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Prague Nightlife: Places and Districts to Go Out in Prague
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In keeping with its lively demeanor, the nightlife in Prague seems to be continually on the point of bubbling over, like a pan left on the hob; while many pubs and restaurants close at midnight, its bars and clubs remain (very definitely!) open into the early hours.
Despite recent price-hikes, drinks are, for the most part, pretty inexpensive and a decent night out can still be had on a shoestring. Czech beer is as cheap as its supply is plentiful, while locally produced spirits such as becherovka are also a good way to get a taste of the country on a budget.
The city is overflowing with typical pubs full of locals who love nothing more than a boisterous discussion over a beer or two. Known as ‘pivnice,’ or ‘hostinec’, they're often attractive old buildings with a smoky, rundown charm and an easy, laidback feel.
And after a (fairly) gentle warm-up, Prague is a city that really lets itself go. The city seems to specialize in cheesily cheerful spots playing execrable 80s Europop for giddy backpackers and young Czechs having a riotously silly time of it.
There are loads of appealing options around Wenceslas Square and on into the Nove Mesto, from slick cocktail bars to a smattering of avant-garde DJ bars and clubs for a younger, trendier crowd.
Beyond the Nove Mesto, to the southeast of the city, the suburb of Zizkov is home to an engagingly edgy, more serious-minded nightlife scene. Here, you’ll find venues playing live jazz and world music and hip, alternative hangouts for the more hardcore clubber.
When it comes to its nightlife, Prague very much makes up in sheer high-spirits what it lacks in size. From a glass of wine on a riverside terrace, or a foaming tankard of beer in an atmospheric old pub, to dancing at the end of a long night in a grubby afterhours sweathouse, Prague almost certainly won’t disappoint.