For many years, Prague has been the go-to city for an exciting night! It isn’t uncommon to see groups of men dressed up in a variety of costumes, from drag to male genitalia, there to celebrate their mate getting hitched. Herds of young, college-aged adults hop from bar to bar on a mission to have the best night they will never remember. Even though Prague is the home to the largest music club in central Europe, many other smaller ones compete to attract the largest crowds. We’ve got drinking and dancing, but there seems to be something I’m missing… oh, that’s right: girls! It’s no secret that Prague has become a major attraction for sex tourism. From cabarets, gentleman’s clubs, to full out brothels, if you are looking for it, chances are Prague has it.
Nothing could be prove this more true than Prague. Whether or not it’s the sex tourism that appeals, or the hope of finding long-term, or temporary love with a beautiful Czech woman, men flock in the thousands from all corners of the Earth. However, although the combination of cheap, good alcohol, and cheap sex with beautiful slavic women can seem like a paradise for some, there are some things one should know in order to have the best night that they may or may not remember.
It seems common knowledge that there are places that locals go, and then there are places that have been designed to take advantage of unsuspecting tourists. Like every big city that attracts mass tourism, Prague is no stranger to scams. The thing you need to know about Prague, is that it is very safe in terms of violence. When I was a tour guide, many tourists, especially female ones, would ask me about whether or not it was safe to walk around at night. My answer then and now is Yes. Now there are certain places to avoid at night (like the National Museum), but not because of the threat of violence, but the crime most commonly committed – pickpocketing. But to avoid that, you just need to be extra cautious. And this goes for tourist traps. If you don’t want to fall victim, then all you have to be is aware and prepared.
When you are walking around at night, that is when all the crooks come out. The ones you’ll most likely come into contact with are street prostitutes. If you notice someone giving you googly eyes while walking up Wenceslas square, know that they aren’t that into you. They’re into what’s in your wallet. There have been numerous accounts of people being pickpocketed while being solicited by street prostitutes. Not only that, but it’s also a great way of getting an STD if you aren’t playing it safe. Prostitution in the CR is legal, but running a brothel is not.
I once had an encounter of an individual contacting me on Karlova Ulice. He started offering me weed. I said I wasn’t interested. He said he’d even give me a free sample. Again, I told him “no thanks, I don’t smoke.” Once he saw that I wasn’t interested, he moved on to another drug – cocaine. He got same response, and walked away. Street drug dealers are the epitome of what scammers are in Prague. Not only are you likely to get pickpocketed, but if you choose to buy drugs from them, you most likely are buying fake drugs. There is no one you can report this scam to, because 1: Selling and buying drugs is illegal, and 2: The police won’t do anything since no law was broken (drugs weren’t being sold). If you want to get buy actual weed, your best bet is to ask a bartender.
You may encounter several promoters of the different clubs. You need to be weary of them. Some of them will end up taking you to dangerous locations via taxis. This brings me to the next item you need to look out for: Taxi services. They are notorious for scamming people. My advice would be just to not use them period. I wrote another article going more in depth with the different scams that tourists become victim to in Prague here. At the end of this article, I’ll list some reputable clubs that you don’t have to worry about.
Beer, Beer, BEER!
Even more well known than Prague’s nightclubs, is Czech beer. I’ve created a page completely dedicated to Czech beer that you can read here. For locals, beer is a way of life. If you are interested in spending time with locals, then go to a Czech pub. There are places that the locals go that are in the center, that offer great atmosphere and fantastic, authentic Czech beer. In the other article, there are a list of great bars to go to while in Prague. You may also consider going on a beer tour, which is a great way of socializing with others. More info on that in my Beer article. I want to also add that another alcoholic beverage that people just can’t wait to try when they get to Prague, and this is probably largely due to the movie EuroTrip, is absinthe. If you really want to try a good absinthe, try the Hemingway Bar. Most places give you a very fake, neon green shot that they call absinth. The real stuff is distilled, has a more tame color of green, with herbs inside. Ask a bartender if they serve any Swiss or French brands to make sure the bar you are serves a legit absinthe.
With all the bars and clubs in Prague, it may be difficult to know where to go. For this, Pub Crawls were created. There are many businesses that offer this kind of service, and most are good. Essentially all it is drinkin’ ‘til your little heart’s content with a bunch of other people. It’s garnered more for younger people, but older people can have a good time as well if they know what they are getting into. In the summer, several companies will offer boat parties, which are similar to the Pub Crawl, but on a boat.
I mentioned earlier that Prague was home to the largest Music Bar in Central Europe. It has 5 different clubs on 5 different floors, and also happens to be conveniently next to Charles Bridge. There’s even a church that was converted into a part time dance club, part time strip club. One can go to several other competing clubs that are great to dance and party. Prague even has several bars catered to the LGBTQ community. Prague is a very gay-friendly destination, and the majority of the gay scene can be found in Vinohrady. Even in the center there are places that are attended by locals because of the good prices, and those that sucker poor tourists who have no idea how much things normally cost. I’ll mention some good places to go at the end of this article.
Night Clubs/Adult Entertainment
As mentioned earlier, prostitution is legal, but brothels aren’t. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. They just go buy different names, like night clubs, or massage parlors. Prague has a large abundance of beautiful slavic girls, you just need to know where to find them. The most common place for tourists to go is to the nightclubs. The official red light district is located on Wenceslas square. There you’ll likely be bombarded by promoters trying to get you to go to the strip clup they’re representing. Be very weary about them, and take anything they say with a grain of salt. If they try to tell you they have hookups to another more “local” place, don’t go. The best nightclubs are those that hardly advertise at all.
As far as nightclubs go, normally what will happen is you pay an entrance fee (unless you have a coupon that gives you free entry). The entrance fee will usually go from 200 Kč – 500 Kč. This can sometimes include a couple free drinks, or even a private dance. Sometimes this fee can be waived if you are going straight in for their services. Places like Hot Peppers don’t have you pay a fee, but you have to order something from the bar, which is usually over priced beer. Not all nightclubs offer full-service, some, specially on Wenceslas Square, offer a full nude private dance. Prague’s night clubs are usually very organized, and will explain to you the rules as you get in.
As I wrote earlier, taxi service is a big scam in Prague. I wouldn’t recommend using them. Just use the public transport and you can get almost anywhere for a very good price. The further you go out from the center, the cheaper services you will find. Also be sure to ask the girls how much services will cost, this includes drinks, because some will try to cheat you. Most strip clubs in Prague are where lots of scams take place, so it’s really important that you don’t go to some unknown “local” one. There are what’s known as a Laufhaus, which is German for Walk house. The most well known and reputable one is Show Park. There you go into the building and there are loads of prostitutes at different doors. There you can negotiate prices and have sex immediately. It’s a much cheaper option than what you will get downtown on Wenceslas Square.
Prague is a very fun city, with lots to see and do. Be aware of who you talk to, and keep an eye on your pockets, and you will avoid a lot of frustration. I would also like to add that when you are here, treat the area and the people with respect. Treat the women here with respect. Too often do male tourists come to Prague thinking that any woman they talk to will gladly give them their pussy, and that is not so. Czech women are very educated and intelligent. Many enjoy spending time with foreigners, and some may be willing to take it further. If they consent to that, then it’s fine, but don’t push it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen stag parties approach a local Czech woman riding public transport, and start harassing her to give them a kiss. Even when the girl rejects, they keep going at it. No means no. Not only should you treat the women there like human beings, but have respect for the for the architecture. Prague is rich with culture, and many of the sites you will see have a lot of historical, and sentimental value to the Czechs. So if after a few drinks, you feel that it would be a great idea to climb up the Wenceslas statue, or throw things at the Astronomical Clock (this has actually happened by British stag groups), don’t do it! This seems to be pretty sound logic, just keep that in mind. So, stay safe, be respectful and you will most definitely have a fun night that you’ll probably want to remember.
Reputable Music Clubs/Bars
Cross Club– A local favorite. Plynární 1096/23, 170 00 Praha 7-Holešovice, Czech Republic. Open 2pm-5am.
Lucerna– A converted movie theater. Often has live bands and plays music from 80’s and 90’s. Štěpánská 61, 116 02 Praha 1, Czech Republic.
Karlovy Lazne– The five story dance club mentioned earlier. Smetanovo nábř. 198/1, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic. Open 9pm-5am.
Roxy– Great if you like electronic music. Dlouhá 33, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic. Open 7pm-5am.
Retro– Good mix of locals and foreigners. Francouzská 75/4, 120 00 Praha 2-Vinohrady, Czech Republic.
Klub Kostel– Church converted into dance club. Michalská 27 Praha, 110 00, Czech Republic. Open Mon-Thurs 9pm-4am, Fri-Sat 9pm-5am, Sun 9pm-4am.
Misch Masch – very few tourists will be found here. Popular for locals
LGBTQ Oriented Bars/Clubs/Cafes
Saints Bar – Polská 1352/32, 120 00 Praha 2-Vinohrady, Czech Republic. Open 7pm-2am.
Factory Club – Vinohradská 63, 120 00 Praha 2, Czech Republic. Open 11am-9am.
Klub 21 – Římská 419/21, 120 00 Praha, Czech Republic. Open 7pm-12am.
Friends – Bartolomějská 11a, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic. Open 7pm-6am.
Termix – Třebízského 1514/4a, 120 00 Praha, Czech Republic. Open Wed-Sat 11pm-7am.
Érra Café – Konviktská 261/11, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město, Czech Republic. Open 10am-2am.
Reputable Night Clubs
Darling Cabaret– Known for its extremely beautiful women, and other services. A bit on the pricey side. Ve Smečkách 597/32, 110 00 Praha 1-Nové Město, Czech Republic. Open Mon-Tues 8pm-5am. Wed-Thurs 12pm-5am. Fri-Sat 12pm-6am. Sun 12pm-5am.
Show Park Prague – Company advertises that it’s the largest adult entertainment complex in all of Europe. Also a relatively safe place where scams don’t happen that frequently. Hala 18, Bubenské nábř. 306/13, 170 00 Praha 7, Czech Republic. Open 12pm-6am.
Goldfingers – Classy strip club known for its beautiful women. Václavské nám. 840/5, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic. Open Sun-Thurs 8:30pm-5am. Fri-Sat 8:30pm-6am.
K5 Relax – A kind of brothel/strip club/escort service wrapped into one. Korunní 716/5, 120 00 Praha 2, Czech Republic. Open 6pm-5am.
AAA Exclusive Club – Considered by many as the best nightclub in Prague. Šrobárova 1988/6, 101 00 Praha 10, Czech Republic. Open Sun-Tues 7pm-4am. Wed-Thurs 7pm-5am. Fri-Sat 7pm-6am.
Sweet Paradise – Company motto is “the customer is always right.” Slezská 1718/75, 130 00 Praha 3 – Vinohrady, Czech Republic. Open 12pm-5am.
Hot Peppers – Another classy, top-notch strip club. Usually very crowded. Václavské nám. 21, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic. Open 8pm-6am.