Karlovy Lazne is a five floor disco club next to Charles Bridge. In the fifteenth century the building was a bathhouse. Original mosaic tiles still adorn the walls. There are now dancing floors instead of bathing pools. It is a truly international disco, Russians, Americans, Asian people, Europeans and even the ocassional Czech are frequent visitors. The DJ's are great but go for the dancing and not so much for top quality music. Head for zero level for hip-hop. First and second floor is mainly disco. Third level is nostalgic 1970s to 1990s. Finally, the fourth level offers techno, house and trance. Recline on floor cushions and relax. If the heat gets too hot, chill out in the IcePub.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: If you get too hot, don a padded jacket and cill out in the Ice Pub.
Marianne's expert tip: Karlovy Lazne, the coolest hang-out for clubbers. Five floors of different types of music.
Palac Akropolis is the nerve center of alternative music and drama, from local rock to string. Young artists from all over the world gather in this multifunctional building that houses a restaurant, cafe, a large concert space and two bars. The small hall, Mala Scena, is the domain of DJs playing experimental music at weekends. During the week specially mixed recorded music is played. The main stage is reserved for real stars such as Apollo 440, Natacha Atlas, Boban Markovic Orkestar and the The Strokes who all performed here. Chill out in the theater bar with house, drum'n'bass, bass, reggae, hip hop, latin, funk and deep house. Indulge in Czech cuisine in the restaurant on the ground floor while listening to Roma bands and feast your eyes on the restaurants interior containing an upside-down canoe, an aquarium with weird objects and coconut shell lamp.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Alternative and experimental music combined with Czech beer and Czech cuisine.
Marianne's expert tip: Palac Akropolis is a Prague institution. It is multi-cultural and multi-functional. Be sure to check out the weird gallery of mad artists near the stairs in the foyer.
The O2 Arena is quite new to the Prague scene. It was built for the Men's World Ice Hockey Championships in 2004. The Czechs are good at ice-hockey, the national game, and the O2 Arena is the best place to watch this. O2 is also home to HC Slavia Prague and HC Lev Prague. Sports fan have here the day of their life. But also non-sportsmen flock to O2 Arena to see people such as Beyonce, Elton John or Tina Turner, others who performed here were Andrea Bocelli, Kylie Minogue and Tom Jones. Check the website upcoming events.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Come here to cheer the Czech Ice Hockey team or for a pop concert.
Marianne's expert tip: It is not a dance club. It is not a bar. It is not a music bar. O2 Arena is a hall for almost 20.000 people who listen and dance to the best concerts in Prague and the Czech Republic.
Lucerna music Bar is the perfect setting for a mellow evening. No cutting-edge music but an excellent place to catch live bands. Czech bands on weekdays. At the weekend Lucerna transforms itself into a theme night. DJ's play 1980s and 1990s music accompanied by original videos from that period. Old and young mix on the dance floor and party until the small hours. Bars dotted around the club serve reasonably priced drinks. Lucerna is located very close to Wenceslas Square and right in the middle of partying Prague.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Be sure to get to the VIP area upstairs for a sweeping view of the dance floor.
Marianne's expert tip: Even though theme nights in Lucerna Music Club are always jam-packed, you never have to wait long for your drink, due to the three bars.
Tucked away on the top floor of Kotva Shopping Mall on Republiky Square, Palanca Dance Club is a favorite meeting spot for Latinos and all Caribbean music lovers. If you have spent all your energy during the day and do not feel like dancing, watch the Latinos. They are the most amazing dancers on earth. Check the program before going. Every day of the week something different is on, from zouk to tango or reggae to bachata. Simply pick up the rhythm and join in. The wooden dance floor is excellently suited for click-clack of high heels and castanets. Come on a Monday or Tuesday and learn how to dance the salsa. Dance at the weekend until the metro starts its first ride at 5 am.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: This is the place if you want to learn to dance the salsa and the merengue in a truly Latino atmosphere
Marianne's expert tip: No night is too long. Dance to the tunes of Caribbean music and meet Latinos and Cubans but also Czechs and Europeans. . Stay in the Latino mood and Sombrero, a concoction of tequila, Drambuie and dry martini.
Phenomen Music Club is your place if you cannot decide which is more important; music or food. Be sure to arrive around 8 pm, when DJ's start spinning. Nibble salted almonds or vegetables chips, washed down by a large mug of Staropramen, brewed in Prague's Smichov district close to Phenomen. Every Thursday is singles evening. Check the website so that you don not miss out on Funhouse, Hot Saturday, I Love Music, the sexy go-go dancers or the Bongo Bongo party. If your Prague visit coincides with a performance of an original English Stand-up Comedy, be sure to arrive early to secure a good place. Forget Mondays and Sundays when no events are staged. Phenomen Music Club is located in the Smichov area, get there by Metro (Andel Station) and return by night bus 54.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Sip cocktails and indulge in hranolky, French fries in your lingo, served with a big dollop of tartar sauce.
Marianne's expert tip: Phenomen Music Club is a happy marriage of clubbing, dining and dancing. Check the website if you want to the singles party or maybe you are more interested in Dance Power with DJ Ivo Apfel and the go-go dancers.
Bombay Bar is a friendly mix of music, dance and cocktails. Especially at weekends, Bombay Bar is packed with a laid-back crowd. Listen to DJ's who adept the music to the visitors' mood. No need to restrict yourself to the dance floor. Dance anywhere you like. In summer, the best place is out in the garden. Cocktails lovers can choose from Blue Passion cocktail, Havana rum, Blue Curacao, lime juice and lemonade to Rainbow cocktail, melon, banana and strawberry liqueurs, grenadine and orange juice. Or would you rather have a non-alcoholic Bombay Shake, pureed strawberries and bananas mixed with cream.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: As the menu features one hundred-and-fifty drinks, one evening in Bombay Bar is not enough to try them all.
Marianne's expert tip: Bombay Bar is famous for its cocktails. Spend your excess energy on the dance floor and mix with an international crowd.
It is not just rock that is on the menu in Rock Café. This huge place a multimedia space where you can listen to bands, watch movies the cinema, buy CD's in the shop and drink mugs full of Czech beer in the bar. The main stage is in the basement. The club consists of four parts; Rock pub, Gung-Ho shop, bar and internet café and concert hall. Lounge in comfy sofas in the rock pub, and sip beer to the thumping sound of metal and rock. Pay a smallish entrance fee only or the concerts, but if you come on a Tuesday entrance is free.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, the international crowd and above all cheap beer.
Marianne's expert tip: Rock Café is a misnomer because you will find more rock than café. Come on a Tuesday when entry for the concert is free.
Mecca means a full night of fun. It is the trendiest dance venue in Prague. Don your best and hippest outfit. Be sure to wear those high heels. Last year's fashion is out of date. Only the hippest and most trendy music lovers dance here in style. Dance to your heart's desire to techno, hip-hop or house. Enjoy the music until your ears pop. Dazzling pink lights create an atmosphere not to be found anywhere else. The dance floor is vast. The bar serves almost any drink you can think of, at a slightly higher price than in other venues. Does it matter? Mecca offers the best clubbing and dancing in Pragues. So what are you waiting for?
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Mecca is the hippest dance club in Prague where you will find the best DJ's, the best hip-hop, techno and house.
Marianne's expert tip: This is the place to be, the place where you will find real parties. Dress up and join the coolest and trendiest crowd. Visit the website and choose the best venue and find out what Dj's are the latest guests.
SaSaZu is a clubbers paradise, not just an ordinary paradise but one with enough space for 2,000 partygoers. Located in the cool neighborhood of Holesovice, this hip club with it stylish, sleek interior attracts visitors and locals alike and impresses with top quality House, Dance, Funk, Ethno and Pop. Performing artists come from all over the world, Tiesto, Burama, One Republic, Paul van Dyk, to name just a few. Club events mostly start at 22:00 and continue until the wee hours. If clubbing is not your thing Chef Shahaf Shabtay juggles with ingredients characteristic of Asian cuisine and serves up authentic dishes from Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: SaSaZu is a sleek club attracting late night party goers but also connoisseurs of Asian food.
Marianne's expert tip: This is the best place in Prague to wow your taste buds and sample Indonesian chicken satay doused in spicy peanut sauce. DJ's impress their fans with the best music choices from House to Dance and Funk to Ethno.