I guess, the answer to this question depends on your interests and probably your age! Prague has some amazing music clubs, where you can easily spend the night dancing, drinking and having a great time. Like any other town, Prague has casinos, nightclubs, dance clubs and anything in between. But, since I don’t have much experience with clubbing in Prague, here are my favourite tips on what to do in Prague at night.
Have a picnic in the park (spring/summer)
Prague is a beautifully romantic city, so what could be better than a picnic in the park! The summer nights are warm and sunny as the sunset is quite late and it’s often still light at 9.30pm. Buy the traditional Czech sourdough rye bread, cheese, pickled gherkins, traditional Czech cakes filled with poppy seeds, stewed apples or vanilla curd (Kolace), local wine and other picnic goodies and head up the hill over to Petrin, Letna or Vojanovy Sady. Not only you’ll have a fantastic eating experience, but you can also watch the sunset over Prague and take some beautiful photos.
Go and see a theatre play
So, obviously the language barrier might be a bit of a problem here, so unless you are in Prague to improve your Czech language, the choice here is slightly limited.
Saying that there are still several options worth mentioning:
The National Theatre
The ballet productions are always of the highest quality, and since the main language is in a dance form, you don’t need to worry about feeling out of place.
Zizkovo Divadlo puts on mainly productions of the most famous of Czech playwriters – Jara Cimrman. While most plays are in Czech, once or twice a month the theatre puts on an English version. If you are happy to be entertained, laugh and experience a proper Czech humour and storytelling, this is a place to visit. But, I should probably warn you, that not everything is as it seems. Jara Cimrman has never actually existed! It’s the hilarious invention of a group of Czech actors and writers, who wrote plays as if they were written by Jara Cimrman. There are whole documentary films about his life. He was the greatest explorer (that never made it anywhere and nearly died in the snowstorm), the most excellent writer (that was never properly been understood or published) and talented teacher (possibly struck from the register for unconventional ways of running his lessons). It’s all great fun, everything is entirely made up and has a life on its own.
See the latest film
So, this is a pretty obvious choice, but hear me out! To get the big blockbusters to the cinema as quickly as possible, the cinema companies usually just equip the film with Czech subtitles and screen it in the original language. This means you can see the latest movie, that you didn’t get the chance to see before you went on holiday and you’ll probably save a bit of money too. Tickets could be as low as 80 crowns, and it’s worth checking each cinema for special offers (it’s usually Monday).
If you are feeling a little adventurous, you can also see the original Czech film with English subtitles. These are usually in art cinemas, such as Svetozor (off the main Wenceslas Square) or Mat (Karlovo Namesti).
Listen to some music
You might think, that I’m going to suggest you go and see a traditional Czech band and if that’s what tickles your fancy, by all means, go for it!
Instead of that, I want to suggest that you check if your favourite band is playing in Prague whilst you are here. Surprised? So was I, when I missed George Ezra and Passenger by a couple of weeks this year! Prague has become a pretty great place to catch big and up and coming stars. The tickets are pleasantly good value, and the venues are much smaller. Not only that you can see your favourite singer in a more intimate setting, but it’s also much easier to get in and out of the venue. If the thought of getting in and out of 02 in London Greenwich terrifies you, check out the ‘What’s on in Prague’ when you plan your holiday.
Lose yourself in a shopping centre
I love this option, especially in the winter, when it gets dark around 4 pm and it’s freezing! The major shopping malls like Palladium (Namesti Republiky) or Novy Smichov (Andel) stay open until 10 pm, which gives you plenty of time to walk around and do all your shopping. Every shopping centre also has coffee places and fast food restaurants, which is perfect for a break in between your shopping.
Have a bite to eat
To make your dinner extra special, why not try one of the 1920s coffee style restaurants or art deco houses, such as The Artdeco Hotel close to Namesti Republiky.
Get a little tipsy
The obvious choice, but a great opportunity to sample local Czech beer. I’m not a beer drinker myself, but I’m told that Kozel, Krusovice, Velke Popovice are all good beers to try.
How to stay safe at night
Prague is a reasonably safe town at night, and I’ve never had any problems even travelling as a single woman. Just take the usual precautions, like walking on the main streets, keep together in your group (if you travel with a family) and keep an eye on your belongings at all times.
Travelling in Prague at night
The travel system in Prague is very good, but towards the evening the frequency of trams, underground and buses decreases. In the case of underground (Metro) the frequency is around 10 minutes, which is still not that bad, but you need to make sure that you complete your journey before midnight. Buses and trams run during the whole night, but after midnight it might be only one or two an hour.
Saying that you can always use a taxi – cab service, just arrange it through an online app or reputable company and agree on a price in advance.