It is no lie Czech people like to drink. They statistically consume more beer per capita than anyone else. What they fail to reveal, however, is where all these drinks are being consumed.
As you stroll down Prague’s medieval streets, it’s easy to pass by a bar and never know the magic that is happening inside. On the outside, it looks like another medieval building but inside is a usual bar filled with specialty drinks and good times!
Like most cities, Prague has its organized pub crawls, but do yourself a favor and skip it.
Instead, visit these unusual bars. Oh and don’t forget to come with a healthy liver for it is about to be an epic night!
Let’s get started with a pre-game at Vytopna.
Pre-Game: Vytopna inside the Palladium mall
Let me start by saying that yes you must pre-game your DIY pub crawl. Why?
1) There are so many bars to try in Prague in so little time
2) Why not? Vytopna is a perfect pre-game spot located in the popular Palladium Mall, meaning you can grab a dashing outfit before your real pub crawl officially begins.
When the server comes to get your drink order do not expect them to ACTUALLY bring the drinks out to you. Instead, a miniature train will deliver your drinks right to your table.
I must say it is very entertaining to watch toy trains move across train tracks all around the bar delivering beers. My Snapchat was out of control and it was only the beginning.
Now the real pub crawl begins. . .
Start: Old Town Square
Black Angels Bar
Normally, I don’t like to recommend bars and restaurants in touristy areas, but Black Angels bar is an exception.
With nothing but a dark black and red sign on the street level, Black Angels bar is located underground right in the famous Old Town Square.
Walk downstairs and find yourself in a dimly lit cave surrounded by giant fish tanks, chandeliers, and fancy leather sofas.
The bartenders here are professional mixologists who play a role in creating every drink on the menu, so they are more than happy to help you find that perfect draank!
As you leave Black Angels feeling warm and fuzzy inside, walk or skip just a few feet to the other side of Old Town Square to Bed.
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If you are telling yourself it is too early for bed, you are absolutely correct.
BED is a cocktail and hookah lounge with an unusual seating arrangement. Rather than tables and chairs everyone is hanging out in giant beds.
Kick off your shoes, get comfy, and cheers to some tasty concoctions. Here, you are sure to make more friends to join you on this fantastic DIY pub crawl.
Next, make your way to Anonymous Bar. . . if you can find it. . .
Walk: 6 minutes to Anonymous Bar
Hands down my favorite bar in Prague, and arguably the most unusual bar on this list.
If you have ever seen the movie V for Vendetta then you will understand this bar.
There is no sign out front, but Google Maps will get you there. Just don’t be sketched out by the lack of light out front or door greeter as you walk up.
In fact, if you are unsure where the bar is upon arrival, just walk towards the darkest alley and you will find it.
The secret menu is the best thing about this bar, which can only be accessed by black light. As soon as you are handed the menu, order the first listed drink and a black light will be brought out to you.
My personal favorite drinks are the Malaysian and Scarlet Rose. If you are lucky, your drinks might even be delivered by Guy Fawkes himself!
This is usually the turning point for many since it is impossible to have just one drink at Anonymous Bar. However, the party must go on!
Walk: 9 minutes to Hangar Bar
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Step back in time all the way to 1950 when being a flight attendant for Pan American was equivalent to being a Victoria Secret supermodel.
The only thing that is missing from this Pan AM inspired bar is Leonardo DiCaprio.
The owner spared no detail in decorating – from the menu resembling a boarding pass to the Pan AM plane you walk through to get to the dance floor.
My recommendation is to try one of their specialty cocktails or go for a classic old fashion. Pinkies up!
At this point, you have plenty of liquid courage and a strong desire to shake it on the dance floor.
Walk: 3 minutes to Bombay Bar
Bombay Bar is a lively place with music ranging from 80’s to today. Yes, Czech people love their 80’s music.
The menu has a wide array of spirits, some beer, and their own specialty cocktails including a nice and strong margarita. It is perfect for those sticking to liquor drinks.
Bombay Bar has a more laid-back atmosphere with music and reasonably priced drinks. Plus, it is a perfect place to ease you into the craziness that is about to happen at the next bar.
Crawl: Across the street to the Grand Finale!
What I love about this bar is you get the feel of a nightclub in a bar setting. I can dance to all of today’s hits and still hear myself think.
It’s also a great place to meet new people, including locals! Harley’s Bar attracts the local crowd with the busiest days being Thursday-Sunday.
You are sure to leave knowing more people than you did when you arrived.
Assuming you have made it to the end, pat yourself on the back for you are a functioning alcoholic. Now go sober up at a nearby Burrito Loco or pizza vendor and take an Uber back to your hotel. Goodnight party people.
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Is my pub crawl missing something? Share your favorite bars in Prague below!
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I really want to go to Prague! Great post.
Thank you! Prague is the best. I can’t wait to go back myself.
You’ve got no idea how relevant this is to my life! I worked for a pub crawl in Europe before and was just looking up Prague vs. Budapest in terms of partying. Still deciding…thanks for sharing!
Ahh Prague for sure. Mostly because I’m biased haha. Both are great party destinations with tons of history. Thanks for reading.
This looks like quite the party spot! Quite the interesting secret menu 😀
Secret menu at Anonymous Bar is AMAZing! Thanks for reading.
Gosh, I’m usually not a fan of these kinds of posts, but yours was a really surprising and engaging one! All the bars you showed were so full of character! People throw around the phrase ‘hidden gem’ a lot, but I think this post has found a lot of them! I lived in Prague for two months for field school and actually didn’t know about any of these (then again, I’m not a big drinker, but if I had known about these bars then, I would have gone just to experience the atmosphere), so thanks for the post! If I ever return to Prague, I’ll check these out. 🙂
Btw, it was a running joke between my friends and I in Prague that beer was actually cheaper than water! Was it the same in these pubs?
Thanks for the feedback! The atmosphere is part of the reason I love searching for hidden gems. Never know what you will find. And YES beer is so much cheaper than water haha.
Omg I don’t even know what is my fave here! Hangar I think. And have you seen the episode of Sex and the City with the exact bar – Bed! A great read!
That episode is exactly what I thought of when I stumbled into Bed haha. Glad you understand!
That’s awesome! Thank you for sharing all the pubs and your experiences!! It’s been years since my last visit to Prague and I’ll definitely have to go back – at least for a pub crawl!!
You will definitely have to go back for a few drinks haha. Thanks for reading!
Haven’t been to Prague and haven’t done Pub Crawl for the longest time (life changed with kids you know… hahaha)… This looks really fun and V for Vendetta it is!!! Thanks for sharing:)
Well if you can’t make it to the bars, I still recommend visiting Prague. There is tons to do with the family. I’m writing a post now on the Ultimate Prague Bucketlist. Should be live on the blog by tomorrow. You will have to check it out!
I’ll keep this in mind for my next trip to Prague! The first (and only) time I’ve been there I was a student so broke I did not afford more than a beer, ha ha
Thanks for sharing!
When I was there I was basically a broke English teacher so I feel you haha.
I love the variety of places you went! Going from the old brick to the leather sofas is such a contrast, but they both look amazing. Plus, I mean…who turns down great beer?!
Thank you! And I agree. One simply cannot pass on a good beer haha
This makes me miss Prague so much! I did a pub crawl when I was there too but it didn’t hit any of these amazing spots – which I’m pretty bummed about now! All the more reason to go back 🙂
I did their so-called “famous” pub crawl and was thoroughly disappointed. When I lived there, my friends referred to this as my Pub Crawl. I guess I made a drinking name for myself during my time here lol.
Prague is a great city, always surprises with amazing spots! I’ve been there, but visited only a few places that you mentioned! Reason to go there again! Thank you!