Everyone who has dreamed of a Euro-trip will know about Prague; the beer-drinking party city of the former Soviet Union. However, oftentimes tourists will take the same cycle when visiting the city: Vaclav Square, Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle. We’re happy to inform you that there is a ton more to see in the city than just those highlights. Take a peek below to see a Prague you never could’ve imagined.
Words by David Gregs
Downtown Nightclubs with a Touch of History
Chapeau Rouge and Roxy near Palladium and Namesti Republiky are two of the most popular and poppin night clubs on the Prague Dance scene.
Chapeau is a former brothel and the old design of the building coupled with its red-lit lighting scheme makes you feel as if you’re entering a trance when you walk through the door. Venture down the spiral staircase at the back of the bar to find two floors of clubs and DJs below. My favourite feature of the club is in the bathroom on the second level where the urinal is equipped with a TV inside playing the current news cycle.
Roxy used to be an old theatre and now hosts some of the biggest names in techno to come through Prague. The main room still has the balcony from its theatre days and makes for an excellent rave location.
Grébovka – Havlíčkovy Sady
If you’ve done your research you probably already know about Prague’s two most popular parks: Riegrovy Sady and Letna. These are great places to get an overlook of the city and sit for a beer in the beer garden. However, tucked up in the corner of Prague 2 and 10 is a lovely park that boasts its own vineyard.
The park is mostly located on a hill and beyond the vineyard, there is also a splendid overlook of central Prague, a maze that looks a lot like an out-of-water coral reef, and even a beer garden of its own in the heart of the park. This park won’t be nearly as crowded as the other two and is a nice place for a quiet picnic or a relaxing afternoon.
Just up the street from the top of the park is Krymská, a steep and narrow street with four or five different bars that get super busy at night time. Go there after a day in the park for a drink and a fun time.
Vzorkovna & Kenny’s Island
Looking for underground bars in different parts of the city? Kenny’s Island is where you should visit in Zizkov. This Jamaican themed bar has awesome reggae and dancehall parties, foosball, sports on the TV, and fun-loving staff that make the experience worthwhile. It is located very close to the JZP tower and they have unfiltered Staropramen on tap. Come here for a good afternoon drink or for the party in the evening if there is an event.
Vzorkovna might actually be the worst kept secret in Prague if you look at the line outside of it on a Saturday night, however, it is definitely still the most unique bar in the Narodni Trida area and probably all of Prague 1. Entry is 100 kc on the door and you will be given a plastic card that will serve as your currency for the remainder of the evening. Take a walk down the steps and you’ll find a catacomb of 6+ different rooms each with its own theme including foosball, relaxation, cocktail bar, non-alcoholic bar, a regular bar, live performance room, and a number of seating options.
Don’t tell the Czech people I said this, but the best place to get Czech food in Prague is no place at all. Because Czech food is really bad. Instead, take a trip over to The Tavern for the best burger in the city. The succulent sandwiches are a little pricey when compared to fast food, but worth every penny as the meat is fresh, the ingredients are delicious, and everything tastes as if it was made with the utmost care. The bar also has an extensive list of cocktails so don’t be afraid to get a little tipsy after your meal.
Letna Technical Museum & Vitkov Museum
There are so many museums in Prague. From the National Museum to Museum of Communism to the Sex and Torture Museums, it seems impossible to find ones that aren’t a little too hokey or touristy.
The Letna Technical museum will inform you about the rich industrial history of the Czech Republic by walking you through the history of the Czech technology industry. Observe and study things like one of the first locomotives to appear in the Czech Republic, famous historical figures’ vehicles, and warplanes. Vitkov Museum is really more about location than anything else.
Located at the bottom of Zizkov, a giant statue of a man on a horse, the defining characteristic of the museum, can be seen for kilometers around the city. Once you hike up the summit, you’ll be rewarded with an awesome view of Prague situated along the Vltava river. Inside the museum, you will find various information about Czechoslovak history from WWII to the era of communism.