Winter is no longer merely coming, winter is well and truly here. Temperatures are set to drop further as we move through January, so it’s never been more important to keep warm. One of the best ways to keep warm during the harsh winter months is to find a new favourite bar, cafe or pub – and this is something that we can help you with. Prague is full of bars, cafes and pubs, but finding one that is the right fit for you can be a challenge. To help you through the wintery months ahead, we have compiled this list of some of Prague’s best. This list features everything from trendy new cafe bars, to cosy cellar pubs, so we hope that there will be something for everyone. Every place on our list offers great value and a unique atmosphere.
Despite the huge amount of choice when it comes to finding a great bar right in the heart of Prague, it can be a real challenge to find a place which offers reasonable prices and an authentic local atmosphere. Here are our central picks to help you avoid the tourist traps:
Tynska Litrarni Kavarna
The Tynska Litrarni Kavarna is a place that you could quite easily miss if you don’t know that it’s there. Many tourists, being distracted by the spectacular beauty of Tynska Church, would walk straight past the inconspicuous wooden doors of one of central Prague’s most charming café bars. This probably explains why this place is mostly frequented by locals. The café takes its name from the fact that it’s also an independent publishing house for local writers and is a popular hangout for students and artists. On the inside, its arched ceilings give the café a really cosy atmosphere.
Prices here are unusually reasonable considering that it’s located right off Old Town Square and they offer a really tempting range of snacks and small meals alongside the normal, teas, coffees, wines and Czech beers.
- Tynska Litrarni Kavarna can be found at Tynska 6, Praha 1. It is open weekdays from 10am to 11pm and weekends from 12pm-12am.
Hany Bany is a small and friendly café-bar, which is just a stone’s throw away from Old Town square. It’s little known by tourists but hugely popular with locals, so be here early to get a seat. The interior feels just like a cosy Irish bar, but unlike in most of Prague’s Irish bars, beers are still sold at local prices. Between 3pm and 4pm, there are even some special happy hour deals available.
By day, this is the perfect spot to relax, read a book or catch up with friends. At night, you’ll be able to enjoy a bit more of a lively atmosphere here, as the music gets turned up a notch and the drinks start really flowing. Hany Bany is a genuinely friendly bar, that you just might find it difficult to leave.
- Hany Bany can be found at Veleslavinova 5, Praha 1. It is weekdays from 10am-12am and weekends from 4pm-12am.
Unbelievably, this small, local beer pub is just a few minutes’ walk from Charles Bridge. The building dates back to the 16th century, and the chairs and tables are all reproductions from this time. Bar Konirna is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of central Prague and transport yourself back to simpler times. Local beer is on tap at reasonable prices and you could also take the chance to try some typical Czech bar food.
- Bar Konirna can be found at Anenska 11, Praha 1. It is open weekdays from 3pm-12am and weekends from 6pm-12am.
Kavarna Nova Scena (Cafe Nona)
The Nova Scena Theatre is one of the most striking buildings in Prague. It’s made from thousands glass blocks and its slightly space-age appearance is all the more pronounced for it being located right next to the main National Theatre building, with its grand Neo-renaissance stylings, which was completed in 1881.
If you enter the main ticket office of the Nova Scena Theatre and take a walk up the intriguing, green spiral staircase, you will come to one of my favourite spots to relax and watch city life go by. Cafe Nona boasts great views over the iconic Narodni Trida, one if Prague’s most beautiful and historically significant streets. The interior of this café-bar has a grand feel to it, which is extenuated by the fact that of an evening, it is often full of people who are dressed-up ready for the theatre.
- Café Nona can be found at Narodni 1393/4, Praha 1. It is open weekdays 9am-12am and weekends 11am-12am.
In terms of a central location, you can’t beet the Skautsky Institut. Located right on the Old Town Square, this friendly café bar offers superb views of Tynska church and the square itself. They have my favourite Czech Beer, Uneticke, on tap for just 35CZK (which is outrageously good value for the location) and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. It’s a little tricky to find, but will be well worth the effort. For details on the exact location, check out the article that I write about the place this summer.
- The Skautsky Institut can be found at Staromestske Namesti 1/4 Praha 1. It is open weekdays from 9am-10pm and weekends from 10am-6pm.
Restaurace U Provaznice
Restaurace U Provaznice is a typical Czech beer pub and restaurant, with a lively atmosphere and good prices. Located just at the foot of Wenceslas Square, this place is a bit of a diamond in a sea over-priced tourist traps. They offer a good selection of meals, including some Czech specialities and of course there is Czech beer on tap. This place can get busy in the evenings, so arrive early to get a table.
- Restaurace U Provaznice can be found at Provaznicka 385/3, Praha 1 and is open every day from 11am – 12am.
Sklipek Vase Vino
Sklipek Vase Vino is a cosy wine cellar, which is one of those places that you would probably never find if you didn’t know that it existed. It’s hidden away down a backstreet in Prague’s Letna district and its entrance is pretty inconspicuous. However, if you are a fan of wine, you simply must pay this place a visit. Even if you’re not a huge wine enthusiast, it’s worth a visit for the exceptionally cosy atmosphere. Imagine arched ceilings, bare brick walls, burning candles, wooden barrels for tables and shelves full of delicious wine. I had the pleasure to try some of the best Czech white wine I’d ever tasted here and cannot recommend it highly enough.
- Sklipek Vase Vino can be found at Frantiska Krizka 736/26, 170 00, Praha 7. It is open weekdays from 2pm-10pm and weekends 5pm-10pm.
No self-respecting beer connoisseur should leave Prague without visiting these bars. It’s as simple as that. Both are considered to be something a kin to places of pilgrimage for beer lovers coming to the city. A fantastic selection of local and international beers both bottled and on tap, combined with a cosy cellar location. What more could you ask for?
Zly Casy can be found in Prague’s Michle district and is one of Prague’s finest beer pubs. They have an astonishing number of Czech beers on tap and many international beers available by the bottle. On top of this, you’ll be able to enjoy the delightful cellar atmosphere. If you’re hungry, they also offer an extensive selection of evening meals and snacks.
- Zly Casy can be found at Cestmirova 5, Praha 4. For details about the opening hours of the various floors, see their website.
Since opening in 2005, the Pivovarsky Klub has become one of the most popular destinations in Prague for real connoisseurs of beer. Located in Prague’s trendy Karlin district, the Pivovarsky Klub offers 6 beers on tap, which are regularly rotated. According their website, they have offered 933 different beers since opening their doors. In addition to the tapped beers, it is also possible to buy a staggering number of international and Czech beers by the bottle. Like many of the bars on our list, the Pivovarsky Klub is mostly based in a cellar, so think exposed brickwork and arched ceilings for that perfect winter escape.
- The Pivovarsky Klub can be found at Krizikova 271/17, Praha 8. It is open every day from 11.30am-11.30pm.
Cobra has not been open long, but this bar/café/restaurant in Prague’s Letna district has fast become one of the most popular hang-outs in the city. Its interior combines a shabby industrial feel with sleek modern design and it works perfectly. Cobra is almost too popular for its own good, as be it day or night, it’s almost impossible to get a table without a reservation. However, if you only lucky enough to grab yourself a seat, its large windows and cosy atmosphere make it a great place to watch the cold, winter world pass you by.
- Cobra can be found at Milade Horakove 688/8 Praha 7. It is open weekdays from 8am-2am, Saturday from 10am-2am and Sunday from 10am – 12am.
Old World Charm
Kavarna Novy Svet
It would be impossible to write an article about cosy winter hangouts without mentioning the Kavarna Novy Svet. If you have not yet visited the street called Novy Svet in the Hradcany district of Prague, we highly recommend doing so. Walking down this street, located right by Prague Castle, is like entering a different world. It’s made up of quaint little houses and narrow cobbled streets. Although the houses here are identified by number, the same as all buildings in Prague, some are also identified by a small picture above the door, which gives a clue as to the name of the house.
Kavarna Novy Svet can be found on this street. This café is an island of peace and tranquillity, which is ideal for an afternoon reading, working or catching up with friends. They even have a selection of board games available, for visitors to make use of.
- Kavarna Novy Svet can be found at Novy Svet 2, 118 00 Praha 1 and is open everyday from 11am-7pm (except for Mondays)