Karlovy Lazne

One of Prague’s Biggest Tourist Traps (and Where to go Instead!)

In the heart of Prague’s old town, right next the famous Charles Bridge, you will find Karlovy Lazne night club. Karlovy Lazne claims to be the biggest night club in central Europe and it has 5 floors, each of which plays a different style of music.  So far, it doesn’t sound so bad and actually it isn’t. If you’re looking to spend a crazy night surrounded entirely by tourists and backpackers, then Karlovy Lazne may be just the thing. However, there are a few things you should know about this place. First of all, you will not find a single local here. This may be because by Prague standards, the entrance fee is on the expensive side and on top of this, drinks aren’t exactly cheap.  Another thing to consider is that unless you get here pretty early, you will almost certainly have to endure the famously long queues before you even get through the doors.

Karlovy Lazne
Karlovy Lazne

There are many companies in Prague which offer over-priced pub crawls to tourists. One of the biggest problems with Karlovy Lazne is that more often than not, it is where these pub crawls finish. So in short, the place is going to be packed with people who have spent the past few hours making the most of heavily discounted booze. This can lead to an unpleasant atmosphere and unsurprisingly, the door staff and bar staff here are rumoured to be pretty uptight.

So Karlovy Lazne may not be THE worst place in Prague, but it certainly does not live up to the hype surrounding it.  If you a visitor to Prague who is looking to truly experience Prague like a local, then we thoroughly recommend going elsewhere for a night out. Here are some tips for clubs which offer a better value, friendlier and more authentically Czech night on out in Prague.

Cross Club

If you are looking to experience a truly unique night out, you absolutely must try Cross Club. The music you will find here is alternative and varied. Live acts travel from all over the world to play here and you will also find some of the best alternative artists from the Czech Republic.  You are likely to hear dub step, techno, hardcore, electric swing, reggae and all manner of musical genres. The interior décor here is also something quite special. Expect the unexpected at Cross Club.

Entrance fee: generally free entry but there can be a small charge if there is a live performance.

Cross Club can be found at Plynární 1096/23, Praha 7, 170 00

cross club
cross club

Lucerna Music Bar

Located just off Wenceslas Square inside the famous Lucerna Passage, you will find Lucerna Music Bar. It is a popular live music venue. Every Friday and Saturday night an 80’s and 90’s themed video party is held here and it’s always a high energy and fun filled experience. If you love a little nostalgia and a lot of dancing, then this is the place for you. Lucerna Music Bar is also a popular venue for live music, with many well known international artists play here each month. It’s worth having a look at their website to see what’s coming up.

Entrance fee: 100CZK

Lucerna can be found at Vodičkova 704/36, Praha 1, 110 00

Nebe

There are actually 3 Nebe night clubs in Prague. They are all sleek and stylish, yet totally relaxed and laid-back spots to enjoy a night out. All 3 venues boast stunning interiors. The Vaclavske Namesti Nebe feels like a grand ballroom and it has a rather impressive angelic centre piece. The Kremencova Nebe is in a refurbished cellar, so it is all about archways and exposed brickwork.  What’s really great about Nebe is that it manages to be a fantastic venue for dancing, whilst also remaining a place where it’s possible to sit down and have a pleasant drink with friends.  It’s well known for its awesome cocktails and before 8pm, all three venues offer cocktails for just 59CZK, which is a great price for central Prague.  The music at Nebe is mostly current chart hits, mixed in with some old sing along classics.

Entrance fee: free

Nebe on Vaclavske Namesti: Vaclavske Namesti 56, Praha 1, 110 00
Nebe on V Celnici: V Celnici 4, Praha 1, 110 00
Nebe on Kremencova: Kremencova 10, Praha 1, 110 00

The Buccaneer

The Buccaneer is not for the faint hearted! It is actually a club on board a house boat, which is located under Stefanikuv Most. The party can get pretty wild but good fun is guaranteed. There are parties going on onboard The Buccaneer every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, starting at 10pm and going on until the early hours of the morning.  The music here is varied but drum n bass, electronic, dance, house are big favourites here.

Entrance fee: this depends on the particular event. Many events have free entry, for others there may be a small charge.

The Buccaneer can be found at Nábřeží Ludvíka Svobody, Praha 1, 110 00

Buccaneer at sunset
Buccaneer at sunset


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