened in 2008. Their Ultras are called Tribuna Sever and they site in the North Stand of the Ground attracting around 2000 to 4000 ultras for each game. Bohemians fans are divided into various factions including Gang of Greens, Los Banditos, Commandos of Trutnov, Barflies, Bohemians Rude Boys, Piš Piš Klan, Tornado Boys. Bohemians fans are known for their fanatical support and for creating a great atmosphere in the ground. They are sometimes identified with left-wing politics and have friendships with St Pauli although many fans will say they are apolitical and care only about Bohemians.
Dulka Prague play at Stadion Juliska. The stadium seats 8,150 people on individual seats and is based in the Dejvice district in Prague 6 area of Prague. Dukla’s home ground, with its running track, open terracing and one main stand, once held a lot more than its current 2,000 capacity. Matches against Ajax Amsterdam and Celtic Glasgow in that year had crowds of app. 20,000, though it needs to be noted that hundreds if not thousands of people were watching these events from the nearby hills. Despite not being impressive in terms of attendance, this venue became a real fortress of European football. Dukla matched the biggest names in fight for continental honours and of 36 games lost only 3! Superpowers like Barcelona, Manchester United, Benfica or Ajax mentioned above didn’t manage to conquer this ground. In 2012 a statue of former Dukla player and European Footballer of the Year 1962 Josef Masopust was unveiled outside the stadium.
Generali Stadium – Originally known as Letná Stadium (Letenský stadion), then after sponsors Toyota and then AXA, it is now named after its current sponsor, Generali. The first stadium on the place opened in 1921, the current stadium was built in 1969 and reconstructed 1994. It holds 20,854 people. Sectors D55-D51 are a good place to sit. You’re adjacent to the Ultra’s so get to admire their support whilst sitting in a relaxed section who still join in the singing.
Stadium FK Viktoria Žižkov ranks among the smallest stadiums of the football league. There have been many reconstructions recently due to which it meets all necessary requirements. During the reconstruction all standing rooms were replaced by seats, which resulted in distinctive reduction of the stadium capacity. The next part of the reconstruction was performed in 2007, when a new East tribune was built which increased the stadium capacity in one thousand places.
No Longer Used Grounds
Dolicek – Bohemians 1905 stadium was opened on 27 March 1932 for a match against SK Slavia Prague. There is a shop inside the stadium and some interesting spots for pictures. There are also some decent bars nearby.
Evzena Rosickeho Stadium & Srahov Stadium – Stadion Evžena Rošického, also known simply as Strahov hosted the1978 European Athletics Championships. The ground is currently the usual venue for the Czech Cup final. The stadium holds 19,032 spectators and is named after Czech athlete and anti-Nazi resistant Evžen Rošický, executed by Nazis in 1942.. Stadion Evžena Rošického is adjacent to the considerably larger Strahov Stadium, the largest biggest in the world with a capacity of around 220,000. The original stadium dates from the First Republic between the World Wars and served as a venue for Sokol displays of synchronized gymnastics on a massive scale. Today it is the training venue of Sparta Prague.
Football Trip to Prague – Getting to the Stadium
Eden Stadium – take the tram 24 from city centre (Wenceslas Square) and leave it at station Slavia that is just few meters from the stadium. Another possibility is metro – get off at Strasnicka (green line A) and take again tram to station Slavia or walk for about 15 minutes along the street V Olsinach.
Stadion Juliska Dejvice – is linked with the center of Prague by tram lines (2, 8, 20). The metro line A terminated in Dejvice (an extension is under construction), and gets to the heart of the city in minutes. From the station walk away from the centre up Svatoviska, over the roundabout where the road turns into Jugoslávských partyzánů, carry on past the Crown Plaza Hotel. The tram follows this route. If you are on the tram you are best getting off at Cinska station which is opposite the Crown Plaza. Continue on in the direction of the tram and you will come to Pod Juliskou on your left. There is a bar on the corner. Take this street and walk along all the way until some steep steps at the end. Climb the steps and the stadium will be in front of you. This will be the home turnstiles. If you want the away on walk past home turnstiles and walk up hill to the right, the turnstiles are up this hill a bit and easy to identify.
Generali Arena (commonly known as Stadion Letná) – Take Tram 26 from Masarykovo nádraží Station in the centre in the direction of Podbaba. Get off at the Sparta stop and it’s less than 100m to the stadium.
FK Viktoria Stadion is the closest to the city centre and is just behind Praha hi.n Station. From Wenceslas Square take Tram 9 toward Spojovací for 3 stops and get off at Husinecká – http://www.footballgroundmap.com/photo/219/fk-viktoria-stadion/viktoria-zizkov
Ďolíček – From Wenceslas Square take Tram 24 towards Kubánské náměstí (16 mins, 12 stops) – get off at Bohemians stop and it is 2 minutes walk.
Srahov Stadium – From Václavské náměstí station in the centre take Tram 3 towards Nádraží Braník for (6 mins, 5 stops) and get change at Palackého náměstí for the 124 Bus towards Nové Butovice get off at Stadion Strahov. The journey should take around 30 minutes. The 143 bus also goes from near Strahov monestry to the stadium.
Football Trip to Prague – Getting Tickets
Dulka – Tickets are priced at 70 and 100 crowns and can be bought from the club office at the Stadium. You can also buy online: http://www.ticketportal.cz. When I went you could also buy a ticket for the away end from the away end.
Sparta Prague – Very easy to get tickets, hardly ever sell out except for derbies. Stadium box offices open three hours before the start of every game. Home fans can get their tickets at box offices no. 1-4, away fans should use box office no. 5 only. Credit card payment is not available. Tickets can also be bought the day before the game from the stadium box office, football mania store, and Niketown Prague. You can also buy online: http://www.ticketportal.cz. Tickets are priced between 130 and 400 crowns.
Slavia Prague – Slavia have divided their home matches into two pricing categories. Tickets for a category Z1 match, the cheapest, range in price from CZK 160.00 for a seat behind the goal to CZK 310.00 for a seat at the main stand. Tickets for a category Z2 match, the most expensive, range in price from CZK 210.00 to CZK 420.00. Tickets are available from the club store a couple of hours before the game and also online: http://www.ticketportal.cz
Bohemians 1905 – As above in terms of opening times and tickets should be a bit cheaper.
FK Viktoria Žižkov – Admission 60-90 Crowns. Tickets can be bought from the stadium a few hours before the game.
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Football Trip to Prague – Fixtures
Plan your Football Trip to Prague with our full list of Czech League fixtures or via the club links below.
The schedule for kick-off times in the Czech Republic can be found our Planning a Football Trip to the Czech Republic page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Prague – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Prague – Where to stay
Stay in the city centre so you can walk to most of the bars and be close to the public transport hubs
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Football Trip to Prague – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Prague it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.
Prague Castle Area
Tunnel under Prague Castle – For an alternative route to Prague Castle, walk up the hill from Malostranská metro station and turn left into the Deer Moat along the Brusnice Stream. A pedestrian tunnel, spot-lit from ground level and detailed in brick, links the lower and upper gardens where ancient grounds and modern design merge in Zen-like harmony.
The Strahov Monastic Brewery (Klášterní pivovar Strahov) is located close by to the Prague Castle in the building of the Strahov Monastery, which was founded by King Vladislav II in 1142. The first documentation on the brewery come form the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries. The decision on the construction of a new and fully functional brewery, where the restaurant is today, was made by Abbot Kaspar Questenberg in 1628. The brewery was closed in 1907, and the buildings were used solely as farm houses. The brewery was restored only three years ago, in 2000, during an extensive and difficult reconstruction of the entire complex. The current Strahov Monastic Brewery offers to its guests a total capacity of 350 seats in three peculiar environments the brewery itself, St. Norbert Restaurant and Brewery Courtyard. Open every day from 10:00 to 22:00. http://www.klasterni-pivovar.cz/images/theme/theme-hp.jpg – Address: Strahovske nadvori 301
Strahov Monastery, and its surrounding area, has a serene, meditative quality, however its library is its most important feature, which comprises one of the oldest monastic collections in the country. The library is located in the theological and philosophical halls, and is over 800 years old. Despite ransacking by invading armies, it holds 16,000 books. – Address: Strahovske nadvori 301
Prague Castle (Pražský hrad), founded in 870 AD, is the largest medieval castle in Europe. It was the seat of the Kings of Bohemia for centuries, and today the President of the Czech Republic rules from here. It is also the premier tourist attraction in Prague. To visit the Prague Castle complex it is possible to wander around the courtyards for free, but to enter any of the buildings and to gain an understanding of their history, you need to visit as part of a tour or purchase a self-guided ticket. Changing of the guard hourly. Open early morning till late night.
U Černého vola – The “Black Ox” is a wonderful, traditional pub hidden away in the precincts of Prague castle. Considering its location, the prices are remarkably low. (Loretánské nám. 1) http://www.europeanbeerguide.net/prague/cvola.jpg
St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála svatého Víta) is a Gothic masterpiece, and the spiritual symbol of the Czech state. It is free for visitors to enter the first part of St. Vitus Cathedral. A ticket must be purchased to visit the whole cathedral. Only open to 4pm so won’t be able to get inside but will just take picture outside. (III. nádvoří 48/2)
Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička) dates from the 15th Century and has a beautiful, olden world quaintness about it. It comprises 11 historic houses, inside which period scenes have been created to show the life of the artisans who once worked, ate, drank and slept in them. Entrance to Golden Lane is payable, but visitors cannot buy a ticket for this alone. You need one of the Prague Castle self-guided visitor tickets, which cost 250czk (short visit ticket) or 350czk (long visit ticket), and include admission to other parts of the castle too.
St. George’s Basilica was founded by Prince Vratislav (915-921) in 920. The basilica was then enlarged in 973 with the construction of St. George’s Benedictine Convent. Entrance to St. George’s Basilica is included as part of the admission ticket to the Prague Castle complex. (Pražský hrad)
Old Town – you can walk this in order
The Art Nouveau, tiled interior of the Café Imperial, opened in 1914, remains a pinnacle of Czech artistic history. Its rich décor seduces visitors to stay for a coffee and a complimentary doughnut and often for dinner. (Na Poříčí 15, Prague 1) Imperial Café Website
The Astronomical Clock has been ticking and pulling in the crowds since 1490, although its party trick is laughably unspectacular. Every hour on the hour, from 8am to 8pm, wooden saints emerge from trap doors, while below them, a lesson in medieval morality is enacted by Greed, Vanity, Death and the Turk. (Old Town Square)
Wander amidst ancient sandstone and marble tombstones in Prague’s eerie tree-shaded Old Jewish Cemetery (Starý Židovský hřbitov). The tiny patch of ground contains around 100,000 bodies and is a forceful reminder of the lack of space accorded to the ghetto, which remained walled until the late 1700s. Forbidden to enlarge the burial ground, the Jews were forced to bury their dead on top of one another up to 12 layers deep.
Angular art at the Cubism Museum – Angular and avant-garde, Czech cubism is eye-catchingly alive all over Prague from the world’s only cubist lamp post to entire villas. Prague’s first cubist building, built in 1911-12, is the House of the Black Madonna, which houses Prague’s stylish Cubist Museum. Sip coffee from cubist cups under cubist chandeliers in the museum’s Grand Café Orient before choosing your artistic souvenir from the Kubista store. (Ovocný trh 19, Prague 1) Cubist Museum Website
Prague’s true age under Charles Bridge – Feed the ducks on the River Vltava under the arches of the 14th century Charles Bridge where it joins the little-explored Old Town. The bridge was built on the remains of an older river crossing, the 12th century Judith Bridge. On the wall is a relief sculpture of Charles IV’s face, which marks the medieval water level. Charles Bridge Museum Website Also look out for the gargoyles – One on Charles Bridge depicts the famously lusty St Roc, just after his testicles had been bitten off by a dog sent by God. Others include a sceptical-looking Czech prophetess-queen, puppets, Kafka, and the Angel of Death.
One of Prague’s most prominent modern constructions is the Dancing House, a curvy riverfront building designed by Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunic, resembling a couple — often called Fred and Ginger — in midstep. the restaurant Céleste (Rasinovo Nabrezi; www.celesterestaurant.cz) opened on the top floor of the building, with views of the river and Prague Castle
National Theatre – The golden-crowned, neo-Renaissance marvel on the banks of the Vltava is Národní divadlo, the National Theatre. It has been the pride of the Czech nation since 1881. The theatre hosts ballet, opera and drama, but skateboarders rule its courtyard. (Ostrovní 1, Prague 1) National Theatre Website
Heroism at Sts Cyril & Methodius Church – Honour fallen Czechoslovakian heroes in the bullet-scarred crypt beneath the Orthodox Church of Sts Cyril and Methodius. The surviving assassins of Nazi Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich were hunted down but committed suicide in the face of hundreds of vengeful Gestapo and SS soldiers. A chillingly matter-of-fact museum explains the events of Operation Anthropoid. (Resslova 9, Prague 1)
Wenceslas Square. Hunt out the memorials and imagine the victorious populace jangling their keys in 1989 to celebrate the end of communism. Czechs still gather here in front of the equestrian statue of their patron, St Wenceslas, and the imposing National Museum. (Václavské náměstí Praha)
Lucerna Café (Vodičkova 36) is just behind the iconic Cerny statue of St. Wenceslas flogging an upside down dead horse. This is a great place to have a chilled out beer. Here you can idly watch people passing by below you and admire the stunning architecture of the Art Nouveau building that houses you. The Café is open Monday – Friday from 11am-11pm and 5pm-11pm on weekends
Views and vertigo atop the TV Tower – For the best sunset panorama of the city, take the lift up Prague’s tallest building. Erected by the communists to public consternation, the 93-metre TV Tower is bathed in colour at night and features an installation of climbing babies by Czech artist David Černy. (Mahlerovy sady 1, Prague 3), TV Tower Website
Football Trip to Prague – Eating & Drinking
I went drank in 3 main areas on my trip to Prague so this is a guide to them. I will review other areas on my next trip.
Dejvice (Close to the Dulka Prague Stadium)
Dulka Prague’s area of Dejvice is a very unique part of Prague.
Restaurace na Urale is recommended. It is a restaurant but lots of locals just go there for a beer. They offer the traditional Gambrinus and Pilsen beer for very reasonable prices. The menu offers a rich traditional Czech cuisine. (Uralská 9)
Also in the Device area is Klub 007 Strahov. 007 is a legendary club on the Prague music scene. It’s history is rooted in student dissent, providing a welcoming space to students disenchanted with the former regime. Located amongst the dorms of ČVUT and right next to the massive Strahov Stadium, 007 offers a healthy assortment of unique bands, djs, and other musical acts. Music diversity is an emphasis: electro, indie, hip hop, punk, psychobilly and more can be heard on a weekly basis. It is small and intimate with a maximum capacity of 180 people. (Chaloupeckého 7, Praha 6 (Block 7)
Concerts, festivals, film projections or theatre plays take place there almost every day. Klubovna offers a wide range of drinks including draught lemonades and a vast number of cheap Carribean rums. The whole spot is covered in graffiti and wall pictures so it feels a bit like a squat inside. Come sit at the garden, listen to a concert, play a game of chess or fussball! In fact, if you are lucky, I will be your personal bartender. Klubovna closes at 04:00 the earliest, so enter whenever you feel like it. (Generála Píky)
Restaurace U veverky – (Eliášova 324/14 160 00 Praha 6) – Great true Czech Pub, Great Food and Great Tanked Pilsner. Award-winning beer.
Budvarka Beerhouse in Prague 6 – Dejvice was furnished according to the original design of the Budweiser Budvar Brewery, which is continually constructing a network of brand restaurants “Budvarka” all over the country. The house where the beerhouse is located was built in 1914 by Josef Paroulek, the master builder. The building has always been related to Budweiser beer, from when the house was built, the “Budvarka” restaurant was opened here. Nevertheless, its owners were forced to hand it over to the state after 1945 and the renowned restaurant was replaced by a school canteen. (Wuchterlova 336/22, Praha 6 – Dejvice)
Prague 3 (Pubs near FK Viktoria Stadium)
The main artery of pub life in Zizkov is Borivojova street. Its 4-block stretch from Lipanska street to Riegrovy sady has some 20-30 drinking establishments. Weekend after weekend, seasoned drinkers come here to try to accomplish the impossible: stop at each pub and have a beer. We are talking half-liters, too. According to the Prague Post, nobody has been able to do it yet.
Belzepub bar is a totally unique atmosphere in the heart of Zizkov. Our bartenders are always happy to come out to meet, which you will appreciate during celebrations such as birthday to you when we have special offers and events not only for the birthday boy! We rent a pub, we will create a menu tailor-made according to your wishes. Subscribe to our legendary roaster pork ribs, original Bulgarian moussaka or try our Hamburg’s reception. If you’re a sports fan, you will appreciate that we show Football, Hockey, Tennis, all sports. Beer £1 a pint. (U Rajské zahrady 809/14, Prague 3 – Zizkov)
Beerhouse U Sadu. The beerhouse at Žižkov with a small garden and a section for non-smokers. At least 10 kinds of draught beer (Pilsner, Svijany, wheat & non-filtered beer). Regularly beers from small brewerys. Belgian trappist beers and bottled specialities. The kitchen offers (till up 2 hours AM!) the czech, international and vegetarian meals, lamb meat, breakfast and midday menus. Periodical culinary events. Jukebox, sports broadcasts, Wi-Fi. Entrance with dogs. Beer gift baskets. Sale of beer kegs and rental of refrigeration. Food, alcoholic and alcohol-free drinks delivery service in Prague. Catering. Credit card payment allowed. (Pospíšilova 1528/2, 130 00 Prague 3-Zizkov), Czech Republic – http://www.usadu.cz/assets/media/interier_01_lo.jpg
Nad Viktorkou – The first post-revolution soukroumá Zizkov pub with original interior, which makes a slightly raised platform with antique (functional) a piano and a few tables to sit. Spacious room in the basement along with a piano gives a clear direction of the pubs. Schedule regular “live” musical performances can be found on the website of the establishment. (Bořivojova 785/79) –
Bukowskis – Like many of the drinking dens that are popular among expats, Bukowski’s is more a cocktail dive than a cocktail bar. Named after hard-drinking American writer Charles Bukowski, it cultivates a dark and slightly debauched atmosphere – the decor is self-consciously ‘interesting’ (when you can see it through the smoke-befogged candlelight) – but it peddles quality cocktails and cigars, and has friendly bartenders and cool tunes. (Bořivojova 86 Žižkov)
U Pizd’uka (Blahnikova 6) – This cozy Zizkov pub is only a few minutes walk around the corner from tram stop Husinecka. This pub has only 2 tiny rooms, but these rooms get full in the evenings as people drift home from work- this place is a neighborhood favorite. Especially when considering the size, U Pizducha has a good variety of beer, which is always fresh, and for a great price. – See more at: http://www.praguebeergarden.com/pubs/post/u-pizducha/#sthash.qtDyzb7I.dpuf
U Tomáše Štítného, (Štítného 15/581, Hl.m. Praha-Praha 3), http://www.stitny.cz/ – Does amazing food, roast meats of all kinds for very cheap prices and less than £1 a pint, you have to order some of the best food 24 hours in advance however. If you order a week in advance for £70 your group can get an entire roast suckling pig.
U Vystřelenýho oka is unashamedly common, loud and brash- it’s a rock bar afterall- and makes no apologies for not being a place for cultured drinkers, non-smokers or wine lovers. This is a place for beer drinkers, rock enthusiasts, musicians and people who like to party and is always packed when concerts are on. You’ll be barely able to move and might as well be smoking even if a non-smoker when it’s really busy but the atmosphere is absolutely fantastic. The beers are very reasonably priced and the food is your classic Czech pub grub and extremely cheap- you can get a alarge massive portion of craut soup with sausage for just 25 CZK. Opening times: 16:30-1 am Monday to Saturday (U Božích bojovníků 3, Prague 3)
Merenda (Husitska 74)– Merenda is one of the better places for trying new beers in Prague. This place has a restaurant upstairs and a pub downstairs, which between both the restaurant and pub, 8 different beers are available on tap. These beers change every week too, so you can always try something new. They always have a good variety-usually 2 svetly (light), one tmave (dark), and one polotmave (half light/dark). Their menu consists of a good variety of Czech food, and they also offer cheap lunch specials Monday thru Friday. – See more at: http://www.praguebeergarden.com/pubs/post/merenda#sthash.IyMQSuqt.dpuf
Café Bare Propaganda (Pštrossova 220/29) – This is a great little bar near the National Theater that’s always packed with a lively local crowd and the occasional local celebrity. The bar is a little on the small side but this only adds to the charm and lively atmosphere of Bar Propaganda. It can get really busy at peak times with the backroom in particular tending to fill up early with savvy locals and tourists in the know. The beer is super cheap and there is a long list of good value cocktails on offer (including a number of dangerously alcoholic absinth based varieties) which should keep the non-beer drinkers amongst you happy! There is a nominal closing time of 2 am but the bar has been known to stay open well beyond this when it’s particularly busy!
The Pub (Veleslavínova 3) offers a drinking experience like no other – self-service beers on demand! Each table has its own beer tap and is ‘logged in’ to the pub so that you can keep track of how many beers you’re drinking and more importantly how you and your mates are doing compared to the rest of the pub! The pub as a whole is also wired up to other pubs in the Pub chain and the stats are broadcast on a huge screen which gets harder and harder to understand the more beers that you tuck away.
Vinárna U Sudu (Vodičkova 677/10) – This great ‘wine bar’ is one of Prague’s best kept secrets, despite the fact it is on one of the city’s busiest streets and just a stone’s throw from Wenceslas Square. It has a great room to the right of the bar decked out with a well-used piano which is free to play and a foosball room where you can take on enthusiastic locals over a beer. The medieval cellar is like a labyrinth and is filled with rooms and tables branching off at different angles.
Plzeňská Pivnice U Zlatého Tygra (Husova 228/17) – The favorite watering hole of the late, great Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal (who was something of an expert in these matters), this classic Czech pub features two medium-sized rooms full of 70’s football memorabilia and beer-woozy patrons. The daily line-up for a place to sit starts at about a quarter to three as tour groups and the upper echelon of Czech beer drinkers usually have made arrangements in advance, thus the reserved signs on the majority of tables. Loyal locals ranging from manual laborers to artists to businessmen along with the occasional tourist divide up the rest of the seating. Standard Czech beer snacks along with the finely pulled brews are on offer at inexpensive prices considering the central location. A favourite of former Czech President Václav Havel, who famously took Bill Clinton there for a swift half-litre of Pilsner Urquell. Husova 17 – visit website
Jama Pub is (on the junction of Ve Jame and Stepanska) about 70 metres from Wenceslas Square. It’s a basement Prague bar frequented by a largely American/Czech crowd and has a great atmosphere. Good bar snacks are available and the BLT sandwich is one of the best. Also has a garden option in the Summer. Their Prague bars webpage is at www.jamapub.cz.
Club Lavka (Novotného lávka 201/1) is mostly an after dark music club with a nice outdoor area right under Charles Bridge with decent tables and chairs and waiter service from the outside bar. In the Summer, it’s common to find groups eating outside and then coming into the club later. Very international mix and popular with single Czech girls looking for young expats. More of a club than a bar, their webpage is at www.lavka.cz
Double Trouble has DJ’s six nights a week. Open 7pm to 4am nightly. Basement bar located at (Melantrichova 17) (road that links Wenceslas Square with the Old Town Square). Dancing on tables is encouraged. Their Prague bars webpage is at www.doubletrouble.cz
The restaurant Švejk “U zeleného stromu” is situated in the historical centre of the Old town, next to one of the greatest monuments of Prague – Betlehem Chapel – at the (corner of the street Husova and Betlémské nám. 6, Prague 1) The restaurant, in the style of an old Czech pub, is celebrated for its typically Czech atmosphere, its excellent draught Pilsner beer and its traditional Czech and international cuisine. http://www.uzelenehostromu.eu/EN/
You could also try this pub crawl of classic Prague pubs – http://www.praguepubs.co.uk/crawl_classic.pdf
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