Late Night Reveling from Wine and Beer to Clubbing and Dancing

Prague buzzes during the day. There is lots of sightseeing, cultural events and museums in the city. But when When the sun goes down Prague gets even more animated. It changes from a city that sparkles in the sun to romantically dimly-lit narrow lanes in Stare Mesto and clubbing, dancing and dining in the Nove Mesto, Vinohrady and Holesovice districts. Prague nightlife means dining in Deminka where you can savor traditional Czech cuisine or Asian dishes in SaSaZu Club and Restaurant. But it also means drinking beer in Novomestsky Pivovar accompanied by accordion music or dancing and listening to experimental music in Palac Akropolis. Stand on Letna Hill and after you have watched the sun go down settle in Letna Beer Garden and enjoy large tankards of Czech beer, the best beer in the world according to most people. If you like your beer while watching sports, head for Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden. Experience 1990s atmosphere in Chapeau Rouge, but watch out for the Absinthe, it is strong and heady. After a night of reveling wander up and down Charles Bridge  at sunrise. This time of day the bridge is serene and almost magical and it is most likely that you are the only visitor. 


Chapeau Rouge is a popular party pub located very close to Old Town Square in Prague's historic center. Red is the main colour scheme and gives the place a pleasant old-time atmosphere. Listen to alternative independent bands from all around the world. And if you play in a band, ask them to set up a gig for you. You may end up in the Fenester Window Gallery which displays up-and-coming artists. The crowd is a mix of Czech and international visitors of all ages. The beer is cheap. The Live Underground venue is small but the sound is great.

Recommended for Late Night because: This is a Prague institution and reminiscent of Prague pubs in the 1990, just after Communist days.

Marianne's expert tip: Explore all three levels and discover a wonderful pub. No matter what time you come music is playing the whole day.

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Vinicni Altan is a beautiful open-air wine garden and pavilion. Enjoy a glass or two of their own wine grown in the vineyard just below the pavilion. They also serve a wide selection of foreign wines; German, Austrian and French. Look out for the wine of the week, a true bargain. The menu only features snacks, salads, sausages and other pub food. Beer drinkers will enjoy Staropramen Lezak on tap, a traditional Czech lager with a golden color and a dry aroma of hop. Vinicni Altan is wooden building with a large terrace on top of a small hill dense with vineyards.

Recommended for Late Night because: Sit in the wooden gazebo and enjoy a glass of locally made white or red wine.

Marianne's expert tip: Vinicni Altan is a romantic spot and the ideal place for special celebrations.

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The best place to be on a balmy summer night is the beer garden in Riegrovy Park in Prague's Vinohrady district. This is a favorite spot of both Czechs and visitors. Not quite in the center of the city but not far either, Riegrovy beer garden serves three beers on the tap. Gambrinus 10°, Kozel 11°, and Pilsner Urquell. Small huts sell a variety of snacks to accompany your beer: grilled chicken breast, pickled cheese and grilled sausages. If you are not in the mood for alcohol try malinovka, a non-alcoholic sparkling raspberry soft drink.

Recommended for Late Night because: This is the place to be sport for beer-loving sports fans, important matches are shown on a large screen.

Marianne's expert tip: Park café, just across the entrance to the beer garden and run by the same folks at the beer garden is a good spot for a full meal.

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Letna Beer Garden
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Watch Prague's twinkling lights from Letna Beer Garden perched on Letna Hill. Share a table with one of the locals or tourists who flock to this shady area during the day or in the evening. The beer garden is next to Letensky Zamecek, Letna Mansion. You sit at large picnic tables and get your drinks from a small food stand which also serves grilled sausages and nothing much else. That is no problem because you come for the beer and the view. The beer on tap is Gambrinus 10°, and they also have white and red wine, Coca Cola, and other soft drinks.

Recommended for Late Night because: Without any doubts, Letna Beer Garden has one of the best views of the Vltava River and the city.

Marianne's expert tip: Take the children, they are allowed in beer garden. They will enjoy the numerous playgrounds in Letna Park.

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Novomestsky Pivovar
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Novomestsky Pivovar buzzes until early morning. It is always crowded and free tables are rare. No problem! It is a Czech custom to share your table with others. This beer hall is a favorite among tourists which is reflected in the menu which is in English, German, French, Spanis, Italian, Slovene, Polish and Russian. Novomestsky Pivovar is not only a beer hall, it is also a micro brewery. Its most popular brew is Novoiìstsky kvasnicovy lezak. The pale variety is slightly bitter with an aromatic aftertaste. The dark variety has a nutty flavor. Most people come here to drink beer, but when you would like to drink non-alcoholic beer they only serve Stella Artois or Clausthaler, no Czech 0% beer.

Recommended for Late Night because: Succulent pork knuckle and tasty beer from their own micro brewery are enough to remember your meal long after you got home.

Marianne's expert tip: Great beer pub, excellent beer but check the bill, only pay for what you ordered

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Tlusta Koala means Fat Koala. The moment you enter you will feel at home. Here you will experience the atmosphere of a genuine British pub. Dark wood furniture and wallpaper with floral motives give it a Victorian feel. The main reason to come to Tlusta Koala are the beers; Koala 12, Hoegaarden, Stella Artois and eight more draft beers, in other words the complete range Staropamen brewery offers. Tlusta Koala is not just a beer drinkers paradise, it is also a restaurant that specializes in British food. This is one of the few places in Prague where you can savor authentic bacon and eggs.

Recommended for Late Night because: Cooks stay on until 1:30 in the morning, so there is always something to eat.

Marianne's expert tip: Treat yourself to fish and chips British style complete with mushy peas.

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Radost FX

Radox FX is a popular hang-out, combing café, pub, restaurant and club FX. Radost is Czech for pleasure that's exactly what Radost does, it pleases with music and food. Not only does the oriental-themed bar, the shiny mirrors, crystal chandeliers and comfy chairs create pleasure for the eyes also the food menu is sheer pleasure for the taste buds. The menu includes delectable dishes from Greece to Thailand and from Mexico to India. Radost FX is famous for House and R&B/soul. Its hip eccentric décor pulls a crowd especially on Thursday for its Hip Hop night. Every night has a different them ensuring that there is something for everybody.

Recommended for Late Night because: Vegetarian have a difficult time in Prague but not in Radox with its large choice of vegetarian dishes.

Marianne's expert tip: Located in the Vinohrady residential district,Radost FX is a favorite of locals and tourist alike.

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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 Late Night because: Lovely chilled atmosphere and amazing food, generous portions and friendly prices.

Marianne's expert tip: Topnotch Czech dishes from Frankfurters to roasted goose with red cabbage.

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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 and restaurant 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 Late Night because: This is one of the few restaurants that serves Indonesian cuisine. The satay is irresistible.

Marianne's expert tip: For lovers of Asian food and top quality Dance, Ethno or Funk.

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Deminka the Grandmother of restaurants has been going strong since 1886 in Prague. You will taste here not only traditional Czech food and delectable Czech beer but also a unique atmosphere. Located in Vinohrady, a residential quarter close to the historic center, Deminka is a meeting place for locals rather than tourists. This is an Pilsner Urquel Original restaurant offering 'Plzensky Prazdroj, the best Czech beer according to connoisseurs. Be sure to taste smoked Prague ham with horseradish sauce. For big eaters roast knuckle of pork is the ideal dish. Vegetarians often have a difficult time in Czech restaurants but the fried cheese with tartare sauce is not only a Czech favorite , it is also delicious but filling.

Recommended for Late Night because: Away from the tourists spot, yet close enough to the center. Deminka is the ideal spot to spend a pleasant evening.

Marianne's expert tip: Be sure to try one of the Czech classic dishes: wild boar with dumplings.

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Marianne Crone divides her time between her home in the Netherlands and an apartment in Prague, the city where her son, daughter-in-law and grandson live.

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